Video: “Raising Cain”

posted at 4:43 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis, Team Cain is calling this “The Herman Cain Train Music Video” but let’s stick with my much snappier title (which actually figures in the clip). A tantalizing tidbit from PPP for all the Cainiacs among the readership:

Herman Cain tied for 2nd in Iowa numbers we’ll release tomorrow

I was thinking today that he’s the only person in the field for whom running this year is all upside. Romney and Pawlenty could embarrass themselves by flaming out; Bachmann could disappoint in Iowa, which is supposed to be her stronghold; even Huntsman, although a longshot, could underperform by spending a boatload of money on the race and still ending up as the “who?” candidate. But for Cain, it’s all gravy. He looks like he’s having a blast on the trail, and he’ll probably do well enough in Iowa and in the southern primaries to raise his profile considerably within GOP/conservative circles. Worst-case scenario: He follows in Huckabee’s footsteps and ends up with his own show on Fox in 2013. Best-case scenario? He actually wins a few primaries and becomes a factor in the race. I can’t quite see him winning the nomination — yet — especially if Palin jumps in, but, er, check back with me in four months.

By the way, note his choice of hat here and the country/western soundtrack. Like I said after Frank Luntz’s focus group went nuts for him in South Carolina, he may very well emerge as the “southern candidate” in the field. How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea — but it’ll be amazing to watch.

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How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea — but it’ll be amazing to watch.

Easy. They will say, or imply, that a racist would naturally feel kinship to such an uncle Tom.

keep the change on May 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Cain/Sowell ’12.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I agree. It will be fun to watch.

mizflame98 on May 31, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Looking at Cain’s biography. I see it’s nothing but success story after success story. Whether he was working for Pillsbury, Burger King, Godfather’s Pizza or even the Federal Reserve it’s nothing but success. He took floundering enterprises and turned them into profitable businesses in short order. It’s a good thing he’s a Republican, all this success would disqualify him from being a Democratic candidate.

Tommy_G on May 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Locked up the Alveda King endorsement already, then? Very, very interesting.

The farther he goes along this road, the more desperate the media will be to look for an out. Expect this – they will start quoting racist “self-described Tea Party members” to undercut him. Coservatives are still racist, they’ll say, even if the party is supporting a black man for president.

KingGold on May 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Palin/Cain or as a mind blowing alternate Cain/West! :)

ThePrez on May 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Palin/Cain or as a mind blowing alternate Cain/West! :)

ThePrez on May 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams for Treasury Secretary.

mizflame98 on May 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Palin/Cain

ThePrez on May 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Voting any other way means you are a sexist racist.

What’s not to like?

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Get on the Herman Cain Train

I’d rather get on the Sarah Palin One Nation Bus.

steebo77 on May 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Isn’t there a picture of him that you can use that doesn’t make him look like he’s got a wild snaggletooth? I’ve never realy looked at the man – maybe he does have a protruding fang. Trying to draw in the Twilight crowd?

Dead Hand Control on May 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

One advantage the media has, is that the “Tea Party” is sort of amorphous. Much of that has to do with the media’s studied avoidance of covering the Tea Party, of course. But that makes it easy for them to interview any random person and claim that they speak for the Tea Party.

hawksruleva on May 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I’d rather get on the Sarah Palin One Nation Bus.

steebo77 on May 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I think that bus in on the thread over there. ——->

ButterflyDragon on May 31, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I’d rather get on the Sarah Palin One Nation Bus.

steebo77 on May 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Let’s wait to 50 comments before threadjacking, pretty please?

KingGold on May 31, 2011 at 5:01 PM

A Cain/Obumba presidential debate will be awesome. Barry will be uhhhing and errring and all wee wee’d up.

Dingbat63 on May 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Badass! Brother needs to get hold of the Shaft theme music from the ’70s.

JackOfClubs on May 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea — but it’ll be amazing to watch.

Oh I have some ideas on the meme they’ll try and establish and yes it will be amazing to watch.

Dash on May 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Isn’t there a picture of him that you can use that doesn’t make him look like he’s got a wild snaggletooth? I’ve never realy looked at the man – maybe he does have a protruding fang. Trying to draw in the Twilight crowd?

Dead Hand Control on May 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Uh, he may be running for president,ot the Belmont Stakes. Why would you check his teeth?

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:05 PM

How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea…

You know its coming AP.

Two Words:

Uncle

Tom

catmman on May 31, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Get on the Herman Cain Train

I’d rather get on the Sarah Palin One Nation Bus.

steebo77 on May 31, 2011

It would be great to be able to ride a consolidated bandwagon.

JonPrichard on May 31, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I love Herm. I hope he gains in popularity.

portlandon on May 31, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I’ve been pushing Cain as much as anyone, but this sort of “hero worship” promo gives me the heebie-jeebies — just like the Obama worship during the ’08 campaign. Cain would be better advised to focus on the issues, in order to reassure those (like me) who are nervous about his lack of political experience and foreign policy cred.

