Cain unfazed by Garofalo, responds with trademark humor

posted at 9:25 am on August 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Herman Cain has a far better sense of humor than supposed comedienne Janeane Garafalo, who last week on Keith Olbermann’s Current TV show very unfunnily suggested Cain is a prop of conservative puppet masters, paid to deflect charges of racism leveled at the Tea Party.

Cain, whose fundraising numbers are relatively low, took her comments with a grain of salt — and, on Sean Hannity’s show last night, joked he’d like to see the money he’s supposedly receiving.

“Look, if Janeane Garofalo and these other loonies believe I’m being paid, would she send me the phone number because whoever is supposed to be paying me – they are behind on their payments, OK?” Cain said. “As far as Olbermann talking about delusions of grandeur – see Sean, you know this, I know this and most correct-thinking conservatives know this: When all else fails the liberals call you names or attack your personality. I find it pathetic and hilarious that she is now resorting to this because what that means, Sean, is they are really concerned that I’m a threat to their beloved Barack Obama.”

So ungracious and inappropriate were Garofalo’s comments that they barely deserved to be dignified with a response, but Cain struck the right tone here. No malice, no defensiveness, not even justifiable crankiness. Just the wit and wisdom so conspicuously lacking from the Olbermann segment.

Cain even manages to interpret the double standard that so irks many conservatives (me, for example!) as a positive sign.

“It exists because the liberals, including the president, the Democrats, they like a double standard,” Cain said. The president was the one who called for a new era of civility. And now look at what they are doing. You are right. It is a double standard because the Democrats nor the president have any positive results to run on. The American people want results. And all they can do is name-call. Their only weapon is to try and demean the Tea Party movement, call them names. Didn’t Joe Biden also say we were a bunch of terrorists? Look, they are so out of touch with the American people and it is starting to show. That’s all it is, Sean.”

Cain betrays all the can-do-optimism and impressive resilience of an entrepreneur with his comments — and, in the process, reminds listeners of all he has to offer the public discourse that a washed-up actress lacks. And he never even says an unkind word about her.


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Garfolioioioiolo is a political idiot and irrelevant anyways.

tx2654 on August 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Garofalo steps in it, Cain tip-toes around it with class. Well done sir.

Meric1837 on August 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM

gotta love cain…

we’ll see him as a cabinet secretary methinks…

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

“Whoever is supposed to be paying me — they are behind on their payments.”

Perfect.

petefrt on August 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Cain is a class act.

BitterClinger on August 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM

What type of person looks at everything in terms of race?

That’s right!

a capella on August 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

we’ll see him as a cabinet secretary methinks…

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

He’s already been head of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, make him head of the entire thing. Just imagine if we had a common sense fiscal conservative in charge of the FR, rather than feudalistic elites.

rbj on August 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I really like Cain. I think he would make a great VP or other high level cabinet member. Not sure he’s ready for the Presidency, but we could do a LOT worse. Wish his campaign could get more traction….

search4truth on August 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The Reagan approach works…

golfmann on August 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Garofalo needs to get laid to break the spell of progressive lunacy but no one is willing to volunteer.

darwin on August 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Cain betrays all the can-do-optimism and impressive resilience of an entrepreneur with his comments — and, in the process, reminds listeners of all he has to offer the public discourse that a washed-up actress lacks. And he never even says an unkind word about her.

I think you mean “portrays”.

nukemhill on August 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Janeane Garofalo’s still PO-ed that Tina Fey took her job as a Palin look-a-like. Now, Garofalo can’t even get a gig at a Cindy Sheehan protest.

Rovin on August 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM

“portrays” not “betrays” I would think?

Aggie85 on August 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Cain betrays all the can-do-optimism …

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I think you need a thesaurus here.
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“Cain betrays portrays all the can-do-optimism…” is one suggestion but there are others probably even better.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Aggie85 on August 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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JINX

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

reminds listeners of all he has to offer the public discourse that a washed-up actress lacks. And he never even says an unkind word about her

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Well, he did call her a loonie. (Which, of course, she is)

tommyboy on August 23, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Pitch-perfect comeback on Cain’s part. That being said, this is WAY more attention than that skank deserves.

Naturally Curly on August 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I think some people here need to check the dictionary definition of “betrays” because it is entirely appropriate! Betray – to reveal, in one of its lesser known meanings.

Sharke on August 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

As a supporter of Cain, I readily admit he has botched a couple statements in the last few months. That said he nails this response with a level of class that no liberal will ever match.

He may not win the GOP nomination, but whoever does – be it Perry, Bachman, Palin, or Romney – would be wise to have him as part of the their team .

