Video: New biggest celebrity in American politics speaks

posted at 4:45 pm on October 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

Now that this guy is literally an overnight superstar, there’s no way Cain can resist using him in future ads, right? The lure of earned media is simply too great. He shouldn’t be the focus going forward, though, as that would quickly turn boring and repetitive. No, I’m thinking more of a narrator role, appearing briefly at the beginning of each spot as a visual cue to tie them all together. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching hundreds of “Twilight Zone” episodes over the years, it’s that nothing sets the mood for drama like an awkward, high-strung dork in a rumpled suit chain-smoking his way through a monologue.

New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog describes Block’s appeal thusly:

Herman Cain is trying to appeal to people like Mark Block. He’s white, he has a mustache, he has a Midwestern accent, and yes, he smokes cigarettes. In short, he looks and sounds like someone from the SNL Da Bears sketches. And he believes in Herman Cain. Come on in, working class Republicans — the water’s fine!

Block admits as much here, saying, “I tell you, you walk into a veteran’s bar in Iowa and they’re sitting around smoking and, you know, yeah, we are resonating with them.” And it’s true, he does sound like one of Da Bears superfans. As luck would have it, Ditka is known to have a fondness for authentic conservative populists; maybe he’s already on the Cain Train and ready to pitch in. Next ad: Him and Block, side by side, dragging on Marlboros and blowing smoke rings right in some Romney lookalike’s smug RINO face. Nomination: Cinched.

Exit quotation: “Just let Block be Block.”


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I feel like a cold, smooth Milwaukee’s Best, about now.

MNHawk on October 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I presume now the parasite GOP campaigns are going to enlighten us with several press releases detailing Block’s exile from Wisconsin politics.

Here’s a hint: he wasn’t always doing things which were exactly legal.

KingGold on October 25, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Next ad: Him and Block, side by side, dragging on Marlboros and blowing smoke rings right in some Romney lookalike’s smug RINO face. Nomination: Cinched.

LMAO. If Fox would have hired AP as a writer for 1/2 hour news hour, it would still be on the air.

Kataklysmic on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

And if you smoke Newports, you’re welcome too ;-)

BruthaMan on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Did anybody else know that Ditka considered running against Obama for US Senate in 2004? I just heard that for the first time about a week ago.

Wish he would have!

Fezzik on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Love it. Cain is able! Cain 2012! While Romney and Perry ignore him, because they perceive he’s not serious, and wallop each other, Cain can go right on and connect with the people and win the nomination.

Brilliant strategy. One a successful business man might think of.

milemarker2020 on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

After the ad switches over to Cain from Block and he gets that grin on his face, can’t you imagine the porn guitar music starting?

lorien1973 on October 25, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I didn’t understand this ad last night, but after sleeping on it…I kind of dig it. He is definitely not a moron like Rick Perry, which is awesome.

I still like Romney, but don’t mind him having Cain as VP.

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Did anybody else know that Ditka considered running against Obama for US Senate in 2004? I just heard that for the first time about a week ago.

Fezzik on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Yeah, we tried to get him after Jack Ryan’s divorce records were improperly revealed and he imploded. Ditka was skittish about running for high office as a neophyte, so we were forced to turn to Maryland carpetbagger and – let’s face it, black Ron Paul – Alan Keyes.

2004 was a good year for us. I have no doubt that Ditka would have destroyed Obama. Of course, that would just mean we’d be trying to take down President Hillary right now.

KingGold on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Fezzik on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

The GOP was trying to get him to run after Ryan (?) dropped out, but Ditka refused.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Brilliant strategy. One a successful business man might think of.

milemarker2020 on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

He is definitely running his campaign well. He started advertizing on Rush, and that is basically a good way to get to all 50 states on a fraction of the cost.

The guys is smart, that’s for sure…unlike Rick Perry.

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Badass, almost at the level of that guy with the rifle endorsing that other guy in Alabama for ag comish, you know who I mean…

abobo on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Off topic, but from the nose up, and I suspect if you removed his moustache, Block is almost a dead ringer for my dad. lol

capejasmine on October 25, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Just in time for Halloween

JohnGalt23 on October 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I am going to sit back and watch the progressive, “P.C” crowd’s heads explode.

