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Cain Is Worried China Developing Nuclear Bomb They’ve Had Since 1964

by David Badash on November 2, 2011

in Politics

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Herman Cain told PBS’ Judy Woodruff Tuesday night he is worried China is trying to develop a nuclear bomb. China has had a nuclear bomb — in fact, an entire functioning nuclear program — for 47 years, since 1964. Once again Cain has made it perfectly clear he has never had any real intention of running for president as a serious candidate, and that he’d rather just stay on his book tour.

And, ludicrously, veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who has covered Washington almost non-stop since 1977, let it pass. No follow-up, no, “Mr. Cain, you do know that China has had a nuclear program since the mid-1960′s.” Nothing.

Monday, once word of the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain broke, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank noted,

And so Cain did what he always does: He turned a devastating situation to his advantage. “By the way, folks, yes, I am an unconventional candidate,” he told the overflowing crowd. “And, yes, I do have a sense of humor. And some people have a problem with that. But . . . Herman is going to stay Herman.”

So the women who filed the complaints didn’t get his sense of humor? And that’s the end of it?

It just may be. This sort of scandal would end the career of many a politician. But the usual rules don’t apply to Herman Cain. He survives gaffes and scandal the way he beat colon cancer – and whatever doesn’t kill him makes him stronger.

He says he would negotiate a swap of terrorists at Gitmo – then claims he misunderstood the question. He claimsabortion should be an individual choice – then again says he misunderstood. He proposes an electrified border fence that could kill immigrants from Mexico – then says people didn’t get the joke.

Evidence that he has said something dumb, or offensive, only confirms to his supporters that he is not another polished pol like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. And so Cain doesn’t need to know what a neocon is, he can weather campaign-funding irregularities, he can have his campaign manager blow cigarette smoke in a campaign ad, he can skip the early primary states in favor of a book tour of the south, and he can sing about pizza to a John Lennon tune. If Herman Cain were found to be a serial killer, his supporters would take this, too, as reassuring evidence that he is not just another career politician.

He is not just another career politician. A career politician would know that China has had a nuclear bomb — in fact, an entire functioning nuclear program — for 47 years, since 1964.



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parkypundit982 November 2, 2011 at 8:47 am


1.  Kristin shot J.R.?  Wow! Who saw that coming???
2.  Maggie Simpson shot Mr. Burns?  Really?  Are you kidding me?  I was sure it would be Smithers.
3.  Cell phone?  Where are the wires?
4.  Holy Crap!  They cancelled Seinfeld???
5.  Boy, I'm old enough to remember when the Green Bay Packers were a good football team!
6.  What time is "Gunsmoke" on these days?  What???
7.  As president, one of my top priorities will be to follow through with a demand made by the great Ronald Reagan.  Under President Cain, Mikhail Gorbachev will tear down that Berlin Wall!
8.  Who would have ever thought that an African American would ever get this close to getting a major party's nomination for the presidency?
9.  You know what would be a real boost to the economy? If we built rockets, put people on 'em, and send them to the moon.  That would drive the Soviets nuts!
10.  They've got a North Dakota now?  And a New Mexico?  When the hell did this happen?
And because Top 10 lists are lame, here's a #11?
11.  So the whole thing with Bobby being dead was a dream?  And St. Elsewhere was only an autistic boy's imagination?  I feel ripped off, somehow.

beatmybeaver November 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

Fingers crossed he gets the nomination!!! A sure victory for Barry!

cassandratoday November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

He's probably getting China mixed up with Iran. Give the poor guy a break. There's, like, *tons* of different countries to keep track of.

pumpernickel64 November 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Herman Cain is not just another career politician because he has never held elected office.

Victor Tookes November 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Give the guy a break, he's only running for president, The President of the United States doesn't need to know things like which countries are nuclear powers.

bystander11 November 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

or even how many states there are in the U.S.

teamcain_2011 November 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

"They've indicated they are trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have"

The Chinese are developing their nuclear program and increasing strategic spending on arms.

These spurious attacks advance nothing than the fear of Herman Cain being elected. You'll notice no one is talking about 9 9 9 now. It's better to keep it out of the spotlight, so people can't find out how it will change the economics of the country and loosen the power the Democrats have over entitlement spending. Bureaucrats thrive on entitlements like food stamps and unemployment. It gives them Apparatchik power over the poor masses. 9 9 9 will improve the economy so people can work and get off assistance, and they are scared as hell of it.

Good luck with your attacks tho! All you have is fear and negativity, and we have the next President of the United States!

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