Rightbloggers Declare Former Future President Herman Cain a (What Else?) Victim of Obama, Media (Updated)

tomt200.jpgLast weekend former GOP pack leader and accused horndog Herman Cain finally called an end to his flailing Presidential campaign/book tour -- or rather "suspended" it, allowing the enterprise to keep drawing money.

Some normally opinionated rightbloggers tip-toed away from the embarrassing subject, with non-committal "what do you think?" or just-the-facts posts. A few even said they were glad to be rid of him.

But what most normal people saw as the blessed end of a ridiculous pseudo-candidacy, many of the brethren saw as Cain's martyrdom at the hands of President Obama and/or the media.

"What was done to Herman Cain was disgusting," said Rightwing Rebel at The Blogmocracy. But who dunnit? Rebel didn't feel the need to say. And why should he bother? His Blogmocracy colleagues had previously denounced Cain's "High-Tech Lynching" by various parties, including Karl Rove and "the MSM." It's the sense of grievance that matters -- cultivate that, and each conservative can then choose the culprit that best suits his prejudices.

John Hinderaker at Power Line Aaron Goldstein at The American Spectator was similarly slippery: "I am angered because people who wanted Herman Cain out of the way got what they wanted," he wrote. Really? Who were they? "I am also angered because I do not believe these accusations would have seen the light of day had he not won the Florida Straw Poll." So -- it was one of the other Republican candidates, then? Which one? "People who spread rumor, innuendo and outright lies have been rewarded for their behavior. The truth no longer matters." Well, that could be anybody. Got a name?

"Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates can expect far worse if they are in any position to unseat President Obama," said Goldstein. Ah, so it wasn't the other candidates? But then who --

"What happened to Herman Cain," Finally John Hinderaker of Power Line said, "is what the Democrats intend to do to whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be. They know they can't win a debate on the economy or on President Obama's record, so they will do everything they can to distract the voters' attention from those matters, which should be decisive, and instead turn the focus to the GOP candidate and his or her alleged foibles..."

Clever! Hinderaker never actually said Obama did it, but shrewdly ruled out -- by innuendo if not by logic -- the people who had the most to gain by Cain's exit, and turned suspicion on Obama, who would be singing Glory Hallelujah if the bumbling Cain were nominated to run against him. As long as the Republican gravy train still runs, Hinderaker will never miss a meal. (* See update.)

Some were less guarded, possibly because they just couldn't help themselves.

"Well, they succeeded," said Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs. "The left wing enemedia killed off another GOP candidate while protecting the traitorous incompetent in the White House."

Bruce MacIsaac of Conservative Daily News also blamed the press: "With comments like 'he handled it so badly,' the media tell us Herman Cain is now unelectable," he wrote, citing no sources. "It proves one thing, the Obama camp was terrified of facing Mr. Cain in the general election."

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You can't raise a Cain back up when he's in defeat.
Goes to motive, Your Honor! MacIsaac also claimed the media was trying "to nominate Mitt Romney for us," and offered this airtight evidence: "If the Obama administration was not convinced they would have an easier time defeating [Romney]," he said, "they would not be pushing so hard for his nomination. They are scared to death of running against Herman Cain, so they must destroy him prior to the GOP primary season. Perhaps they have succeeded." Perhaps?

The Right Scoop was literally incoherent with rage. "Today is a sad day for America," he wrote, "in that we have just witnessed what appears to be a media take-down of one of our candidates."

Why'd he think that? He's glad you asked: "I say that because, as I've said before, I don't believe for a moment that he is guilty of any of the accusations that have been leveled at him." Well, then the media must have been in cahoots with Cain's various accusers who, after all, brought the accusations; might we have some evidence of this?

Here's what The Right Scoop offered instead: "Consider for a moment if Herman Cain had gotten the John Edwards treatment by the media," he wrote. "Where would he be today if all of these false allegations were relegated to the National Enquirer? He would likely still be enjoying a huge lead in the polls."

That's odd -- John Edwards has been disgraced and in fact indicted on conspiracy charges related to his baby-daddy coverup, so "the John Edwards treatment" -- whatever that is -- is probably the last thing Cain wanted. But it's one way to imply that the media sticks up for adulterous candidates it likes. "As a successful black man who's lived in poverty and made himself what he is today because of his own ambition," added Right Scoop, "[Cain's] message against this entitlement class would have been strong, perhaps even a dangerous cocktail for the left in 2012." So, sort of like a roofie? No wonder the DemoMedia had to take him out!

