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New Herman Cain super-PAC ad: “High-tech lynching” (Watch Must-See Video)
Hotair ^ | 11/04/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/04/2011 9:46:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

All this week, the Cain campaign and his supporters have linked his travails to Clarence Thomas’ experience at the Senate confirmation hearings twenty years ago; now a Cain super-PAC is making it official with their new web-only spot, “High-Tech Lynching.” The name comes directly from now-Justice Thomas’ rebuttal to sexual harassment allegations that popped up out of nowhere when Anita Hill testified in the Senate. Conservative outrage has not dimmed from that Howard Metzenbaum-sponsored spectacle, and the super-PAC clearly wants to channel it to his defense now:

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There are a couple of differences between the two situations, however. Anita Hill came forward publicly; none of Cain’s accusers have done so, and the media has shielded all of their identities, at least so far. On the other hand, the National Restaurant Association actually received some complaints (of a thus-far nebulous nature) contemporaneous to alleged incidents, while Hill — an attorney — not only didn’t lodge complaints, she continued working for Thomas. Whether one calls these severances or settlements, the incidents resulted in exits from NRA, along with cash, although as my friend John Hinderaker points out from an attorney’s point of view, the amount of cash is not terribly impressive:

Frankly, hard as this may be for many people to understand, $40,000 in the context of lawsuits is chump change. Amounts of this sort are constantly paid to people who had lousy claims, at best, and who were almost certainly lying. It is conceivable that someone, somewhere, could have had a valid claim against Herman Cain. But the fact that the National Restaurant Association paid amounts in that range to disaffected employees to get rid of them and obtain a release proves nothing.

For conservatives, the concern now reflects more on the disorganized and contradictory response from the Cain campaign, even with the 10 days’ notice that Politico ended up giving them that a story was in the works centered on allegations of impropriety at NRA. Cain himself has updated his recollections a couple of times when the campaign should have had all the facts available from the beginning, and over the last couple of days seems confused whether they’re still accusing Curt Anderson of being the source. For a man whose campaign is based on his ability to solve problems, Republican primary voters don’t have much reason for confidence after seeing Team Cain flounder this week.

Cain has a good opportunity tomorrow to change the narrative with his “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate in Texas tomorrow with Newt Gingrich. Gingrich won’t bring up these charges, one can be sure, because he’s trying to promote this format as a means to escape “gotcha” politics and get back to substance. If Cain can hold his own in this two-hour-plus debate, by Monday he may be able to put all of this behind him — as long as no more revelations arise.

The latest Washington Post poll tends to corroborate that analysis. Pay special attention to the last sentence in this excerpt:

Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain’s campaign.

Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s — allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by Cain’s campaign — do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate. …

The poll was conducted Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, starting the evening after Politico first reported the harassment allegations. Support for Cain was basically steady over the four nights of interviewing, even as new charges against him surfaced.

That may not last forever, but it also may be that most people don’t take these charges seriously as an obstacle to a nomination. Perhaps that will change if more details arise, but the vague, second-hand nature of the allegations have most Republicans giving Cain the benefit of the doubt, and that doesn’t change with the addition of more vague allegations. If the campaign can right itself and demonstrate better crisis-handling skills, this could pass in the next few days.

Update: The spot does not come from the campaign, but from the super-PAC 999 Fund. I’ve corrected the lead paragraph to reflect that. I also changed the post headline.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hermancain; hightechlynching; politicalad; superpac

1 posted on 11/04/2011 9:46:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Playing the race card while whinning? Please, aren’t we better than that?


2 posted on 11/04/2011 9:51:16 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Awesome.


3 posted on 11/04/2011 9:51:44 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: wolfcreek

I say take the whole deck of race cards and choke the left and the MSM with them.


4 posted on 11/04/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: wolfcreek

Let’s see how the left likes a taste of their own medicine. Get over it your boy Perry is done hop on the Cain train.


5 posted on 11/04/2011 9:52:48 AM PDT by chevydude26
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To: SeekAndFind

Going out to my entire address list. This must go viral! Until the GOP climbs in the RAT sewer and fights the sewer RATs using their tactics back on them, we’re doomed, IMO.


6 posted on 11/04/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

“Don’t let the left do it again”

Why not? Let them do it all they want. The result is Cain gains even more supporters. People aren’t buying into this BS from the left anymore, people are fed up. Most anyway. Cain had the largest fundraiser right after this. Let the left dig their own grave. Let Pelosi and Noobama support the OWS morons. Let them show their idiotic Marxism, their racism against Cain and watch as their mouths drop through the floor when Cain kicks Noobamas arse in the largest landslide victory in Nov. 2012.


7 posted on 11/04/2011 9:56:38 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: wolfcreek

RE: Playing the race card while whinning? Please, aren’t we better than that?

_____________________

Who started it?

Hey if your enemy comes at you with a knife, you come back with a bigger knife, if they come at you with a gun you come at them with an Uzi.

They want to make this a blood sport, they got it.


8 posted on 11/04/2011 9:56:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Just wow need alot more of that


9 posted on 11/04/2011 9:57:36 AM PDT by jneesy (Under Reagan we had Johnny Cash and Bob Hope under Obama we have niether cash nor hope)
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To: SeekAndFind
Amazing. Powerful. Clarence Thomas' reminder at the end is just to heart & gut wrenching.

