Saturday, December 10th, 2016

The Cain tone

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Here’s a gaffe that can’t be blamed on the campaign manager.

I’ve mentioned my dislike for less-than-clever nicknames used to describe public figures before. In last night’s debate, Herman Cain demonstrated why political figures should always avoid calling political opponents silly nicknames.

The legislation has already been written. H.R. 3000. In the previous Congress it was H.R. 3400. And what that does — it has already been written. We didn’t hear about it in the previous Congress because “Princess Nancy” sent to it committee and it stayed there. It never came out.

According to the transcript, the line drew some laughter, but as Daniel Foster at NRO points out,

It should not be lost that Herman Cain called a person who could plausibly be third in line to his presidency “Princess Nancy.” I don’t care for Nancy Pelosi. I might even, in a stroke of inspiration, call her “Princess.” But I am not running for president.

Herman Cain, the after-dinner speaker and radio personality, could get away with the nickname. Herman Cain, the presidential candidate, probably should choose his words more carefully, especially with four women accusing him of sexual harassment.

Does Cain really want to be seen as condescending towards the first woman Speaker of the House when his attitude towards professional women is already under scrutiny? This gaffe is probably already in the attack file at the Democratic National Committee. Cain should drop the cute nicknames before he gives the DNC more material.

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