DNC widens its scope to target Herman Cain

posted at 2:40 pm on May 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Until yesterday, media managers at the Democratic National Committee barely issued an official word about Herman Cain: They were too focused on other GOP presidential hopefuls, like Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich. Last week, the DNC issued more than 25 media alerts attacking GOP frontrunners and not one mentioned Cain.

Then, Cain praised the Paul Ryan budget on “Fox and Friends.”

“I support Ryan’s plan one hundred percent,” Cain said.”We don’t need to come up with another plan.” The DNC just couldn’t have that:

The DNC took issue with his comments and sent out a round up of criticism on the GOP’s budget plan, including threats that it would end [M]edicare, favors the rich, and would increase the debt. …

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan told TheDC that they want to hold Republican candidates accountable, including Cain.

“We fact-check anyone who misstates the facts or misleads the American people about their own or the president’s record,” he said of the DNC’s “Rapid Response” against Cain.

Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael told The Daily Caller she sees the attention as a hopeful sign, suggesting it means the DNC considers Cain a contender. Conservative commentary from Charles Krauthammer and others aside, Cain is undoubtedly a competitor: Yesterday’s Gallup poll showed him ahead of Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman, and he has, of course, enjoyed a surge of popularity among Hot Air readers, as well.

But, to me, the DNC reaction to Cain’s quote reveals something more than the candidate’s potential. It also hints at the total vigilance with which opponents will demonize the only serious budget plan presently on the table. As a strategy, that makes sense because, so far, it’s proved effective. Whether GOP candidates speak highly of or, in Gingrich’s case, foolishly of “the Ryan budget,” they can’t say those three words without igniting a firestorm. The DNC response to Cain is yet more evidence that Republican presidential hopefuls will have to learn to talk about the House plan in a compelling way.

The Washington Examiner’s Phillip Klein points out a way to do that:

As important as it is to educate the public about the dire future that awaits us if we do nothing to rein in these entitlement programs, that won’t be enough.  … So if Republicans are going to win this debate, it can’t become a contest between Democrats, saying, “Republicans will destroy Medicare,” and Republicans countering with a 75-year actuarial chart.

Thus, the GOP argument should be: “Both sides have proposed ways to save money on Medicare. President Obama wants to have 15 Washington bureaucrats decide how best to spend Medicare dollars, but Republicans believe individuals should be given the money directly so they can choose how they want to spend it.”

This would accomplish two things. First, it doesn’t let Democrats get away with pretending that maintaining the current generous Medicare benefits is an option (remember, most of them voted for the IPAB as part of Obamacare). And second, it forces Americans to confront the choices before them now, instead of decades from now, when the solutions will be much more painful.

A couple days ago, I said political pandering would beat out the truth only if candidates fail to make the truth clear or if voters don’t have the courage to accept it. Ryan has done a great job with the charts. He’s explained the facts. But GOP candidates will have to appropriate those facts for themselves. They’ll have to learn to make those facts relatable — and be totally prepared to hear from the DNC when they do.


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And, by DNC you mean their affiliates: ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, NYT, WaPo, etc.

Vashta.Nerada on May 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Well is it going to be racist for the d’s to go after Herman because of the shade of his skin? NO, not one bit. It is only racist to go after bho because of the shade of his skin!
L

letget on May 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan told TheDC that they want to hold Republican candidates accountable, including Cain.

For What?

For having a plan to keep the country from running off a cliff?

For showing leadership?

Chip on May 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM

DNC must be racist.

spaninq on May 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Oh, that’s right, Cain’s not black black. Fire away then.

spaninq on May 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

And so it begins…..Mr Cain better be prepared.

tencole on May 27, 2011 at 2:47 PM

“We fact-check anyone who misstates the facts or misleads the American people about their own or the president’s record,” he said of the DNC’s “Rapid Response”

Heh.

davidk on May 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The Obama thugs threatened Bill Clinton.

The weasel retracted his budget comment to Ryan.

He is an eunuch, like Obama.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The liberals will always show you who they fear.

Go Herman go!!

knob on May 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Sooo…Is Anita Hill going to testify?

percysunshine on May 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Every GOP candidate should lay out the case that Obamacare is a bad policy, and that the Ryan plan is better for seniors and for our budget.

Even Mitt.

hawksruleva on May 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

The DNC took issue with his comments and sent out a round up of criticism on the GOP’s budget plan, including threats that it would end [M]edicare, favors the rich, and would increase the debt. …
DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan told TheDC that they want to hold Republican candidates accountable, including Cain.
“We fact-check anyone who misstates the facts or misleads the American people about their own or the president’s record,” he said of the DNC’s “Rapid Response” against Cain.

Is this response a joke?

So the DNC is holding Reps “accountable” by fact-checking… through their own criticisms??? – namely the meme “favors the rich, ends Medicare and increases the debt???

