Lawrence O’Donnell vs. Herman Cain

posted at 12:05 pm on October 7, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Yet another story of media failure shows up in the Hot Air inbox this week, courtesy of the fine folks at MSNBC. (Yes, I know… I know… but I can’t help myself. And besides, I watch so you don’t have to.) In this instance, we find liberal gadfly Lawrence O’Donnell interviewing Herman Cain, shortly after yet another poll shows the former Godfathers Pizza CEO moving into potential frontrunner status.

You’d think, given all of the attention being paid to this race and the national implications involved, that O’Donnell might dive into some substantive questions on topics which Cain has addressed. Perhaps he could dig into the 9-9-9 plan and how the proposed new tax rates would affect the deficit? Or he might inquire about what Cain plans to do about Afghanistan, given all of the dodgy news coming out of Pakistan recently?

If so, you’d be sadly disappointed. O’Donnell launches into some serious condescending sniping and badgering which seems geared more towards attempting to make Cain look foolish than explore his positions. GOPROUD executive Chris Barron got more than an earful and didn’t care for what he heard.

Honestly, I have watched few things that have made my blood boil as much as Lawrence O’Donnell’s “interview” of Herman Cain last night. I use the phrase “interview” in the loosest possible sense of the word because it wasn’t really an interview. It was a carefully orchestrated smear campaign by O’Donnell.

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Lawrence O’Donnell would know very little about Herman Cain’s life. Unlike O’Donnell, Cain didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth. “Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker. Even though these jobs required hard work and little glamour, his parents knew this life was better than the dirt farms upon which they grew up. They also knew that this hard work was the key to achieving their American Dreams.”

Lawrence O’Donnell would also know very little about service to this country. While Mr. O’Donnell never served in the military himself, he has no problem questioning the service of Herman Cain.

You can watch the entire interview in three parts at Mediaite, assuming you have the stomach for it. We’re going to have Chris on The Not Ed Morrissey Show at 3 PM eastern today and get his take on the interview and Cain’s prospects, so if you have any additional questions, stop by and bring them up.

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LarryO can’t let go of the feeling that Prgressives “own” the Black Community. He is clearly upset that Herman Cain escaped from Uncle Sam’s Plantation.

NickDeringer on October 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Lawrence. Lawrence what? Of Arabia? That name sounds like royalty! Are you royalty? Do you suck…

Rambotito on October 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

There will probably be more HA posters on this thread than watched the original interview.

entropent on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Ultimately, I wonder when black democrats will grow tired of pasty white men using them, hurling racist accusations at other black Americans, just to keep their party in power? Wake up, people.

Bee on October 7, 2011 at 8:18 AM

I think they will grow tired of watching it with Cain. It’s one thing to hear Sharpton and the others call Cain names and criticize him, it’s another thing to watch these white liberals do it.

This will backfire on them. Count on it.

Human nature is that you can criticize your own family and friends, but don’t like others criticizing them, even if you agree.

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Watched full 23 mins of this earlier today, and wondered if you’d offer it here.
Cain is MAGNIFICENT !!
Challenging O’D, yet respectful .. ole larry didn’t get away with ANYTHING !!
Proud of da pizza man :-)

pambi on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Does Cain know that MSNBC is to the left of Mao? Crazy Lawrence is to the left of … well, almost anyone.

What was he trying to accomplish with this hair-brained interview?

faraway on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

There’s only one reason LOD did this, MSNBC is racist.

/Morgan Freeman

Oh wait… he’s a leftist? Nevermind.

/Morgan Freeman

mankai on October 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Is it just me, or does O’Donnell always look like he’s seriously constipated? Give that boy a bran muffin and that’ll change his disposition.

Pope Linus on October 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I love listening to Herman Cain. That man is sharp, witty and funny. I’d vote for him.

ted c on October 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Yeah, I posted on this last night. This is where Cain is most impressive. Could Perry or Palin stand up intelligently to O’Donnell’s idiotic attacks? I am not so sure.

O’Donnell proved more than anyone why Cain should be a top tier candidate

He also proved that he is a liberal racist, no matter how liberals want to spin it.

neoavatara on October 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

If Fox had done the exact same interview with candidate Obama in 2008, they’d have been labed ‘Fair and Racist’. But since it’s just a GOP candidate, Larry got free run of the racist track with no fear of reprisal. Why do these GOP’ers even do interviews on MSNBC? Granted, cain acquitted himself just fine, but do they really need to take such abuse?

