Political Theater

Cain sums up world powers with foreign policy map


Herman Cain’s presidential campaign has released its “Vision For Foreign Policy & National Security,” a tidy seven-page summary of the candidate’s take on exactly twenty countries, accompanied by an even tidier map classifying the states in Cain’s own terms.

Canada, in Cain terminology, is a “Friend and Ally,” Brazil, merely a “Friend,” and the UK is “Our Special Relationship.” Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and North Korea are each deemed an “Adversary Regime,” while Russia is a “Rival,” China a “Competitor,” and Libya is “Clarity Needed.”

Cain brands Egypt “Danger and Opportunity,” noting in the memo that “Under President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was a friend. With Mubarak shoved out by Arab Spring protests – with help from President Obama – Egypt could be a nightmare unfolding.”

The document contains a similarly sympathetic description of the decades-long autocratic leader of Yemen (“Strategic Partner”), President Saleh, who stepped down, at least formally, last week after ten months of protests — although Cain doesn’t acknowledge his resignation:

Atlanta woman details alleged thirteen-year affair with Herman Cain

An hour after Herman Cain announced on live television that he expected to soon face another accusation of infidelity, Atlanta’s FOX 5 news aired a segment with a local woman named Ginger White who claimed to have engaged in a thirteen-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate.

FOX 5 contacted White after receiving a phone tip from someone who knew her, and White — who says she had already been contacted by several other news outlets that had been similarly tipped off — agreed to a taped interview.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Herman Cain thinks the Taliban are involved in Libya’s new government

On Friday Herman Cain, explaining his stumble on a question about Libya in a recent interview, suggested the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan are “going to be part of the government” in Libya.

“The question was too broad,” he told journalists at a stop in Florida. “And so I paused. And what they didn’t show was, I asked the reporter to be more specific. Well, he didn’t get more specific. His question was — and I hope you all show this or write about it — ‘Do you agree or disagree with President Obama on Libya?’ But what part?”

Herman Cain takes his time on Libya

We’ve all had moments where we are asked a question, and, though we are desperate not to admit it, we barely even know enough about the subject to give any sort of answer. It appears that that happened to Herman Cain today. Unfortunately for him, it happened on a question about one of the more significant foreign policy topics of this year.

During an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s editorial board, Cain was asked, “So you agreed with President Obama on Libya, or not?” The following is a direct transcript of the first 65 seconds of Mr. Cain’s answer:

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

1. Is torture acceptable under any circumstances? And is water boarding torture?

Cain and his supporters joke about Anita Hill

Herman Cain was filmed joking about Anita Hill on Thursday, less than a day after he controversially referred to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” and following a week he spent embroiled in numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

At a campaign event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a man asked Cain a question, only partially audible on the tape, referring to Anita Hill, the woman who famously accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Senate confirmation hearing in 1991. Cain, encircled by supporters, doubled over in laughter, before quipping, “Is she going to endorse me?”

Cain refers to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy”

Herman Cain, speaking at tonight’s GOP debate about his plan for health care, said that his preferred legislation had already been written, but that “we didn’t hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent it to committee and it stayed there.”

Shortly afterward, his campaign tweeted: “The answer to Health Care: HR3000, the bill killed by ‘Princess Nancy’ in committee.” But at the end of the debate, Cain took a different tone: “That was a statement that I obviously should not have made, but I was trying to make a point,” he said.

Cain’s Detroit-tailored ad

Herman Cain also brings a Detroit-themed ad to the debate in Michigan tonight. The video intersperses clips of the speech he gave in Detroit last month explaining the “opportunity zone feature” of his 9-9-9 tax plan (which he says would mitigate its impact on poor Americans) with shots of Detroit in various states of abandonment and decay (including one picture of what appears to be an art installation by the street artists Hygienic Dress League that reads “DETROIT REVOLUTION! coming this summer”).

“I believe that the American people are saying, loud and clear, that they want to move this shining city on the hill back to the top of the hill where it belongs,” Cain says in the ad.

Sharon Bialek, new Herman Cain accuser, comes forward

While Herman Cain has been facing sexual harassment allegations for the past week, none of his accusers have spoken publicly. Until now.

Represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Bialek, a registered Republican from Chicago who worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, accused Mr. Cain of putting his hand “under my skirt and [reaching] for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch.”

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