Herman Cain, Black Votes, and the GOP

Okay, so I've been reading a lot of blogs about the GOP's attempt to get more Black members.  Um...really?  Mind you, I've been reading about this for a while, but I was in a sort of denial, because by the GOP's behavior, and the behaviors of its constituents, it never occurred to me that the GOP even wanted the Black vote.  I mean, they've always acted as though they didn't need it.  I didn't realize that they were actually making a serious effort to garner Black interest.  I didn't realize that to them, this was what a serious effort looked like.

And now they're trying to use - of all people - Herman Cain as Negro bait?  And they're serious?  Seriously?

No wonder Black bloggers are having a field day with the GOP.  I swear it's been like an early Christmas on the Negrosphere ever since Cain took center stage.

When will the GOP and the Tea Klux Klan learn that Black folks aren't as simple as they'd like to think we are?  We're not so easily impressed as white voters are with the color of a speaker's face.  When Black people are in the public eye, both here and abroad, we take things with a grain of salt.  We scrutinize and we question.  Are they a Rented Negro?  Why are they saying this and what are they not saying?  Unlike some people, we already know that just because a speaker looks like us, it doesn't mean everything they say is right and true, and certainly it doesn't mean they have our best interests at heart - that's white people's thinking.  That's lemmings following that other random lemming, even when he marches them off a cliff.

All a white politician has to do to be successful amongst white voters is blame this country's problems entirely on people of color and boom - they're in whatever office they were campaigning for, earning a cushy salary while doing absolutely nothing.

Same thing with all these political talk show hosts and writers; all they have to do is talk shit about people of color...and gays...and the poor, and voila - instant multi-million-dollar deals for doing little more than hate-mongering.

Behold the American Dream, y'all.

I'll be honest; I've mostly dismissed the GOP recently because their debates have been a circus, their candidates are mostly laughable, and their supporters publicly cheer them on (and boo others) for all the wrong reasons.  I still refuse to believe they really want the Black vote; I think this is all just for publicity and controversy.

If the GOP really wanted the Black vote, they wouldn't need Rented Negroes to insult their own people.  It would occur to them that calling us "brainwashed slaves", or signing pledges with state Black children were better off during the slavery era, are probably not the smartest courses of action.

If the GOP really wanted the Black vote, they would distance themselves from the likes of Tea Klux Klan, Hannity, Coulter, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh.  And they would denounce them openly and unequivocally.

If the GOP really wanted the Black vote, they wouldn't hesitate to directly address and support Black issues - not the ones they feel should be addressed, but the issues raised by Black people.

If the GOP really wanted the Black vote, they wouldn't hesitate to make Black people a socioeconomic priority, improving our schools, ensuring our chances at higher education, raising our employment rate, and preventing the gentrification of our neighborhoods.

If the GOP really wanted the Black vote, they would fight tooth and nail to end police brutality against us, along with the wrongful incarceration and execution of our peoples.

I could go on and on, but you get the gist, which is this: the GOP doesn't really want the Black vote.  I think these antics are just a way to secure as much of the dim-witted lemming vote as possible.  America is, after all, a racist country, filled with fools and 'phobes.  If you can gather all their votes, you won't need votes from POC.  Or gays.  Or poor people who are POC and/or gay.

At least...for now.

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  1. Which reminds me...I don't think the GOP really wants the Oval Office in 2012, otherwise they wouldn't keep doing the Democrats so many favors.

    Have you folks noticed how little the Dems have had to do to make the GOP look bad?

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  2. I'm actually amazed at how much effort the GOP puts into making themselves look like dumb ass people. But it's also scary that there are people that believe everything coming out of their mouths. As for Herman Cain I knew we would be a hot mess when he started his campaign when I "shucky ducky" came out of his mouth. And I'm sure he'll be "shocked" the moment the GOP don't need him anymore and drop him. Has his wife said anything? I've only seen a pic or two, but not much else about her is out yet it seems.

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  3. All I can say is thank you!

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  4. LAWD! LAWD! File this under you know Hell has frozen over when:

    We got a Negro in the White House, we got Republicans propping up another one as their champion. We got queers in the military and occupied white folks catching beatdowns from the po-pos.