Um bub – can you fact-check your own criticism first, being its based on scare tactic lies and zero “facts”???

Stop letting these morons get away with flat out lying and call them on it – right there in the phone call or interview.

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Oh its about time they attack the black conservative.

What took them so long?

Tall lanky guy now joined by short black guy pushing both their mamas off the cliff.
Election over. Woo – hoo.

Or so the liberals think.

robertb on May 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I want to add – Cain is helped by this foolish “retort” form the DNC, for reasons above…

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The Republicans should put as many candidates as possible on the slate. Sow confusion as to who the targets are and force the Dems to expend ammunition.

percysunshine on May 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

As is often said over at the DNC,

“Chump be steppin’ off de plantation, chump be gettin’ what he deserves.”

One hopes Cain is made of sterner stuff when it comes to being targeted by the Left.

coldwarrior on May 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

And second, it forces Americans to confront the choices before them now, instead of decades from now, when the solutions will be much more painful.

How many people even know what today’s choices are? The Democrats are crowing that they “saved” Medicare by voting down Ryan’s plan in the Senate. We know that’s not true, but how many people understand that? The Democrats do NOT want to save Medicare. If they did, they’ve have voted on their own reform bill and sent it to Committee with Ryan’s. No, they want Medicare to fail, because when it does, they can throw up their hands and say, “Oh well, guess we’ll just have to go to single payer.” It will be the realization of their fondest dream.

Dee2008 on May 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

The Republicans should put as many candidates as possible on the slate. Sow confusion as to who the targets are and force the Dems to expend ammunition.

percysunshine on May 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Quite frankly, I think this is happening by default, because the GOP is too dumb to purposely do this – and Palin is leading the “rogue charge” , along with a few others.

There is not much difference between the established DEM’s and established REP’s…

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Even Mitt.

hawksruleva on May 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

He won’t. Which is too bad because I think he’s probably the most capable of all the potential candidates to understand and explain it in a way that’s anything near what Ryan can do. He’ll run from it through.

Not having seen much from Pawlenty yet, it seems like he might not run away from Ryan’s plan. It remains to be seen whether he can articulate it, which is no small task

Dead Hand Control on May 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

It was, I believe, one of Mr. Cain’s staff who commented that he has been called “Oreo” and “Uncle Tom” for years by those who hate him for straying off the Big Democrat Plantation. She also noted that Mr. Cain has a thick skin. Personally, I love Sarah, but my money is going to Mr. Cain. I think it’s time we had someone in the White House who knows not only where “revenues” actually originate, but who and what actually produce them.

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

One hopes Cain is made of sterner stuff when it comes to being targeted by the Left.

coldwarrior on May 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

That remains to be seen, but this snippet from the article got a ‘heh’ from me by Cain’s spokeswoman, Ellen Carmichael:

Despite his high poll numbers and likability factor, there are some on the Republican side who still have doubts about the viability of his candidacy. According to Carmichael the criticism has not phased Cain at all.

This is the guy who spent his whole life being called an Uncle Tom and an Oreo. If he was sensitive he wouldn’t be running for president,” she said

RepubChica on May 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

It was, I believe, one of Mr. Cain’s staff who commented that he has been called “Oreo” and “Uncle Tom” for years by those who hate him for straying off the Big Democrat Plantation. She also noted that Mr. Cain has a thick skin. Personally, I love Sarah, but my money is going to Mr. Cain. I think it’s time we had someone in the White House who knows not only where “revenues” actually originate, but who and what actually produce them.

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Price and earnings ratios????
/sarc ;)

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Failed to add–

It appears that the New York Times choice for Repub candidate is that “moderate” Mr. Huntsman. Seems that the NYT has begun to select an (R) loser to run against TheWon.

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Curious, because once you take away the race card from liberals…what else do they have?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The DNC is racist

faraway on May 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Price and earnings ratios????

No, no, no. When you’re a Leftard, you believe revenues are created with Magic Wands and Fairy Dust. (No. I will NOT insert a Barney Frank comment here.)

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Curious, because once you take away the race card from liberals…what else do they have?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Patchouli, a bong and day after pills.

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM

lol, if we’ve learned anything in the last several years it’s that this *clearly* means they are raging racists – nothing else is permissable as an explanation for taking issue with the actions or ideals of a black man.

Chris Matthews/Bill Maher/et al, please call your office…

Midas on May 27, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Herman Cain has arrived! He’s made the big time.

Maybe MSNBC and their totally white staff will hire a person of color to attack Cain so they don’t appear “racist”. To do otherwise would look hypocritical wouldn’t it?

iamsaved on May 27, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Anyone opposing Cain is, by default, a racist.

