Herman Cain promises the announcement of a new “national movement”

posted at 2:35 pm on January 3, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Oh, how I love PR ploys like this one! In a sign that he has been auditioning to be the next Sarah Palin after all, Herman Cain last night and this morning made the cable news show rounds. At every appearance, he declined to endorse any of the remaining GOP candidates for president — but he repeatedly hinted at an upcoming big reveal of a “national movement.” (How nice to single-handedly start a “national movement”!) If you remember, he actually started the hype for this at his campaign “suspension” announcement. (You remember that rock rally of an announcement, don’t you?)

Now, though, we know a bit more about his plans. We know, for example, that Gloria Cain “is very supportive of this national movement.” We know he wants the movement to be a home for his former supporters and the “politically homeless.” We know he plans to officially announce the movement to Sean Hannity on Fox News tomorrow night.

But in case all of that doesn’t provide enough intrigue to keep viewers interested, Cain still claims he will endorse a candidate eventually — and in an “unconventional” manner in keeping with his “unconventional candidate” theme, to boot. Cain told Fox News’ Jenna Lee this morning that he is not endorsing a candidate right now because he doesn’t want to split his supporters at this time. Instead, he wants to continue to inspire his followers to be involved and to ensure they show up at the polls to vote for the GOP nominee and against Barack Obama. In other words, he’s still committed to the mission, which is to oust Obama; he just doesn’t want to waste a potential publicity boost later by endorsing now.

Then again, perhaps all of that is too harsh. Any time I write about Cain, I’m still uncomfortably aware that his version of it all could be the truth; he could have been the victim of MSM character assassination. I don’t think that, but I don’t know. Either way, with the suspension of his campaign, the clamor about the Herman Cain scandals receded — and, in every interview he delivered yesterday and today, Cain was upbeat about his family and concentrated on the specific message of beating Obama. He and his wife welcomed Grandchild No. 4 on New Year’s Day, and, in the end, some things — like that new little life! — are far more important than politics (although, paradoxically, that new little life is also why politics matters so profoundly).


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honeybadger on January 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Well, I can’t say you didn’t respond, so thank you for that.

It didn’t help much, but this is not an issue our lives revolve around.

I’ll be glad to let it drop.

listens2glenn on January 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Did Cain ever do any detective work to find out who paid the women from his past? Does he realize he’s last week’s fish? Nice guy but politically naive.

Kissmygrits on January 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

The level of intellectual discourse has devolved to the lowest common denominator on Hot Air.
Used to be a great blog to read.
Sparky5253 on January 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hot Air has been one of my favorite reads for years, it has gone downhill. I’m one of those new enrollers, now I’m ashamed to say that.
NEWRIVERELECTRIC on January 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

My paraphrase:

We miss you, Michelle. We REALLY miss you.

listens2glenn on January 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

More likely the next stop is obscurity.

MNcommonsense on January 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

One could only hope.

He’s so 2011…

stacman on January 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

paradoxically, that new little life is also why politics matters so profoundly

Amen, Tina.

Mr. Prodigy on January 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Quitter!

Bishop.

dukecitygirl on January 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Meh.

minnesoter on January 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

In a sign that he has been auditioning to be the next Sarah Palin after all,

WHOA! STOP RIGHT THERE!

Herman Cain has never won an election or done a fine job presiding over a state. No matter how much some people want to denigrate the importance of the state of Alaska, it’s infinitely more significant than the National Restaurant Association or Godfather’s Pizza.

More importantly: While Cain’s critics were often as caustic and transparent as Palin’s, when accusations of scandal hit Palin, there was never any there there. Every spitball fired at Palin was interpreted by the LSM as having tainted her reputation even though the only reason they did any damage was because of the cost involved in fighting phony ethics probes. OTOH, when Cain was called on the carpet, there wasn’t evidence at first, but finally came his admission that he’d been paying a woman’s bills in exchange for (whatever) without his wife’s knowledge for over a decade.

