You know, it's no fluke that Herman Cain — whom most people never even heard of before he swept the Fox News base off its feet in the first GOP debate — is currently running second in the new Gallup poll (third if you count supposedly-touring-country-for-no-reason-whatsoever non-candidate Sarah Palin). The guy really knows how to speak to his audience in words that they feel right down in their American patriot souls.
Just look at how many dog whistle words and buzz fears he manages to squeeze into this one short paragraph from an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg…
"Barack Obama is more of an international [DING!]," Cain said. "I think he's out of the mainstream [DING!] and always has been. Look, he was raised in Kenya [DING! DING! DING!], his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it's true, but his dad was Kenyan [DING!], and when he was going to school [DING!] he got a lot of fellowships [DING!], scholarships [DING!], he stayed in the academic environment [DING!] for a long time. He spent most of his career as an intellectual. [DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!]"
A lot of people seem to be focusing on the overt untruth about Kenya, but I think the last accusation is the really damning. Being a foreigner is one thing. But reading books and learning stuff? That is simply unpardonable. Do you think he's reading books in the White House right now?! Oh no!
To be honest, I don't think Cain has a real shot at winning the nomination. But you know what? He's gonna make a fantastic replacement for Glenn Beck on Fox.
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