Herman Cain has a chance to redeem himself and do the the nation a favor -- endorse Ron Paul and help him win Iowa. If Paul wins Iowa and finishes strong in New Hampshire, this will shift the Republican candidates further toward an anti-statist position. At the very least, it might get media to pay attention to Paul for a minute or two.
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Herman Cain announced the suspension on his campaign. Cain is going to Plan B -- change from without. I recommended this awhile back regarding New Right voices who are destroyed when they enter the political realm. We still need representatives to rollback statist policies which have killed the economy and placed our military in mideast quagmires, but all we need to create change within is convince representatives that they either limit government and allow a free market or they're fired. High exposure voices on the New Right will do better changing from without through New Media. First, Americans need to hear and understand the ideas of liberty and individual rights as an alternative to the MSM and State propaganda, then perhaps we can demand the necessary systemic changes to stop progressivism before we fall completely apart.
Even if the faithful want to give him the benefit of the doubt, those benefits have run out. If this is, indeed, a hatchet job, it's performed by experts. Not since Clinton have so many women made so many claims. This claim is likely true, because if the woman has no evidence, she will quickly look stupid, and most people aren't going to put themselves in a position in which they can be sued. Cain has already threatened lawsuits, so I have to believe this is the real deal, and it will destroy any credibility Cain might have had left. Cain needs to hop off of his own train, because it's headed for a big wreck.
I wrote yesterday that Morning Joe had hit a new low, well, today they went lower, despite Mika's admission that the show was solid Left and her half-hearted attempt to provide balance. Mika's idea of providing balance was to ask -- Seriously, though, why is the Republican Party so screwed up? I'm paraphrasing, but that's basically what Mika asked. The guests were Tina Brown, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Donnie Deutsche, Chris Matthews, and a NYT's senior writer.
They spent practically the entire first segment trashing Republicans, especially Herman Cain, with only a passing, weak criticism of Obama's failures . Even when they criticize Obama, they fault him for not doing more of what has caused the present economic crisis. Matthews said OWS has brought up important issues regarding corporate favoritism, yet government intervention has created the situation in which the State uses corporations to expand State power and in the process rewards the corporations. The State is afraid of a free market, because the State would lose control, so favored corporations are just an arm of the State to prevent free markets from becoming dynamic beyond the State's control. The brilliant Matthews favors a strong State propped up by an interventionist, coercive government which keeps the business community under its thumb.
They all criticized Cain for his ignorance, but what is really despicable is knowing better yet continuing to support that which is destroying the nation. Despite vanden Heuvel's and Matthew's pretend displeasure with Obama, they will vote for Obama even if a more viable candidate emerges from the Republican Party. The political class supports statism and they believe the Democrat Party will maintain the statist system, so the different actors coming through DC are irrelevant as long as Democrats maintain control and the powerful State is safe.
Mika, to her credit, brought up the Solyndra scandal, but when she asked Matthews about it, he said it's just old-fashioned pork barrell politics and shrugged if off as the way business is done in DC. Yes, those who know better and don't stand up are worse than the ignorant who at least have an opportunity to learn.
Morning Joe did have Marco Rubio on the show, and the Leftist crew had the opportunity to get a fresh perspective from the Right, but they spent their interview time trying to shoot down Rubio's efforts to find solutions to the economic mess and to trash Herman Cain.
Yes, it's a new low for Morning Joe. Matthews even recommended that Scarborough run as a third party candidate. And they say Cain isn't serious? Holy crap! But, it would ensure an Obama victory, so maybe Matthews is serious.
Morning Joe hit a new low this morning thanks to Joe Scarborough's total lack of self awareness and maturity and the failure of close friends and associates to help give him a clue. I suppose the regulars and semi-regulars find it easier to pretend there's no problem than to confront him and risk his ire, but surely they have some self-respect and pride.
The first part of the show this morning was spent on ridiculing Herman Cain regarding his responses to questions about Libya and collective bargaining during an interview. Cain is certainly showing signs of unpreparedness for such questions and a lack knowledge on key issues pertinent to politics, but Scarborough's adolescent glee over Cain's gaffes says more about Scarborough's character and maturity than it does about Cain. Cain is a decent man with many accomplishments in life -- more solid accomplishments than Scarborough who's made a career off ignorant political analysis -- when he's wrong, he just flips real quickly hoping no one will notice (this morning he said Romney had previously supported gay marriage, and, when he was corrected, he just stammered and diverted from his ignorance). Cain's lack of political experience, his age, and the wear and tear of modern political campaigns are taking their toll, but this doesn't call for immature gloating and piling on -- if anything, a person of character would feel a little sadness, giving Cain credit for his accomplishments but soberly realizing he's not prepared to become president.
Scarborough reacted with a nanny-nanny-boo-boo analysis, claiming he's been right all along, and some anonymous bloggers he excoriates have been wrong. Scarborough went on to say he's always right and the bloggers, whoever they are, are always wrong. This shows that Scarborough is not even prepared to be host of a morning political show with less viewers than Cain has supporters, much less a serious political analyst or potential presidential candidate in the future. Scarborough was asked awhile back would he rule out running for president, and Scarborough said he wouldn't rule it out, and several of his patsy semi-regulars have encouraged him to run. Scarborough is less prepared to run for president than Cain, because Scarborough lacks the maturity, character and self-awareness needed to avoid looking like an overly-ambitious fool.
MSNBC is turning on the propaganda machine to full speed. After the likes of Howard Dean and Eugene Robinson joined in the Republican bashing and Obama defense, they had as guests a Democrat governor and mayor to discuss the job creation plans on the Left which will save the country. The bias is so transparent it's actually becoming more like a comedy than a strategic effort to reelect Obama.
Maybe Scarborough redeemed himself during the last part of the show -- I couldn't watch it any longer.