What is so great about this is that he is the 99%.

He is the “working man” he is the “unwashed masses” that Pelosi et al, seeks to garner votes from.

All the lefty memes are targeted towards THIS GUY.

When he becomes the star of future ads, I want to see the left launch their feeble attempt to label him a “Joe The Plumber”, xenophobe, racist, homophobic fascist.

Opposite Day on October 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Politics is all about contrasts with the other guy.

Mormons will not even drink coffee. This dude drinks coffee and smokes while he talks to you.

That is a Traditionalist attitude. Cain is one but Romney is not.

The meme becomes it is the Boomers that cannot be trusted because they screwed up the world, but that Cain is the traditional man here that you can trust.

jimw on October 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Rick Perry.

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

You’re a master at baiting.

fossten on October 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Cain is signaling that he won’t cower under demands that he be politically correct. That’s powerful. Liberals have been coasting for a lot of years now on “You can’t say, do, think that!” Cain is saying, “Screw you. I can say, do, or think whatever I want. This is America.” Quite frankly, it’s the kind of rejection of liberal orthodoxy that the liberals most fear. Their blackmail only works so long as we cower in fear. If more and more people start saying, “Screw you. Call me (a racist, a Nazi, whatever) all you want. It’s bullsh*t. Everyone knows it’s bullsh*t. Go away,” their power evaporates completely. Such a message is likely to resonate subliminally quite strongly with many, many Americans.

Rational Thought on October 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Cain can go right on and connect with the people and win the nomination.

Brilliant strategy. One a successful business man might think of.

milemarker2020 on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Palin fingerprints on it?

davidk on October 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Mission accomplished, bring on da coach.

Knucklehead on October 25, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Next ad: Him and Block, side by side, dragging on Marlboros and blowing smoke rings right in some Romney lookalike’s smug RINO face. Nomination: Cinched.

Hey, don’t leave out the guy from Justified.

cozmo on October 25, 2011 at 5:09 PM

When Rick and Newt see what Herman is doing here, they will both discover the smokers who support them. Rick can throw in Chewers.

Talk about smoke filled rooms at the Convention in Tampa; they may smoke Tampa Cigars and drink Cuban Coffee by then.

What’s Mitt to do? He could run ads showing Mormon young men pedaling bicycles in white shirts and ties.

jimw on October 25, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Its brilliance I think is that this represents “the guy” that feels the most alienated. The hard worker just trying to get by, maybe he smokes maybe he doesnt, but he is disappointed and ticked off that the retirement he was looking forward to a couple of years ago is now 10, 15 or 20 more years off. He’s busted hisass for 15 years and he has nothing to show for it. He knows that something is wrong and everywhere he turns he sees special groups making out better than he is. Class warfare at its best. This is just my own worthless opinion. Of course the smoking is just to get the libs to watch and comment. MSM once again has been Palinized.

canditaylor68 on October 25, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Rick Perry.

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

You’re master at baiting.

fossten on October 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

You mean Chudi is master baiting again…..

You set it up, you knew someone was going to finish it :)

Dr Evil on October 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hoping for Halloween they bring out Zombie John Wayne and he strikes a match off his boot.

jp on October 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM

You’re a master at baiting.

fossten on October 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Almost, just a little mix up in the sentence structure.

cozmo on October 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM

@jimw: Abstemious, teetotalling Mormons are spoiled Boomers but the restaurant lobby guy is for God, Family, and Country? Alrighty then!

Seth Halpern on October 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM

There not smoking in bars in Iowa – except in the casinos – that would give bar owners way to much control over their property.

therealfranklin on October 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I believe this is an example of Cain surrounding himself with the right people.

Punchy explaining how Bloc is probably a creepy pedophile and Cain is a moron in 3…2…1…

BKennedy on October 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Dr Evil on October 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM

We’re going to have to stop meeting like this. People will talk. And not just the nutballs like buydanishstuff and chupachudi.

cozmo on October 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM

What question about prisoners at Gitmo…?

