By Bob Meadows
Here’s a graph from the Huffington Post recently:
At roughly noon on Tuesday, shortly after Gov. Rick Perry unveiled the tax policy platform for his presidential campaign, President Obama’s reelection team offered a response. The Texas Republican and top challenger to Mitt Romney wanted to “shift a greater share of taxes away from large corporations and the wealthiest onto the backs of the middle class,” the campaign’s press secretary, Ben LaBolt, emailed reporters.
Let’s repeat that: Rick Perry is the top challenger to Mitt Romney.
Here’s the opening sentence of a story elsewhere on the website:
Herman Cain is leading the Republican presidential primary race, according to a poll released Tuesday.
It’s almost as if folks don’t believe a black man can be president.
WTF? Cain’s star has been rising since early September. In a recent Zogby poll, he was leading Mitt Romney 38% to 18%. Yet Rick Perry is Mitt Romney’s top contender.
Indeed, many media pundits seem mystified that Cain, a straight-talking, black hat-wearing conservative, could prove more popular than the white men and women he is up against. Cain built a multi-million-dollar business from scratch and is a firm believer in capitalism and that everything President Obama does is wrong—the two chief tenets of conservative dogma.
Yet, those who are supposed to be in the know dismiss him.
In the GOP debates, Perry and Romney still stand at the center. So TV people don’t believe in Herman Cain either.
Certainly everyone knows Republicans and Tea Party folks are inherent racists who would never vote for anyone who wasn’t lily white. Just ask Allen West. Oh no wait, don’t. He’s black and in the House of Representatives…and a Republican the Tea Party suported. But surely he was elected only so Tea Party people can say they aren’t racists. Right?
Now I could care less about the tax code, so 9-9-9 means nothing to me. And I don’t think, as Mr. Cain said, that if you’re not rich it’s your own fault. And that smile he gives at the end of the Smoking Man ad is the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. And yes, after Bachmann and Trump, the GOP field has seen its fair share of flavors of the month. H. Cain might be another. But Perry was a favorite flavor too, and he’s fallen way off since he burst on the scene.
Yet, Perry gets more props than Cain. He gets that middle spot beside Romney. He gets called the top challenger. As weird as it is, as weird as it sounds, I think it’s because people don’t think a black guy can be president.
Or is it just this black man. The way he looks. Is that what stops the media from giving him his due? Cain goes too far out of his way to say race has nothing to do with anything. So no, not race. But skin color. Ask this dark-skinned man about that sometime.
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