    I don't know what Bizarro world I woke up in but this shit is GLORIOUS!!!!!

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  5. Ankhesen Mié said…
    I could go on and on, but you get the gist, which is this: the GOP doesn't really want the Black vote. I think these antics are just a way to secure as much of the dim-witted lemming vote as possible. America is, after all, a racist country, filled with fools and 'phobes. If you can gather all their votes, you won't need votes from POC.

    I couldn’t agree more. There’re more than enough nervous white voters to threaten Obama’s tenure in the white house. Likewise, a politically appealing, non-white conservative candidate could be enough to shakeup the African American voting bloc. Traditionally/historically, the Republicans have had an image problem. They play the, “we’re not racist” card; but history has revealed time and time again where their true loyalty lies. Namely, Southern whites; especially if they’re rich and powerful. Whites just aren’t hiding it anymore.

    What they’re doing now in states all across this country is securing power. Fueled primarily by capital and xenophobia, their aim is to prevail by whatever means necessary; thereby sustaining and preserving the white narrative. At the state level they’ve already remapped voting districts. Even now, powerful white republicans have pushed voter ID laws through the legislature, with the specific intent of keeping non-whites and the poor from the booth. Still others have resorted to deceptive television campaigns to mislead senior voters.

    The white man is notorious when it comes to this hypocrisy, and he doesn’t give a damn what we think. He’s a political animal. From the beginning his agenda has been geared towards gaining power for power’s sake. Dipping his schema in black face allows for the appearance of diversity, while behind the scenes he plots our demise. Mouthpieces such as Herman Cain, Michael Steele, Allen West and Ron Christie all serve their masters well; but it’s the white man who benefits in the end, not them. I see no difference in what organized crime does and what Republicans do. The mafia uses legitimate business fronts to hide their criminal enterprise. As do republicans, when they put black faces on the marquee, to deflect from their racist agenda.

    Top of the line Rental Negros won’t see it because they don’t want to acknowledge it. Whites give them just enough power/notoriety to wet their appetite; use them until they’ve outlived their usefulness, then discard them. Michael Steel didn’t retain his chairmanship long did he? He held onto it long enough to sway the public’s perception on race; then republican leaders snatched that apple away once they regained power. What white republicans are looking for is the appearance of racial propriety, and to that end, they’ll always need a few tokens. Gov. Chris Christie has already alluded to possibly running in 2016, so no, I don’t think they’re really concerned about taking the white house in 2012. What with the current field of candidates in such disarray, I don’t see Obama as being all that worried. Course, stranger things have happened.

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  6. The problem with the Black vote is the amount of effort spent in order to earn it, is just not worth it when it is compared with the humongous benefits gained socially and economically by throwing Black communities under the bus.

    It goes without saying, that what irks the GOP is to be forced to take the Black vote into consideration, as a largely overpriced currency for its limited uses. Basically , they feel cheated when seemingly the Dem gets it for free.

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  7. "...but you get the gist, which is this: the GOP doesn't really want the Black vote."

    WOMP! This whole thing is ginormous gargantuan reality TV show, that makes Jerry Springer pale in comparison.

    The only thing these people want is more than their fair share of 15 minutes of fame. Greedy bitches that they are. They have co-opted politics and used it against itself.

    The lemmings cant step out of the line to save themselves because they'll miss the ending.

    Anna Renee

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  8. *laughing", the GOP goes from bad to worse. That c0ommercial he made with his adviser..it was something to really laugh at. It reminded me of something between Woodstock. He looked pretty pimped out in it. I didn't get what he was saying in it( not that I wanted to know or vote for him).

    Shasha,

    Herman said that he prefers that his family stay in the background,but she spoke out a little about the sexual harassment against him.If my husband came out looking like the GOP's pasty, I would have NO problem hiding in the background whatsoever.

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  9. If my husband came out looking like the GOP's pasty, I would have NO problem hiding in the background whatsoever.

    Bingo!!!!

    If I were Mrs. Cain, I would avoid the media like the plague.

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  10. Ankhesen Mié said...
    If I were Mrs. Cain, I would avoid the media like the plague.