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Seven Percent Solution on October 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Mormans can’t drink coffee?

Man.

Bishop on October 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Got to love jimw stirring up Mormon baiting.

Newsflash: not drinking, smoking, doing drugs, or even drinking coffee has a lot of benefits, if nothing else financially. But that’s besides the point: you are trying to paint Mitt and his religion as “not us, and Real Americans™ have to drink and smoke.”

Sorry, but of all the attacks on Mitt, saying that Mormons are too clean and neat is kind of… odd. What’s wrong with self discipline?

Vanceone on October 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

We’re going to have to stop meeting like this. People will talk. And not just the nutballs like buydanishstuff and chupachudi.

cozmo on October 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM

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I think what’s happened is Bishop has slacked off, and you and I are picking up the slack.

Ed and Allah have really been enjoying the Romney material today. Allah, They call him Flipper, Flipper LOL! That’s just too funny.

Dr Evil on October 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Cain is signaling that he won’t cower under demands that he be politically correct.
Rational Thought on October 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I’m withholding judgment on this. I agree with your premise and hope you’re right, but every alleged political iconoclast I’ve seen emerge in our era has ultimately buckled under the pressure and lost the game. He has sold out in some important way that suggested he didn’t really understand the Left or the stakes involved. No one has ever had the guts and tenacity to defy political correctness in such a way as to break the Left. The Left knows this, and will try to break Cain.

rrpjr on October 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Nice to see you being more positive:-)

bluefox on October 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

“Every Man”

Very appealing.

Key West Reader on October 25, 2011 at 5:24 PM

The man in charge of the smoke filled room steps outside for some fresh air. The ad stinks.

meci on October 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The first thing I thought when I saw this guy smoking was Micheal Bloomberg must be hating this….and that made me Smile.

Dr Evil on October 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I’m withholding judgment on this. I agree with your premise and hope you’re right, but every alleged political iconoclast I’ve seen emerge in our era has ultimately buckled under the pressure and lost the game. He has sold out in some important way that suggested he didn’t really understand the Left or the stakes involved. No one has ever had the guts and tenacity to defy political correctness in such a way as to break the Left. The Left knows this, and will try to break Cain.

rrpjr on October 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I agree, though I’d add that I do not believe Palin buckled, unless one considers her decision not to run a buckle. And maybe it was. Nonetheless, I don’t know if Cain has it in him to defy the left over the long term. Maybe we’ll find out. My larger point, though, is that I do think many, many Americans will be energized by the idea of defying the tyranny of the left. They’ve been building this tyranny for years, but it’s a house of cards, only as strong as our willingness to submit. I think the OWS debacle, and its abject depravity, is kind of the culmination of that, and I do think people — right, center, and even many on the left — are tired of being told how to live by people who refuse to live up to those rules themselves, and are destroying the nation in the process.

Rational Thought on October 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Cain the Rebel, LOL

bluefox on October 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

How big is the smoker voting bloc?

faraway on October 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Bishop: Yep, Mormon’s are supposed to not drink coffee or tea, use tobacco or drink any alcohol. I’ve never had a drink of coffee, something I’m actually rather proud of. It is nice to not need that cup of joe to function….

Yeah, it’s not the most “normal,” but what the heck: no one has ever claimed that being Mormon was supposed to be easy (rather, a follower of Jesus isn’t supposed to be an easy life). This particular doctrine is responsible, most likely, for the much higher life expectancy of Mormons in general. It’s also one of the hardest for converts to live up to. But a religion that doesn’t demand sacrifices is not a religion, it’s just a set of nice statements. And living your religion in day to day life is important.

But no one would claim that this should be a law of the land, of course.

Vanceone on October 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Now that this guy is literally an overnight superstar…

Um, what?

Seriously? Its enough to make you despair that your fellow citizens will ever be capable of rational thought again.

Midas on October 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I feel like a cold, smooth Milwaukee’s Best, about now.

MNHawk on October 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM

OP won the thread on the first salvo. You can all go home now.