Perhaps the most shaken was AJ Strata, who began with the headline "Cain Surrenders To The Slime Machine Of The Political Industrial Complex." Strata did not, alas, supply names to go with this intriguing cognomen, though he made clear that he exempted Sarah Palin and Herman Cain.

But Strata did say that Cain's withdrawal meant that "politics in America is now controlled by the elite of the Political Industrial Complex" -- not just by the PIC, but by its elite! Sort of a superoligarchy! -- and announced that "this blog will be suspending its interest in parties and politics as well. Since the system is rigged against Main Street, no need to waste my time pretending our views matter." It's an ill wind that blows no one some good, we always say.

Whoever made it happen, Cain split, and rightbloggers were left with wonderful memories. Where most of us saw a humiliating mix of barbecue, bullshit, and bizarre Pokemon quotes, they saw greatness.

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161 comments
Brad
Brad

It’s: “Tamagotchi meets Pokemon” but with real fusion between the two and for smart-phones. People were crazy about Tamagotchis. It gave the user a sense of pride. You created and developed something and then measured your success by seeing how it fared against the elements. It gave the user a unique feeling of power. My creation survived.Fund to create this awasome game inhttp://www.kickstarter.com/pro...

 

surreal_american
surreal_american

So I was about to mention something concerning an incorrect quote citation, but I see it's been brought up already...

Ricky Bobby
Ricky Bobby

Roy... you feel better now that you got this off your chest?

edroso
edroso

I greet troll infestations with mixed emotions. On the one hand, the bad faith and worse rhetoric are no fun to sit through. On the other, it's great for traffic.

Ricky Bobby
Ricky Bobby

John Hinderaker ar Power Line

WTH?

edroso
edroso

Ah, you found a typo under the strikethrough. It's supposed to be "at Power Line." This COMPLETELY NEGATES MY ARGUMENT!

Fixing it now. Don't get your hopes up, though; fixed typos don't get updates.

edroso
edroso

"Roy is now the Herman Cain of blogging."

If only! My consolation prizes aren't nearly as grand.

Dudeman
Dudeman

 So I have no big issue with the author misattributing a quote. Like he said "Everyone makes mistakes". However I think it's funny that you chose to play that card when talking about an allegedly immoral politician. The irony that the commentators are also trying to harrang you out of the 'blogging race' is delicious as well. Roy is now the Herman Cain of blogging. One big difference is there is proof. (Props for owning up to it and using strike-through instead of covering it up though.)

Phila
Phila

(Props for owning up to it and using strike-through instead of covering it up though.)

Um...I think that little detail indicates that he's not the Herman Cain of blogging.

coozledad
coozledad

Would that make Hinderaker the Ginger White of corndogs?

prigsby2
prigsby2

 Mr. Edroso fumes that others should have used Google to fact check his own article for him. Wouldn't it have added perhaps a whiff of integrity to Mr. Edroso's own piece if he had taken his own advice before putting pen to paper?

edroso
edroso

"Mr. Edroso fumes that others should have used Google to fact check his own article for him..."

Well, it wouldn't be for *me,* prigsby2. It would be in one's own interest, if one's interest were to find out whether the quote was made up or, as sometimes happens in this business, a real quote wrongly attributed before accusing me of fabricating it. 

Speaking of that, though I have sorted out which quotes were Hinderaker's and which were Goldstein's, I see Hinderaker hasn't amended his claim that I fabricated the quotes. And he still has people coming over here  to accuse me of bad faith. Take a whiff of *that* integrity.

prigsby2
prigsby2

 Good journalistic work sussing out that latest Hinderaker blockbuster. It's simply amazing the lengths of due diligence you are now willing to condensed to after having embarrassed yourself. I don't blame you, but rather the many layers of editorial fact checkers employed above you to keep the Voice so honest and reliable.

McSalmon
McSalmon

He's the worst straight man I ever had to work with. If his penis didn't need the work, I'd never have used him.

Leeds man
Leeds man

I think we're due for "I take your silence as a tacit admission of defeat".

edroso
edroso

I think that bit's wearing this, prigsby2, and by "bit" I don't mean your penis. You might move next to "Moron says what?" (But be careful -- it didn't work out well for Nelson Muntz when he tried it on Genius Homer.)

prigsby2
prigsby2

As long as I know that you like my penis that's all that matters.

McSalmon
McSalmon

It's pretty rare to see a penis with the level of comic potential you got hanging there, Sprig.  I don't tell that to just anyone.