GoodSamaritan on October 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

pretty condescending tone there larry. Racist much?

ted c on October 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

The real news here is how well Herman Cain dealt with this guy. He schooled ODonnell and kept his cool. The interview helped Cain. This is only the beginning. This is all they’ve got. Their policies are dismal failures

ldbgcoleman on October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Repeat after me; “There is no media bias, there is no media bias, there is no media bias”…..

What a flippin idiot O’Donnell is.

Seriously, Conservatives need to boycott these “news” outlets competely. Shut off your cable, cancel all subscriptions to “news” outlets, stop going to movies that are made by or feature “Liberals”, and get down to promoting Conservatism.

Take. Away. Their. Power.

KMC1 on October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I never watch MSNBC because it annoys me after only a couple minutes.

Are all their interviews this bad and radical and shameless?

The way he phrased the Vietnam question was outrageous. Never heard that from anyone to anyone in any election of my life.

Cain did great. Slapped him down and moved on. Never argue with an ignorant person. Cain didn’t fall into the trap of arguing his point repeatedly. He gave the right answer once. And he didn’t get flustered or mad. Remained likeable and cool. And in charge of the interview.

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Mr. Cain demonstrated that he can defend himself personally, and his economic strategy, in an adept, articulate, and professional manner, while also being mindful of the need to stay on his primary message in an interview. Cain deserves to be seriously considered despite his lack of public office experience, given the weaknesses of the top tier candidates with experience in public office.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell tried to put him in his place or at least the place he thought Herman Cain should be.

I thought I heard O’Donnell at the end of the clip saying, I put that boy in his place. I could be wrong…

Go Cain!

Indian Outlaw on October 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Lawrence. Lawrence what? Of Arabia? That name sounds like royalty! Are you royalty? Do you suck…

Rambotito on October 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I don’t like the name Lawrence. Only @#$% and sailors are called Lawrence. From now on you’re Gomer Pyle!

Doughboy on October 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Any Republican that goes on MSNBC and other liberal networks demonstrate poor judgement. Republicans that let progs run their primary debates are just as foolish.

slickwillie2001 on October 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Keep it up libs. Every time you show us who you are, you spawn another black conservative.

Western_Civ on October 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Contact MSNBC and let them know that O’Donnell is a scumbag.

And good for Herman Cain for having the guts to go there and handle an ugly situation like a gentleman.

Run Herman Run!

Knucklehead on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Zogby: Cain +20 over Romney

Goodbye, Obama

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

O’Donnell perfectly encapsulizes the annoying smugness that is the American Left. You could see in his face that he was just waiting for that one 10 second clip to use as a Cain smear.

These people are deranged and need to be defeated.

jondun5 on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

O’donnel is a racist who does not like black people.

tx2654 on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Entirely predictable. O’Connell is a Democrat, part of the same organization that founded the KKK twice. So it seems like whenever a Democrat confronts a black person who doesn’t toe the Democrat line, well they then have carte blanche to go all racist. Clearly, racism runs deep in the blood of every Democrat. Silly Kluckers.

WarEagle01 on October 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Cains starting to tick back up for me.Good job…

sandee on October 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Rush is talking about this now and he is giving lawrence he!! over this! Cain did a good job standing his ground on this. You know that Cain is going to get the Judge Thomas thing now that the poll numbers are going up for him. Stand your ground Cain!
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letget on October 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

“We’re going to have Chris on The Not Ed Morrissey Show at 3 PM…”

Is Ed OK…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Careful Larry. Your racist slip is showing.

labrat on October 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM

MSNBCs Lawrence O’Donnell ………

Unfair and Imbalanced

fogw on October 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM

O’Donnell is a Leftist racist tool. For all intents and purposes he accused Cain of being an “Uncle Tom N_____”.

EA_MAN on October 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM

The racist Lawrence O’Donnell is playing the slave master here. How dare Mr. Cain stray off the plantation.

rbj on October 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Zogby: Cain +20 over Romney

Goodbye, Obama

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Zogby.

steebo77 on October 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

O’Donnell tries to push Cain on Hank Williams Jr., remember when O’Donnell compared Jesus to Hitler? I guess only Socialist hosts on MSNBC can compare people to Hitler and it is apparently more offensive to the Left to compare Obama to Hitler than Jesus.

