Skip to comments.No Excuses for Herman Cain (by Rich Lowry, editor of National Review)
Posted on 11/19/2011 8:52:46 AM PST by UniqueViews
Poor Rick Perry. His "brain freeze" is indelible, otherwise it would forever be eclipsed by Herman Cain's more cringe-inducing meanderings on Libya.
At a meeting with the editors of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cain was asked whether he agreed with President Barack Obama's handling of Libya. You would think he had been asked who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, Cain's joshing description of a prototypical gotcha foreign-policy question. What ensued was the longest five minutes of an editorial-board meeting ever.
As the inspiring outsider-businessman, Cain needn't sound like he's auditioning for the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But is it too much to ask that he sound like he reads the newspaper every day?
Republicans tend to be defensive of their own when they are criticized for substantive superficiality. They remember that "they said the same thing about Ronald Reagan." But Reagan was a two-term governor and repeat presidential candidate who had exhaustively thought through his views. He proved it's possible to be fearlessly anti-establishment and well informed at the same time. Herman Cain has yet to manage it.
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Hmm Rush Limbaugh says Rick Lowreys analysis of this is moronic. I say I have to agree.
RUSH: Now, he said that twice. He said, Well, Im for collective bargaining as long as its not collective hijacking, and as long as it doesnt create an undue burden on the state. Again, the attempt here is to make it sound as though he doesnt know what hes talking about. But on Libya, when you listen to the whole interview, the whole question and answer, he ended up getting Libya right. His biggest mistake was admitting he was having a hard time focusing. He shouldnt have said that in front of the enemy, the enemy being the editorial board, but he said Im having a hard time focusing here.
Federal workers do have collective bargaining. Some of them do. Some federal workers do have collective bargaining. Its not the same as in some of the states. For example, the air traffic controllers do have collective bargaining over their wages, and some federal workers only have collective bargaining rights over work conditions. Some of them have collective bargaining rights over other aspects, but not wages. Its all over the ballpark. It is a mistake to say that federal workers, as the editorial board member here said, dont have collective bargaining rights; some of them do.
In any event, substantively Cain was right. Substantively Cain got it right on collective bargaining for federal unionized workers, and the editors got it wrong. And even the Journal Sentinel article that accompanies the video eventually admitted that Cain got it right in his answer and their editors had it wrong. But no matter, they are attempting to portray via the video here a slow, ignorant, uninformed, unsure of himself candidate who really is just out classed and is just totally out of his league. And the video, under that impression, under those auspices, has gone viral, and thats the thought accompanying it with everybody who sends it out.
Lowry has the resources to find out that subsequent research has cast doubt into the carefully edited Cain gaffe.
I have found that unwillingness to research issues by a columnist with ample resources to do such is a sure tell of underlying bias. Can you say Mittwitt? Sure you can.
Rich Lowry is not and never will be half the man Herman Cain has become.
You know, I have voted since the 1968 election I was a leftist back in those days...but as an American and as a person who has studied American History I think I can make up my mind as to who I want to vote for without Rich Lowry or anybody else telling me so I am at a place where I am tired of the bots for all these canidates.
Rich, you dog legged buffoon, Herman was on the radio in Atlanta for years talking about this stuff. Rich you are full of last years turkey stuffing. How much quantitative analysis do you know little rich.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
Sure, and the National Review is a leftist rag. (/sarc)
No excuses for NR. They suppressed zer0’s ineligibility so they could still be invited to sip overpriced scotch with The Nation editors. I’d vote for zer0 before subscribing to NR again.
It’s not just Cain’s lack of foreign policy knowledge:
“It’s not as though he’s a wonk on domestic policy, either. He’s tied himself in knots on abortion, contradicted himself on an electrified border fence, and demonstrated an unfamiliarity with basics of Medicare policy. Even on his signature issue, 9-9-9, he relies on repetition and assertion more than detailed argument.”
(from this article)
People like Lowry are always waiting for these “gotcha” moments from candidates they consider the dead wood on the line-up. I’d have to believe his candidate is ROMNEY, and he’s going to have a harder time in the”baggage retrieval” area if he tries to promote Romney over Gingrich, who ultimately WILL get the nomination.
Amen! My first vote was for Goldwater and have been doing fine since then figuring out for whom I will vote.
I do believe that Cain needs to do something about crafting a coherent base of knowledge on foreign policy. I do think the Rich over generalizes but he has some valid points but he totally has ignored Herman Cain’s vast store of experience in the private sector and the value of this and reduces him down to a book salesman/pizza executive. Bush wasn’t so sharp on foreign policy either and truthfully if we are talking about low bars I don’t know any one of the candidates that would truly pass the foreign policy experience test. I think Cain needs to add some strong foreign policy conservatives to his team. He also needs to rework his campaign staff to show that he would choose a competent team of experts. Its not about fairness it is about him dealing with a false perception that is being fed.
One thing that Cain could do is pick some of the fantastic stories from his life and use those in his talking points for a change. People need to be introduced to the real Herman Cain. The man who rose from meager means to the heights of success through hard work. Herman needs to take a few days off get some solid rest and then spend a few weeks adding a couple hours going over and sorting out where he stands on many issues because he can not have these kind of things continuing to bleed him out.
I still believe that Cain is the best man to go up against Obama but being a better man is not enough. He can not go up against Obama and make the kind of mistakes he’s made lately. I fully understand that he has been under immense stress from the sex allegations but it is time for him to show the command of his campaign. He still has time to work this out but if he doesn’t it is going to be very hard for him and that would be a loss for all of us.
God help us if all is left to choose from is Romney or Newt.
What I see in this article is a mix of legit concerns that also incorporates past dishonest attacks against Cain. Lowry is showing he has an underlying agenda by doing such.
Mr. Lowry, a few facts to ponder when bad mouthing Mr. Herman Cain!!! How would you react if for weeks members of the Black Congressional Caucus, the NAACP and the Democrat Party cursed you and demonized you??? How would you react if you were accused of sexual harrasment day after day by the lowest form of humanity that exists on this Earth. This all, with no proof or substantial facts whatsoever!!! And, sir, how would you react if some unknown persons or persons threatened you with bodily harm or murder becasue of your political views. IMHO, Mr. Cain has called for Secret Service support and protection for fully justified cause!!! This man, who only seeks to to serve his country does not deserve this kind of treatment, but......he can take it. Yes, maybe he has become a bit unfocused, so to speak. But....what would any average human being do when you are threatened openly from verbal or bodily destruction. Oh, Mr. Cain will bounce back. He got “True Grit” What you should be pursuing, sir, IMHO, is the “Chicago Way” that is fully at work here!!! I am certain you get the drift. Millions of us do!!!
“Hmm Rush Limbaugh says Rick Lowrey’s analysis of this is moronic. I say I have to agree.”
In the long quote you posted, Rush doesn’t even mention Rich Lowrey, nor does he comment on Lowry’s analysis. So why are you making such an outrageous statement?