When the Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the creation of super PACs, they could never have seen this one coming.
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has launched a new advertisement showing a man catapaulting a bunny rabbit and blasting it into bloody chunks, as a little girl compares the animal to “small business” in the current U.S. economic climate.
The ad, a video plug for Cain’s latest web campaign, attacks stimulus policies used to rescue the U.S. financial system at the end of President George W. Bush’s second term, after credit stopped flowing and millions of jobs were endangered by corporate corruption and massive over-leveraging on Wall Street.
Cain’s new ad is also the second in a series: the first is equally cruel, showing a fish dying as it flops around gasping in the mud. In that ad, a little girl says “This is the economy,” as the fish is dumped from its bowl onto the ground. She then splashes the fish with more water, which quickly runs away. “This is the economy on stimulus,” she adds. “Any questions?”
The ad also solicits viewers’ opinions, asking to “help us create our next video” at SickOfStimulus.com.
Cain, who left the campaign trail months ago amid a flurry of sexual harassment scandals, has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who is badly trailing former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in polling and delegates.
The anti-stimulus ads aren’t the first time Cain’s videos have caused a stir: during his campaign he released an ad showing a top campaign aide smoking a cigarette and looking very somberly into the camera. It was widely spoofed across mainstream media, and nobody was quite sure what the campaign was thinking when they released it.
This ad was published to YouTube on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them
In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.
"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."
Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial
Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.
The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.
"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"
Conservative says Republicans won’t want to stop confirming right-wing judges just to hear witnesses in impeachment
Conservative CNN commentator Scott Jennings was asked about Sen. John Kennedy's (R-LA) comments that most senators were hearing the facts of the trial for the first time Wednesday night.
“I’ve learned a lot. Everybody has. Senators didn’t know the case,” Kennedy admitted. “They really didn’t.”
He claimed that nine out of ten senators learned something new and the tenth is lying.
Jennings dismissed the information, saying that whatever happens in the trial, senators won't want to "shut down the Senate" just to hear witnesses. He claimed that President Donald Trump's legal team would make that argument to the senators.