I'm sorry. I meant 'prigsby2', not Sprig. I wouldn't want your laughably tiny tallywhacker to be attributed to someone else. Here:

The Man Known on this board as 'prigsby2' has a spectacularly small and comic penis.

There - all correctly attributed to you, and not someone else. I hope this little misunderstanding is behind us.

prigsby2
prigsby2

I am glad you like my penis, but I hear you say that to all the guys.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Much like your comment, except as a tiny bit of comic relief. Like your penis.

Take THAT, 60's sitcoms!

GeoX
GeoX

Uh...right.  If you have been led to believe that incoherence can somehow make up for stupidity, I am sorry to inform you that you have been misinformed.

prigsby2
prigsby2

"Cretin"? Someone's been watching too many 60s sitcoms.Next thing you know one of you hip, well informed liberals is going to call me a scalawag and it'll be pistols at dawn. But in the interest of bipartisanship I will agree with you that nothing written in this column matters in any way.

GeoX
GeoX

Do you cretins really think you're fooling anybody other than yourselves into thinking that this matters in any way?  It's actually kind of hysterical that you've all latched onto this one small mistake as though it invalidates everything about the column (if only you'd apply that same standard to your own sociopathic heroes...).  Seriously, guys, you're really, really embarrassing yourselves here, not that I expect you to have the self-awareness to realize that.

edroso
edroso

" It's simply amazing the lengths of due diligence you are now willing to condensed to after having embarrassed yourself."

I feel a little put-upon, but not condensed. 

edroso
edroso

"It's simply amazing the lengths of due diligence you are now willing to condensed to after having embarrassed yourself."

I feel a little put-upon, but not condensed. 

(Please, don't make me repeat myself again.)

thatemailname
thatemailname

You readers do understand that 4 of 5 quotes here attributed to John Hinderaker are complete fabrications?  Made up out of whole cloth.   Lies.  

You DO understand that, don't you?

Phila
Phila

You readers do understand that 4 of 5 quotes here attributed to John Hinderaker are complete fabrications?  Made up out of whole cloth.

Actually, all of them are. It's just that a few of them were attributed to the wrong liar.

Seriously, there's a pretty clear difference between "promptly and publicly corrected misattribution" and "complete fabrication," though I don't really expect a Hinderaker acolyte to appreciate that.

And don't get me started on the theory that someone would willfully "fabricate" a quote and then link it directly to the supposed author's site. Even the lunatics at WND know better than that.

Leeds man
Leeds man

The only lie here is calling a misattribution a fabrication. Hoist by your own petard, but I'm sure you'll never admit to understanding that.

edroso
edroso

"...complete fabrications? Made up out of whole cloth. Lies."

I confused two sources -- which is a shame, but fixable, indeed fixed. Though you got here hours after the attributions were sorted out, I'll assume you just missed that. We all make mistakes.

coozledad
coozledad

Is aberrant capitalization just a tic, a side effect of antipsychotic meds, or do they teach it at the bible colleges. Maybe it's  "Freedom English".

JVW
JVW

Is the inability to end a interrogative sentence with a question mark a tic, a side effect of antipsychotic meds, or do they teach it at the overpriced lower-tier private colleges with Peace Studies Departments?

Leeds man
Leeds man

I say "an interrogative". You seem to disagree. But yes, I should have said "consonant sound". I studied sciences, so what do I know?

JVW
JVW

I am afraid, Leeds man, that you are not as well-versed on the rules as you might think.  Do you say "a hour" or "an hour"?  Do you say "a union" or "an union"?  If you think that the article is determined only by whether the word begins with a consonant or a vowel then perhaps you need to attend one of these over-priced, over-subsidized, over-rated colleges and brush up on the rules of usage.

But to give you your due, I should have said "an interrogative sentence."  It certainly sounds better to the mind's ear.

Leeds man
Leeds man

The college which taught you that "interrogative" begins with a consonant was definitely over-priced, regardless of its tier.

nexus974
nexus974

I guess no one told Cain only Bill Clinton was permitted to get away with philandering.

Phila
Phila

I guess no one told Cain only Bill Clinton was permitted to get away with philandering.

David Vitter's still in office, Anthony Weiner isn't, and Newt "I stack my women like cordwood" Gingrich is currently dancing on Cain's self-dug grave. Those minor details aside, great comment.

Sheesh. I can't imagine where anyone got the idea that modern conservatism is a hotbed of professional victims, moral relativists and drama queens.