ConfigSys.boy on October 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Damn.
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I gave up smoking over seven years ago. I can’t stand the smell of lit tobacco now.
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I also rarely drink now so, after half a beer, I’d be ready to pass out.
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I’m having trouble connecting with Mark Block. He seems sleazy and inept, possibly drug-addicted.
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I’m definitely on the Cain Train, though. (Cain / Gingrich 2012)

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

@Seth… Herman also wears a hat style that is unofficially worn only by top of the food chain Homicide Detectives at the Atlanta Police Department.

Herman knows brand marketing with signs along with the best of them.

And who ever saw a smile like Herman’s on Mormon?

jimw on October 25, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Cain targets 20% of voters!!!!

CDC: An estimated 46 million people, or 20.6% of all adults (aged 18 years and older), in the United States smoke cigarettes.1 Cigarette smoking is more common among men (23.5%) than women (17.9%)

faraway on October 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Campaigning LIKE A BOSS

Ortzinator on October 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I’m definitely on the Cain Train, though. (Cain / Gingrich 2012)

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I like that ticket. An old black guy and an old white guy, undoing the damage of the Humpty Dumpty Presidunce.

I think they will appeal to the young, middle and elders of this fine Nation of Patriots. They’ll tell it like it is. They’ll tell us what everyone else is afraid to say. They are not mannequins, they are MEN.

Key West Reader on October 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Palin fingerprints on it?

davidk

People like Cain, so probably not.

xblade on October 25, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Just in time for Halloween

JohnGalt23 on October 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Gee, there must be some reason Ron Paul can’t make it out of the single digits…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

@Vanceone… All politics calls for contrasts to be drawn between the candidates. And Mitt’s Mormon Religion is one reason why he will get 80% of the vote in Mormon heavy States out west.

So making fun of the silly legalisms should be OK.
The hit play on Broadway this season does that too.

jimw on October 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Still hate Block. Anyone who runs an organization that pummels people with that many harassing phone calls is a douchebag, regardless of politics.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I feel like a cold, smooth Milwaukee’s Best, about now.

MNHawk on October 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Hamm’s the beer refreshing… Hamm’s.

Fallon on October 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

fossten on October 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

You mean Chudi is master baiting again…..

You set it up, you knew someone was going to finish it :)

Dr Evil on October 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Serves me right for drinking while reading the thread…that was just snort-worthy right there!

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Still hate Block. Anyone who runs an organization that pummels people with that many harassing phone calls is a douchebag, regardless of politics.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Man, you sure hold a grudge…you been harping on that since last night…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Still hate Block. Anyone who runs an organization that pummels people with that many harassing phone calls is a douchebag, regardless of politics.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Who are you getting the phone calls from? I’ve donated to his PAC, directly on his Herman Cain website and attended a fundraiser yesterday, and I haven’t had one call.

Knucklehead on October 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Ya’ll should see what he just put together in Florida.

Hoo, boy. Bye, Mitt.

Key West Reader on October 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

How big is the smoker voting bloc?

faraway on October 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM

It’s not about the smoking.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Ya’ll should see what he just put together in Florida.

Hoo, boy. Bye, Mitt.

Key West Reader on October 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Don’t leave us hanging, do tell.

Knucklehead on October 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Kataklysmic on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

indeed…

cmsinaz on October 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I’m sorry, but Herman Cain cannot win the general election, so talk him up all you want. If he wins the nomination it’ll be four more years of misery.

Cain and Obozo on stage will display the contrast between them. Obozo with the smooth delivery that won him the election in 2008, and Cain butchering the English language will settle things right there. Not to mention his many views on abortion, and incoherence explaining his 9 9 9 plan. Apples and Oranges…

stacman on October 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Herman Cain’s Florida Team

In place, ready to roll.

Bye, Mitt.

Key West Reader on October 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

jimw: You are saying that we shouldn’t vote for Mitt because Mormons don’t drink alcohol. That’s just…. plain religious bigotry, to be frank. And you are the only one who is making this a religious issue with Mitt and Cain here.

