WHY CAIN WILL OVERCOME
By DICK MORRIS
Published on DickMorris.com on November 10, 2011
I learned something important from my polling in the
Lewinsky scandal. While the political world and the media were focused
on the narrow question of who was right, Clinton or Special Prosecutor
Kenneth Starr, most voters opted for a third choice: "We don't care.
We don't want to hear more about this. This is no way to run a
government or choose a president." Some resented the public discussion
of oral sex, noting that their children were watching. They didn't want
to hear it.
So it is with the accusations against Herman Cain.
We are mired in the worst economic condition in eighty years and will
not tolerate more talk about who invited whom up to their room and for
what. We don't care. We don't want to know. We want you to go away
and let us choose a president based on the serious and grave issues we
are trying to consider. We think the media is a distraction and we want
it to stop its drumbeat coverage. Pro-Cain or anti-Cain is
irrelevant. We want the issue to go away!
This third dimension of public reaction was evident
when the CNBC reporters in last night's debate tried to ask Cain about
the accusations. The crowd would have none of it. When the reporters
tried to couch the questions as relating to managerial ability or the
character required of a CEO, they still hooted down the question. In
that moment, I realized that Cain would survive for the same reason
Clinton made it - we have more important things to worry about.
The media does not admit of this third dimension.
Its mavens and executives give themselves the job of deciding what is
news. They present the news. We render our verdict on it. That's how
its supposed to work. But when the news media goes crazy covering
something we don't care about, we make our voices heard. And that's
what the audience did last night.
In the meantime, Cain was his usual charismatic,
brilliant debater articulating his 9-9-9 proposal better than he ever
has and demonstrating its centrality to solving our economic problems.
The contrast between the statesmanship and breadth of his remedy and the
tawdriness of the charges and counter-charges was evident.
In case the media didn't get the message, it is
this: WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR, READ, OR SEE MORE ABOUT THIS STUPID STORY
-- GO AWAY!