Day: December 3, 2011

Herman Cain Goes Down Swinging The Stupid Stick As He Quits The GOP Race

Politics USA nails it, in my opinion.

Herman Cain’s propensity for evading the truth has made him look like a buffoon on more than one occasion.  We are now witnessing the last throes of that buffoonery.

Politics USA

While quitting the race for the 2012 nomination, Herman Cain seemed not to be aware of how presidential elections actually work.

See the video from MSNBC …

Taking a page from his political role model Sarah Palin, Cain claimed to be a fighter while he was quitting, “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family. Not because we are not fighters.”

Just like any good right wing media star wanna be, Cain denied that he has done anything wrong, “As false accusations continue, they have sidetracked my ability to present solutions to the American people.”

Herb went down swinging the stupid stick by claiming that he made the “Final Four” for the presidency, but how can he make the final four when he quit before the first primary and caucus? Herman also doesn’t seem to be aware that the winner of the Republican nomination doesn’t get to be president. There is this thing called a general election in November where the Republican nominee will have to defeat Barack Obama before they can take up residence in the White House.

Rick Perry didn’t know the voting age and date of the election and Herman Cain doesn’t seem to know how elections actually work.

Herman Cain essentially claimed that the media hurt his feelings by reporting on his mistress and history of sexual harassment, so he decided to take his ball and go home. Cain repeatedly called the allegations against him false, but if the allegations are false why did quit? Someone needs to explain to Herb that falsely accused people don’t quit.

The real reasons why Can quit was because the allegations are true, his poll numbers plummeted, and his fundraising has dried up.

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The ‘unbelievably creepy’ ‘Women for Cain’ website: The wisecracks

Conservative women for Cain gone wild?

The WEEK

In a last-ditch effort, Team Cain launches a site meant to attract female voters, but its harsh testimonials and cheesy stock photos draw ridicule instead

Best Opinion:  LGF, Forbes, New York…

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, dogged by allegations of a 13-year affair and multiple sexual harassment claims, is expected to announce as soon as Saturday whether he’ll drop out of the race. Meanwhile, the Cain campaign has taken the strange step of launching a special “Women for Cain” sectionon its website, purportedly chaired by Cain’s little-seen wife, Gloria. Under a stock photo of four exuberant young ladies giving a “thumbs up,” the mini-site features testimonials by women who support Cain. Some lash out at the candidate’s accusers. “Dear Mrs. Cain, Don’t pay attention to these pathetic husband-less women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages,” one supporter reportedly wrote in a post that has since been removed. “These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one.” Predictably enough, “Women for Cain” has commentators cracking wise:

Mission statement
It’s fascinating to see women “support” Cain at this “unbelievably creepy” website, says Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs. “And by ‘support,’ I mean ‘viciously attack Cain’s female accusers.'”

Just to clarify
“Women for Cain” is “a group not affiliated with Women Making Allegations About Herman Cain,” right, asks Richard Hyfler at Forbes.

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“First of all, ‘Women for Cain’ sounds like Herman Cain’s personal dating service,” says Gonzalo Cordova at Comedy Central’s Indecision blog. “Second of all, the site contains 35 testimonials from women who support Herman Cain — Why not nine?” This is a “rare numbers-related miss, Herman.”

Looking good
“The design decision to use a carefully selected stock photo entitled, ‘Four happy young women holding their thumbs up,’ only reinforces that visceral Cain aura of thoughtful advocacy on behalf of womankind everywhere,” says Noreen Malone at New York.

Contact information
“Oh look! Herman Cain has launched an adorable purply website  for the ladies where they can write in and say flattering things about their favorite sex creep,” says Kirsten Boyd Johnson at Wonkette. “Don”t forget to include your picture, where you live and your email address while you’re at it, ladies!… Herman Cain’s little black book has been getting a little thin these days!”

Watch out
The candidate is reportedly going home for a “kitchen summit” with his wife, says Rumproast. And while his wife is supposedly behind “Women for Cain,” really, “if I were Herman, I’d hide the knives, rolling pin, and garlic crusher before starting in.”

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The week in one-liners: Frank, Biden, Coulter

The top quotes in politics…

“I will neither be a lobbyist nor a historian.” — Rep. Barney Frank ruling out two post-retirement career paths.

“I am never ready to close the door on anything.” — Vice President Joe Biden not ruling out a 2016 presidential run.

“What the hell are we paying you for?” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie getting upset with President Obama.

“What did I say? Oh, douche bag.” — Ann Coulter making sure her description of Sen. John McCain got heard on “Morning Joe.”

“Those of you that will be 21 by Nov. 12th, I ask for your support and your vote.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry confusing the voting age.

“I’m sorry there’s at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke.” — Sen.John McCain dissing Sen. Chuck Schumer

“I was the only guy in the room who didn’t know I was dead.” — GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talking about his campaign in “The Right Fights Back.”

“This is the thinking man’s Sarah Palin.” — MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain showering praise on Rep. Michele Bachmann.

“I don’t read newspapers in the State of Ohio.” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich not helping his state’s news industry.

We’re not at the end of the beginning, but perhaps the beginning of the end

Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice—Martin Luther King

Balloon Juice

Something huge happened today.  The kind of thing that changes the nature of the economy, and Americans’ relationship with their government, and with the corporations that seem to rule so much of our world.

Today is the day  that a significant part of the Affordable Care Act took effect.   Today is the day that companies that sell and provide health insurance have to start spending 80% to 85% of their income from insurance premiums actually delivering the services for which they charge their customers.  Overhead like office space and supplies, marketing expenses, salaries, and yes, profits have to come out of the remaining 15-20%.  The rule is called the the medical loss ratio, and in an important decision recently by the Department of Health and Human Services, the insurance companies cannot count the sales commissions that they give out to the people who sell you your insurance plan against the medical loss ratio.

The MLR can ONLY be allowed expenses, which must be actual costs of coverable medical expenses.  This is huge.  This means no more nonsense like refusing your mother’s cancer treatment because she forgot about that prescription skin cream she had for acne when she was fifteen when she was filling out the application.  Hell, the insurance companies are going to be scrambling to pay for coverable things because any part of that 80-85% they don’t spend on allowables will have to be refunded to the policy holders.

Simply put, this is the end of the beginning of the long track to single payer health care.

So, can private health insurance companies manage to make a profit when they actually have to spend premium receipts taking care of their customers’ health needs as promised?  Not a chance-and they know it. Indeed, we are already seeing the parent companies who own these insurance operations fleeing into other types of investments. They know what we should all know – we are now on an inescapable path to a single-payer system for most Americans and thank goodness for it.