Insane in the HermCain

Kendra Hicks is a senior journalism major and staff writer for The Journal

Herman Cain is making it really hard for any black person who wants to be taken seriously in politics. Almost four years ago, Barack Obama was the first black man to ever be elected president. That means he had to convince people he had the smarts and drive to get the job done.

Cain doesn’t think smarts and drive wins over supporters or wins an election. During the past few months as front runner of the Republican presidential nominees, he has been better known for the things he said on TV or in newspapers than his views on what’s affecting the country or how he wants to change it.

Now, I understand everyone has a day when something they say may come out wrong, but the things that come out of his mouth are just downright stupid. To make matters worse, he is so arrogant and won’t accept what he says or does is wrong.

Rumor is Cain is preparing to drop out. Here’s a quick recap of his campaign highlights:

—“Princess Nancy.”

Cain referring to Nancy Pelosi. She is the highest-ranking elected female in U.S. history and he thought to call her princess? If she’s a princess, then let’s call Boehner an oompa loompa.

— “When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I’m going to say, you know, ‘I don’t know.’”

— “We need a leader, not a reader.”

That’s a quote from “The Simpsons Movie,” which Cain cribbed in a speech emphasizing his decisiveness. To be a good leader you have to read to know what’s going on.

— “OK, Libya, President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi. I just wanted to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘Yes, I agreed,’ or, ‘No I didn’t agree.’ I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason — nope, that’s a different one. I gotta go back and see. I got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me that I agree or not disagree with Obama?”

This was painful and funny to watch. The president of the United States needs to know about world affairs. It’s not an option.

— “How do you say ‘delicious’ in Cuban?” Cuban will never be a language. Ever. It’s an ethnicity.

November wasn’t the best to Cain; two women claimed he sexually harassed them in the ‘90s during his time as CEO at Godfather’s Pizza. Both cases were settled and both women were paid an unknown amount of money. Cain denied this and said he doesn’t know who they are and it didn’t happen.

But, when a third woman came out and held a press conference with high profile lawyer Gloria Allred, it didn’t look too good. Cain also denied this and said he didn’t harass her.

Now for the biggest bomb, a political career killer. Last week, a woman alleged a 13-year affair with the married Cain. The difference this time — she had proof. The Atlanta businesswoman told “Good Morning America” she has more than 70 texts and phone records of their conversations. She also claimed he has given her money for her monthly bills.

To everyone’s surprise, Cain doesn’t deny this and later admits he did everything she is claiming, but says she was a friend. He is just a really generous person who has helped out friends, family and church members. Does he ever help out his male friends?  How much “help” does one need for 13 years? Because of all of this, Cain is now rethinking running for president but wants to talk to his wife before making the ultimate decision. He announced he was, “suspending,” his campaign. Suspending, not formally dropping out.

He wanted to possibly be the second black president of the United States; he should have known his dirt would come to light. The Internet is a gift and a curse for public figures today. If Cain had any sense, he would have studied Obama’s campaign.

The media never caught him being messy and didn’t find any “friends” he had on the side. Cain must have forgotten he is a black man in America running for president. Just because Fox News called you one of “their blacks” doesn’t mean you are any less black.

Until Cain figures out he is not smarter than anyone else in the room, he won’t be president or hold any political title.



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