Sadness in Teabagistan as Right Wing Discovers Herman Cain is Black and Hates Racism
There is weeping throughout Teabagistan today as the American Taliban came to the stark realization that their favorite (and only) Black candidate, Herman Cain, would take a stand against racism.
Oh, it was EASY for the religiofascist racists in Teabagistan to "support" Cain. He was a successful businessman. He is wealthy. If you closed your eyes when he spoke, you could pretend he was white. He didn't use street lingo when he talked. And although they knew he stood as much of a chance of winning the GOP nomination as Barack Obama does, he was convenient to have around.
"How can you say we're racist when one of our top candidates is a Black man?" they would ask in all seriousness. "We like Herman Cain and his color has nothing to do with it. He speaks plainly. He's conservative. He reminds me of that black guy at work, can't think of his first name — everyone calls him Peterson — works in the mail room. Everyone loves him because he always has a smile on his face. And I hear he's a good dancer."
But then, Mr. Cain had to open his big, black mouth and destroy the illusion.
When the Washington Post used their Sunday edition to expose Rick Perry's connection to a hunting camp that — for years — went by the colorful name of "Niggerhead," Herman Cain scolded Perry on Fox News yesterday for not doing something about it earlier than he did.
“My reaction is, that’s just very insensitive,” Cain told Fox. “[There] isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”
Well, this was a HUGE disappointment to the average Teabagistani voter. According to an online story in New York Magazine, the good folks of Teabagistan are shattered that one of THEIRS would take OFFENSE at the injudicious use of the so-called "N-word."
It's in this context that the backlash has occurred. Cain wasn't expressing reasonable grievances — he was "piling on" and legitimizing a sleazy political attack. The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis writes this morning, "Cain’s comments were — at best — premature — and at worst, highly irresponsible. It was a cheap shot, and, perhaps a signal that Cain is willing to play the race card against a fellow Republican when it benefits him." Over at the conservative blog Red State, Eric Erickson says the story is "a slander Herman Cain is picking up and running with as a way to get into second place." And the backlash from pundits and regular voters is taking place as we speak on Twitter. Some former Cain backers have already pulled their support:Continued on the next page