    Now this is what I don't understand...
    Surely this married man doesn't think he can dictate the rules during the course of a Presidential Campaign. He's married; hence, he’s a package deal. If he's going to spout morals and family values, then the public expects to see his wife of 44 years by his side. The public expects it and certainly the media expects it. Those reporters are going to catch her sooner or later; either with or without his consent. Surely he's not that naive.
    Surely...

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  11. @ M. Gibson

    I wondered why Cain seemed to being rolling solo. It looks so weird.

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  12. Ankhesen Mié said...
    I wondered why Cain seemed to being rolling solo. It looks so weird.

    I’ve seen a lot of presidential campaigns in my day and the spouse is always by the candidate's side. It’s a white American expectation. When a candidate runs for president, his entire family runs for President as well. Once Cain’s wife pokes her head from the borough, the media will dig into her past as well.

    Jesse Jackson ran with the full support of his wife, Jacqueline. From Wikipedia: “But Jackson’s campaign had also been interrupted by allegations regarding his half-brother Noah Robinson, Jr.'s criminal activity. Jackson had to answer frequent questions about his brother, who was often referred to as "the Billy Carter of the Jackson campaign.”

    Once you announce your bid, the media will go after the wife, the sister- the brother, or whomever; all fair game in their eyes. Al Sharpton ran for president in 2004, but I think he separated from his wife sometime before his presidential bid. That’s why we don’t see many pictures of her by his side during that time. That could also explain why Mr. Cain seems free to (allegedly) invite women back to his hotel room; because the Mrs. is never there to keep watch.

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  13. Personally, I'd like to see more single people in office. The family image is so archaic and unnecessary.

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  14. Kennedy’s presidency (as I recall) was likened to Camelot. “A place or time of idyllic happiness,” as one writer puts it. Jackie Kennedy was lauded for her elegance and fashion sense. Still, as young and intelligent as the Obama's are, no one has ever made that comparison (least no one white that is). Having a president is the closest thing this nation will have to a monarchy. And just as in England, a King must always have a Queen.

    For the majority of whites in this country it’s just the American way. It harkens back to those old-fashioned- small-town values. Its exactly why so many whites warmed up to Sarah Palin at the onset of her vice-presidential campaign. She was lauded for her folksy way of speaking and her slant on traditional small-town values. Her family (always a constant wherever she spoke) was portrayed as the pillar of virtue.

    In the 50’s and 60’s the white man was commonly portrayed as the head of his family. I grew up watching Ozzie and Harriet, I married Joan, I Love Lucy. Make Room for Daddy and Father Knows Best.

    All of those shows had one thing in common. The white man was more than just husband; he was a father figure even to his wife. Most white women were portrayed as childish know-nothings who were always getting themselves into one mess or another; totally dependent upon their husbands. These values resonate with white people in a very sentimental and intimate way. So any presidential candidate that can come close to that ideal will draw the white vote like moths to a flame. That's why candidates (both white and black) are bending over backwards for the white vote. White voters are seen as being very fickle; moreover,they scare easily. Consequently, a non-white candidate has to dance to their tune if he has any chance in the big-house.

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  15. All of those shows had one thing in common. The white man was more than just husband; he was a father figure even to his wife. Most white women were portrayed as childish know-nothings who were always getting themselves into one mess or another; totally dependent upon their husbands. These values resonate with white people in a very sentimental and intimate way. So any presidential candidate that can come close to that ideal will draw the white vote like moths to a flame.

    How creepy.

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  16. Just try to imagine growing up having only 3 channels with this much white on television. Everything that was considered good and wholesome was ostensibly forced-fed to non-whites from a white narrative.

    This is why I tend to take my references from popular television, because (unbeknownst to whites) it can be a barometer of the times. Many non-whites my age cant help but be conditioned to a certain extent. But I'm much better now.

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  17. Herman Cain just is an embarrasment...

    Getting up on stage with his random church songs, saying "Aw Shucky Ducky!", asking the secret service (or whoever it was) to refer to him as "Cornbread". He, like 99% of Black "Coonservatives", are nothing more than The GOP's Pocket Minstrel Shows. The only ones who are fooled, are those aforementioned blacks who think they are making any sort of progress, and are convincing anyone that they are to be taken seriously.

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  18. Ankhesen Mié said...
    "...a FIELD dauy...."

