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Chan Lowe: Kiss the Hermanator goodbye


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I’m going to miss the Hermanator. There’s no question he was the most entertaining figure in the race. The machine-gun accusations about his inappropriate sexual behavior and marital infidelity would have sunk a more moderate candidate far sooner, but fortunately he was the darling of ultra-right family-values types, and they tend to gloss over those foibles when it’s one of their own.

Of course, it’s hard to blame an affair of 13 years’ duration on the liberal media conspiracy, so it looks like this, not the back-of-the-limo couch rugby sessions, is what will finally bring our dauntless warrior down.

Mr. Cain, who may have invented his candidacy as a gimmick to spur book sales, either didn’t intend to become anything more than an asterisk in the race, or he possesses such an overarching ego that he assumed he could bully his way past the inevitable scrutiny into his past that a front-runner always attracts. Whichever alternative you choose makes him supremely unsuited to serve as the leader of the Free World, and we aren’t even talking about the women.

Now we are stuck with Mitt and Newt. If you believe that, with few exceptions, only the dullest, most wishy-washy candidates can appeal to a broad enough swath of voters to get nominated, then you will agree that Newt’s future is limited.

Remember what happened to Howard Dean? He was going strong until “The Scream.” The Scream wasn’t a negative, in my opinion. It demonstrated some rare passion. It became the accepted wisdom, however, to condemn it. I think that’s because the Democratic Party establishment⎯with which Dean was at odds ⎯had the fix in with the media. Dean simply didn’t fit the plan. Note that they ultimately went with John Kerry, not exactly the kind of person you’d want to spend more than 30 seconds with at a cocktail party.

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Mr. Lowe , I keep waiting for a cartoon on John Edwards affair , love child and breaking of the law with campaign money, or is there a double standard because he was a liberal and was protected by the liberal press ??


This is for you Banger

http://blogs.trb.com/news/opinion/chanlowe/blog/2010/01/john_edwards_rielle_hunter_eli.html


You really didn't look too hard did you Banger?

http://blogs.trb.com/news/opinion/chanlowe/blog/2010/01/john_edwards_rielle_hunter_eli.html


Yes , look at the date many years after the young man was running , when everyone knew it was going on during the campaign but would not cover the story !


Banger,

It doesn't change the fact that I don't agree with any of their actions. What matters is that it came out before they were the sole candidate. I am glad it did in both cases. I don't agree with their behavior. Are you saying you do? Or just that it's only condoned if you like the candidate, and only condemned if you hate him? Newt is the same, it's the same ethics and values I DO NOT look for in my candidates, no matter what else I agree with. Thoughts?


The Cain Train stopped mainly on the plain
fact that he never intended to be President anyways.
Not a viable candidate? were you awake for his foreign policy discussions?


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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