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Monday, October 24, 2011

Herman Cain Is Basically a Batman Villain

Posted by on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 4:35 PM

The Daily Beast points out Herman Cain's unhealthy and childish obsession with a number:

In Chapter Nine of This Is Herman Cain—entitled “‘Forty-Five’—A Special Number,” Cain notes that his “conception, gestation, and birth all occurred within” the year 1945 (true of pretty much anyone born in the last three months of that year). He then launches into a detailed account of how “45 keeps on popping up as I go about the business of being elected—you guessed it—as the forty-fifth president of the United States of America.”

Meaningful signposts include events both past (in 1945, Reader’s Digest published a version of Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, which Cain ran across last year and loved) and future (in 2013, the year the 45th president will take office, Cain and his wife will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.)

In some cases the digits 4 and 5 are only part of a figure, like the times when one of Cain’s weekly commentaries ran to 645 words or when the final leg of a campaign trip took place on Flight 1045 traveling at 45,000 feet. At times the 45 in question is only tangentially related to Cain, as when he cites a Las Vegas campaign event where he met a couple celebrating their 45th anniversary. And in one case, the key moment ultimately doesn’t have anything to do with 45 at all: at an early strategy meeting, Cain and two aides believed they were seated at table 45 in a restaurant, only to be told that there were only 43 tables total. Regardless, it all adds up to something big for Cain.

The 999 tax plan—4+5, 4+5, 4+5—could be, in part, borne out of Cain's magical thinking. Remember how horrified people were when they learned about Nancy Reagan's obsession with astrology? This is like that, only even more inane.


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45 = 4 & 5 = 2 x 2 +2 & 3 = 2's & 3's = 23.

That number, it haunts me.
Posted by Ruke on October 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
He also thinks his surgical scar is in the shape of a "J" for "Jesus", neglecting to note the fact that Jesus never spelled his name that way, if indeed he could write at all. The letter "J" dates from 1500 years after Christ. The man is objectively mentally ill.
Posted by Fnarf on October 24, 2011 at 4:55 PM · Report this
45,000 feet is at the extreme end of altitude for commercial airlines. In fact, it's the highest a 747 is allowed to go, and very rare to actually see. It's also higher than a 777 can go (43,000').

Assuming campaign trips are entirely domestic, we're talking about one of the following:

AA1045: DFW <-> SNA, B737 (41,000' ceiling)
DA1045: DTW <-> SFO, B737 (41,000' ceiling) or A320 (39,000' ceiling)
WN1045: BWI CMI, B737 (41,000' ceiling)

In fact, the only flight 1045 I can find that operates a B747 is Air China's Beijing <-> Copenhagen route.

So I'd say Cain is as self-deluding or dishonest about this as everything else.

Posted by also on October 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 4
Well, the good news in this is that the Hermanator will always know the answer to the question, no matter what question is asked; it's 45.

This governing thing is really quite easy.
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on October 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Numerology is SO POWERFUL.
Posted by STJA on October 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Herman Cain is an anagram of "nine a charm". So there.
Posted by DOUG. on October 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
@3, I love you.
Posted by Fnarf on October 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM · Report this
bedipped 8
1967-71 Mathematician, Department of the Navy,
1971-73 Supervisory Mathematician, Department of the Navy
1977-78 Manager of Corporate Business Analysis, the Pillsbury Company

From This Is HC: Only 2 Letters Away from J Himself

Some people have innumeracy thrust upon them, and some choose innumeracy.
Posted by bedipped on October 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM · Report this
HelpMeJebus 9
Ronald and Nancy consulted astrologers.
Posted by HelpMeJebus on October 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM · Report this
His 15 minutes are over, he'll have a show on FOX news a year from now. I bet they put him in the same time slot as Sharpton.
Posted by Sahoyah on October 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM · Report this
The citation of "Austrian School" poster boy Hayek is just as much evidence of magical thinking as the numerology is.
Posted by Proteus on October 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM · Report this
--MC 12
I think he's a Stephen King character. The last name. And I saw a picture of him signing a card with 9-9-9 on it -- you want to know what 9-9-9 is upside down?
Where's Johnny Smith when you need him?
Posted by --MC on October 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM · Report this
prompt 13
Keep counting and you're going to have our apocalypse date set.
Posted by prompt on October 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 14
Cain 45%

Obama 55%


Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 24, 2011 at 8:50 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
Everybody make sure your clocks are in working order.
Posted by venomlash on October 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM · Report this
everyone knows that if you tune your numerology radar to anything, it should be 23 (if and only if you drop acid) or 42 or 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89...anything else is asking for satan to take over your brain. duh.
Posted by SpGNo on October 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM · Report this
NaFun 17
@1 - thank you, and Hail Eris! /me ducks

Of course other numbers are magical, too, but 23 is more magical.
Posted by NaFun on October 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM · Report this
bedipped 18
@17 - Son, put away that hotdog bun, it aint Friday yet.
Posted by bedipped on October 25, 2011 at 1:08 AM · Report this
This 9-9-9 thing could be Cain's "Santorum moment". Just turn the numbers upside down...
Posted by Hawkfish on October 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Tingleyfeeln 20
In other scary Herman Cain info, here's his campaign video featuring his Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer.…
Posted by Tingleyfeeln on October 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Posted by Avtar on October 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM · Report this

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