Besides, most people I know have admiration for people who can live this lifestyle. It takes a fair amount of self discipline, which would do the world some good.

Put more bluntly: Stand up the LDS church and its youth against the OWS groups and see who is more liked. :) I’ll take that comparison any day.

Vanceone on October 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Man, you sure hold a grudge…you been harping on that since last night…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Wow. I mentioned it twice in two nights. How dare I?

Who are you getting the phone calls from? I’ve donated to his PAC, directly on his Herman Cain website and attended a fundraiser yesterday, and I haven’t had one call.

Knucklehead on October 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

From Americans for Prosperity. I donated to them a couple of years ago, and get a robocall every couple of weeks. I’ve sent them emails asking them to take me off their contact lists, with no response.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

@Vanceone… Drink whatever you want to drink. If keeping the legalism of no coffee, no beer and no cigarettes makes you proud of yourself, then I honor you for doing something that must be a very hard thing for you to do.

I am an Episcopalian, and we never knew that those were issues.

But if you are weak in faith, then they are issues for you.

jimw on October 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

From Americans for Prosperity. I donated to them a couple of years ago, and get a robocall every couple of weeks. I’ve sent them emails asking them to take me off their contact lists, with no response.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Got it. I get e-mails from them and can’t unsubscribe either. I also think they’ve sold my e-mail addy to every Tom, Dick and Harry Tea Party and conservative group under the sun.

It is not appreciated on my end.

Knucklehead on October 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM

He’s white, he has a mustache, he has a Midwestern accent,

Newsflash: Most people from the Midwest don’t have an accent.

chewmeister on October 25, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Apples and Oranges…

stacman on October 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

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Yeah, I can just envision a stuttering response by ØBlama and a clever and reasoned rejoinder by the math major that ties everything together in a neat little package, sounds competent, linear and comprehensible plus further systematizes the parts of his answer such that it is easy to implement and shows reflection of a lifetime of preparation, not a lifetime of identity politics.
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ØBlama may be able lift his voice in soaring rhetoric that sounds good to his worshipers but Cain can lift his voice in song that sounds good to everybody.
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Arrogance and an inferiority complex vs. accomplishment and competence.
Apples and oranges, indeed. You underestimate Cain, because you are a plant or a troll or because you just don’t like him.

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2011 at 6:45 PM

The guys is smart, that’s for sure…unlike Rick Perry.

Chudi on October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Seems “racist” wasn’t working so now we’re going to try “stupid”.

kg598301 on October 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Block is every bit as sleazy as he looks in this ad.

Ask anyone in Wisconsin. Block, a married man, hired his mistress Linda Hansen to be the 2nd in command with Herb’s campaign, so they could run around the country together.

And Cain has no problem with it.

They’re all slime.

bigred on October 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM

If Fox would have hired AP as a writer for 1/2 hour news hour, it would still be on the air.

Kataklysmic on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Agreed. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is a shameless suckup comment.

Nicely done.

platypus on October 25, 2011 at 7:23 PM

bigred on October 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM

First I heard of that.
Care to give a source?

balkanmom on October 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM

First I heard of that.
Care to give a source?

balkanmom on October 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I hate primaries, and this is why.

Let’s talk about the issues….

…naw, let’s have a circular firing squad instead. The media demands it.

Saltysam on October 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

balkanmom, there are numerous sources. Everyone in Wisconsin knows. Everyone in Cain’s Georgia office knows. Everyone who has seen Block & Hansen traveling with Cain knows.

It’s common knowledge.

Saltysam, if this were about the issues, Cain would be toast, since we don’t really know where he stands on anything.

bigred on October 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

OMG!! I LOVE that song on the video!

“I AM AMERICA”

“ONE Voice, United WE Stand”

(It’s on youtube, I think her name is Krista Branch.)

TN Mom on October 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

This guy with the cigarette looks like a Russian KGB assassin!
I really think Herman Cain should not hire members of Romney’s team to produce his commercials.

Chessplayer on October 25, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Cain’s little smile at the end there is simply telling Americans to

LIGHTEN UP!

