Political Theater

Mark Block: Kissinger told me smoking ad was “brilliant”

November 4, 2011

Cain campaign manager Mark Block, best known for his smoking scene in a Herman Cain web ad, was on Fox News this morning, where he discussed the sexual harassment allegations levied against Cain and other campaign developments. He railed against the media “cesspool,” telling host Martha MacCallum that suing Politico, the site that broke the harassment story, “is being discussed.”

from Tales from the Trail:

Cain backers reprise ‘high-tech lynching’ theme

November 4, 2011

A group of Herman Cain supporters has pulled out the heavy artillery in defense of the Republican presidential hopeful against sexual harassment allegations.

Cain clashes with reporters

November 3, 2011

At an event at a Hilton hotel in Alexandria on Wednesday, Herman Cain grew annoyed with reporters asking questions about his sexual harassment settlements. As reporters continued to pelt him with questions, his bodyguards began to shove reporters out of the way as Cain and his entourage pushed forward.

In gaffe, Cain implies China does not have nuclear weapons

November 2, 2011

Herman Cain made another “misstatement” on PBS NewsHour last night, telling Judy Woodruff that China, which tested its first nuclear bomb in 1964, is “a military threat” because “they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.”

Herman Cain at National Press Club

October 31, 2011

Herman Cain appeared at the National Press Club today and responded to allegations in a Politico report that he sexually harrased two women while leading the National Restaurant Association.

Huntsman daughters caricature Cain ad

October 28, 2011

Jon Huntsman’s three daughters impersonate Cain campaign manager Mark Block in this satirical take on Cain’s infamous smoking ad:

Team Cain releases bizarre ad

October 25, 2011

A peculiar web ad for Herman Cain, starring his campaign manager, Mark Block, emerged late last night. In the video, Block explains his support for his boss — “I really believe that Herman Cain will put ‘United’ back in United States of America,” he says — before taking a drag of a cigarette and exhaling straight into the camera to the sudden tune of Krista Branch’s “I Am America.” Cain rounds out the ad with a long, unsettling smile.

Who’s fueling the 2012 race?

October 24, 2011

Professional race car drivers wear their sponsors’ logos on their uniforms. What if presidential hopefuls did the same? Reuters Decoder takes a look at the candidates’ biggest corporate sponsors:

Karl Rove ridicules Cain, Perry on Fox News

October 24, 2011

Karl Rove appeared on Fox News this morning, where he outlined Herman Cain’s “misstatements” on a small dry erase board — among them, his comments on neoconservatives, abortion, and Afghan policy — and suggested he may not be “up to this task” of running for president.