Update: For a chuckle read the UK Telegraph—A funny thing happened on the way to a lynching—here.
I wasn’t planning on posting back-to-back posts (here is yesterday’s post) on Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, but couldn’t resist when I saw that the New York Times resident “conservative” David Brooks basically tells Cain to get out of the race because he isn’t “professional.”
Remember readers that Brooks is the guy who urged Obama to run after being mesmerized by the ‘professional’ crease in his pants! Then wrote, just this September, about how he was a sap for falling for Obama.
From Jeff Poor at the Daily Caller, where Brooks proudly stands up for elitist insiders:
On Friday’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” host Robert Siegel asked New York Times columnist David Brooks if the surfacing of sexual allegations from the late 1990s reported by Politico last week was “the beginning of the end” for businessman Herman Cain’s presidential run.
Herman Cain-mania has captivated the political media for the last three to four weeks, but Brooks said it will inevitably fizzle.
“There was no beginning,” Brooks said. “He was a TV show that lasted for a little while. Let me stand up for elitist insiders — this is a job for professionals. Running for office is a job for professionals. Governing is a job for professionals. What Herman Cain did this — let’s leave aside the harassment, his handling of this was completely unprofessional. Every amateur candidate knows how to do a better job than this. You find the information, you lay it out clearly. And he couldn’t do the ABCs of running for office. So, as far as I can tell, he is what he has been — an entertaining, very likable TV show, who will — when it actually comes time to cast votes — people are going to go with the only one candidate who seems plausible.”
According to Brooks’ wikipedia page he was a history major at the Univ. of Chicago, but I guess it will take the uneducated Rush Limbaugh (with no college degree) to explain some history to him. Rush has been asking all week which “professional politician” Cain should look to for guidance on how to handle sex scandals professionally—Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, John Edwards or Client No.9 (Elliot Spitzer)?
So David, which “professional” handled it best?
By the way, I’ve been watching that little thermometer thingy rise steadily, here, at the Cain Iowa Fund. I’m betting every time some elitist like Brooks opens his mouth, the red line rises even more.