    Oh my not another one! This time it took a blonde white woman with blue eyes to legitimize this latest claim. There go those age-old white fears again. Images of an oversexed black male unable to control himself around a white women. Mr. Cain has become the gift that keeps on giving. He's about to outlive his usefulness, so it wont be long before white supporters throw him under the bus.

    Running for President is not something to be taken likely. The very skeletons he swore were never in the closet to begin with, are drowning out his denials in their clamor.

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  19. Oh my not another one! This time it took a blonde white woman with blue eyes to legitimize this latest claim. There go those age-old white fears again. Images of an oversexed black male unable to control himself around a white women.

    Mm...hm.

    I knew it was a just matter of time before Field Negro weighed in:

    http://field-negro.blogspot.com/2011/11/did-you-hear-one-about-blond-and-pizza.html

    Like I've been saying...a FIELD day.

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  20. The Devil is in the details and boy did she offer details. Not like the nameless accusers whom he could easily dismiss. This one has lawyered up and she’s hitting the talk-show circuit. A show of character would be to stand up to theses charges and face them head on.

    The Reverend Wright controversy forced Obama to renounce the man. Moreover, he faced the nation in a sobering stance that left little doubt as to his viability. This white woman has ostensibly placed a mark on Cain. He can run from these allegations, but he can’t hide; not even in the land of Nod.

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  21. When it rains it pours…
    Herman Cain never thought those skeletons would ever come back to haunt him. He enjoyed the accessibility and convenience that comes with power. But now it’s time to pay the piper.

    Best to call this thing off before there's another Monica Lewinsky type incident in the White House.

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  22. "Herman Cain never thought those skeletons would ever come back to haunt him."

    In that case, he's an even bigger dummy than I thought. Anyone with sense knows that your entire life becomes media fodder the second you utter, "I declare my bid for the Presidential seat". Come on, Cain. Come ON!

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  23. leoprincess said...
    In that case, he's an even bigger dummy than I thought. Anyone with sense knows that your entire life becomes media fodder the second you utter, "I declare my bid for the Presidential seat". Come on, Cain. Come ON!

    That's spot on. The Negro is politically and racially naive. Once you declare your intent, your life (as well as those close to you)is an open book. When Jimmy ran for President, his young daughter; his wife- and his brother Billy ran as well.

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  24. Herman Cain on Libya:

    I've never seen a front-runner dance around a question as well as this candidate. (Although Palin comes close) Surely he would've given Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson a run for his money. Rather than admit he doesn't know what he's talking about, he gives us a rousing rendition of the River Dance. Its very painful to watch this Negro take pride in what he does not know.

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  25. Ahh but wait…. There’s more.
    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain talks to the Journal Sentinel:

    Herman Cain on Occupy Wall Street
    Herman Cain on Iran
    Herman Cain on collective bargaining
    Take a good look at the white man to your left, after Herman responds to his first question.

    I believe it truly takes a narcissist to run for public office; because one never does it for the public good. Such ambition is often viewed as a stepping-stone to higher and greater things. You can see the narcissistic tendencies in his delivery; moreover, just like Palin, he believes he's nailed each and every response. Parts of this interview have already aired on MSNBC. They lambasted him (after a good laugh I might add) for his lack of expertise on anything other than Pizza.

    Loved this comment:
    "Have you ever read a book report written by a seventh grader who didn't actually read the book?"

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  26. They just ran the Cain Libya segment again on Rachel Maddow. This will only go viral. It looks much worse than the 'third agency gaffe' made by Perry. These are his own words. Incredible!

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  27. I knew there was something about Mr. Cain's Libya fail that bothered me. I had to go back a ways but I found it. If Herman Cain were asked about the Emancipation Proclamation it would look a little something like this. You can pick the fail up at 1:26.

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  28. Ankhesen Mié said...
    Oh...no you didn't.....

    Cain even fumbles with his water bottle the same way Barney fumbles with his coffee cup.

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  29. Now that we've addressed his denial with regard to Libya; let us speak to his denial of a thirteen year affair. To that end, this seems like the appropriate video. Remember… deny-deny-deny. You have to be close to my age to remember the movie.

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  30. RIP Herman Cain's campaign.

    We are Respectable Negroes has already started drafting his epitaph.

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