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Cain Paused Answering A Question On Libya!

From a completely disingenuous Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Cain stumbles on Libya question

By Don Walker and Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, in the midst of a Midwestern campaign swing, stumbled badly Monday when attempting to answer a question about whether he agreed or disagreed with President Barack Obama’s approach to handling the Libyan crisis.

Meeting with Journal Sentinel reporters and editors before fundraising appearances in Milwaukee and Green Bay, Cain was discussing foreign policy in general when he was asked specifically about Obama’s handling of Libya.

Cain paused for some time, then wanted to clarify that Obama had supported the uprising. Clearly struggling to articulate a response, Cain paused again, saying, "Got all of this stuff twirling around in my head."

According to other breathless reports, Mr. Cain paused for a grand total of eleven seconds! And this man wants to be President? No self-respecting game show would ever allow a contestant more than ten seconds to answer such an easy question as to how we should have handled the situation in Libya.

Finally, Cain said: "I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is. And I’m sure that our intelligence people had some of that information. Based upon who made up that opposition . . . might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated. Secondly, no I did not agree with (Moammar) Gadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. . . . I would have supported many of the things that they did to help stop that."

Cain said the question of America’s involvement in Libya was not a simple yes or no question. "I would have gone about assessing the situation differently. It might have caused us to end up in the same place."

This is a perfectly sensible response to a completely nebulous question. Sure, Mr. Cain took a few seconds to focus his thoughts, but who hasn’t at times? His biggest mistake was admitting this to the reporters present.

Besides, Cain had just given his response to the same question about Libya in the debate just two days prior to this interview. So it is not like we have not heard his answer before. Perhaps like in the case of Rick Perry, it’s gets tiresome to answer the same questions over and over again.

Told that a number of Republican leaders had praised Obama for his handling of the situation, Cain said he wasn’t criticizing the president, "I just don’t think enough was done relative to assessing the opposition before everything exploded." …

Again, there was nothing wrong with Cain’s answer.

[The video of] Cain’s answer… quickly went viral and was linked to and embedded on a number of political websites around the country, as well as national newspapers and nightly cable and network news broadcasts.

Which shows you how well organized the Obama machine and the rest of the Democrat’s online machinery is. This would be the very definition of making a moutain out of mole hill.

After the Journal Sentinel interview and a fundraiser in Milwaukee, Cain rode his campaign bus to Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. As the bus approached its destination, his spokesman began fielding a flurry of media phone calls about his response to the Libya question.

When a Journal Sentinel reporter riding on the Cain bus asked him about the reaction his interview was getting, Cain responded with a smile and indicated he found the reaction ridiculous.

"I paused to make sure I didn’t say something wrong. The fact of the matter is, I didn’t. I didn’t say anything wrong . . . but the fact I didn’t answer immediately – I’m going to be honest with you, that is silly. That is silly!"

The other fact of the matter here is that if Mr. Cain was a Democrat the Journal Sentinel would have edited out any hemming and hawing has he gathered his thoughts. And if they had truly believed that he had answered incorrectly, they would have buried his response.

In the same way the San Francisco Chronicle buried Obama outlandish comments about bankrupting coal companies.

(Obama told the editors of the Chronicle back on January 17, 2008: “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” But the newspaper never mentioned his comment. The only way you would have hear about that quote would have been to wade through their 49 minute audio clip of the interview.)

Said Cain: "I call it flyspecking every word, every phrase, and now they are flyspecking my pauses, but I guess since they can’t legitimately attack my ideas, they will attack word and pauses. I’m kind of flattered that my pauses are so important that somebody wants to make a story out of it." …

He’s right, you know.

In the Journal Sentinel meeting, Cain also appeared to be unclear on the issue of collective bargaining as it involves federal employees.

Asked if he thought federal employees should have the ability to bargain collectively, Cain said: "They already have it, don’t they?"

Told they didn’t, he said, "They have unions."

The editors of the Journal Sentinel are of course wrong. Federal employees have the right to collectively bargain for working conditions (which encompass a wide range of categories) and in some cases even their wages and benefits.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal government workers in 65 agencies, says that most federal employees don’t have collective bargaining over pay and benefits. They do have collective bargaining power over working conditions.

So, again, the editors lied.

There are some exemptions to unions in federal government. Air traffic controllers can bargain over wages under a 1996 law that granted full bargaining power to a number of federal workers covered under the Federal Aviation Administration.

Again, they lied.

The U.S. Postal Service, which has hundreds of thousands of employees, has collective bargaining for pay and benefits. But the Postal Service is technically an independent agency of the U.S. government.

Not really. Their independence is just an accounting gimmick, really.

Cain’s comments came after he was asked about the battles in Ohio and Wisconsin over public employee unions. Cain was asked whether he thinks public employees should be able to collectively bargain.

"Yes," he said, "but not collective hijacking. What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it’s going to bankrupt the state, I don’t think that’s good. It appears that in some instances, they really don’t care."

The bottom line, he stressed, was not creating an undue burden on taxpayers.

Again, there is nothing inaccurate in Mr. Cain’s answer. Though some conservatives might bridle at his remarks that federal employees should be able to collectively bargain.

Asked about last week’s vote in Ohio, in which the state’s new collective bargaining law was rejected by voters, Cain said that "maybe they tried to get too much and as a result it failed."

Asked if the Ohio Legislature had gone too far in stripping collective bargaining power for public employees, including fire and police personnel, Cain said Ohio legislators "may have tried to get too much in one bill." …

All of which is perfectly true.

But our news media is now out to prove that Cain both un-clean and in-articulate. And we can’t have that from a black man. Not if he is conservative, anyway.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Cain Paused Answering A Question On Libya!”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    JOHN KERRY COULDN’T THINK FOR 40 MINUTES ON 9/11. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread71376/pg1

    This is your typical FAMILY COURT MEDIA TACTICS.

    1. The father is making the child study.
    Lawyer: “The father is overbearing and strict! Forcing the child to do unwanted work!”

    2. The father is NOT making the child study.
    Lawyer: “The father is neglectful and lazy, uncaring of the child’s education.

    Why the public hasn’t caught on to our media’s tactics, just shows how stupid and gullible the media thinks they are…..and the media would be correct in assuming this.

  2. artboyusa says:

    Why the surprise? Cain has as much future as a tethered goat in a forest full of tigers. The script for 2012 has already been written and Cain isn’t in the script, so he will be disposed of. As will Newt if his poll numbers continue going up. Expect to hear much, much more about his complicated marital history, and that will sink him. Nothing will be allowed to get in the way of the scripted Obama versus Mittens contest, with Obama surging from behind to overcome Mittens, who will give a very statesmanlike concession speech, you may be sure.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In other news, Teddy Kennedy has been sober for over two years now.

  4. proreason says:

    To enhance my unpopularity, I will point out that Mr. Cain’s pause isn’t the issue. The issue is that the pause is another of several hundred indications that Mr. Cain is woefully unprepared to lead the United States in any time, no matter a time of crisis.

    The more interesting aspect of this story, is that doofus campaign advisor Blockhead made a spur of the moment decision to throw Cain into an interview with multiple editors, without any time whatsoever to prepare his candidate. Now, does anybody think that there could have been a good outcome from that? Another tactical error among the plethora. Cain would win some points with me if he fired Blockhead, but not enough to get my support. Having published 9 9 9, the only thing that will get my support is if he somehow wins the nomination. Than I’ll support him while the concrete is drying in the new bunker I’ll be building in the back yard.

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