Blue Collar Todd on October 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Zogby.

steebo77 on October 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Is it unreliable?

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Timing is everything, Rush is doing this on his show.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

republicans need to shun msnbc. stop showing up and legitamizing this farce of a network. go on the other networks since they arent as bad but let it be this nest of liberalism is verbotten.

chasdal on October 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

He’s at Value Voters in D.C., there is a thread about it.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Knucklehead on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I would, but I think MSNBC hired LarryO BECAUSE he’s a scumbag.

NickDeringer on October 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Larry O Donnell is a racist.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Is it unreliable?

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

from another thread:

Zogby Interactive’s online polls do not obtain a random sample from the population, they obtain a random sample from the pool of individuals who sign up to take surveys. They are not reliable.

Lawdawg86 on October 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

entropent on October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Is it unreliable?

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Yes. Zogby doesn’t use a random sampling of individuals. Zogby uses a random sampling of individuals who have signed up with Zogby to take surveys online.

steebo77 on October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Knucklehead on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I contacted them for what it’s worth…

sandee on October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Entirely predictable. O’Connell is a Democrat

WarEagle01 on October 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Actually, O’Donnell is an admitted Socialist. Something he proudly admitted on MSNBC.

darwin on October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Yes. Zogby doesn’t use a random sampling of individuals. Zogby uses a random sampling of individuals who have signed up with Zogby to take surveys online.

steebo77 on October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Thanks, I did not know that.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Liberal POS Lawrence was a commie draft dodger? Whodathunkit? These a$$wipes never miss a chance to try and make people believe the tripe about John ‘I lied about my medals in Viet Nam’ Kerry’s service.

Sporty1946 on October 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Scanners was dying, DYING to ask the question: “Seeing as how you’re conservative, do you consider yourself a true black man?”

Vein-popping clowns shouldn’t be allowed to give interviews.

Bishop on October 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Sorry but I can’t watch scary larry. He is just repulsive. I have no doubt he wouldn’t hesitate to do to conservatives what Pol Pot did to Cambodians.

tommyboy on October 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Larry O Donnell is a racist.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Most Dems are.

Sporty1946 on October 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Zogby: Cain +20 over Romney

Goodbye, Obama

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Mr. Cain, must now be considered a front-runner, if not “the” frontrunner, given the soft support for Romney, and weaknesses of Perry. However, Cain should expect that he will now be subjected to a complete vetting, and a full attack from both Romney and Perry in the next debate. They will likely emphasize his lack of public office experience, disect his tax plan, raise doubts about his commitment to conservatism, given his support of TARP, and raise doubts about his foreign policy statements. If Cain can defend and articulate his views, he could win the total support of the Tea Party, and create momentum that is unstoppable. He should immediately seek Palin’s support, despite the fact that she may have lost some of her following given her decision not to run.

Right now, Cain is in a position to win. The question is whether he can close the sale.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

It’s too bad nobody watches that network, or this might have been Cain’s “Dan Rather” moment.

MassVictim on October 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Cain did very well and should help sway the naysayers that he’s, in fact, ready for primetime! I seriously doubt Perry would’ve performed as well as Cain.

CliffHanger on October 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Thanks, I did not know that.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Ditto Steebo77.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Does Cain know that MSNBC is to the left of Mao? Crazy Lawrence is to the left of … well, almost anyone.

What was he trying to accomplish with this hair-brained interview?

faraway on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Because the people Cain is trying to reach don’t watch Fox. I thought Cain handled himself well.

kringeesmom on October 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

The real news here is how well Herman Cain dealt with this guy. He schooled ODonnell and kept his cool. The interview helped Cain. This is only the beginning

Agreed. I think it was a brilliant, although risky, move on Cain’s part.

If appearing on LOD’s show could possibly cause just one of MSNBC’s viewers to say to themselves – “This guy isn’t the nutcase they told me he was” or “I like his ideas better than Obama’s”, it’s a victory.

When you take Cain’s calm, intellegent demeanor compared to LOD’s snarky, bitter attitude, the contrast is striking.

BacaDog on October 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I almost disagree about going on MSNBC for Cain he really articulated his message appeared reasonable and possibly debunked the meme they want to write about him. I hope it goes viral it’s A positive for Cain. Looking forward to seeing how he does in the next debate. He articulates a conservative message and is charismatic and a leader. Gor me right now I don’t see anyone else with those qualities

ldbgcoleman on October 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Lawrence O’Ni%gerhead…

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I never watch MSNBC because it annoys me after only a couple minutes.

