Raising Cain Again

On MSNBC this morning, Melissa Harris-Perry said to Herman Cain that Rachel Maddow has suggested his campaign was more parody and performance art than a serious campaign, and Cain’s pairing with Stephen Colbert reinforces that image. Cain goes off on how he doesn’t care whether Rachel Maddow doesn’t understand what he’s about.

But is Cain’s indignation about his being a serious campaigner an Andy Kaufmanesque mask of his own performance art parody? Unfortunately, I’m afraid not. He does not comprehend the levels of satire Colbert is working with. And although Maddow postulated the theory of Cain as performance art and that he could (if it were true) be punking us, the tables have actually turned and Colbert is punking him.

This stuff is hilarious.

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4 thoughts on “Raising Cain Again

  1. I like the term “Andy Kaufmanesque mask” that is great. I can’t tell if Cain is self aware or just that dumb. I think Cain just likes attention and doesn’t care how he gets it, so perhaps he really doesn’t understand all the parody involved.

  2. I want to say he’s just that dumb, but it’s not as simple as that. It’s a different kind of intelligence (or lack thereof) that perhaps makes one excel at business or schmoozing, but unable to comprehend layers of irony, especially when they themselves are the butt of the joke. Just like I”m pretty dumb when it comes to car repair for example. Of course maybe I could learn car repair if I tried, so maybe that’s not a good example, because in the case of Cain (I think Donald Trump is probably another one who would be in that same category), I don’t think they could learn it because understanding parody, satire and irony is not something someone can practice at and study. You either have the ability or you don’t.

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