ZOMG – Dogwhistling!!!

Herman Cain Just Broke Into Song At The National Press Club

Herman Cain may be the only presidential candidate in history to actually benefit from a sex scandal.

Just hours after Politico broke a story about accusations of sexual harassment against Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO killed it during a luncheon speech at the National Press Club. And then to top it all off, he SANG.

After very little prompting to reprise his “Imagine There’s No Pizza” performance at the Omaha Press Club, Cain launched into a surprisingly beautiful rendition of the hymn “He Looked Beyond My Faults” — an interesting choice given the sex scandal.

Any bets on how long before someone claims he was dogwhistling to the white racists that “he knows his place” by singing an old negro spiritual?

Seriously though, he was dogwhistling – to black Americans. He was reminding the black community that he is one of them. If he can win over a big chunk of their votes he’s not just electable, he’s unbeatable. No other Republican candidate can do that.

I wonder how many hymns Barack Obama knows by heart?

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36 Responses to ZOMG – Dogwhistling!!!

  1. yttik says:

    Darn, that was lovely! I could get used to a singing president. I sure liked the one that played the saxophone.

  2. Lulu says:

    I understand that Cain is concentrating on the South. I think he just won it.

  3. myiq2xu says:


    Herman Cain told the crowd at the National Press Club Monday something he’s said many times before: His rise in the polls is evidence once and for all that the tea party and conservative Republicanism is, officially, Not Racist.

    Cain put a slightly different spin on the story at the Press Club, condemning those on the left who he said say people like him because he’s black — a kind of reverse diversity in which racist whites get behind Cain to show that they’re not racist.

    White people, Cain said, just aren’t that conniving.

    “Come to some of our rallies. Join us on our bus tour. You have to follow along because there is no room on the bus. You will come to the conclusion that I have come to and that we have come to,” Cain said. “This many white people can’t pretend they like me.”

    Of course, Cain is not exactly the poster child for African American political power these days which might explain a bit about why he’s got so much conservative support — black, white or brown.

    To begin with, Cain rejects the term African American, preferring to be called “a black American.” He says incendiary things about President Obama’s race, claiming the first African American president of the United States has “never been a part of the black experience in America.”

  4. HELENK says:

    he has good roots and a great sense of self. This makes him a strong leader
    A leader that is not afraid to surround himself with people that are smart enough to get the answers needed to solve the problem.

    It scares the hell out of backtrack and bunch and some of the other republicans running.
    This man will be tested like no other in the last decade. but he seems to be strong enough to handle it.

    Is he perfect NO, but do you know anyone that is and look how boring they would be. I would not want to be around a perfect person.

  5. Dario says:

    Any candidate that’s not Obama must be lily white, even if the candidate is black. I think that the sexual accusations will be in the back of people’s mind, but it won’t change his standing much. If however there’s something else that is thrown at him, his standing may suffer.

  6. Lola-at-Large says:

    In the race to win the identity wars, black Americans would be smart to vote for Cain over Obama. Then they can claim that there have been TWO black presidents of the Unites States. I’d certainly be tempted if the race was between an incumbent female and an opposition female. I bet that’s what’s scaring the bejeesus out of the Obama campaign. They know black Americans aren’t stupid and will act in their own self-interest when they can.

  7. 1539days says:

    Obama knows one hymn

  8. Phoneybaloney says:

    The choice of song was a two-fer in terms of messaging: the song is a well-known hymn in the South and evangelical Midwest. It is also, in terms of melody, the same as “Danny Boy.” it used to be kinda of a trivia Q & A in the Baptist church that I attended as a kid.

  9. lorac says:

    Whoa – he can speak without a teleprompter, and he can carry a tune without music. I don’t like his belief that gayness is a sin, but I like a lot of other things about him. Plus, he applied himself and learned several different (domestic) fields and succeeded in them – it makes me think he would again apply and learn (as Hillary burrows in and learns the ropes before moving forward) when it comes to foreign policy….

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  11. Rorgg says:

    This is good news for Hillary.

  12. Dred Scott says:

    His heroic posture here and lovely performance reminds me of Tom, the uncle in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel.

    Such humility, such diffidence, such place-knowingness.

    • votermom says:

      I bet you’re white. It’s always the white dudes that whip the Uncle Tom accusation out.

      • Dred Scott says:

        Why don’t you do a post on who is bankrolling Cain’s campaign.

        Then maybe you can read some books and take some classes and learn what the phrase actually means.

        Or, maybe you can post the GOP votes and legislative initiatives for African-Americans since 1900.

        Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    • WMCB says:

      He really does scare the shit out of you, doesn’t he? 😀

  13. William H. Brewer says:

    If he can win over a big chunk of their votes he’s not just electable, he’s unbeatable.

    Well, he’s currently pulling ~5% of the African-American vote. So, um, good luck with that.

  14. Egypt Steve says:

    This site and 90 percent of the comments are obviously fraudulent. There’s just no effin’ way that anyone who is at all inclined to vote D would write any of the above drivel. How much is Rove paying you to play “disaffected progressive” on the internets? Who are you really?

    • votermom says:

      Yeah, I do it all – post all the comments myself. It’s exhausting./

    • WMCB says:

      Woohoo! The trolls are back! Yay! Means that Obama is in troooouuuuble…….

      • Egypt Steve says:

        Proves my point. Who else would gloat over Obama’s trooooouuuble, than someone who wants to see the Rethugs win it all back for the Gipper? My advice to you: keep it a little closer to the vest. You know, more in sadness than in anger. You might actually fool some dimwitted Politico intern who will link to you next time they’re doing one of those “Obama in trouble with the base” thumbsuckers. Then you get your commission from the Koch brothers.

        • Karma says:

          Good of you to cheer the best damn Republican president evah – Obama. So what Republican bill do you like best? Is it the Heritage Foundation health care bill? You know the one that assaults womens’ access to abortion and places their private (as in none of your f*cking business) health care into separate exchanges? Separate and not equal….for over half the population….huh? Or is when he doubled down on all of Dubya’s assaults on the Constitution? Or when he signed off on murdering American citizens without trial? Or when he expanded the Dubya war-profiteering to four more countries? Which of those glorious Republican programs is your favorite? Or how about the continuous cuts to Medicare that have been accepted and proposed under the best damn Republican president? His DOJ makes Dubya’s seem almost liberal, which is creepy.

          Why don’t you post what he has actually accomplished which could be considered an actual Democratic accomplishment and one he inspired? Of course, it will be hard to trump murdering American citizens without trial. Good luck on your search!

        • WMCB says:

          Fuck you. I’ve CAMPAIGNED for more real Democrats then you’ve likely voted for.

          Hint: Obama ain’t one,.

  15. Egypt Steve says:

    I mean, this:

    I wonder how many hymns Barack Obama knows by heart?

    Is pure Ann Colter. And the mandatory “moderation” is a dead give-away.

  16. There’s a hymn to the tune of “Danny Boy”? Good grief.

  17. jdizz says:

    are you seriously putting this forward?!? Just because he’s black and can sing a spiritual doesn’t mean that blacks are going to rush to vote for him. even if he were running against a white man, he wouldn’t even capture a small chunk of the black vote. good gravy, this is just incredibly stupid!

  18. FedSec says:

    You can’t really believe that black people will back a black candidate solely because he’s black, can you? I mean…did you see black people turn out for Jesse Jackson when he ran for the Dem nomination? Herman Cain is a joke. From what I’ve seen so far, the only people who seem to be considering Cain as an electable candidate are silly conservative white people who believe that black people will back any black candidate as long as he’s black.

    You guys still can’t figure out how black people think, can you?

  19. WMCB says:

    I’m loving it. All the trolls showing up on this thread are proof positive that Cain has the Dems scared to death.

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