Skip to comments.Herman Cain pulls race card on Rick Perry
Posted on 10/03/2011 11:09:54 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The Washington Post's attempt to "macaca" Rick Perry generated a racialist response from a surprising source. Stephanie McCrummen's ham-handed effort to smear the Texas Governor relied on hearsay, anonymous cloudy recollections of events from nearly 30 years ago and interviews with black Texas residents recalling how they were treated in the Jim Crow 1950's. Ms. McCrummen is a reporter based in Nairobi: it would seem the Post could bring in someone based in Texas for this research, but perhaps the editors weren't looking for someone with local knowledge so much as someone willing to grind the ax against Governor Perry. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air accurately describes this screed as journalistic malpractice.
Governor Perry's name wasn't on the lease for this property until 1997, 14 years after the offensive term was removed from a boulder outside the property. Mr. Perry's record on matters of race is reportedly unassailable. Which brings us to the surprising source of racialist commentary about the Washington Post's pet rock.
My respect for Herman Cain made his racialist remarks about Governor Perry particularly discouraging...
Governor Perry never owned the property, and it appears that he suggested his father remove the offensive word as soon as he saw it. He didn't "leave it up there" at all. Perhaps Mr. Cain felt his need to establish bona fides with the black community superseded his responsibility to be respectful to his fellow candidate. Playing the race card was one of the last moves I would have expected from Herman Cain. His willingness to pile on the smearing of Governor Perry seems more like something we could expect from Barack Obama or Al Sharpton than a principled conservative....
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I watched it. This story is dead in the water.
Go Herman ! Crush that La Raza Rick like a little bug !
“Mitt Romney, Perrys chief rival in the GOP race, said Monday in a cable news interview that he found the term offensive and thought most people view the term as such. Then, Romney suggested that the matter should be taken up with Perry.”
“Rival and fellow Texan Rep. Ron Paul wanted to talk about other things. “I have no idea what the circumstances were, Paul said when asked about the controversy while campaigning in New Hampshire Monday, but in this day and age to try to turn something around and make him say that he endorsed using that word - I think we should worry about the wars, and assassinations, the economy, not trying to find out some way that you’re going to blame Perry.’
“Jay Carney also took a pass. All I would say is the name is clearly offensive, said Carney, and, from what Ive read and I have no inside knowledge beyond what Ive read the governor shares that opinion. Pressed for more, Carney did not take the opportunity to criticize Perry. I really dont know that much about it except from what Ive read and thats all I can say about it.”
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This story is dead in the water and won't even last the 48-hour news cycle in my opinion. By next Saturday folks won't even remember this thing, the few that heard about it.
The libs effort to smear Herman Cain, I must say, IS somewhat interesting to watch.
A complaint of race-baiting coming from the camp of Rick “You Racists Just Hate the Sound of their Last Names” Perry?
What’s next, is Rick going to complain that someone injected him with the Gardasil vaccine?
Good to see you are still hangin’ in you .....’RINO TROLL’!!!! (yep, we all remember you getting spanked!!!), Your little illegal/muslim lover ricarrdo is not doing to well is he? I guess we are are just ‘heartless’ and that is the reason huh young lady? This ancient old boy has seen a few pols come and go but this perry kid is really something. How in God’s name FReepers fall for this perrynista fake is beyond me. He is every bit, if not worse, than mitt and paul.
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Wow you Perry supporters are desperate.
Furthermore, you can’t see your obvious hypocrisy.
Perry Supporters think the following
1) It’s okay for Perry to trash conservative voters as heartless in a national Republican debate.
2) They think it’s no big deal Perry went a hunting grounds that had an obvious racist name.
Like a liberal Perry supporters attack a black candidate for answering how he felt about it.
So the mindset of a Perry voter is that it’s okay for Perry to call conservatives “heartless”, but don’t you dare be honest with the people when asked a question.
Yup all the reason why Perry is a horrible choice. You are nuts if you do not think the Democrats would let this go.
I honestly now believe Perry cannot defeat Obama in a National election because of the hunting incident. The media and the press will go on and on and on about it.
Contrary to what some may try to say, this story does not appear to be going away for Cain. The American Thinker is a highly respected journalistic think tank, and I don’t think they would have carried this on yet another day as they are had this been a small story.
I don’t always get to listen to Mark Levin but had the privilege of listening to his Monday afternoon radio program, and he was livid Cain was involved in this racially-scripted lie.
The author of your article mentioned it reminded him of Bachmann’s “over the top” allegations. It does seem over the top, but I believe there was another factor this time with Cain. I think Obama gave him bait, and unfortunately Cain was too naive and ran with it.
Herman Cain said on Hannity that he don’t think Rick Perry was involved with this. The rock in question was painted over in the early 1980’s but if you got up really close you could see some faint writing! End of story. The media was trying to get Herman Cain and Rick Perry fighting each other didn’t work!
“Herman Cain said on Hannity that he dont think Rick Perry was involved with this. The rock in question was painted over in the early 1980s but if you got up really close you could see some faint writing! End of story. The media was trying to get Herman Cain and Rick Perry fighting each other didnt work!”
