We were struck by something else on last night’s Cooper 360 show, though tape doesn’t seem to be available. We were struck by interviews CNN did with some Herman Cain supporters in Humphreys County, Tennessee (population 17,000).
We wouldn’t vote for Cain ourselves. But he held a rally in Humphreys County last weekend, and three very southern-sounding white voters said they’d be voting for him. We were especially struck by what the third man told Gary Tuchman:
TUCHMAN (10/17/11): Over the weekend Cain barnstormed through Tennessee attending six rallies. There are fewer than 20,000 people who live here in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Yet this turnout is huge, particularly for an area where so few people live.
CAIN (videotape): All of a sudden, the long shot isn’t such a long shot anymore. How about them apples?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I like Romney, and if he gets the nomination, I will support him. But I think that Herman Cain is more in touch with what the people want.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He seems to be a straight-shooter, and just like some of the conservative views that he’s putting out there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he’s more like me than anyone else running, and I vote for myself so I vote for him.
TUCHMAN: Tell me why you think he’s more like yourself than anyone running.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He’s country folk.
That third person sounded very southern. He was perhaps 65 years old; he was white. We wouldn’t vote for Cain ourselves. But we think what that man said is a great triumph for the movement Dr. King led.
That man is a very southern-sounding, older white male. His grandchildren got to see him say that the black guy is the person most like him.
Old, white and southern. They MUST be racists, right?