Splashman on May 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

“Is this a great country, or what?”

Actually, it’s going down the crapper right now.

It COULD be a great country with an experienced CEO at the wheel.

Reading assignments.

fred5678 on May 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I don’t mind Cain and if Palin decides not to run then he’s the guy I would likely support. It will be interesting see how he fairs once things really begin to heat up in the race. Although I suspect that even though Cain has the potential to win the nomination he will most likely end up as someone elses running mate.

Hellrider on May 31, 2011 at 5:17 PM

primaries should be fun

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Hello friend!..Are you ready to Raise some Cain?!?..:)

Dire Straits on May 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Pretty good video!..:)

Dire Straits on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea — but it’ll be amazing to watch.

By smearing the guts out of him, just like with Palin. He’ll be the self-hating ignorant token, unlike Obama, whose race is an inspiration to us all, absolving us of all our past sins.

calbear on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Cain/Palin Palin/Cain I’m good either way.

Slowburn on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The problem is Cain couldn’t even win the GOP primary for US Senate here in Georgia. That’s not promising for his efforts nationally.

radjah shelduck on May 31, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Cain/Sowell ’12.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

this!

thomas sowell is most certainly a hero of mine

dirksilver on May 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Cain: My father was a barber, a janitor, and a chauffeur.

Obama: My father was a drunken Marxist polygamist.

I heart Herman.

BitterClinger on May 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Not only is he qualified but he would pull over independants and some left leaning votes. I really like Palin but she is “love her or hate her”.
I personally find independants ignorant of the issues. They seem to want to be with the “cool candidate”. Cain is the man for 2012.

pageram on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I might be going out on a limb here, but I’ll call it now.

A picture of Herman Cain’s d**k will never be found in the inbox of a high school girl…or boy for that matter.

MNHawk on May 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Cain: My father was a barber, a janitor, and a chauffeur.

Obama: My father was a drunken Marxist polygamist.

I heart Herman.

BitterClinger on May 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Ouch! That’s gonna leave a bruise.

GrannyDee on May 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Palin/Cain

ThePrez on May 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Voting any other way means you are a sexist racist.

What’s not to like?

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Palin/Cain: If you’re not afraid of prosperity for all!!!

landlines on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I kinda like that guy! It will be interesting, that’s for sure.

scalleywag on May 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Palin/Cain: If you’re not afraid of prosperity for all!!!

landlines on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

More accurately: If you really, really want Obama to serve another term.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM

More like… Cain/Bolton

aka, Awesome/Kickass

knob on May 31, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Not only is he qualified but he would pull over independants and some left leaning votes. I really like Palin but she is “love her or hate her”.
I personally find independants ignorant of the issues. They seem to want to be with the “cool candidate”. Cain is the man for 2012.

pageram on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

On what planet is he qualified other than with respect to eligibility?

He was CEO of the 4th largest pizza chain fifteen years ago. Never served in the military, never won an election, never appointed to a political position unless you consider chair of the Kansas City Fed a political position.

A better video would’ve showed Cain pointing out the location of Afghanistan and Israel on a map, just to prove he could.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

More accurately: If you really, really want Obama to serve another term.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM

And you really,reaaly do.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Cain/West 2012.

Fiscal Conservative
Strong National Defense

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Passing you some industrial strength deodorant because we know how bad you are perspirating.

Don’t forget, tonight is Taco Tuesday upstairs at Mom’s!

/blah. Is this the best the WH can do? LOL. Yup. Obama 2012. Without. A. Doubt.

//spit

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

On what planet is he qualified other than with respect to eligibility?

He was CEO of the 4th largest pizza chain fifteen years ago. Never served in the military, never won an election, never appointed to a political position unless you consider chair of the Kansas City Fed a political position.

A better video would’ve showed Cain pointing out the location of Afghanistan and Israel on a map, just to prove he could.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I have to agree. I like the man, but he has to pay his dues. He needs to work at the local or state level first, then look at the national level. We don’t need another newbie in the highest office in the country.

I wish Sarah Palin had been governor longer, but the rabid left wouldn’t let her. Regardless, she is the only one firm in her convictions and generous with her support to like-minded candidates.

As for Bolton, he doesn’t have executive experience. He’s be a great Secretary of State.

Common Sense on May 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Cain/Sowell ’12.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

this!

thomas sowell is most certainly a hero of mine

dirksilver on May 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Thomas Sowell is about to turn 81, he wouldn’t be a good pick for VP. Love the man though.