This story is over. Perry fans will have to come up with something else to get upset about.
Something about Perry just seems off to me. I don’t think he can beat Obama.
Not only are the serious journalistic outlets keeping this story on the front burner, Cain is getting laughed at on many Twitter accounts now too.
Here is one of my favorites that just came out, speaking of Herman Cain’s “insensitive” remarks after deciding to go with the nonfactual Washington Post story and then ALSO his other statement saying 2/3 of blacks are brainwashed:
From Twitter tonight:
Justinwcomedy Justin Williams
Herman Cain has to be the first Presidential candidate to use the race card against black people AND white people in the same week
Rush Limbaugh was none too happy about Herman Cain’s part in this either.
Herman Cains comments on Rick Perry prompt a Rush Limbaugh slap-down
Except it’s not over if it’s still getting ink! Cain took the bait thrown out and is suffering the consequences. That is the way the ball bouncs in the big leagues.
This was the worst case of yellow journalism and Cain ran with it until it backfired on him.
I rarely disagree with rush, but I don’t think Cain said anything he needs to be ashamed of. I think perry was by far more racist in his Hispandering.
I would never hunt in a park with such an offensive name, if that is the story. Buying it and changing the name is acceptable, but even entering such a park is just distasteful to me.
“Except its not over if its still getting ink! “
I assure you that’s the last thing Perry wants.
When you keep hearing about a rock, eventually you want to see it, but I can’t find a picture of the rock.
Cain showed a poor judgement in criticising Perry without knowing of the facts, he took the bait in the form of compost article and ran with it, it shows poor form.
I do not support Perry for now but know you to be a fine poster and those attacking you personally are being jackasses
“When you keep hearing about a rock, eventually you want to see it”
that’s why I am saying it doesn’t help Perry to keep this story going and going. Perry fans will do it to get back at Cain but this is just what the MSM wants. It just distracts both of them from the real issues.
They did not buy it. Perry's father leased it. It was, and I believe still is owned by a non-profit children's organization.
However, upon entering while they had leased it for hunting, the Perry family is reported to have painted over the slur and to have turned the rock upside down to further cover the rock at which time grass and weeds basically grew to cover the rock almost entirely, requiring it to be dug up to see the paint that had covered the saying.
The only question I still am hearing is whether the rock was painted and turned in 2007 or 2008.
Another person who finds his respect for Cain affected by the way that Cain answered without acknowledging the facts.
And now Cain is trying to water down what he said, saying he meant it but he didn't mean it. Saying he won't back down on being upset with Perry but it's not Perry he's upset with. Saying Perry's insensitive but it is really the rock and not Perry that is insensitive. Typical Cain, trying to have things both ways.
Seeing what Cain is capable of and seeing his low-level political finesse, I can't wait to see some more of his backfires.
Oh yes this campaign season has been filled with “real” issues. If anything this story helps him by stopping the pile on the other candidates have been engaged in the last month. Perry wins this argument and even has Democrats rising to his defense which is making Cain and Romney look worse
I could be generous I suppose and agree to move on but no courtesy has been extended to perry even on issues he admitted fault so forget it.
“Oh yes this campaign season has been filled with real issues.”
yup! Cain was on Hannity tonight and they showed the tape of him debating Clinton. Many people were impressed by that but you can have your rock, I guess.
Cain has said that his comments were about the word on the rock not about the people who rented the place. This is so dead and over it is comical.
Agree totally. I fear that Cain really has made a huge error in jumping on this. I hope he can find some way to admit he was wrong, convincingly, unlike Bachmann with the vaccine/mental health, Perry with the college tuition, Mr.Newt with his ex-wife, Romney with healthcare, ...
You have a spot on analysis of most politicians though. When they say or do something wrong, it is hard many times for them to come to grips with what they did wrong or know how to appropriately go forward.
A politician’s strength can be seen by how they handle hurdles such as what you mentioned.
Since Cain has no real political experience other than mostly speeches and debates, it is unfortunate for us that we have Cain’s only political record of rights and wrongs through his campaign talk. However, for those who are interested in him and think he is worth putting in office to see how he does in politics, at least we have his words and media reactions to go on.
Cain’s first mistake was believing the Washington Post and ignoring the denials of the Perry camp.
His second mistake was continuing to call Perry
insensitive to black people and saying he “ finally “ got around to
painting the rock.
Cain was on ABC and FOX on Sunday and
spoke before microphones on the sidewalk .
His third mistake was denying his Sunday comments yesterday
and then declaring he was done with the story.
Once the story was coming back on Cain ,
he decided that he was done with it.
He didn’t have that problem on Sunday.
His fourth mistake was not acknowledging jumping the gun
and then apologizing to Perry .
Perry has apologized for his “ you don’t have a heart “ comment and admitted that his words were inappropriate.
Cain apologized to Muslims , more like groveled , IMHO , but,
he won’t apologize to Perry.
I’m just glad that Herman didn’t make a big deal from it! I’m for Herman for Prez!
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