Are all their interviews this bad and radical and shameless?

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

But of course.

Remember this Epic from 2004?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zbv7I6cTs

What’s so Scary about this clip? Read the recent youtube comments. Almost 10 years later, many of the posters are still convinced that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were all Liars.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Right now, Cain is in a position to win. The question is whether he can close the sale.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

If Palin endorses him? It’s over for Obama.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

LOD is a smug,smarmy,snarky,SCHMUCK!

MCGIRV on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Thanks Cindy…

… You are the best.

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

A liberal’s view of O’Donnell…and hint, it is not good for O’Donnell.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lawrence-odonnells-racially-charged-attacks-a-political-gift-to-herman-cain/

neoavatara on October 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Herman (and maybe Crazy Eyes are the only two politicians running that would say anything about the kind of stuff going on with crony capitalism).

I’d love to see someone ask him in the next debate about the 26 power plants that AEP says it’s going to have to close after the first of the year when the new EPA regs go into effect.

Maybe the EPA is driving providers of coal fired plants out of business because they are going to NUDGE the U.S. into the arms of Jeff Immelt (Obamas Crony buddy)?

Take a look and see where we’re being nudged. Cain will be asked about this at some point………since he has said he’d abolish the EPA.

http://www.ge-energy.com/

PappyD61 on October 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Rush Limbaugh is Swift Boating O’Donnell as we speak.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

If Palin endorses him? It’s over for Obama Romney

FIFY

BacaDog on October 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM

My only concern right now is that I don’t want Cain to peak to early. Elections have tides and rhythems to them. You have to peak at the right time.

So far so good.

Elisa on October 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The best part about these Racial Dissociation Rituals, where black conservatives are formally cast from their skin color, is that they’re purely a Twenty Percenter exercise.

No one who is not a committed liberal partisan has any need to reconcile Herman Cain’s blackness with any other part of their worldview. This is purely a totemic excommunication ritual on the part of ardent liberals. They can’t bring themselves to oppose a black guy on purely platonic terms, so they have to indulge in this behavior.

That it’s viscerally abhorrent to everyone outside the twenty five percent or so of the public who are completely and irrevocably committed to voting for Barack Obama (and some of them as well) is immaterial; they literally cannot help themselves. They wouldn’t be able to maintain their own political philosophy if they didn’t refute the contradictions, however ugly it looks.

HitNRun on October 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Why do people talk to O’Donnell? It’s MSNBC for God’s sake! Cain would have twenty times the distribution of his message if he printed it on pizza boxes.

SKYFOX on October 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

we find liberal gadfly Lawrence O’Donnell

You mispelled “asshat”.

Midas on October 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Rush is talking about this now and he is giving lawrence he!! over this! Cain did a good job standing his ground on this. You know that Cain is going to get the Judge Thomas thing now that the poll numbers are going up for him. Stand your ground Cain!
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letget on October 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Yeah, caught the first couple of minute – brilliant.

He said O’Donnell and white liberals are the plantation master, and black Democrats are the slaves – blacks who step out of the leftist party line are fair game.

peski on October 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM

A liberal’s view of O’Donnell…and hint, it is not good for O’Donnell.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lawrence-odonnells-racially-charged-attacks-a-political-gift-to-herman-cain/

neoavatara on October 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Interesting read. So are some of the comments below.

That same is interview is conducted every night on fox. Shut the whining. Behold a new in your face progressive movement.

I also like O’Donnell very much. He’s very smart, knows his facts and has real world experience working in Washington, unlike blowhards like Hannity and O’Reilly who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. I also agree that last night was not O’Donnell’s finest performance. He was pugnacious and a little too glib. But if this was “offensive,” then what do you call the finger-jabbing, hyper-partisan, red meat interviews that Faux News’s primetime pundits conduct on a nightly basis?

I love it when conservatives are asked why they never went into the military even though they really love war.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Mr Cain should carry a small bottle of industrial cleaner to clean the scum from his shoes after he leaves MSNBC.

rplat on October 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Mr Lawrence O’Donnell,

Please be advised that your objection to Mr. Cain not having served in the military some how disqualifies him for office of the President isn’t a good move.

If you remember, President Bill Clinton not only didn’t serve in Vietnam but actually found ways to avoid being drafted.

If you could, please don’t make this an issue. As you know our hands are full enough as it is.