(I know the retort would be ‘LIGHT UP?’ but that’s just being picky clever. Cain is seriously not politically correct. That’s what this is. So lighten up folks.)

MaggiePoo on October 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Abobo,

That guy from Alabama with the gun. . . . He’s Cain’s agriculture advisor.

His name’s Dale Peterson, excellent guy.

Jason Coleman on October 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Newsflash: Most people from the Midwest don’t have an accent.

chewmeister on October 25, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Um, wrong. They do. It’s just that the midwestern accent is what journalists emulate as the standard. It’s the ‘default American accent’.

MaggiePoo on October 25, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Got it. I get e-mails from them [Americans for Prosperity] and can’t unsubscribe either.

Same with Human Events. I got a free chapter from the Swiftboaters book and same deal ensued. I only was able to stop it by getting rid of that email address.

MaggiePoo on October 25, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Saltysam on October 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Truth is important to me…character assassination is bad. So, yes, it would be nice not to “nit pick” people, but I feel the need to ask for a source.

Apparently, I’m supposed to believe it simply as common knowledge, even though no source is mentioned.

balkanmom on October 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM

It’s the ‘default American accent’.

MaggiePoo on October 25, 2011 at 8:26 PM

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How about Standard American English, its actual designation.

ExpressoBold on October 25, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Wow. Who directed this? Uwe Boll?

Go RBNY on October 25, 2011 at 8:36 PM

balkanmom, there are numerous sources. Everyone in Wisconsin knows. Everyone in Cain’s Georgia office knows. Everyone who has seen Block & Hansen traveling with Cain knows.

It’s common knowledge.

Saltysam, if this were about the issues, Cain would be toast, since we don’t really know where he stands on anything.

bigred on October 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

No you idiot. Mark Block was the guy who hired a transvestite prostitute as his aid.

Get your smears straight. You don’t want to be spreading unsubstantiated rumors and impugning the character of all of Wisconsin as gossipmongering chatterboxes.

BKennedy on October 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Cain and Obozo on stage will display the contrast between them. Obozo with the smooth delivery that won him the election in 2008, and Cain butchering the English language will settle things right there. Not to mention his many views on abortion, and incoherence explaining his 9 9 9 plan. Apples and Oranges…

stacman on October 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

What’s the difference between Barack Obama and Herman Cain?

Barack Obama changes his voice around an audience of white people.

As for butchering the English language, off prompter O makes Joe Biden look like William Shakespeare.

BKennedy on October 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

There are a lot of closet smokers out there that are really ticked about the government dictating behaviors to them and everybody else. For some, smoking is not just a habit, it’s a statement about freedom.

These folks will identify with telling the “state” to bug off.

marybel on October 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM

The same Mark Block who got banned from any political work for 3 years in WI for illegal collusion, among other things?

Rainsford on October 25, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Did anybody else know that Ditka considered running against Obama for US Senate in 2004? I just heard that for the first time about a week ago.

Fezzik on October 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I’m friends with one of the guys who courted him for the spot. I was pulling for them, but from what he told me, Ditka didn’t get too close to green-lighting it. If he were afforded the hindsight he enjoys today, I’m betting he would’ve been a little closer to yes.

cgoode777 on October 25, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Rational Thought on October 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Dead on.

My mom, who studies her Bible every day and would never consider smoking, likes the ad. To her, it is authenticity, it is real. She is a “live and let live” type, whose numbers I think are vastly underestimated, and sick to death of political phonies who are forever trying to protect us from ourselves.

As for myself, I smoke cigars, drink bourbon and beer, shoot pool and pistols, and have other bad habits too numerous to list. Frankly, I don’t trust a man (or woman) who has no vices.

novaculus on October 26, 2011 at 1:37 AM

Next commercial…Mark Block is sitting in an open park, kids are playing in the back ground. As Block explains the economic surge Cain’s 999 policies will bring he reaches down and grabs a bacon cheeseburger and takes a bite. Camera pans over and Herman Cain is laughing hysterically as an Obama impersonator on a pink bike with matching helmet rides by.

DanMan on October 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM