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Are Time and Mark Halperin Racist? Herman Cain Omitted Twice in GOP Oddsmaking

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Twice in the last two weeks has Time magazine devoted a page to Mark Halperin's oddsmaking on who will be the Republican nominee -- the May 23 issue (page 35) and the June 6 issue (page 16). Twice, there's been no mention of Herman Cain. The GOP cast of contenders is lily-white. This seems odd, since Cain participated in the first presidential debate on May 5 to high praise and formally announced on May 21. Are Time and Halperin racists? They can't say they're unaware that Cain is running.

They can't say that Cain is too much of a long shot. In the first set of odds, Halperin put Michele Bachmann at 1,000-to-1. (The best odds in order were to Romney, Huckabee, Daniels, Pawlenty, Huntsman, Gingrich, and Palin, second to last at 60 to 1.) In the second set, Huckabee and Daniels were removed from the list, and Santorum (at 500 to 1) and Ron Paul (at 2,000 to 1) were added. Bachmann was still at 1,000 to 1.  Halperin also added "Mystery Candidate" -- but named those (Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, and Jeb Bush.)

Time magazine should really have to explain this remarkable (double) oversight of a black Republican.


#1 Invisible

Black conservatives are invisible to MSM journalists.

“Always love your country — but never trust your government!" -- Bob Novak (1931-2009)

When you put the clowns in charge, don't be surprised when a circus breaks out.

#2 Conventional liberal "wisdom"

Conventional liberal political "wisdom" as applied to conservative politics is irrelevant and useless. They have no understanding of conservative political dynamics. They should stick to commenting on something they are intimately part of - Democrat politics.

Let's make the 2012 campaign: "The War on Error"

#3 Omitting Herman's Head

Perhaps they thought assigning long odds to Cain would be racist? Or that Republicans were so remarkably racist that it's not even worth listing Cain?

#4 Tim. I suggest that it's not racism; rather, it's bigotry.

The fact of the matter is that they are simply intolerant of:

  • Republicans, as a political party.
  • Groups of white people.
  • White people, as a group - or, as a race.
  • Conservatives, as a political ideology.

Now. In regards to black conservatives, or black Republicans, or blacks involved with Republicans and/or conservative thinking white people, they are simply intolerant of such.

Intolerance of a group, a class, a race, a sex, even if based on  a common political leaning is indeed the definition a bigot.

(;~> gary

#5 Tim

I will go with racist.They can't help it though.They are from the party of the KKK.

#6 Probably more fear than racism

There are two things that strike fear in the hearts of team Obama and liberals. One is Sarah Palin. The other would be for Obama to have to run against a black man of real substance. Obama is an empty suit, Cain would tear him a new one in any debate.

"If you want to make a Conservative angry, tell him a lie. If you want to make a Liberal angry, tell him the truth." - Rush Limbaugh

#7 they, the Dems are deathly

they, the Dems are deathly afraid of a real black man who does not kowtow to the plantation theology. In addition it seems the GOP and its supporting pundits are afraid that Cain cannot win. Now I believe this is worse than the former. Of all the canditates Cain seems the most level headed and honest. Cain/Palin

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#8 True

I'm waiting for one TV pundit to bring up the two names the MSM does not dare speak, Cain and West, on one of these political talk shows. Cain is polling very well.

I agree the Dems are scared, big time of a black GOP candidate for president.

#9 Obama, the Media's President:

Obama is the President of all Media because Rachel Madcow declared it to be so during his first press conference. Obama is all hype. Rush said it best.........All of this hope and change has turned into Franks and Beans. The ONE THING that has the media scared s***less is the fact that Herman Cain actually makes sense with what he says and they don't want another black man upstaging "their" guy.
I like Herman Cain; he is a decent man with solid business credentials and a strong Conservative ideology. Obama is a Street thug agitator steeped in Marxist ideology whose only claim to fame was being involved with a street gang called ACORN. I am a lower middle class white person. Tell me Mr. Halpern, If I vote for Herman Cain because he is a good person who worked his way up the corporate ladder and wants people to be successful and live the American Dream, how does that make me Racist?

Herman Cain / Allen West 2012: Real change we can believe in. Obama, take that picket sign and stick it where the sun dont shine!

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". - Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver (1976).

#10 Interesting

The media loves that Obama is black.
The media hates that Cain is black.

#11 I would have to say it's two

I would have to say it's two things. Yes, they are racist and they also want others to think that the Republicans are the party of "old, white men" and there are no such things as black conservatives.

#12 There is a third....

They "know" that Cain is not a serious candidate, he is simply a "house slave" allowing himself to be used so Republicans can pretend they don't hate black people.

#13 House Slave?

