By Grace Wyler
He may not have been a great presidential candidate, but there is no doubt that Herman Cain is a marketing genius.
In the lead-up to his hyped-up “unconventional endorsement” in South Carolina today, the one-time GOP frontrunner has teamed up with none other than Stephen Colbert to make sure that his political comeback doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone.
Unable to get his name on the ballot in South Carolina, “candidate” Colbert threw his weight behind The Hermanator this week, urging South Carolinians to vote for the former pizza titan. The pro-Colbert SuperPAC — ‘Making A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,’ or ‘The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen SuperPAC’ — even released an ad masquerading Colbert as Cain. [Video below]
Of course, it was all a joke, but Herman Cain knows an opportunity when he sees one. Now Cain is getting in on the action — Colbert reportedly announced tonight that he and Cain plan to host a rally for their non-candidacies in Charleston on Friday, the day after Cain’s big announcement.
From the press release (via BuzzFeed):
“For a week now, Stephen Colbert has been calling on South Carolinians who share his values to vote for Herman Cain during this Saturday’s historic GOP primary. Actually, he hasn’t called on all South Carolinians yet; he’s only up to “Brabham” in the Charleston phonebook.
Jr. Exploratory Committee Chairman Stephen T. Colbert said of Cain: “Herman is the only former candidate who truly shares my values. It’s like our values were separated at birth. And our ethics are at least first cousins.”‘
The idea is completely bananas, but also kind of awesome. Colbert’s absurdist brand of civics-cum-political satire is actually a perfect fit to resurrect Cain, America’s first post-modernist presidential frontrunner. At the very least, it will put some of the fun back into what has become a very grim Republican primary.
Watch the Super PAC ad below.
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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019