Herman Cain to Wall Street protesters: “If you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself”

posted at 8:08 pm on October 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 9:40 for the key bit. The left, understandably, is salivating over this soundbite, coinciding as it does with Cain’s rise to frontrunner status and the media’s push to make the Wall Street protests into a Very Big Deal. The whole thrust of Obama’s re-election message on the economy next year is to counter his incompetence with the GOP’s supposed callousness: Yes, granted, things are a disaster, but he cares a lot and is trying super-hard whereas Republicans don’t care much about the average American at all. Aren’t you better off with a guy who doesn’t know how to fix the problem but is doing his best instead of a guy who thinks the problem is your fault and wants you to suck it up? This clip plays right into that message; I suspect Democrats will use it in general-election ads even if Cain’s not the nominee, as an example of what the GOP as a whole believes. Imagine how it’ll play with, say, an unemployed fiftysomething who got laid off after 20 years because his company was forced to downsize after the recession. No wonder ABC and CNN have pieces out this afternoon showcasing the quote. Even Ben Bernanke’s showing more sympathy for anti-Wall Street grievances.

But here’s the question: Will Romney and/or Perry dare use this against Cain in the primary? If Mitt’s willing to demagogue Perry’s view of Social Security as being worse than a Ponzi scheme, he’s certainly willing to hit his newest threat on this — unless there’s so much grassroots enthusiasm for Cain’s pushback on the protesters that it’s too risky to take him on. When I tweeted the link to the video this afternoon, my feed lit up with replies thanking Cain for injecting a note of personal responsibility into the OWS din. Romney would have to tread lightly if he went after Cain for it, but he might not be able to resist a chance to posture now as a champion of the unemployed given how dangerous his banker image might otherwise prove in the general election.

As for Cain’s claim (which he admits he has no facts to support) that the protests have been orchestrated to distract from Obama’s policies, I don’t think it’s true yet. As noted last night, the nucleus of this thing appears to be our old friends the anarchists. But Cain’s certainly right that this is why Democrats have suddenly taken such a keen interest in the protests. The more Wall Street or “the banks” or whatever the hell else they’re protesting is to blame, the less Obama is. More media coverage, stat!

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And what makes you think the anarchists aren’t pro-Obama? He’s doing a good job throwing this country into chaos so far, by the time the class warfare he’s planning for the 2012 election, it will be even better for the anarchists.

Dark Star on October 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Even if he hadn’t said this, they would demonize him anyway. Really Allah, have you forgotten that? We’ve watched the left outright lie about the GOP and post edited clips before. This is nothing new.
Wasn’t it HA that posted poll numbers showing that people don’t support what the OWS protestors are calling for?

Hard Right on October 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Goldenavatar on October 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM

To answer your question, the science I majored in was Biology. Yes, I know it’s worthless, so I relied on my other degree (Economics.)

Seven Seas on October 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Bachmann agrees with Ron Paul saying Obama should be impeached for murdering U.S. citizen.

Spathi on October 5, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I watched the short clip that Spathi mentioned. I didn’t see Bachman say that BO should be impeached for murdering a U.S. Citizen. She just agreed he should be impeached.

Always have to fact check Spathi, the troll.

balkanmom on October 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

They’re not anarchists, period.

jdkchem on October 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

@ balkanmom. Aint that the truth.

ColdWarrior57 on October 6, 2011 at 4:44 PM

1st look at Cain/Gingrich 2012.

sleepy-beans on October 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Oh Herman. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to reveal your contempt for the working class until after you get elected? Did you learn nothing from Dubya?

Constantine on October 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Oh Herman. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to reveal your contempt for the working class until after you get elected?

Just what I like- a pizza man with a lot of attitude!

bayam on October 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Just what I like- a pizza man with a lot of attitude!
bayam on October 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Rule to live by: never mess with the person who prepares your food.

Constantine on October 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM

My 56 yr old husband has been unemployed for over a year. He made money and worked hard and doesn’t blame the rich for his predicament and is hoping that things turn around in time.

I took no offense to Cain’s true statement, because his intent was obvious. Most of those young people have no idea what they are doing there and many are spoiled and some are lazy and just blaming the capitalist system that made this country.

Cain clarified it on that stupid Lawrence O’Donnell interview by saying that of course some people are unemployed through no fault of their own. But alot of those protesters are nuts and Marxists or spoiled dunces.

Like the girl on Hannity who has a full scholarship to Medical school that she is jeapordizing by risking getting arrested.

Cain was saying to stop complaining and blaming other people or rich people. In time with hard work when the opportunity arises, they too will get jobs and make money. If they don’t, then it will be their own fault.

People aren’t stupid. They understood Cain’s statement. Most people who would be inclined to vote Republican will not take offense.

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 2:11 AM

They’re not anarchists, period.


Actually, there are anarchists among them. So no, not all of them are, just some.

Hard Right on October 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM