Herman Cain singing at National Press Club

A lot of people on Twitter are swooning over this. Some are declaring that “Cain just won the election!”

Which is silly nonsense. He hasn’t even won the nomination, yet.

Having said that, though, Cain has just struck a note
that will resonate for many in the country, particularly African Americans in the churches. Don’t minimize the effect his lovely basso profundo will have on people who are looking for something a little human, a little authentic and a little consoling. Do not underestimate the impact this stirring little ditty will have on some.

Of course, if he overdoes the singing, he’ll get some fretting about it, too. As I noted here, Marcos used to sing, too.

Whatever the truth is about the charges of sexual harassment leveled some years ago, and I have no idea what’s real on that, the timeframe was at the height of the “paintings of nudes make me feel violated” hysteria that signaled the end of strong, sane feminism in favor of shrinking-violet vaporism, so I’ll bide my time on that story.

And Cain may well have neutralized it, just now, anyway. I mean, he sang about “Amazing Grace” — to the tune of “Danny Boy.” Covered a lot of constituent ground there!

No, this did not “win the election.” People need to calm down — I swear, we’re like a nation of drama queens! But as James Pethokoukis tweeted: he certainly helped himself.

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UPDATE:
BOOKWORM:
Brings her lawyer’s brain to bear on the story and you should read everything, including the updates
Ace is not digging the “elect me, I love Jesus” bid.
Kevin D. Williamson: Cain may be over and done

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  • Terrye

    I am sorry, but I am voting for some man to be in the Oval Office, because he sang at the National Press Club..a lot more people will hear about the sexual harassment lawsuits than will hear him sing. And that will hurt him I think.

    Besides, we already have one charismatic president with a wonderful voice but no experience or capacity for the job..we do not need another.

  • Terrye

    I should say I am “not” voting for some man to be in the Oval Office because he sang at the National Press Club.

    Preview is for sissies..that is why I never use it.

    ["Preview is for sissies..that is why I never use it." Heh. I didn't say anyone should vote for him b/c he can sing. But I do think this election is screwy and that many people will relate to this -admin]

  • leahlibresco

    Irrelevant nitpick: this is a paradoxical song. If “Amazing Grace will always be [your] song of praise” why aren’t you singing the song proper instead of this gloss on it?

  • Terrye

    Anchoress…yes, you are right..the election is screwy, no doubt about that. And getting screwier every day.

    Cain is an appealing person, but he is just a little bit too much of a soap opera for me. I have to admit, I yearn for competent and boring.

    [Given our nation's insatiable appetite for reality tv and hype, competent and boring is no longer electable. I said it back in '06 -- a "white bread middle management type" will no longer cut it. Now a candidate needs "flava!" -admin]

  • firstHat

    “Besides, we already have one charismatic president with a wonderful voice but no experience or capacity for the job”

    While I’m not yet sure who the nominee should be, I’d like to dispute the above by saying that at least Cain has some executive experience, which is more than his would-be predecessor had when he took office. That he has little or no political experience to me is a plus. He’s not (yet?) lost his soul to DC. (I often think of Mark in Lewis’ That Hideous Strength when I think of raw talent heading to the belt-way.) That he has no experience or depth of knowledge in foreign affairs and that he seems to have problems coming down on issues one way or another IS a problem.

  • Terrye

    firstHat:

    I have not been impressed with the way Cain has run his campaign..the problems with campaign finance..and now this stuff from Politico. He had 10 days to come up with a response and all we get is that they are picking on him because he is a black conservative..come on. Please.

    Does anyone honestly believe that if Romney had been accused of sexual harrasment and the women were paid off that conservatives would not think it was relevant?

    I just think that Cain did not think he would get this far and is somewhat unprepared for the position he is in. That does not make me think he is ready for the White House.

  • Richard Johnson

    “Irrelevant nitpick: this is a paradoxical song. If “Amazing Grace will always be [your] song of praise” why aren’t you singing the song proper instead of this gloss on it?”

    Probably because he was not singing “Amazing Grace” but instead “He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Need” by Dottie Rambo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diTHXikUJzA

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    What an amaziong personality! I really love this guy. But his star has to fall at some point. He is just doesn’t have the experience or the knowledge or the political skills to be president. God bless him though.

  • Greta

    Interesting to see how many of those who loved and supported Billy Clinton and would love to vote for him again are hitting on the so far little supported sexual harrassment charge on Cain as reason to not support him for president.

    And for those who feel burned by the election of a totally unqualified or esperienced person in Obama and want something different, Cain is your man. He has more exprience in his little finger than the bomb throwing community organizer has in his entire existence. I am still amazed that anyone could support as divisive a president as Obama. Is there any successful American group that he has not attacked? I see more of Reagan in Cain than any other candidate thus far. But we have a long way to go before any of us have to put our vote into the hopper. I had heard about a Lincoln Douglas debate between Newt and Cain but have heard no details. i would pay money to watch those to in that style debate without some useless moderator whose goal was not to get useful information, but to stir up trouble.

  • dry valleys

    “I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
    And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

    [Who are you quoting? -admin]

  • dry valleys

    Barry Goldwater, that staunchest of conservatives in any proper sense of the word and someone whose views are completely opposite to mine. I thought it suited the mood of the likes of Ace.

    [suits my mood, too. I'm sick of people deciding who the "moral" people are -- whether its from the left or the right. I'm sick of everything, actually! :-) -admin]


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