Gingrich and Cain are Two Peas in a Pod
Mr. "9-9-9" endorsed fellow Peach State statesman over the weekend
No one should be shocked by this news: former fast food executive and failed presidential candidate Herman Cain has decided to back the campaign of former Clinton-era Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Two peas in a pod. Or maybe the better cliché is “two peaches from the same branch.” But why?
Conventional wisdom would suggest Cain finds Gingrich’s comments about blacks and food stamps offensive. Clearly, he does not.
Gingrich represents a viewpoint that perpetuates a not-so-subtle air of white supremacy. Clearly, Cain doesn’t see it that way.
And Gingrich has made it clear he’s the ‘king of insincerity,’ having in the past stretched out a hand to the “colored” community, only to snatch it away as a candidate for the nation’s highest office. Clearly, Cain is all “Uz-beki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan” on Gingrich’s reputation.
That may be because Cain sees more of himself in Gingrich than he does President Barack Obama, with whom he might share an understanding common among melanin-having members of American society.
Cain and Gingrich both dealt with media coverage of alleged (in Gingrich’s case, confirmed) infidelity by lashing out at the press for doing its job. Both men espoused strong moral values and ethics while seemingly living as serial hypocrites. (One put out a gospel album and the other leads the angry mob against President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.)
Despite some personal failings and sobering health battles, both men have egos the size of the nation’s debt. Gingrich was found guilty of ethics violation during his House Speakership, a point rival Mitt Romney highlighted in a new attack ad that has NBC News fuming. And Cain, allegedly, found a way to carry on a 13-year affair with a Georgia woman, while battling stage IV colon cancer.
Is the picture clear enough? These two were meant for each other -- the “Ebony and Ivory” of the 2012 GOP presidential race. With Florida’s primary vote tomorrow, Gingrich’s campaign has less than 24 hours to see if Cain’s blessing closes the polling gap with Romney.