Skip to comments.Hume on Cain: Smoking campaign ad ‘sheer oddness,’ attacks on Rove ‘another odd thing to say’
Posted on 10/25/2011 11:03:45 AM PDT by mandaladon
On Fox News Channels Americas Newsroom on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume attempted to make sense of recent odd decisions by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, including accusing GOP campaign strategist Karl Rove of picking on him and releasing a web ad of his chief of staff touting Cains accomplishments while smoking a cigarette.
The unconventional web ad is sort of a metaphor for the Cain campaign, Hume said. You can never quite figure out what the guy is quite up to. You know, if he were a conventional candidate he would be campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire and working feverishly to raise money to do so. Instead, he keeps to a travel schedule which seems at times more designed to help him sell his book than it does to help him get nominated for president. The ad, I dont know what they think they can accomplish its only a web ad. You know, it may not see the light of day many places except that its sheer oddness means it is getting played right here on Fox. And what you get out of having some miscellaneous middle-aged guy smoking a cigarette and saying youre the right candidate is mystery to me.
As for the back-and-forth Cain has had with Rove, Hume said that was ill-advised and cautioned against giving too much credence to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll that gave Cain a four-point edge over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and a 15-point edge over former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Thats another odd thing to say, Hume said. Look, if youre running for president you dont want to get into a fight with Karl Rove. That makes no sense.
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Herman’s not following establishment rules, and it’s driving them crazy.
Inside the Beltway types don't realize that conservatives have been battling Rove for years. We WANT someone who will tell Porky where to shove his RINO amnesty-loving agenda.
FOX = RINO TV
FoxNews New York is “mostly” alright(-Shep and Hannity) BUT FoxNews DC SUX ASS! They are nothing more than a bunch of “inside-the-beltway” snotnosed BASTARDS!
..Brit has never been the same since his son died IMO...
What’s up with Hume? He used to be a sensible, stand-up guy.
Free publicity. Sure beats fund raising ;-)
The reason Hume doesn’t understand the attack on Rove is because Hume obviously doesn’t understand what Rove stands for, and what Rove represents to conservatives.
And that means that Hume is so far out of touch with conservative reality he might as well be out there in orbit around Saturn somewhere.
Hume & Rove began the attack on Herman Cain by calling Herman Cain, the flavor of the week!!! Well, the Herman Cain dude has been the flavor for the last thee weeks!!! What say you now, boys??? And....remember, you gents don’t choose the Candidate for POTUS in the Reublican Party, we the people do!!!
You can’t get more “inside the beltway” than Brit Hume. He grew up in Washington D.C. and went to high school with John Kerry at some elite prep school.
Attacks on Tokyo Rove are always justified, and it is customary to slaughter hogs in the fall anyway.
Haah... how funny... its all about getting folks to check out the ad, with a not so subliminal message touting personal freedom, slapping down political correctness... I love it!!
“Brit has never been the same since his son died IMO...”
That’s about it.
The ad will definitely go over well with business owners who have been forced to ban smoking in their establishments.
Cain isn't one of the media elite annointed ones and therefore, is readily dismissed.
Look, if youre running for president as a conservative you're going to get into a fight with Karl Rove.
Or maybe it's time for Cain to start behaving more seriously. Cain's ad WAS juvenile if not plain nuts---and we just don't need anymore of either.
Myth and Perry are their own reality TV show
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Romney Perry Cain Ad
No. It started when Sarah Palin tagged Herman w/ that 'flavor of the week' comment.
“FOX = RINO TV”
Sure seems that have drifted that way. Or maybe they are just “establishment” TV that sure arent conservative. They are mostly a collection of blonds, neocon moderates, gay liberals, bill oriley(I’m smarter than the folks) and bill oriley wanna be’s. Getting harder and harder to listen
I'd have to agree with Hume here. Party zealots will obviously have heard of Cain and many will vote for him in the primaries. But what about the primary voters who aren't really that engaged? Without the money to spend copiously on ads and GOTV drives, it's hard to see how Cain becomes the GOP nominee. The one-man-army model really doesn't work for political campaigns. And what if Cain wins the nomination and continues his quixotic one-man-army campaign against Obama's billion dollar fund, which will buy a massive GOTV drive and wall-to-wall negative ads? It could be a rerun of 2008, when McCain was outspent by Obama 4 to 1. Cain need to get his campaign organization in gear quick.
For Cain? Or for Itchy and Scratchy?
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Fox does have some nice blonds and I must say I think the blonds are a lot smarter then the guys at Fox.
Picking a fight with a candidate is an odd thing for a pundiot to do?? Hey Brit, quit digging!
Pray for America
Mark Block addresses smoking role in latest Cain video with Megan Kelly
Much ado about nothing :-)
“Email Hume at email@example.com“
Told him he was disrespectful addressing Cain like he was some shoe shullfing fool and the Cain was right about Rove.
I don’t think so... it was a web ad. And it got the free press it needed to achieve the campaign’s goals.
These idiot pundits working overtime to promote Romney are fighting a losing battle this time. They aren’t driving this election.
The mediots would love to make the ad about smoking but reasonably intelligent people recognize it to be a freedom issue and they also realize that it took courage to make such an ad.
The amount of money (or lack thereof) that McCain had in the 2008 election is not the reason he lost.
Palin said this was going to be an unconventional campaign season. She was right!!
Herman Cain is trying to out do Ross Perot and his “space aliens are working for Bush” idiocy.
It’s a not meant to be seen on TV. It’s a WEB AD. What is the big deal? Web ads often paid for by 527 organizations often push the envelope or are designed to push someones button, which this did very well. That way it gets lots of exposure without having to the big money of a TV spot.
This ad is getting so much exposure, I say they are getting their money’s worth.
What happened to Brit’s son?
Karl Rove doesn’t like black presidential candidates. There, I said it!
You are absolutely right!!!
Britt, you’ve historically been a reasonable icon of sense in the on-air lie-fests with your fellow liberal conspirators. You have a chance here to redeem yourself with a higher Deity. You’d better take it and get right with yourself, son. Don’t trade your ideals for exposure and acquaintanceship with tools of the devil....
My take on the ad.
Clinton outspent Bush in 1992 and Bush outspent Kerry in 2004.
I disagree. The ad was great...up until the time the dude lit a cig. I mean...what was the point of that? Granted we have become PC...but this isn't 1950's and that dude ins't the Marlboro man.
It really wasn't necessary to the content of the ad and in the end...was a distraction to the message. Whoever thought of it should be fired. Cain should have been politically SAVEY enough to know this is dumb...even if its a small interenet ad.
That said...he still gets my primary vote and I'm in Texas.
Had it been a typical, conventional ad it would have never been noticed. Actually it was a stroke of brilliance. What could have been less expensive and more effective than a puff of on a cigarette at the very end look at the attention its received. “I don’t care what you call me, just spell the name right” is at work here.
Probably been to one too many DC cocktail parties.