Quote of the day: Hoaxidate redux

As much as I hate to pile on, I don’t think I’ll have the Hoaxdiate to kick around much longer. So, here’s Herman Cain on Herman Cain and what people have said about Herman Cain:

“For every one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably thousands who will say that none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain.”

16 thoughts on “Quote of the day: Hoaxidate redux

  1. So, if we are generous and interpret “thousands” as 10K (technically, iy only needs to be 2K), he has 30K accusers? (300M US pop / 10K). Damn, Clinton must consider himself to be in the pee-wee leagues now

  2. “For every one person that says I robbed a bank, there are probably thousands who will say they never saw me do anything of the sort.” — Clyde Barrow
    Yes, fine, I made it up. So did Herman.

  3. Cain’s going with “But what about all of the women I [i]didn’t[/i] harass? Huh? What about them?” as a defense? Really?
    So his plan is to hit a winning strategy by trying all of the others first…?

  4. Plus I love the referring to himself in the third person, like an athlete full of himself. Or Bob Dole.

  5. I admit, when this first started up it reminded me of the “dirty tricks” of the repubs ranging from Tricky Dick Nixon and especially the Texas politics that gave us Karl Rove, swiftboating Kerry, and (I lived in SC at the time and got one) push polls that asked if you would feel different about McCain if you found out he had a black baby. False information released to poor neighborhoods that the dems would vote on a different date and tying up phone lines so the dems can’t ask for a ride to the polls. Even putting a microphone in your own office and claiming that you have been bugged (even though the battery on the device would only last for an extremely and unusable short time.
    But then 5 (or is it more now) instances have come forward. And I start thinking about how when the police find the Dahmers with their victims in the freezer, all the neighbors come together and say they couldn’t believe it because he was such a nice, quiet person. Locally, what really gets folks commenting on the news webpage is a story where one side keeps shouting about how the persons involved are satan in the flesh and the other side is vehemently defending them because they are a pillar of the community.
    And Michael Jackson couldn’t have done it because he’s a celebrity. Joe Paterno couldn’t do wrong because he is a winning coach (admittedly, I have some sympathy for him as if he really did refer it to his supervisors, the remaining question would be what he did to follow up. But not as clear as to his level of complacenty.) And now, Herman Cain couldn’t have done it because he’s a celebrity.
    BTW – how come I’m not hearing that 999 is simply an upside down form of 666 – the mark of the beast.

  6. That was my first thought too, MapleStreet.
    The media going from door to door in the neighborhood and having one after another peeps declare how shocked they are and no, he never tried to serial kill me so we thought he was a swell guy.
    The if he is this then he couldn’t do that is perhaps the most popular logical fallacy in our culture.

  7. Jay — and I’ll add another one, fictional, but one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies:
    The duty officer asked General Ripper to confirm the fact the he had issued the go code and he said, “Yes gentlemen, they are on their way in and no one can bring them back. For the sake of our country and our way of life, I suggest you get the rest of SAC in after them, otherwise we will be totally destroyed by red retaliation. My boys will give you the best kind of start, fourteen hundred megatons worth, and you sure as hell won’t stop them now. So let’s get going. There’s no other choice. God willing, we will prevail in peace and freedom from fear and in true health through the purity and essence of our natural fluids. God bless you all.” Then he hung up. We’re still trying to figure out the meaning of that last phrase, sir.
    There’s nothing to figure out General Turgidson. This man is obviously a psychotic.
    Well, I’d like to hold off judgment on a thing like that, sir, until all the facts are in.
    [anger rising] General Turgidson, when you instituted the human reliability tests, you assured me there was no possibility of such a thing ever occurring.
    Well I don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip up sir.

  8. It is called illeism, by the way.
    The act of referring to oneself (often habitually) in the third person. Someone who practices illeism is (among other things) an illeist. Adjective: illeistic.
    “Bob Dole: Doesn’t sound a thing like me. First of all, I don’t run around saying “Bob Dole does this” and “Bob Dole does that.” That’s not something Bob Dole does. It’s not something Bob Dole has ever done, and it’s not something Bob Dole will ever do!”
    (Saturday Night Live, Nov. 16, 1996)

  9. @thebewilderness: I did not know what referring to oneself in the third person was called. Very cool. Adrastos thanks you for pointing this out to Adrastos.

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