Liberals and proregressives, I’m lookin’ at you and calling you out:

Janeane
Chrissy
Keith

Debbie
Letterman
Arianna
Markos
and the most racist racist of them all…
BARACK

To all of the above (and any others):

Your petard called. It’s ready for the hoisting.

Dion on May 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Curious, because once you take away the race card from liberals…what else do they have?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Sean Penn and Lindsey Lohann? And let’s not forget the dreadhead and loudmouth on The View.

RepubChica on May 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM

DNC widens its scope to target Herman Cain

Racists!!!!!!

capejasmine on May 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

All conservatives need to take their message directly to the people! Do not participate in the JournOlist agenda.

idesign on May 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

President Obama wants to have 15 Washington bureaucrats decide how best to spend Medicare dollars

No, “15 Washington bureaucrats decide what care your doctor can give you”. “Spend Medicare dollars” is still too abstract.

jnelchef on May 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Palin Cain in any combination would destroy the dimmacRAT’s from within……..

RealMc on May 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Are they really going to paint this candidate as Racist?

Really?

Key West Reader on May 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

The DNC is racist

faraway on May 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

“Excellent point, but applies only when leftie blacks are attacked” –crr6

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Your petard called. It’s ready for the hoisting.

Dion on May 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Very nice – you should trade mark this, before anyone else scoffs it up for their own use. (And, by “anyone else,” I mean me.)

I had to do this with my own Obama catchphrase:

This time, the clothes have no emperor!™

massrighty on May 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

So, if Americans want to have Allen West run?

We are racists.

Got it.

Key West Reader on May 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Eh.

The Ed Schultzes and the Chris Matthews and the Ellen DeGeneres and the Oprah Winfrey and the …..

These are the people, America’s strongest supporters. They should pick and choose our candidates.

That is how it is.

Key West Reader on May 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

So, has James Clyburn weighed in yet? Are attacks on Cain valid because of his policy positions or not valid because of his skin pigmentation?

a capella on May 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Cain/West….the We are Double Dog Racist ticket!

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Curious, because once you take away the race card from liberals…what else do they have?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Absolutely nothing worth having.

The DNC has really screwed the pooch here, because they have now called attention to the one guy who can absolutely hamstring all of their claims of racism, and once that’s gone, they’ll have to address Barry’s abysmal and pathetic record. They’d have served themselves far better by ignoring Mr. Cain. So… Thanks, DNC! :)

CantCureStupid on May 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael told The Daily Caller she sees the attention as a hopeful sign, suggesting it means the DNC considers Cain a contender.

When you have to pray for political attacks to prove you are a contender…you are not a contender.

steebo77 on May 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM

But, to me, the DNC reaction to Cain’s quote reveals something more than the candidate’s potential. It also hints at the total vigilance with which opponents will demonize the only serious budget plan presently on the table.

Bingo.

steebo77 on May 27, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Cain ought to study with Ryan and work on his chops. He’s a very compelling speaker, and even if he doesn’t make it to the primary, he can perform a great service.

The same goes for all conservative candidates. Nothing is in vain, people. Trump flushed out the birth cert (well, a birth cert), and that was wonderful.

You have to confront the damn liberals, not try to seem like one (“moderates” are NOT welcome).

disa on May 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Your petard called. It’s ready for the hoisting.

Dion on May 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM
Very nice – you should trade mark this, before anyone else scoffs it up for their own use. (And, by “anyone else,” I mean me.)

I had to do this with my own Obama catchphrase:

This time, the clothes have no emperor!™

massrighty on May 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

You’re welcome to it, Mass. Any royalties and I’ll let you buy me a steak dinner. :-)

Dion on May 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Uppity.

/dnc

CurtZHP on May 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Herman Cain, supports causing a deficit by bailing out banks and then calls for sacrifices from the middle and working class to pay for those bailouts to people who, by his own words, “just want to make money.” By supporting people like him, don’t act surprised when Obama walks away with 58% of the popular vote.

Rainsford on May 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Curious, because once you take away the race card from liberals…what else do they have?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The ‘authenticity’ card.

PersonFromPorlock on May 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

My ideal ticket is Palin/Cain!!!

It’s the “let’s throw out the posers and get real” ticket!!!

landlines on May 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

The other night on Charlie Rose, all the liberal pundits (why on Earth would they have any REPUBLICAN pundits picking GOP candidates, you might ask?) picked Huntsman as the best GOP candidate, and did not even MENTION Cain. Clever DNC strategy!!!

It’s settled then; I guess I’ll support Huntsman — the guy who supports cap and trade to slow AGW, and who thinks there are only 4 to 5 illegal aliens who need green cards before becoming citizens, etc.

fred5678 on May 27, 2011 at 5:19 PM

When you have the complete liberal media in your pocket you can get away with this kind of “crap”. The republicans just have to expect this distorted coverage and be prepared to fight back.

duff65 on May 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM