January 20, 2012 |
I don't find comedian Stephen Colbert's involvement in the Republican presidential race the least bit funny. Oh, I get the part about parodying the craziness of campaign finance and the farce that raising and spending oodles of money has made of our politics. I understand his disdain for the GOP field. It is indeed hard to decide which candidate to dislike the least. But disgust with the corrosive effects of super PAC money and coolness toward the likes of Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Ron Paul and Rick...
September 30, 2011
I have to wonder what the editors of the Sept. 25 paper were thinking. Herman Cain, somewhat of an afterthought in the Republican presidential field, comes out of nowhere to win the Florida straw poll, and the news gets a small story on Page A6 ? This is big; Mitt Romney continues to be an unexciting candidate while Rick Perry continues to shoot from the hip half the time. Maybe all the Floridians on Social Security realized that the Chilean model that Mr. Cain wants to consider for Social Security is better than...
October 13, 2011 |
J ust be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain. Don't laugh. "There's a difference between the flavor of the week and Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut, because it tastes good all the time," Cain told reporters this week. "Call me Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut. " All right, go ahead and laugh. Cain will surely respond with what has become his all-purpose retort: "As my grandfather would say, I does not care.
October 31, 2011 |
Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment. No, he couldn't remember her, not much at all. Then again, there was one time, the Republican presidential candidate told me, when he stood next to the woman and noted that she was about the same height as his wife. He showed me how close he was standing to her by asking a female staffer to stand next to him. It was close. Not touching, but close. This demonstration took place Monday in an office in...
October 25, 2011 |
This piece is part of an On Leadership roundtable on Herman Cain and whether prior politicial experience is a prerequisite for being an effective president. In running for president, candidates present not only their values and their vision for America, but also themselves as appropriate symbols of who America is and what America stands for. Candidates also make the case, based on their experience, that they are capable of leading our nation and our government. Few will disagree that Herman...
October 17, 2011
Herman Cain's sudden rise to front-runner status in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has a lot of pundits confused, including, it appears, Eugene Robinson [ "Raising Herman Cain," op-ed, Oct. 14]. Rather than seeing this remarkable phenomenon as a potential breakthrough in American racial politics, he largely echoes Sarah Palin, who dismissed Cain as the GOP "flavor of the week. " Really? How many African Americans in either party have ever been atop the polls this far into a presidential primary race?