Blinky on the Warpath – Cain Goes Ballistic on Perry Campaign
It’s been a busy week for Herman “Blinky” Cain. All that dodging and deflecting, all the blinking and stuttering, doing interviews and trying to keep stories straight… grueling work, that. And now he’s added a new activity to his already busy calendar – blaming. No, he’s not blaming the women he sexually harassed (although he may just be saving that one for another day), he’s blaming Rick Perry.
What better way to start your Thursday morning than with a little elephant-on-elephant violence? That, and a cup of coffee, and you’re all set.
Cain is not just accusing Rick Perry – he’s also blaming Politico, the outlet that first broke the story. Ayup. It’s a conspiracy plot is what it is. A former consultant for Cain (whom Cain thinks he told about the false charges seven years ago when there was nobody else in the room) has now gone to work for Rick Perry and spilled the beans, so says Mark Block, Cain’s campaign manager. And Rick Perry needs to apologize – not just to Herman Cain, but to Herman Cain’s family, and to America itself.
Block said the Cain camp had no hard evidence to support the allegations—but thought the timing was peculiar.
“Approximately two weeks ago Mr. Anderson went to work for the Rick Perry campaign. What else happened about two weeks ago? Politico began this smear campaign citing anonymous sources citing Mr. Cain acted inappropriately,” Block said.
~The smoking gun
When contacted, Anderson immediately denied leaking the information, saying he didn’t know about harassment allegations until recently.
Hey, you know what? I was just thinking about it, and you know what else happened about two weeks ago? That earthquake in Turkey, that’s what. Now, I don’t have any hard evidence to PROVE that Rick Perry’s guy had anything to do with that… I’m just saying that the timing on that is a little bit “coincidental,” a little too “peculiar,” if you know what I mean. Oh sure, he’ll deny it… you just wait and see.
I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
No one knows how this entire Cain incident. (Counting women on my fingers) Actually, it would be five incidents at this point… OK. No one knows how the handling of these five incidents will affect Cain’s polling numbers, but here’s how it stands now. A Quinnipiac poll that just came out yesterday, and covers the period of time in which the sexual harassment allegations were revealed (undoubtedly by that scurvy dog Rick Perry and his minions), shows this:
Cain and Romney competed for the top spot in national polls for much of October, but a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday shows Cain breaking ahead to take a solid lead.
Cain took 30% of support among registered Republican voters, according to the survey, with Romney following at 23%.
The poll, taken almost entirely before reports emerged of sexual allegations against Cain, also reveals Cain leading in a hypothetical matchup against Romney, 47% to 39%.
The sample was also taken before Cain warned us all about how China was “trying to develop nuclear capabilities.” (Their first nuclear test was in 1964) Next thing you know the Ruskies and going to want nukes too! THEN what?
Will Cain’s lack of basic knowledge about world nuclear powers, or the fact that he absolutely botched his response to a scandal that he knew was coming ten days before it broke have an impact? Will Mitt Romney capitalize on the squabble and finally break through his 23% glass ceiling?
Or perhaps, the accusation will backfire, giving Perry a much-needed lift. Let’s face it, when you have to issue a statement to the press saying, “During that last speech I was not drunk, or on drugs” things aren’t going well. I noticed how Perry parsed his words, tiptoeing around my personal theory that he was drunk AND on drugs.
Perry’s campaign said that he was simply “loose and passionate.” Ironically, it sounds like the same problem plaguing Herman Cain.