Rob
Rob

Wait- first you attribute quotes to the wrong guy and when caught all you can say is "these guys all sound alike to me"? Wow, there's some journalistic standards! And of course Hinderaker, in your mind, has no reason to be actually steamed about it so you accuse him of "acting" steamed.So far, it's "I'm going to smear you due to my ignorance, and you have no reason to be mad about it." Wow.And then you chide Hinderaker for not Googling the quotes himself to verify who actually wrote them. Get this through your head, Roy: That was your job, you lazy hack!And not even a hint of an apology. Of course, Liberal means never having to say you're sorry.

edroso
edroso

"Wait- first you attribute quotes to the wrong guy and when caught all you can say is 'these guys all sound alike to me'?" 

Yeah. Listen, you try paying attention to these idiots day after day. It wears on a person. 

"So far, it's 'I'm going to smear you due to my ignorance, and you have no reason to be mad about it.' Wow." 

You have a poor understanding of the word "smear." If anything, Hinderaker should be happy to have been mistaken for Goldstein, however briefly. (Come to think of it, I thought the prose sounded a little too orderly for Hinderaker, but I assumed he was just having a good day.)

prigsby2
prigsby2

 I was eager to assess for the first time the intellect of the vaunted Village Voice's readership and have instead discovered matriarchal humor and penis jokes which are insulting for no other reason than their lack of wit and imagination. By encountering your readership firsthand I think I have gained a better understanding of your writings. "Though I came to jeer at you, I leave now with regret."

McSalmon
McSalmon

You did not come here to make reasoned discourse; you came here to chastise a man for messing up a quote, which he apologized for, corrected, and would have moved on with, were you and yours not hooting like heat-crazed gibbons. Have you ever held any right blog to this level of honesty? I would bet cold hard money that you didn't.

So please spare us the false sanctimony that we failed to live up to the standards of the Socratic Dialogue you had in your head. You came in to be a clown, so don't be surprised at the laughter.

prigsby2
prigsby2

Thats what I get for trying to ennoble my "worthy" opponent's excuses for reasoned political discussion beyond their worth. Should have stuck with calling them poor quality "yo mama jokes".

Leeds man
Leeds man

matriarchal humor

The Goddess is not amused. Learn to use "matriarchal" correctly.

McSalmon
McSalmon

(Exeunt, chased by his mom wearing a strap on)

McSalmon
McSalmon

Oh, it doesn't matter, Roy. You misattributed a quote, and that's a sin? None of the other bloggers above would have cared if they accidentally quoted Lincoln with a quote from '24'.  It's a stupid game of gotcha that diverts from the fact that Cain ran a mental campaign, roundly mocked by anyone paying attention, and then imploded under the statements of multiple women testifying that he made unwelcome advances and/or slept with them. That bloggers are suggesting that Cain's bad boy behavior is not the cause of his campaign crumbling into ash is about an order of magnitude worse than forgetting which interchangeable dick said what.

Conservatives, you may well lose this election because you will either elect an idiot, a bastard or some combination of the two. If you do, please remember that it was not our fault that no one wanted to eat the crap sandwich you offered them, and not because the media is biased against crap.

McSalmon
McSalmon

That was your takeaway line? 'Butt hurt'? My wife laughed hard at that line about your mom. Butt hurt was honestly a throwaway term for comic effect. Keep up, Grandpa.

prigsby2
prigsby2

LOL  "butt hurt"?? How old are you kid?

McSalmon
McSalmon

Your mom. Her breasts are fake, but they are still accurately defined as 'breasts'. I know, and it cost me a quarter to find out.

Look, I know you guys are all butt hurt about Roy messing up the name of the rightknob who said something dumb, but he did something I think you are unfamiliar with, being affiliated with same rightknobs - he posted a correction. I know Fox does this so rarely that it counts as a minor religious holiday, but this is actually common in most media formats run by regular people not engaged in a trumped up vendetta against reality. So, either accept the change, and go home grumbling under your breath, or just admit you could care less about it and keep howling in mock pain and outrage against how hard it is to be a Republican. It never ever gets old.

prigsby2
prigsby2

 So the quotes are "fake but accurate"..Now where have I heard that logic before?

Rob
Rob

You're probably right about my (mis)understanding of "smear" (or the proper use of parentheses). But I think anyone who gets wrongfully attributed to quotes has every right to be "steamed", whether the intent was to smear or praise.And for that matter, I read the Hinderaker post and I wouldn't really call it "steamed", more like "bemusedly irritated".I'm sorry (see how easy it is?) that you have to suffer these "idiots" day after day, but even idiots deserve an apology once in awhile.Take care, Rob

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