Motherbelt, you are a joke. If a conservative called Obuma something so disparaging you, and your cohorts on the left would be screaming Racism. I'd bet dollars for dougnuts you have know idea who Herman Cain is or what he has accomplished. The liberals love to say the white people who didn't vote for Obama were racists, even though at least 90% of blacks voted for Obama for no other reason except he was black, or half black. Consider this, the people who didn't vote for Obama (white and black) actually read about his accomplishments, or lack there-of. We have never had a more useless man in the White House, he is dumber than a box of rocks(not cause he's black), or is purposely running the country down to the point of no return. But your right Cain is house slave and all republcans hate black people. GROW UP!


#14 pachylover

MB is being sarcastic.Trust me.She just didn't have her sarc meter on.

#15 Time Magazine is racist.

A quick check of Time Inc. management board and senior editorial staff shows that there is not a single person of color. Mostly middle aged white guys.

As for ethnic diversity in political parties, there are more minority governors in the GOP(Haley, Jindal, Martinez, Sandoval), more black presidential candidates (Cain- Obama is only half black), more black Supreme Court Justices (Thomas), more black female Sec. of State (Rice), more black Sec. of Defense (Powell).

#16 Sorry, but if a black person

Sorry, but if a black person has the slightest hint of "conservative" views, that black person does not count. Refer to treatment of Clarence Thomas and others. For arguments sake, liberals are the biggest racists ever just like their Democratic forefathers who wanted to maintain slavery. Just like the southern democrats of the south in the 1960's.

Liberals don't think black people are capable of anything except collect welfare and occasionally, rap and play hoop (if they are 1 out of a million). It's called learned helplessness and liberals have been cramming it down the throats of black's forever. Kinda like a modern day flogging.

P.S. The only reason the Democrats chose Obama was because he is not really "black" in the American sense of the term. Obama comes from privilege, is half-Kenyan, and half-white.

Think about that. If Herman were to win, the Republican's would ACTUALLY be the party that put the first *real* African-American into the White House. That pisses Democrat's off.

#17 the last thing they want

is to watch obama get his ass kicked by a man named herman cain

#18 Of course they are and as a liberal media outlet

when it comes to anything conservative liberals are also misogynistic bigots. Race identity and politics is all they know.

#19 The left is so scared that they are speachless....

This article says it all:

Right now, only one third of Republican voters have heard of Cain. But among this group, 24 percent pick him as their first choice for the nomination. No other candidate performs that well--just 20 percent of the people who've heard of Romney pick him as their No. 1. For Palin, that number is 16 percent; Paul, 13 percent.

As the article states, this is the best poll with the best track record for primary outcomes. The libs know that when people hear him, they like him. They cannot give him negative attention or they help get people to know him. So they are speechless. Shows a simple truth. They are scared. The only arsenal in their weaponry is to call the opposition racist. Cain has become the overwhelming Tea Party Favorite. Puts a great big foot right square in their mouths. Chris Matthews and his all Tea Partier's are white mantra is shown to be the lie it was. A blatant lie.

Bachman and Palin at this point cannot beat Cain. When the other two thirds of the Republicans and all the Independents hear him, Romney has not got a chance. Cain WILL be the nominee. Cain will beat Obama. And the far left and their media are going to spend a lot of time going "duh..duh..duh.."

#20 Herman is one of my top pics.

Herman is one of my top pics. A Palin/Cain or Cain/Palin ticket has a nice ring to it. Also Bachman/Cain Cain/Bachman.

I suspect more than anything this is media bigotry. How can a black man be a republican/tea partier? But also an attempt at jury rigging. Both the media and rinos want a moderate who will put the party to sleep. LSM want it because that would be about the only one Obama can beat. Rinos want it because they want one of theirs.

I saw where one of the media critters, tried to trick Herman into complaining about Palin. But he wasn't falling for it.


"You lie!"  Rep. Joe Wilson R-(SC)

#21 Herman Cain is a joke

Why should anyone pay attention to him. He is about a million to one shot to be the GOP nominee.

#22 Wow another one liner from our new resident liberal troll

And if he's such a joke why would you care to even comment? Or better yet if he is such a joke why wouldn't your heroes in the lamestream media report it? You'd think they would use their typical modus operandi and put the weakest candidate in the forefront... hmm seems like the joke is on you Mel-vin.

#23 Cain has much more of a

Cain has much more of a chance of getting the nomination than Al Sharpton ever did, yet the MSM had no problem writing story after story about the latter.

“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” - Ronald Reagan (1964 Republican Convention)

#24 Exactly

Also Cain is no more of "joke" as our liberal troll vehemently stated as the joke we have in the White House. Every time he makes a speech blaming Bush and the Republicans for his own shortcomings, I am always waiting for the Dear Comrade Leader to spout a "yo mama" joke!

#25 Melvin, REALLY?

