MSNBC’s single-named expert on race Toure (one-word name) once again joined “The Last Word” to further his effort to delegitimize Herman Cain as a black man and black conservatives in general. Toure says Herman Cain did not handle the response to Politico’s accusations of him in a “presidential way,” much less a “professional way.” “This is a major moment for the GOP,” Toure says about a vulnerable Herman Cain. “Because Cain is a really important candidate, perhaps more important than any of the other candidates because he serves a massive psychological purpose.” “There’s a lot of people in the GOP who have been critical of Obama, and have been made to feel that they are racist, because of their criticism. Some of it has been racist, some of it’s been reasonable, some of it has been business as usual Republican/Democrat stuff, okay. Cain comes along, offering salvation, liberation. You’re not racist if you support Herman Cain. So now they have this ‘Herman Cain card’ they can throw at us any time they are made to feel racist. So this is like a beautiful thing for them. So they need him to succeed as long as they can deal with him so that they can get their Cain card and make it as valuable as possible,” Toure told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “But, of course this whole transaction is actually a canard,” Toure finished. When asked in what way his campaign is a canard, Toure says Cain is “giving comfort to racism.” “Herman Cain is giving comfort to racism the way that he purports himself as we’ve discussed before on this show. So, I mean, this is not the person that you can hold up and say ‘See, I’m not a racist, I love Herman Cain,’” Toure told MSNBC.
Lawrence O’Donnell talks about the confidentiality agreements between Herman Cain and those accusing him of sexual harassment. O’Donnell says that the women would have nothing to fear if they come forward because the National Restaurant Association would never sue them for coming forward. O’Donnell believes that if the NRA sued the women, their lobbying business would be hurt. If they are sued, O’Donnell offers to pay for the women’s legal expenses.
Rachel Maddow talks about the latest developments in the argument over jobs and spending in Washington DC. She cheers for Democratic unity on infrastructure jobs and hopes that some Republican senators will peel away from their party.
Bill O’Reilly talks about the bonuses being received by officers at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He criticizes the White House’s responses and says Congress should end those programs.
The panel talks about the European debt crisis and what it means for the U.S. economy and President Obama’s trip to the G-20 meeting in France.
This Web video from the Romney campaign hits Rick Perry on immigration. It features a picture of Perry next to a picture of California Gov. Jerry Brown and says Perry has been “supplying bad ideas to California since 2001.”
Speaker Boehner was asked to respond to the president’s assertion that the country is “better off now” with his policies than the country was four years ago. Even with 1.2 million jobs lost since the ‘stimulus’ was enacted and the unemployment rate stuck above the eight percent promised, President Obama said, “I think that we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the steps that we took.” To which Speaker Boehner said, “Are you kidding me?”
Herman Cain’s campaign Chief of Staff Mark Block is calling on Rick Perry’s campaign and Politico to apologize to the presidential candidate. Bret Baier, FOX News: “You’re charging the Perry campaign with stirring this up?” Mark Block, Cain Chief of Staff: “Absolutely and quite frankly, this is one of the actions in America that is the reason people don’t get involved in politics, right. The actions of the Perry campaign are despicable. Rick Perry and his campaign owe Herman Cain and his family an apology. Both the Rick Perry campaign and Politico did the wrong thing by reporting something that wasn’t true, to anonymous sources in, like I said, they owe Herman Cain and his family an apology.”
“This is a great big mess,” Charles Krauthammer said on FOX News on Wednesday night. “It’s self-inflicted, gratuitous. And I think it could be tragic. Look, I don’t want to be lawyerly about this, but let’s remember that Cain said on “Happening Now” on FOX on Monday, he said ‘if the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I wasn’t aware of it.’ Well, now he tells us that he is not only aware of it but he told this Curt Anderson in 2003 all about it in a briefing before Cain ran in the Senate campaign. So it raises the question of was he being disingenuous?” “Then there’s the issue of what Perry did or Perry did not. It’s become he said/she said and now it’s he said/he said.” “We have no way of knowing whether the accusation is true. There’s only circumstantial evidence. The guy joined the Perry campaign about ten days ago, two weeks ago, and the Politico story emerges then. That’s circumstantial evidence but it’s quite thin. So you have these major accusations from one party to the other. The big winner here obviously is Mitt Romney.”
“We don’t need to know all the rest of the stuff that those intellectuals know,” Howard Fineman said on “Hardball,” in a mocking tone, about the Republican presidential field as stupid. The conversation continues: Howard Fineman: “Herman Cain said the other day ‘well, I’m not going to know about Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.’” Chris Matthews: “But, you ought to know about China, China, China.” Fineman: “Well, of course you ought to know about it. But, they’re advertising their ignorance is what I’m saying!”