Herman Cain Spoke Last Night

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Before heading downtown to tell FoxNews that Columbia loves Hannity, Herman Cain spoke in Low last night at the invitation of the College Republicans. He gave what seemed to be his standard hour-long speech outlining what he perceives to be a time of crises in America, including an “economic crisis,” an “illegal immigration crisis,” a “moral crisis” and another kind or two. After sketching out an America in which small businesses are smothered by a really long tax code, Cain posited that the economic crisis, at least, could be solved with his 9-9-9 tax plan.

The audience was definitely less friendly than the one his “Solutions Revolution” tour generally encounters; several times, Cain faltered after having expected applause at a certain line and meeting a dead room. For pretty much the entire speech, the CU Dems were talking loudly, laughing, and fake-coughing. Several of his canned lines which probably meet with approval elsewhere in the country (e.g. on taxes, “If ten percent is good enough for God, nine is good enough for the government!) fell flat on their face in Low. Nevertheless, he kept his cool, and maintained a powerful delivery. For a politician whose candidacy was pretty much a joke, he was very charismatic and likeable as a speaker. Maybe that’s just what politicians do.

The structure of his speech was simple: we have problems, they are caused by high taxes, we should have lower taxes, now I’ll take questions. Since he was late, the promised #CainAtColumbia Twitter questions were largely ignored, and all but one came from a CUCR board member. Only, “What is your favorite pizza topping?” made it through, to which Cain boisterously returned, “Favorite pizza topping..sss? Sss? The all-meat combo! No anchovies! Pepperoni, bacon, sausage, ham, ‘burger meat!”

Then he recited the lyrics to that song from Pokemon: The Movie 2000, which is a thing he does.

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  1. Don't it always seem to go  

    That you don't know what you got till it's gone
    They ditched Herman Cain and set up a RomneyBot

  2. Anonymous  

    What's up with the photo format?

    You've made me swipe back on my trackpad several more times than I planned to Bwog! I'll never get those swipes back!

  3. Anonymous  

    "For pretty much the entire speech, the CU Dems were talking loudly, laughing, and fake-coughing."

    Regardless of whether or not Herman Cain's candidacy was a joke, this is absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful.

  4. Anonymous  

    Can we just talk about that girl who laughs too loudly in Foner for a minute?

    I actually don't mind, it's entertaining.

  5. Anonymous  

    "'If ten percent is good enough for God, nine is good enough for the government!' fell flat on their face in Low. " it didn't. As soon as he said that, people applauded quite enthusiastically.

  6. Anonymous  

    No, that's my job.

  7. Anonymous

    Who took those BOLD photos?

  8. Working Families Party  

    Herman Cain should just look in mirror and realize that he's black and has no place in the Republican party. I'm in no way trying to be racist but Republicans aren't waiting for him with open arms.

  9. Anonymous

    Hmmmm....but he is successful and has no place in the Democrat party!

  10. BarnardGurl

    Does this photographer do glamer/head shots? It would be great for my modeling portfolio!

  11. Anonymous

    nashoba is so cute

  12. Anonymous

    "We can rewrite the future history of the United States."

    no shit, Mr. Cain. way to speak and say nothing at all.

  13. ten bucks

    says that pokemon will make it into the varsity show...

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