Sorry skippy, anyone with the name "Melvin" is not allowed to post on this site.

The Boston Glob has omited his name over and over even though he is moving up in the polls and won the first debate.

They of course did not print my letter pointing that out.

You belong on the DailyLoss or Huffblo where all of the real racists hang out and deftly spew their hate for hard working, well respected PEOPLE that happen to be black.

Back to your Mommies basement, I hear she's making "pamcakes" this morning, yummy.

She does make great breakfast by the way.............................................

If you make poverty easy, you will have more of it. Benjamin Franklin

#26 The Hermanator is a joke, Smelvin?

He just might be the one person who prevents this country from becoming mathematically irretrievable.

And we are much closer to that point than you think.  


Vote for the American in November

#27 Oh, I don't know...

Um, because he is a candidate for the GOP nomination? 

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#28 yes

But more accurately what they are attempting to do is save the "race card" for use by their side. If word got out that there was another minority running for the GOP nomination that would undercut their meme that Republicans and Tea Partiers are racist.


Madison and Jefferson and Franklin built a Republic - Roberts killed it! 

#29 Let's not play the race card please

The one thing that's driven me more nuts these past 2-3 years has been the left casually throwing around racial accusations at every turn. Republicans are racist, gas prices are racist, tornadoes are racist...

If someone is doing or saying something that is ACTUALLY motivated by a racial or bigoted attitude then we absolutely need to attack that, but let's not start jumping to conclusions and making assumptions about people's intentions like the left has been doing all these years, otherwise we're just as big a joke as they are.

----- "A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Thomas Jefferson

#30 Herman Cain Omitted Twice

Herman Cain was probably omitted twice because either 1) Some in the media still probably haven't heard of him yet, or 2) They probably just aren't taking him seriously yet since he's not a career politician.

----- "A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Thomas Jefferson

#31 Lochness Monster, Bigfoot, Black Republican

To the media they are all the same. I wonder which one they will say exists first. My guess is on a Sasquach.

#32 Chris Matthews also has been

Chris Matthews also has been omitting Cain in his talk about the possible GOP nominees. To be fair, he's also omitted names like Paul and Johnson, who I also think are relative long-shots. But Cain is actually moving up in name recognition and excitement among GOP primary voters. He may be a statistical long shot, but he is a bona fide candidate who resonates with the Tea Party. He's not to be dismissed, but unfortunately it seems many in the media are doing so, for whatever reasons.


#33 Chris Matthews?

Tell please, who is he and what channel is he on?


#34 Herman Cain is

EVERYTHING Barack Obama should be.

#35 Not quite ...

Herman Cain is not the former President of the United States.

#36 Not that I follow Tweetie Bird, the Tingle-addict

But Matthews omits just about anything that is important in politics and goes for the groin whenever possible. Cain is an interesting candidate, but I did watch him flub a question by Chris Wallace on "Right of Return" in the Arab/Israeli conflict. That's not a major eff-up, but shows Cain needs some foreign policy chops.

#37 This Iowan and his wife will

This Iowan and his wife will be voting for Cain in the caucus. Cain has the gloves off and is coming after Obama. And, he represents a real threat to not only Obama, but also to the GOP. Any wonder both sides are attempting to ignore him, which is OK as sticking ones' head in the sand is not going to make him go away.

#38 The GOP ...

is not ignoring Cain. The old guard is trying to sabotage him behind the scenes. The low-level rank-and-file committee members are quietly supporting him. Watch what happens when he wins your caucus and half a dozen primaries. How the seas will change!

#39 But of course

Of COURSE Time and Halperin are racist. They're liberals, and liberals are as racist as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackass. They try to hide behind Obama, but you can bet that in the quiet moments, tweeting underwear shots to each other, they snicker at his stupidity, his forgetting the date, his snubbing of veterans, his multiple corpseman comment. Obama may well be the stupidest man ever to hold the presidency and liberals know it. It's their America-hatred that keeps them in his camp -- that and their racism. They dream of his big black cupcake tweeting over the airwaves and they just can't help themselves.

You were born American. That's the best break anybody ever got.

#40 Herman Cain an Adult to Time's boy President.

Herman Cain is qualified to be President unlike the current occupant of the Whitehouse but Herman Cain fits none of Times stereo types so they just can't see him. Their minds will not fit around a man with brown skin being other than an affirmative action welfare case. We have seen this for Years with Clarence Thomas's wonderfully written Court decisions. To Time magazine he is never going to rise above the pimp on the corner. They are doing the same to Herman Cain today.

#41 Congrats to Mr. Graham, as Drudge linked to this article

LOL - And my pooter may never be the same again.  :-O


Vote for the American in November

#42 Racists

There can be no question - Liberals are all closet racists and sexists where black conservatives and conservative women are concerned.

