Kathleen Parker: Herman Cain's smoke-blowing commercial was blind brilliance

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  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Nov. 2, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Cain and his commercials are a riot. He's had my vote for a long time. He is a great personality who is multi-multi-talented, full of grace and humility, and a proven leader who has lived in the REAL world. A genuine Washington outsider, which is his most redeeming quality. Now if they actually dig up something significantly wrong, believable and provable, in this current sex harrasment claim, and he is unrepentant in the face of genuine guilt, I might change my mind about him. Poor guy, he doesn't, and never will, have the press carrying his water for him like Clinton did. If he were Clinton, these women accusers would be running for cover right now, because the Clinton's "politics of destruction" machine would be coming after them with both barrells.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    He is the Tea Party favorite. Anyone can beat Obama? The tea party's universal hatred for everything the President did not factor in an electable candidate.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:20 a.m.


    You say that the President is not the problem. That's curious. He authorized spending more that $1.5 TRILLION per year more than comes in as revenues. That's a problem. That's a very serious problem. That's a problem that only he can fix. His signature is required before spending can take place.

    He is the one preaching class warfare and class envy. No other president in history, to my knowledge, has ever preached division and exclusion. No other president has pitted the citizens of this nation against each other.

    He is the one promoting government take-over of private industry and turning those industries over to unions.

    He is the one encouraging civil disobedience in our parks, all across this nation.

    He IS the problem. He is CAUSING most of the serious problems in America. With him in the White House, we will continue to have those kinds of problems.

    It not the Republicans who are trying to "change reality". The Republicans can see reality and we don't like what we're seeing. Mr. Obama's attempts to ignore and to gloss over problems by spending now and forcing our grandkids to pay the bill is unconscionable.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Every time I hear Mitch McConnell say that defeating President Obama is the number one priority for Republicans I realize how far from reality the conversation has gone. Like him or hate him, the President is not the problem. He might be dealing ineffectively with the problems, but he is not the problem. To believe that he is the problem is to buy into the fiction that politics and the election of the "right" person is the name of the game. I always take it as a sign that the Washington culture is divorced from the realities of day to day America and that they need a reality check.

    Then I read Mike Richards comments and I am hit with the cold reality that average people have are starting to buy into this fiction. The President will be reelected or not by: 1. The vagaries of the historical moment. 2. The character and traits of his political opponent. 3. How well the President handles his job in the next 12 months.

    The problems of America will be solved only when the electorate demands an end to the fiction that the answer to problems is "elect me"!

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 1, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    The far-right wing noise machine wants so badly for anybody else other than Romney to be the nominee, they are actually in full defense mode of this totally unelectable, woefully unexperienced (albeit likeable) pizza maker, who incidentally, compares learning foreign policy to learning how to make pizza.

    Ann Coulter said, 'Our blacks are better than their blacks.' She's taking ownership of an entire race. Hannity, who's made his fortune slandering our President, was screaming today about how there is no proof whatsoever for this latest allegation against Cain. Now he suddenly needs hard proof for allegations?

    Romney's going to win the nomination and then things will get so boring.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    @ Liberal,

    Would you tell us when Mr. Obama had his last cigarette? It was AFTER he was elected. In the Huffington Post, his wife reported in February of THIS YEAR that he had "finally" quit smoking. That's more than two years after he was elected. That's two years after he pretended to NOT be a smoker.

    "I constantly struggle with it," the president said. "Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No."

    March 3, 2010, his doctor recommended that he "continue smoking cessation efforts".

    "Press secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama only "occasionally falls off the wagon."

    Tobacco free? Is that another question like President Clinton asking what "is" is?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 1, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Obama talked about his smoking addiction and there were pictures of it as well. A little googling.....

    Sure, he didn't come out of the white house everyday puffing but George Bush as far as I can tell never let himself be photod with a can of beer in hand either.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Veiled attempt to lure the Tobacco Industries $$$ to his camp.

    Looks like he'll get it.


    @Mike Richards | 4:10 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011
    South Jordan, Utah
    "Mr.Obama didn't want anyone to see him smoking. When he was elected, he was a smoker. Maybe he still is."

    Nice try Mike,
    Pres. Obama is tobacco free -- just like he promised.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Mr.Obama didn't want anyone to see him smoking. When he was elected, he was a smoker. Maybe he still is. He hid that fact from those who didn't dig a little and see for themselves that he was acting two roles, one as he hoped people would see him and the other, the role as he actually was.

    What is wrong with a president who hides the truth of his character?

    What is wrong with a president, who by his actions, pretends to be someone different than the person that he really is?

    Mr. Obama has shown us that "smoking" is the least of his problems. He can't tell the truth. He has no understanding of the Constitution that he pretends to defend. He mocks us by playing golf instead of working. He flies around the world at our expense, while he preaches the need to help each other. He, one of the richest men in America, tells us that our ills are all caused by "rich men".

    No, Mr. Cain's commercial is a "breath of fresh air", compared to the life of Mr. Obama.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    @ "irony guy" .....um this is an article regarding Herman Cain; NOT Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    A political informercial featuring a middle aged white guy huffing on a coffin nail juxtaposed with a black guy slowly flashing a smile straight from "The Shining" is blind brilliance.

    Oh brother.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Being in Utah it's not seen but elsewhere... there's a huge amount of the state where there's ~20% smokers like say... Pennsylvania (20.2%) Ohio (20.3%) Illinois (18.6%) Michigan (19.6%). These are key states for Romney to win since his route to the nomination includes taking all the states that voted for Obama. I'm not entirely sure what the state laws are in those states but there is some "get the gov't off my back" appeal to be had there for Cain with this ad being a reminder of that. In the latest poll (Quinnipiac) Cain leads 28-23 in Ohio. I think that's the sort of state that will determine whether or not Romney wins, or the "conservative" candidate wins (whoever emerges from the Cain/Perry/Gingrich/Bachmann group).

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 1, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Imagine that. Cain's campain manager supports him. Is that the only person he could find?

    The Huntsman girls paraody on youtube is pretty funny.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    Tobacco addiction and sexual harassment -- this stuff should play well with conservatives...

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    The ad was an attention getter, but not a reason to vote for the man. And Blue is right about the creepy smile at the end.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Creepiest thing in the ad is Cain's smile at the end. Deeply disturbing. As in, "Keep your kids away from that guy, and don't let him know where you live" level disturbing.

    Then again, the message really is, "I'm really just blowing smoke." If that's the message, then he gets points for honesty.

  • silas brill Heber, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    Me: "I would never vote for the man, but he's right about one thing: America needs to lighten up."

    Ha! That's probably what the cigarette is all about. America, lighten up! Ha!

  • silas brill Heber, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    I think people have totally overlooked the humor of this ad. The man has a sense of humor, and it's nice to see. It's quirky humor. It's very niche humor that most won't appreciate. I had a college roommate with that brand of humor. Imagine Cain and his campaign manager rolling on the floor in stitches after making this ad. I would never vote for the man, but he's right about one thing: America needs to lighten up. Conservatives especially. I can't tell that conservatives even have a sense of humor.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    If that commercial is any indication of what is going on in Cain's brain, the 24% of GOP voters who support him are seriously delusional. How can voters be impressed with an extremely unhealthy looking guy blowing smoke in the camera, and then Herman Cain coming on, and giving a bizarre smile that would make, Dexter, proud is beyond me. What on earth are conservatives looking for? First its Palin, then Trump, then Christy, then Bachman, then Perry, and now Cain. Can't these people see that there are only two adults in the race, and they both happen to be Mormon? We need this country to come together to solve our problems, and its not going to happen until the GOP comes back to earth.