Just sent it to Rush.

10 posted on 11/04/2011 9:57:59 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a pathetic and childish way to act as hunmanbeings.

I personally won’t lower myself to that level in the name of politics.


11 posted on 11/04/2011 10:01:40 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: SeekAndFind

AmericansforCain PAC has 3 videos out now that are awesome.

These are NOT from Cain’s campaign, but poignant nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/user/americansforcain#p/u


12 posted on 11/04/2011 10:01:49 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Pray for Herman Cain)
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To: SeekAndFind

WOW!

BEST CAIN AD EVER!

I had forgotten just how powerfully Thomas defended himself.


13 posted on 11/04/2011 10:01:59 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: SeekAndFind

When President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton was caught doing nasties with the Lewinsky girl; the Left told us, “IT’S JUST ABOUT SEX!!!”

And Clinton was crowned a great leader by the Left.

Now, the Left is having conniption fits about SEX. ???????


14 posted on 11/04/2011 10:05:02 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: wolfcreek
I personally won’t lower myself to that level in the name of politics.

It's a war, and it's not just about politics, it's about the future of our Country, which right now is endangered.

15 posted on 11/04/2011 10:05:45 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: SeekAndFind

When President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton was caught doing nasties with the Lewinsky girl; the Left told us, “IT’S JUST ABOUT SEX!!!”

And Clinton was crowned a great leader by the Left.

Now, the Left is having conniption fits about SEX. ???????


16 posted on 11/04/2011 10:07:15 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: wolfcreek

RE: It’s a pathetic and childish way to act as hunmanbeings.

What’s pathetic about telling the truth?


17 posted on 11/04/2011 10:07:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Thomas shut up Ted Kennedy, first and only time I think...Sure did cheer him on when he came out after Hill made her stupid remarks. He was awesome...still is awesome. The term “high tech lynching shocked all those dems on the committee.” No one ever talked to them like that before...


18 posted on 11/04/2011 10:09:02 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: wolfcreek

It’s a reference to the playbook the Left used against Clarence Thomas. This lynching has been exactly by the same book.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 10:10:41 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would rather have Mr. Cain come out again and again and simply say that the allegations were investigated, proven to be baseless, and that he has dealt with the situation honestly. Part of being President (or any leader) is knowing which battles to pick, and when to stay above the fray and let the facts speak for themselves. If you belive Herman Cain, you will continue to do so. If not, there are choices and in my view, no amount of TV ads is likely to change your mind about that.

PS Screw Ed Morrisey


20 posted on 11/04/2011 10:12:37 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: wolfcreek

I didn’t see whining at all. I love video
I love Cain. Clarence Thomas speaking is great. Love the part about putting uppity blacks in their place.


21 posted on 11/04/2011 10:13:11 AM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: SeekAndFind

Excellent.


22 posted on 11/04/2011 10:17:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

WOW! Powerful video...especially with Justice Clarence Thomas’ comments at the end. Sends chills up your spine!


23 posted on 11/04/2011 10:29:56 AM PDT by auto power
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Note Thomas was looking right at Biden in that clip.


24 posted on 11/04/2011 10:30:26 AM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: wolfcreek
Playing the race card while whinning? Please, aren’t we better than that?

There was a time I would agree with that but playing nice gets us no where.

Maybe it's time to shove it right back in their face for a change.

25 posted on 11/04/2011 10:30:46 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Pan_Yan

More of the Thomas quote in a great ad.


26 posted on 11/04/2011 10:34:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

I LOVE THE SHOT OF JOE BIDEN IN THERE !!!!!!

Perfection. Revenge is a dish best served cold.


27 posted on 11/04/2011 10:35:10 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: wolfcreek

“Playing the race card while whinning?”

This is not child’s play aka “”two wrongs don’t make a right””. Yes, it is now time to “”fight fire with fire””.

“Please, aren’t we better than that?”

Where has playing nice gotten us? Remember McCain tried that theme two years ago. The maverick (Barf)

I will vote for anyone of the Republican candidates over Obama but in the MSM has solidified my vote for Cain in the primary.


28 posted on 11/04/2011 11:01:50 AM PDT by bbernard
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To: wolfcreek

“I personally won’t lower myself to that level in the name of politics.”

This is political war my friend. Nobody likes war but someone must win a battle. History has proven that playing nice will get us no where.


29 posted on 11/04/2011 11:05:05 AM PDT by bbernard
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To: SeekAndFind

That is one of the finest political ads I have ever seen.


30 posted on 11/04/2011 11:12:12 AM PDT by jobim
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To: bbernard

How do you know MSM isn’t pushing Cain?

He rates lower vs Barry.


31 posted on 11/04/2011 11:34:59 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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BFL


32 posted on 11/04/2011 12:12:33 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The left lives in denial of their own faults. They think they can manage our lives better then we can, when in reality they are very poor at managing even their own lives. This add rips right through all that and puts up a mirror through which the left can actually see what they have denied for so many years.


33 posted on 11/04/2011 4:56:48 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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