Thursday, August 24, 2006

I hate you.

First Andrew Young, now this guy:

Democrats are calling on Wal-Mart to repudiate a statement by a talk show host and Wal-Mart proponent likening the party's leading lawmakers to members of a terrorist group, Hezbollah.

In a column published Tuesday, the commentator, Herman Cain, repeatedly used the term "Hezbocrats." Mr. Cain defined them as "a roaming band of militant guerrillas seeking their party's 2008 nomination for president" and said they were lobbing "rhetorical bombs at Wal-Mart."

Senator Kerry of Massachusetts denounced Mr. Cain, who serves on the Georgia steering committee of a Wal-Mart-funded advocacy group, Working Families for Wal-Mart....

Branded as "Hezbocrats" in the column were Senator Biden of Delaware, Senator Bayh of Indiana, and Senator Clinton, as well as Governor Richardson of New Mexico. Mr. Cain made no reference to Mr. Kerry.

(No, but if you read the column, you see that he refers to the entire Democratic Party as "the Hezbocrat Party." He's also so delighted with his own cleverness that he uses the word "Hezbocrat" in the column twelve times.)

Wal-Mart couldn't possibly be more abashed:

"Herman Cain is not a spokesperson for Wal-Mart," the company said in a statement. "We understand that he has a long-standing column and the views he expresses in that column are his own."

A spokesman for Working Families for Wal-Mart, Catherine Smith, noted that Mr. Cain was a volunteer....

Maybe being a volunteer and not, technically, a Wal-Mart spokesman is enough separation forf Ms. Smith, but please note that Cain and Andy Young were part of the same organization. They were both described as volunteers. The New York Times reported that "Wal-Mart executives moved quickly ... to distance themselves from Mr. Young’s remarks" (understandably -- he insulted Jews, Asians, and Arabs).

But I guess equating the entire Democratic Party with a terrorist organization is OK.

Herman Cain, who sometimes calls himself "the Hermanator," has been the chairman of Godfather's Pizza, the president of the National Restaurant Association, a Fox News commentator and a frequent substitute host on the William Bennett and Neal Boortz radio shows. His most recent book, They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It, has a foreword by Zell Miller.

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