Kind Regards!

Your friends at the DNC

RobertInLexington on October 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

More Herman Cain

I’m going to buy his book.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM

There will probably be more HA posters on this thread than watched the original interview.

entropent on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

When you were the 3rd person to post, there already were.

TugboatPhil on October 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM

If Palin endorses him? It’s over for Obama.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Cain certainly has a real opportunity here. He should move quickly to get her endorsement. From a political standpoint, it would not be bad for the Republican party to have a black man as their nominee to counter the nation’s first black president. Please do not misunderstand my comment here. I am not suggesting for 1 second that Mr. Cain should be supported because he is black. I am only recognizing a possible additional benefit of him being the nominee as it will negate the race dimension which Democrats seem to tactically employ when they believe it will gain them a political advantage. No one should support any candidate, including Mr. Cain, because of their race. Cain should only be supported if you believe he is the best person for the job, based on merit.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Where were you during the Civil Rights Movement?

Turn it back on him.
“Where was the republican party? Where was the democrat party?”

shick on October 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

“Where was NBC?”

I’m sure NBC had a desegregated staff just like it does now.

shick on October 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

O’Donnels comment is an insult to every African-American that “sat on the sidelines” during the movement.

shick on October 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

LOD is a smug,smarmy,snarky,SCHMUCK!

MCGIRV on October 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on October 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Just a note about Zogby.

Zogby polls are not necessarily random samples. However, if you know the populations from which both samples were drawn, you can perform statistical tests to determine what, if any, bias exists.

Does anyone know if the data exists somewhere?

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Sounded to me like [C]LOD said “boy.” Didn’t you hear it too?

hoosiermama on October 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Where is Jeaneane Garafolo to call this “Racism. Straight Up.”

Nikkia2112 on October 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I want to ask you all a question?

Do you think Mr. Cain has the courage to defend America? Would he use military force to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon? Would he reinstate our missile defense system in Europe? Would he reconstitute our military capacity to face growing threats from China, and Putin? Will he fight to win in Afghanistan? What is the Cain doctrine?

We will be facing serious strategic foreign policy challenges, and weakness will not deter these threats.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker.

Wow, that made me like Cain even more. He truly has seen the American Dream come true!

jeffn21 on October 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

To everyone who is rallying to Cain, I should offer you a word of caution. I’ve live in Atlanta and until recently Cain was on the radio five nights a week, three hours a night. He was by far my favorite local talker. I’m sure he would be a great president, and but for one MAJOR concern he would be my favorite candidate in the race.

That one concern cannot be ignored: The man has been a conservative talk radio host for years now. Until recently, the press and the other GOP candidates have not taken Cain seriously as a contender for the nomination, so they haven’t done much opposition research on him. There is a treasure trove of material out there just waiting to be picked to pieces by Cain’s opponents.

Here’s an example: http://feeds.wsbradio.com/TheNewHermanCainShow

If the press will look under every rock in Paint Creek, Texas to “vet” Perry, what do you think they’ll do to Cain? And more importantly, what will David Axelrod do with all of that material? Cain’s job as a post-rush-hour radio talker pretty much required that he push the boundaries to attract listeners who would otherwise watch primetime television… he has said a lot of controversial things over the years. I don’t have any specific examples, but having listened to him for years, I know they’re out there. I love the guy, but he should not be nominated without a thorough vetting of his radio broadcasts.

Lawdawg86 on October 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Whoa! Larry’s lookin’ more like Max Headroom everyday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYdpOjletnc

Now, if some AutoTune fanboy would rework his MSNBC audio to add the appropriate stutters and shrieks,…. Comedy Gold!

cinnabar on October 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Larry O’Donnell is a boorish dolt. I don’t understand why any thinking individual would appear oh his show.

simkeith on October 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Watched full 23 mins of this earlier today, and wondered if you’d offer it here.
Cain is MAGNIFICENT !!
Challenging O’D, yet respectful .. ole larry didn’t get away with ANYTHING !!
Proud of da pizza man :-)

pambi on October 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I also watched the full 23 min. clip. Pizza Man did NOT back down on anything, stood his ground commandingly and called the LOD-ite to the carpet several times. The more I watch Hermie in debates and on clips like this, the more I like him. At this point, he’s totally won me over. I used to think Newt was the smartest and most commanding one among the candidates. I’m now convinced that Newt has an equal on both counts…without the baggage.