Common Sense on May 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Pro’s
-rock rib conservative
-not a politician so his goal would be ideological not political tenure for himself and family
-Would crack the O’s 99% lock on the black vote and either cut that up to some degree say stealing 10-30% or at least complicating the acorn Acorn racist manipulative ghetto vote campaign
-O’s strategy of race baiting roughly 20% of the gen pop vote or nearly half of his needed numbers would have a huge problem
-The fun of watching the ole school race baiters and Dem elites show their true colors as the fake representatives or for the latter as the real racist they are.

Cons
-name recognition would be a rough road
-Rhino & blue blood Repub elites would do all they could to undermine him even to their own detriment
-The imagery of a “me to” desperation of throwing up the first black pres candidate to face the first black pres. (even thou such would be unfounded to the informed it would get traction with those who decide their vote from the 10seconds of news highlights they heard from someone else between work, music, parting, and general degenerate TV.

I have heard Cain many times down here fill in for Boortz on the radio and have always found him to be the real deal american conservative. His foundation would be on time and right so the rest if not already known could be taught in briefing. I would vote for him, and considering the pack choices that are admitted active I would.

C-Low on May 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

He’ll have the Right To Return once he knows world affairs and politics better.

Till then, Palin/West.

profitsbeard on May 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM

How the media’s going to square that with their deathless assumptions about southern conservative racism, I have no idea — but it’ll be amazing to watch.

Just like the feminazis say Palin isn’t really a woman, the MFM will say that Cain isn’t really black. Simple stuff.

Also, Cain is my top pick. Wish Rand Paul would run, but since he isn’t it’s all Cain baby.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM

A better video would’ve showed Cain pointing out the location of Afghanistan and Israel on a map, just to prove he could.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

So, you like those “Who is the Polish Prime Minister?” questions, huh?

Qualifications for being POTUS are simple, and there’s really only one important qualification:

Will you leave me alone to live my life as I see fit, and stop Congress from interfering in my affairs?

If yes, you can be President. If no, you cannot.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Cain/West 2012.

Fiscal Conservative
Strong National Defense

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Dude right ! then we can do a west/XXX in 8 years !!!!
WHOOO HOOO GO MR CAIN.

ColdWarrior57 on May 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Kudos to the person who placed the street sign for New Hope Road at the end of the video!

Priceless tweak of “the Won.”

wren on May 31, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Not only is he qualified but he would pull over independants and some left leaning votes. I really like Palin but she is “love her or hate her”.
I personally find independants ignorant of the issues. They seem to want to be with the “cool candidate”. Cain is the man for 2012.

pageram on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM
On what planet is he qualified other than with respect to eligibility?

He was CEO of the 4th largest pizza chain fifteen years ago. Never served in the military, never won an election, never appointed to a political position unless you consider chair of the Kansas City Fed a political position.

A better video would’ve showed Cain pointing out the location of Afghanistan and Israel on a map, just to prove he could.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Someone needs a new tampon.

Your poor Mamaw.

Odie1941 on May 31, 2011 at 7:33 PM

The narrative, should Herman Cain not be the nominee, will be that the Tea Party is too racist to nominate a black man.

It’s a shame, but, that’s what they’ll do.

I hope they don’t get the chance. Let’s all raise some Cain!

astuddis on May 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Splashman on May 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

What has political experience ever really done for this country? As to the foreign policy cred a top notch person would be able to get the correct advisers for that.

chemman on May 31, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Chris Wallace caught me off-guard. I didn’t understand the right of return. That came out of left field, out of all the questions I anticipated him asking me, I didn’t even conceive of him asking me about the right of return. I now know what that is. The thing that you’re going to learn about Herman Cain, if he doesn’t know something, he’s not going to try and fake it or give an answer that he doesn’t know what hes talking about. Now here’s the thing about that right of return that I’ve learned since Sunday.

He’s not going to try and fake an answer? That is exactly what he did in the Chris Wallace interview to begin with…and what’s with the illeism?

equanimous on May 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

So, you like those “Who is the Polish Prime Minister?” questions, huh?

Qualifications for being POTUS are simple, and there’s really only one important qualification:

Will you leave me alone to live my life as I see fit, and stop Congress from interfering in my affairs?

If yes, you can be President. If no, you cannot.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Right- because asking for an opinion about the 10 year long war in Afghanistan or decades old terms like “right of return” are total ‘gotcha’ questions.

The Bibi visit was a big topic in the news when he gave his interview; did he honestly think he wouldn’t be asked about it? Would it be too much to ask to spend 10 minutes skimming the Wikipedia page about a topic you weren’t well versed on but would be likely to come up?

Do you not consider the whole “Commander in Chief” thing to be a major role of a President?

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 8:16 PM

And you really,reaaly do.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

No, I’m not the one pushing to nominate a candidate who would lose. I want to beat Obama in 2012, you and those like you are more concerned with seeing your favorite celebrity entertainer validated.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I’ve heard Herman Cain say many times that he is used to the ‘uncle Tom’ meme and I believe he is ready for whatever they can throw. The question is: Is America ready for Herman Cain!?!

DanaSmiles on May 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Obumba must be worried about Cain since he has made yet another gutsy call and launched the Troll Teams.

Love how the Trolls disparage Cain’s experience without mentioning Obumba’s total lack of any experience other than community organizer.

Dingbat63 on May 31, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I like the cut of that man’s pizza.

ajacksonian on May 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I’ve heard Herman Cain say many times that he is used to the ‘uncle Tom’ meme and I believe he is ready for whatever they can throw. The question is: Is America ready for Herman Cain!?!

DanaSmiles on May 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

It doesn’t bother you that this guy has no clue about basic foreign policy positions that have been common knowledge since 1948?

equanimous on May 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Easy. They will say, or imply, that a racist would naturally feel kinship to such an uncle Tom.

keep the change on May 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

No, they’ll just say he’s “Stockholmed”.

Virus-X on May 31, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I thought it was amazing that the video was really effective despite the God-awful music.

km on May 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM

IMO – Some of the OBs Trolls are HERE.. already..

Panentheist on May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

This article, this video and most of these comments have put a big smile on my face. (and I was already happy watching Sarah annoy the media with her tour)

I actually let out a sigh of relief reading this tonight. I think one way or the other, we will be OK. We have several good conservatives.

Best like of Herman Cain from the video:
““Stupid people are ruining America.”

I love this man.

Elisa on May 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Elisa on May 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I meant – “best LINE of herman Cain . . .”

Elisa on May 31, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Allah,
I agree about Cain being a factor one way or the other. I’m with you about the “check back in 4 months.” I am not making any predictions. I think anything is possible this year.

Thanks so much for this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/just-who-is-herman-cain-and-what-does-his-presidential-run-mean-for-the-gop/2011/05/29/AGaVAyEH_print.html

Excerpt:

“Herman generates incredible excitement,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, which has more than 3,500 chapters around the country and does not endorse candidates. “He is a lot more like us than anyone who has run for president in our lifetimes.” . . . . .
“Herman is somewhat unique because he has long-term credibility.”

Elisa on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

The Tea Party is where all the excitement is.

FEEEEEEEEEL it.

I feel good!

Saltysam on May 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

The liberal media is going to lose it soon.

They are forced to chase Sarah around as she meets with Trump, of all people. Independent connections and fund raising and squashing any liberal hope of a third party challenge?

Then Cain rising from obscurity in the polls, without their help since they were ignoring him.

Bachman who they also loath may run. RINOS not catching on.

And they are left to defend a President who insults our war dead by playing golf on Memorial Day, the 70th time he’s played in the couple years he’s been in office. After Bush stopped playing all together out of respect for our servicemen.

They are left to defend a President who even independents can see is actively trying to “fundamentally change this country,” as he promised he would do, while he allows our economy to crumble around us.

They can’t really like the job they have to do in the next year. Even some of them must feel like hypocrites after a while.

Elisa on May 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Ah, primary season again, where all the bloodletters, eeyores, and piranhas congregate.

Hollowpoint: Romney “paid his dues” and we got Romneycare here in MA. Herman Cain has paid his dues to the American people by being a productive member of society who has created more jobs than any other Republican in the race. This is distinct from the number he has saved by turning flagging companies around.

Now I know you and the other Cocktail Sniffers are going to find this hard to believe, but we have more important issues that whether a candidate is aware of every boutique term of every boutique issue. Yeah, it was a bad gaffe: get over it. No one except we political junkies are paying attention, and no way in hell is Obama’s team going to bring up Israel policy in an attack ad.

BKennedy on June 1, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Regarding “The Herman Cain Train Music Video”…

The video really does not say anything…just blah,blah,blah “raising cain”.
As I watched it I wondered if it was a music promotion video for the group that sang the song through out the whole thing.
What are Mr. Cain’s solutions to the problems facing the US. All I know from that video is his grandpappy was a slave and he is/was the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

albill on June 1, 2011 at 7:38 AM

I know this won’t be a popular idea here, but though I like Palin I hope that when she’s done playing with the MSM that she and Bachmann throw their support behind Cain so that we have the conservative vote concentrated against the RINO candidates. I know, I know, Dream On!

Browncoatone on June 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM

More like… Cain/Bolton
aka, Awesome/Kickass
knob on May 31, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Lets save Bolton for state. He would be wasted as VP.

duff65 on June 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM

equanimous on May 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Ya know what does bother me…that your president thinks there are 57 states, doesn’t know the difference between “Veteran’s day’ and ‘Memorial Day’ and thinks that Corpse men serve in the military. Too much ignorance for me to think about this morning. I guess if Cain were Obama he would have a teleprompter to read off of and wouldn’t have to know a d@mn thing.

DanaSmiles on June 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM