Yesterday, Herman Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, made a point of shying away from previous statements he had made connecting the leak of Cain’s old sexual harassment settlements with Rick Perry’s team. Considering how badly those accusations were received, it’s not surprising that the rest of Cain’s campaign has followed Block in backtracking, returning to their original target, the media, as well as their original suspected motivation, racism. The ad accuses the entire mainstream media of a “high tech lynching” in their coverage of that story.
In addition to sounding like the least fun video game ever, “high tech lynching” is a term that was coined by Clarence Thomas during his sexual scandal in 1990. The new Cain ad uses the original footage of Thomas saying it as its climax. The clip (which, if you look closely, was apparently downloaded using a DivX codec) comes at the ad’s end, following a number of inflammatory quotes from such race-baiting fools as Cornel West and Harry Belafonte as well as reliable voices of reason like Rush Limbaugh.
Will a return to a race-based focus work for Cain in the weathering of this now surprisingly prolonged storm? It’s hard to say but it will definitely do better than accusing Perry did.
Really though, this is all my long-winded way of saying the ad could’ve used some more Krista Branch.
Watch it below:
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