Don’t you dare call Herman Cain “The Next Sarah Palin.” If you want to engage in shorthand to say he wants to cash in after falling short on the national scene, fine — call him “The Next Mark Sanford,” the latest Fox News contributor.

L.N. Smithee on January 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

“Used to be a great blog to read.”

oh, how trendy to imply that you are such an uber-intellectual and are so many leagues above the uncouth hoi polloi who pollute the hallowed bandwidth that you would otherwise use to make pithy comments that would awe the world!

But instead of that, you simply complain that no one else is up to your oh so hoity toity standards. Uh huh. You ain’t foolin’ no one.

Tom Servo on January 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM

What did Carville once say when Clinton was having his “bimbo eruptions.”

“Amazing what you can find if you drag a $20 bill through a trailer park.”

If you’re going to buy into MSM hype led by anonymous sources alleging “non-sexual disturbing conduct”, Gloria Allred hiring Alexrod neighbors from a city Herman Cain has never lived in, and a woman successfully sued for libel by her business partner whose alleged affair includes time Cain was receiving treatment for stage four colon and liver cancer -

then you are beyond help. There were several legitimate reasons not to like Cain, but if you truly believe a baptist minister who has spent his entire life achieving and succeeding in the private sector when the odds were stacked against him is a serial womanizer then you’re no better than the progressive “feminist” twits who dropped to their knees to fall on Clinton’s sword.

Your last line could have come from Maureen Dowd or Gloria Steinem, Tina. Men are always guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion, but at least you have reservations.

Herman Cain has done NOTHING this political cycle except exude confidence, positive thinking, and a love and passion for this country. His few flops (the Perry rock that Perryslugs are still dragging around like a millstone) in that department he quickly apologized for.

Sorry he’s not an actual serial womanizer and book peddler like Gingrich, or an unprincipled chameleon like Romney. Then maybe he wouldn’t get the kind of venom Tina launched at him in her initial offering. What do you mean he decided to start a national movement? He ran for President! At one point he was the frontrunner ffs.

You would never have pulled this crap on Gingrich or Bachmann Tina (both of whom have been running book tours this campaign cycle), and you know it. I do like most of your contributions to Hot Air, but this post in particular was very disappointing.

BKennedy on January 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Okay, count me as one more “voter in the wilderness” who deeply misses The Hermanator in this campaign.

Yes, I like Herman, on the merits and on the issues. Heck, I even warmed up to 9-9-9, on my understanding that it makes the best possible lead-in to the FairTax… His plan is still the only one that would completely scrap the existing 70,000+ pages of tax code and replace it with something that anyone with a high school education could understand. (Rick Perry’s “postcard plan” leaves the existing system intact, and actually forces everyone to do their taxes twice, just so they can see which way is better for them…)

It was always apparent to me that The Hermanator was one of the longest of long-shots, and for that reason alone I (mostly) resisted my urges/impulses to go nutzo bugging all my TEA Party friends to support him (also partly because I happen to live in KS, where we won’t caucus until later in the schedule [Sat March 10], and who knows what will happen by then…).

Yet what I really miss most about Herman Cain is his irrepressibly cheerful and upbeat way of pulling the entire dialog and debate in directions that have not been seen nor heard since about the second week of the smear campaign against him, once it was apparent that the accusations weren’t going to go away on their own, dammit-all-to-hell anyhow.

Since the day he suspended his campaign, I’ve wished he could have stayed in the debates, even if he never got close to the nomination, and a large part of that was the self-evident fact that his mere presence in the process stood the “racist Republican” meme on its head. Had he actually won the nomination, we might have seen a final end to the monolithic black Democrat voter bloc, which could only redound for the betterment of the entire country.

I wonder still whether Cain could regain his footing, and his campaign standing to boot, if he were to step up to a likely podium somewhere (say, Charleston?), make a very public mea culpa for handling the matter so poorly, and make the following solemn promise to all concerned: “I don’t care if he is America’s ‘First Black President,’ I will *never* accept dating advice from Bill Clinton again!”

“Cogito, ergo TEA Party!” ~ DeepWheat

DeepWheat on January 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

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