Should the GOP win the next presidential election, Cain would make a fine cabinet member.

rukiddingme on August 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM

It doesn’t take much wit or brevity to make a sweaty, hairy skank like that look bad but Cain did a marvelous job of doing it.

jistincase on August 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Garafalo is just a hideous, hatemongering troll. I would expect nothing less from Olbermann as he is one himself. Why would these people think they have any relevance at all. Talking about delusions of grandeur, this pair is the epitome of that state of mind.

volsense on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Your typical liberal woman. She needs a good man to ease the frustration so I would suggest she visit a plastic surgeon for a complete makeover.

Richdellavalle on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Betray – to reveal, in one of its lesser known meanings.

Sharke on August 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

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That meaning is archaic and anachronistic, not in general accepted use.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

rbj on August 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

works for me

cmsinaz on August 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Cain again reveals the class that is one of the many things I like about him. He’s had some pretty bad stumbles earlier on, and then became relatively quiet, but I could still support him as a plan B, C or D, if the need arises. And if he should win the primary, he’s certainly got my vote, no question.

What a miserable, hateful woman she is, and Cain nicely put her in her place without going over the top, dismissing her silliness and moving on.

DrAllecon on August 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

“My friends all laughed when I told them I wanted to be a standup comedian. They’re not laughing now,” -Janeane Garafalo.

Akzed on August 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM

They ridicule because they have no rebuttal.

John Deaux on August 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Betray – to reveal, in one of its lesser known meanings.

Sharke on August 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

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That meaning is archaic and anachronistic, not in general accepted use.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

sheese!

Tough crowd!

golfmann on August 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

That meaning is archaic and anachronistic, not in general accepted use.
ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Not necessarily. Depending on the context. In describing someone else’s speech one might write: “His tone betrays an undercurrent of hostililty”. Such use is perfectly acceptable.

tommyboy on August 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Not sure he’s ready for the Presidency, but we could do a LOT worse. Wish his campaign could get more traction….

search4truth on August 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

While I don’t see him getting traction with all the other noise in the room, he is quite ready and qualified for the presidency. The man has run businesses, operated at the highest level of same, and even headed up the Kansas City Federal Reserve, among other things. That he hasn’t held elective office, moreover, is more of a plus than a minus. Then again, a guy you might see on the street running a leaf blower is more qualified than President Downgrade.

TXUS on August 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Janeane Garofalo’s still PO-ed that Tina Fey took her job as a Palin look-a-like. Now, Garofalo can’t even get a gig at a Cindy Sheehan protest.

Rovin on August 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Excuse me, in what bizarro universe might Jinane Godawfulo be a Sarah Palin lookalike?
Perhaps Mr. Ed’s south end would be a more fitting caricature for her to aspire to be.

VelvetElvis on August 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

And he never even says an unkind word about her.

That’s our job, Tina:

Garfolioioioiolo is a political idiot and irrelevant anyways.

Garofalo needs to get laid to break the spell of progressive lunacy but no one is willing to volunteer.

Janeane Garofalo’s still PO-ed that Tina Fey took her job as a Palin look-a-like. Now, Garofalo can’t even get a gig at a Cindy Sheehan protest.

It doesn’t take much wit or brevity to make a sweaty, hairy skank like that look bad

Garafalo is just a hideous, hatemongering troll.

Your typical liberal woman. She needs a good man to ease the frustration so I would suggest she visit a plastic surgeon for a complete makeover.

VibrioCocci on August 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

If you haven’t read Coulter’s Demonic yet, here’s chapter ten on which of the major political parties is the racist one.

Akzed on August 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Such use is perfectly acceptable.

tommyboy on August 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

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That isn’t the current context. You’re just quibbling.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM

VibrioCocci on August 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

It’s what we do here.

Akzed on August 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

“Not sure he’s ready for the Presidency, but we could do a LOT worse.”

We already have done a LOT worse, several times in the last 50 years. If not POTUS, then definitely Fed Chair or a high, domestic cabinet position. We need people who’ve done positive work outside politics to get the train back on the rails. “Experienced” politicians and community organizers have no more sense than Gaffarolo (who really appears to have had a significant oxygen deprivation event at some point–very sad).

Ay Uaxe on August 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Janeane Garafalo otherwise known as the unfunny comedian is a racist.
Herman Cain is a pretty cool dude. He may not have the chops I would like to see in a presidential candidate but if it comes down to him or Obama- CAIN would get my vote and the vote of every conservative and libertarian I know.

Herman…keep on trucking your are welcome at my house anytime (just call ahead so I can tidy up)

SgtRed on August 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Cain is bright, funny and a real class act. That he infuriates the left is just an added bonus!

whatcat on August 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

That meaning is archaic and anachronistic, not in general accepted use.
ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Not necessarily. Depending on the context. In describing someone else’s speech one might write: “His tone betrays an undercurrent of hostililty”. Such use is perfectly acceptable.

tommyboy on August 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Regardless, to add another cook to the broth, I think the best word would have been “conveys”.

Axeman on August 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Cain has one thing that Keefums and Garbagemouth will never have, “Class”.

GarandFan on August 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Your typical liberal woman. She needs a good man to ease the frustration so I would suggest she visit a plastic surgeon for a complete makeover.

Richdellavalle on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Maybe easier on the eyes, but still bat-shit crazy. Problem is getting her outta your place after the psycho sex.

bloviator on August 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Herman Cain is a pretty cool dude. He may not have the chops I would like to see in a presidential candidate but if it comes down to him or Obama- CAIN would get my vote and the vote of every conservative and libertarian I know.
SgtRed on August 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Agreed – and he would totally dismantle Obama in a debate. Real straight talk vs. lofty meaningless rhetoric.

whatcat on August 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

sheese!

Tough crowd!

golfmann on August 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

heh

GrannyDee on August 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Conservatives are hamstrung in these cases by our sense of honor. We cannot make the same plays that libs do. Cain could have taken it this way, “Why is it that only the black man is dishonest enough that he can be paid to say things he doesn’t believe in?!”

These open-ended questions are the bulk of liberal racist insinuations. Garafoolo is white, Cain is black, casting aspersions about a black man–and specifically–is lib-de-facto–racist.

Axeman on August 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Betray – to reveal, in one of its lesser known meanings.

Sharke on August 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM.

That meaning is archaic and anachronistic, not in general accepted use.

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Don’t know where you get that, ExpressBold, it’s used quite commonly. As with other homonyms, the meaning is made clear by the context.

whatcat on August 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Convey is the best word IMO / grammar nerd ;)

OT, Garofalo absolutely, as previously noted, is a racist. “No black people can think for themselves!” It’s revealing to me that Cain is responding with this much grace and good humor. In addition to the character it shows, it also indicates an underlying absolute comfort that he is dealing with a racist that everyone knows is a racist, so he doesn’t have to get too worked up about it.

inviolet on August 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

ExpressBold – for just one example, google the phrase “betrays a misunderstanding”. You may not use the term very often, but it’s hardly archaic.

whatcat on August 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Folks need to check out Alonzo Rachel, and his takedown of Garafolo. Brother’s got it going on.

Freelancer on August 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Cain’s response was great too, when asked once about why he thought he should be President although he has no political experience. He told the interviewer that Washington was full of politicians and said “hows that working for you?” Point made. LOL

GrannySunni on August 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Frankly, I don’t know why Hot Air bothers contributing to the notariety of these fools – Garafolo, Olbermann, Mahr. Their opinions aren’t worth spit or commenting on. Real Clear Politics seems to have a fetish for broadcasting their drivel, too. Let’s pull the plug on these bozos and let them cavort at DailyKos, Slate, and the HuffPo; we’ve got bigger fish to fry here.

Bob in VA on August 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“My friends all laughed when I told them I wanted to be a standup comedian. They’re not laughing now,” -Janeane Garafalo.

Uh … yeah. Neither is anyone else with a pretense to a sense of humor.

Cain nailed it perfectly with grace, humor and class. He probably won’t win the GOP nomination but I could vote for him without a qualm. I hope that whoever is nominated will ask him to serve as VP or as head of the Fed or some other position where he can influence US economic policy, because, heaven knows, we need someone who knows what he is doing.

hachiban on August 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Her name always reminds me of a mouth wash, and her words indicate a need for a brain flush.

Dhuka on August 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I don’t understand this sentence:

“Cain betrays all the can-do-optimism and impressive resilience of an entrepreneur with his comments…”

Huh?

Did you mean portrays rather than betrays?

Pilgrimsarbour on August 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Sorry…already mentioned a few times above. That’s what I get for not wading through all the comments (like that’s ever gonna happen anyway!)

Pilgrimsarbour on August 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Not sure he’s ready for the Presidency, but we could do a LOT worse.

search4truth on August 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I believe we’ve already crossed and burned that bridge.

jdkchem on August 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

“betrays”, “portrays”…meh.

You spelled “comedienne” right and I love you for it! Good job, Tina!

parteagirl on August 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Herman if Garofalo says something nice about you that’ll be the time to worry.

Herb on August 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM

There’s your VP right there and President Cain in 8.

maineconservative on August 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Obama/Garofalo 2012, a can’t-miss ticket

VBMax on August 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Garofalo needs to get laid to break the spell of progressive lunacy but no one is willing to volunteer.

darwin on August 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I am NOT takin one for the team!!!

runawayyyy on August 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM