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Tea Party Front-Runner Herman Cain Says “I Guess I’m A Racist” For Opposing Obama

In National News, Politics on May 11, 2011 at 1:13 am
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Just fine – as the pizza mogul stole the show in the Republican party’s first TV debate. It could be the start of something big
Few Republicans are treating their first presidential primary debate, held in South Carolina last Friday, as a reliable barometer of sentiment inside their fragmented and increasingly disenchanted party. And arguably, there’s good reason for that. After all, just four of the currently declared GOP presidential candidates even bothered to show up, and only one, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty – known to his friends as “T-Paw“. but dubbed “Tea-Paw” by Democrats – is considered a serious contender.
And yet Pawlenty, by all accounts, still failed to “win”. A focus group conducted with 30 hardcore GOP voters who watched the 90-minute event on Fox News overwhelmingly declared former Godfather’s Pizza founder and CEO Herman Cain the victor. Cain, a black Republican who wants America to return to the gold standard, and who says Muslims can’t be trusted to serve in the federal government,wowed the largely white, middle-class audience the same way Donald Trump has – with feisty, plainspoken business language devoid of the usual soundbites.
But Cain, unlike Trump, also knows the language of contemporary conservatism – taxes, the deficit, and what he compellingly calls “the threat to the American Dream” from three great “ations” – “regulation”, “legislation” and, of course, “taxation”. And like Tea Party movement darling and rising GOP star Marco Rubio, Cain also likes to extol America’s presumed “exceptionalism”, its privileged place in world history as a beacon of hope, freedom and prosperity. At times, Cain’s countenance and exhortatory delivery even resembles that of a preacher, a familiar figure in the “bible belt” south.
But Cain wisely avoids abstract moralising – and divisive social issues – while emphasising, time and again, the economic bottom line. He even uses race to his advantage, quipping that “people who oppose Obama are said to be racists – so I guess I’m a racist”, a line that white audiences, naturally, love. Although Cain has never served in elected office, no one who hears him seems to care. In fact, given the current ugly mood, especially on the right, about professional politicians, that only seems to heighten his appeal.
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SOURCE: The Guardian
Stewart J Lawrence
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