Plus if he gets nominated, it obliterates the lib argument that Republicans in general and Tea Partiers in particular are racist. Then what would the Panthers do? They couldn’t try to scare people from voting using the rationale they used in 2008. It would be an election focused purely on policy and political philosophy and nothing else…exactly as ANY election should be.

And finally, for a little snarky humor I’ve just GOT to ask this (imagine whiny, nasal Andy Rooney voice): You ever wonder WHYYYYY NBC has not one, not two, but THREE liberal news people named O’Donnell (Lawrence, Nora, and Kelly)?

Shirotayama on October 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

You really weren’t expecting any “class” from Larry, were you? That’s an attribute that appears to be lacking in those of the liberal elite media.

GarandFan on October 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Lawdawg86 on October 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Point noted.

SheetAnchor on October 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Just a note about Zogby.

Zogby polls are not necessarily random samples. However, if you know the populations from which both samples were drawn, you can perform statistical tests to determine what, if any, bias exists.

Does anyone know if the data exists somewhere?

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Can’t answer your particular question, but a caveat about Zog.

I’ve ignored Zogby for years. I used to be a member of his sample group for his online polls, but gave up when the questions started getting weirder and weirder.

In addition, Zogby has in the past admitted polling on certain days of the week to achieve a certain desired result.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Sheet: Do I think he has the courage? Yes. My concern is his knowledge.

I am rather confident that Cain, if nominated, will pick a VP that can handle the foreign policy areas. It’s not like Cain seems to need any help in the domestic policy areas.

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Plus if he gets nominated, it obliterates the lib argument that Republicans in general and Tea Partiers in particular are racist.

Shirotayama on October 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Ah, but it doesn’t, that’s the fun part! Was it Garafellow that was just within the last week saying that Cain’s rise *proves* that Republicans are racist?

LOL, I don’t remember the ‘reasoning’, but the argument is there and will never go away; that’s all lefties have is that kind of BS. Don’t go expecting them to start conforming to common sense or anything.

Midas on October 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Even major lib, Tommy Christopher at mediaite, was sickened by this interview. I mean this is the most racist thing I have seen and just proves what we’ve always known that the racism exists and thrives on the left not the right.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lawrence-odonnells-racially-charged-attacks-a-political-gift-to-herman-cain/

nswider on October 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del: Oh, agreed. I was just attempting to point out that all because Zogby pulls from a smaller sample than most polls does not mean that they are not reliable. It just makes the hurdle to obtain reliable results harder.

I know very little about their other choices that could invalidate the reliability or validity of their poll results.

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Next week: O’Donnell gets tough with Obama and asks him about his radical roots, his communist parents and grandparents, his association with anarchists and his Marxist leanings. Oh, wait.

maryo on October 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Well, Rush said something like this and it was good.. regardless of back then, he’s out fighting the fight for freedom and equality right now!

JellyToast on October 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Del: Oh, agreed. I was just attempting to point out that all because Zogby pulls from a smaller sample than most polls does not mean that they are not reliable. It just makes the hurdle to obtain reliable results harder.

I know very little about their other choices that could invalidate the reliability or validity of their poll results.

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The main problem with Zogby is that he’s reckless sometimes with his questions on “polls” he’s been commissioned to do. And he’s not just polling for Lefties, he’s even done polling for Judicial Watch! He was busted for that poll’s dishonest questions.

His weak “response”?

Zogby International believes that survey questions need not be neutered, and that there is more than one way to ask a question while maintaining fairness and even-handedness in search of an unbiased response. Questions formulated using the widely accepted Likert Scale are an example of how respondent reaction to sometimes controversial stimuli can be gauged in an unbiased manner. In a similar way, we believe the questions for Judicial Watch produced even-handed and unbiased responses to a controversy in American politics today.

And in 2007 Zogby was busted by Tim Kane of RCP for a dishonest “poll” he did that claimed that 72% of US Service members favored us withdrawing from Iraq.

The survey contains 24 questions. It was given secretly during late January and early February to an unknown number of American troops serving in Iraq, although we are told that 944 respondents were included. If all the guidelines for random sampling were met (they weren’t), the reported margin of error would be plus or minus 3.3 percent.

The unforgivable flaw in Zogby’s survey is the biased phrasing of its questions and answers. Two of the most provocative results are based on questions with no middle ground. It’s like a multiple-choice test with no right answers.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

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