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Friday, November 4, 2011

Chaotic Week In GOP Campaign, Cain Tops Polls

Herman Cain speaks at the Congressional Health Caucus Thought Leaders Series, on Wednesday, Nov. 2. (AP)

Herman Cain speaks at the Congressional Health Caucus Thought Leaders Series, on Wednesday, Nov. 2. (AP)

Businessman Herman Cain is running neck in neck with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the GOP Presidential race according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. An overwhelming number of Republicans say reports that Cain may have sexually harassed two women employees “do not matter” when it comes to picking a candidate.

Cain’s campaign has rebutted the allegations and accused Texas governor Rick Perry’s campaign of spreading the story. Perry denies that allegation, but he’s been on the defensive for an entirely different reason, after video clips of a speech he gave in New Hampshire led some political observers to wonder if the governor may have been on pain medication.

And, where has Mitt Romney gone? We take a look at the week in Republican Presidential politics.


  • Peter Wallsten, national political correspondent for the Washington Post
  • Jay Newton Small, politics correspondent for Time Magazine

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  • Anonymous

    Herman Cain said this is all about race.. and he is right. He only sexually harasses white women. He respects black women and married one. White men should be embarrassed how they sell out their mothers and daughters while Cain fund-raises off their harassment.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/onanov Donald Baxter

    Herman Cain’s poll numbers continue to rise. Why should this surprise anyone, Republicans and Conservatives love men who put women “in their place.”

  • Ben

    Dirty politics as usual, Lee Atwater style.Find ways to nail your opponent using the time tested methods of the CIA of luring them with sex, money and drugs or a combo of all. Then allow the mainstream media to destroy the person. Business as usual.As Marshall McLuhan stated: A superstar is nothing more than a sitting duck.Herman Cain may be no superstar, but polls are showing here to be more popular than several of the other stooges running for the GOP or Gang Of Plunderers.A suggestion to get the Cain accuser to talk. Give the party over to those of the former Bush-Cheney Regime and let them be water boarded or even taken to a third country for some serious interrogation. I’m sure some of them are looking for work anywhere they can get it.

  • Alfred

    Typical tactics used by those who those both control the Repugs or Democraps.
    When someone other than an “insider” or “favorite son gets too popular amongst the masses, then its time to bring him or her down. The people who pull the strings from behind the scenes of both parties kick into action. Anyone other than their stooge is a threat to their status quo. Its a good old boy network.
    The whole election process should be limited to a month(and that’s even too long). The dog and pony show presented by the media is a smokescreen to give you the voter the sense that democracy is working. You have a choice whether its toilet paper or a candidate for high office.
    When in fact, its in a shamble. You get the candidate that those who “pull the strings” and to occupy the White House for the benefits of those who were bought and paid for in the campaign process.
    The system favors those of Corporate America and that’s about it.
    You the voter get the chance to vote in this whole illusion of candidate A or stooge B.
    Neither party has your best interests in mind. They throw you a few crumbs to keep you pacified. The crust goes to the rich and powerful. They will not give up their gains easily.
    Its all about the 3 P’s: POSITION, POWER and PELF. 
    Read Carlin – The Real Owners Of America athttp://www.rense.com/general82/carrlin.htmor check out the video at You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oBo8CJxatQ

  • Alfred

    A correction on George Carlin – The Real Owners of America on the URL:


  • Grayson Sanborn

    Your guest states that everyone has a “flip flop” moment in their past. I offer as a counter to that statement Rep Ron Paul. Consistency is not only his strong suit but his calling card. Some coverage of that fact would be a pleasant change

  • Spo101

    “THE Devil knew not what he did when he made man politic…”  Shakespeare
    The 2011 Fall season, broadcast news media makes me laugh. Here I am longing for in-depth news or investigative reports about a whole multitude of vital issues and timely subject matter… but all I get is the latest Herman Cain sound bite. Wow, ANOTHER rich, Republican @$$*** dishing out pathetic bs… THAT AIN’T NEWS! Like I always say: “…responsible journalism is dead as the sperm on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress”.   
    NOTE: (By the way, I see TV anchors/hosts never touched on the NEWS about Cain receiving campaign contributions prohibited by Federal regulations) Damn regulations, right? I got 2 words for this hypocrite… “BLAME YOURSELF”.

    Concerned Citizens such as myself have more on our minds beyond which puppet candidate the Republican Party will put up against President Obama. We’ve got a political/economic system to OCCUPY! (see cyberbitchslap2.blogspot.com)

    GOD forbid we talk about the 50 MILLION Americans struggling below the poverty level… OR legislative obstructionism… OR do an investigative report on the Corporate Crime Wave that gripped this nation during the Bush/Cheney disaster…
    (ARREST George W. Bush!)

    OR Ask vital questions such as WHY are Republicans leading the charge for voter suppression, union busting,  debtor’s prison and repealing CHILD LABOR laws? (REALLY?) These un-American ****’s want to get rid of an American Institution, the POST OFFICE for GOD sake…

    NOTE: (Post office motto Inscribed on post office on 33rd St. + 8th Ave, NYC:
    “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” HERODOTUS 503 BC.
    These hero’s didn’t count on a destructive force known as a lame duck Republican Congress, lol, remember 2006?)

    State and Local government Republicans are doing EVERYTHING they can to keep the PEOPLE from voting. What better definition of TRAITOR than those who would pervert the election process? The American PEOPLE need to rise up and make demands to get the money out of our politics. We MUST make demands for national voting standards that can’t be corrupted by any Party fanatics.

    I think most people on the Left are missing the big picture here. THIS ISN’T ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA doing the job of SAVING the nation by himself… THIS is about FORMING A COALITION to stop the Republican Party satan sandwich makers. (lol) Since 58.4% of the American PEOPLE didn’t vote in the last election… community voter registration workshops are a big deal, RIGHT?

    Tip O’Neil said it best “…all politics are local politics”. That’s where elections are really won, focus, involvement and energy from the grassroots. Otherwise those conservative criminals on the Supreme Court rig the game with “Citizens United”.  I thought legislating from the bench is a no no procedure boy? What about Clarence Thomas and his lobbyist wife? Maybe someone should OCCUPY the Supreme Court, right?

    I think what the Obama/Biden Administration accomplished is genius. The way I see it is President Obama has given the Republican Monkeys enough rope to hang themselves with. If nothing else they’ve exposed themselves to the wrath of GOD!    Anyone with half a brain tied behind their back can see the evil nature and low grade thought processes of Republicans.

    Liberals need to recognize this, SUPPORT their President and join the fight to take power away from Republicans before they completely destroy the USA. VOTING  for the Democratic Party is our ONLY way to defeat these traitorous Republicans. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY at this time.  Liberals must understand it’s easier to do a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party than get a Third Party candidate elected or start a revolution? (Liberals don’t have the balls for a real revolution, yet…)

    The REAL fight is right here at home. I’m not ashamed to say a few fanatic degenerates who perverted Islam don’t scare me near as much as those FOOLS who believe Capitalism can survive without ETHICS, RESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY!

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