#43 Are they really, I mean really Black if they are Republicans?

The Lefties have another name for the Republican Party. They call it Uncle Tom’s Party?

Remember when Lefties Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, Andy Griffin and Henry (The Fonz) Winkler endorsed and supported Barack Obama and disparaged Bush/Cheney? Hanks made it a point that voting for a Black man would be historic. Do you believe that Hanks, Howard, Griffin, Winkler or any of the Hollywood Left would have voted or would vote for a Black man or woman if they were Republican? I have no doubt that if Tom Hanks was truthful, he would say that a Black President is only a historical event if the Black is a Liberal Democrat

#44 Cain is a REAL black American

One reason that demokkkrats don't recognize Herman Cain is because he is a REAL black American. The son of a chauffeur and domestic worker. A man who went from delivering pizzas to running the company. Calvin Coolidge once said "After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world". Obama needs to channel the former president for some advice.

#45 God bless Levin

He has given Cain the booost he has needed.

God bless you Herman, keep it Constitutional!

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#46 Time just doesn't understand

Don't blame Time magazine, they are dulled by their bias. To them and to liberals in general, if your Black you must be a Democrat. If your a women you must support NOW. If your college educated you must be a avid fan of NPR. If you disagree with the disaster that is the Obama administration, you must be a racist. Once you acknowledge this you will understand them. If your not part of their mind set you are simply a nonperson.

#47 To answer Tim's question...

Either they are unprofessional, incompetent, overpaid, overrated boobs or they are racists. Take your pick.

#48 How about "all the above".

Can't choose just one.

"I don't like repeat offenders, I like dead offenders". - Ted Nugent

#49 Inexcusable

I am not a Cain supporter - I was iffy on him before but he absolutely lost my vote when he was interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box - but for any media outlet to omit him from the GOP field of nominees is inexcusable. 

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#50 herman cain

They should ignore him, I am. I will not vote for yet another black president. it's not racism, ok maybe a little, but, as we have found out a black president does what is good for blacks way. He says he's not like all the rest and thinks that if he says he's a Republican, he is. Herman Cain doesn't have any idea how to be president.....neither did obama. No way, go away Cain.

#51 Are you wilfully ignorant of this man's history?

Or are you just stupid?



Quoted from: 'Acaiguana notes from the Underground' (Soon to be at theaters near you)

#52 Huh?

His Majesty The Shahinshah doesn't remotely care about "blacks first".   His Majesty The Shahinshah is about His Majesty The Shahinshah first and ALWAYS. 

While I disagree with some of Mr. Cain's ideas and thus will not vote for him, he needs a fair hearing in the primaries, and by all means, he should compete for some votes. 

Your post is beyond asinine. 

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#53 Time ignores Herman Cain

Who reads Time any more?

Heywood Jablome

#54 Herman

Still skeptical but he presents well as a no-nonsense conservative. Ignore him at your peril. After all, TIME refused to call Castro either a Marxist or a Communist
until after he had taken over. They are complicit in Cuba's overthrow by promoting ignorance.

#55 Progressivism, Leftism is a form of mental rabies

Leftists and progressives have integrated so many corrosive irrational idiocies into their minds that they are --- cognitively disabled --- filled with raw ugly malice --- and incapable of perceiving that in themselves.

Halperin and Time probably don't even notice what they have done. And if it is directly called to their attention --- by somebody who they can't simply ignore --- they will recite some bizarre rationalization, and then pretend that the whole encounter never happened or was somehow other than what it was.

They are much like religious fanatics or certain types of borderline-schizophrenic nutcases who have idee fixe (fixed obsessive ideas) about which they become volatile if challenged.

Kudos to Tim Graham for calling them out on this particularly disgusting offense.

Keep slugging. And never forget what you are dealing with.

#56 CAIN...The man that does not exist...

Cain is Conservative...The Son of Slaves, NOT the Son of a Kenyan. A productive member and a pre-Affirmative Action success story; for the empowerment that the Capitalist System is capable of--It's no wonder that the Collectivist Crypto-Marxist Obamedia wishes to keep under wraps. The man & the powerful message he has to tell...



Long Live...THE REPUBLIC !

#57 Not Racist but scared to death of a qualified black man

Racist? I think not. I believe that if the MSM focused on the black Republican candidates, people would compare and see how inexperienced and inept Obama really is. This would sink into the minds of those black Americans who blindly voted for Obama in the last election and erode a portion of his "safe" base.


#58 Your comment

You hope. Almost no amount of information--real true information--can get through the boneheadedness of the boneheads who voted for obama in the first place. Who are his voters? Communists, plain jane socialists, fascists, useful idiots as Marx and Lenin thought of them, and Negroes. A "major" media outlet that ignores Herman Cain is not surprising at all.

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