Herman Cain Smokin’ Ad: Aimed at Regular Americans Looking for Another Option?

A reader and prodigious newshound, Judy W., sent some commentary along with the Herman Cain campaign ad that is causing so much controversy today. The man speaking in the video, and eventually smoking in the video, is Mark Block, Cain’s chief-of-staff. The music is Krista Branch’s We Are America, and this video represents that theme, in my opinion. Block says Cain can put “United” back in the United States of America. The bottom line is, millions of Americans smoke – Union members, regular Americans and not-so-regular americans, and some may want to vote for someone other than Barack Obama. See Judy W’s remarks below mine.

Twice as many Democrats smoke as do Republicans. Barack Obama is a smoker with an acclaimed education and an untold intellect – according to Democrats. That’s the reality, and another reality is that Government, both State and Federal, needs its smokers. States have relied on ever-higher cigarette taxes to make up for deficits since government pounced on tobacco and declared a sin tax. At the Federal level, tobacco taxes fund children’s health insurance known as S-Chip, and who knows – maybe the DNC?

It is possible to illegally fund a smoking habit with the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT – once known as foodstamps) by finding a willing retailer or using the allowed monthly $20 withdrawal at an ATM or a retail vendor to by smokes. This ad may well appeal to some discouraged and unhappy Union members: Casino workers, restaurant workers, machinists, hotel employees.

We see the bad side of Unions out on the streets at Occupy Wall Street, destroying the marble in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, or occupying the front porch of a CEO with a child alone in the house, but there have to be many patriots among them – workers who understand the danger of the powers Union leaders hold…the bullying tactics to try to take away their right to a private ballot (card check). There may be many Union members, who are smokers, or not, who are considering a vote for Herman Cain or any other Republican candidate.

Here are Judy’s remarks (and I thank her for her hard work – she is always on top of the most important issues) and mine below her’s .

JUDY W: I just now saw this, and I will say that just as his 9-9-9 plan has got both sides talking about taxes and what they are doing to the people and businesses, this should get people talking about government intrusion into our lives.

Those on the left, as noted in the article, are already hitting him hard about the cigarette being smoked at the end of the ad.

Considering the left/right progressives who have jammed that and many other things….such as healthcare, EPA regs down our throats, it should get really interesting hearing him defend this.

I’m beginning to think he is not running to be president, but to help expose those who have been destroying our country for a century.

Frog in the boiling water.  Slowly at first.  Now the water is boiling…can you feel it????

The theme song is Krista Branch’s I Am America. Her husband, Pastor Mike, works on Cain’s campaign.

Her songs are about our government over stepping into our lives. How do they feel about her song being used in an ad with a cigarette being smoked at the end?

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

He will be attacked by those on the right as well as those on the left.

And now we will see and know who is for government intrusion and who is not. You can’t have both liberty and intrusion.

To have true liberty we can’t have intrusion.  To let the government intrude we can’t have liberty.


3.  freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

To close, The Blaze reprinted a tweet by Michelle Goldberg (michelleinbklyn), a Senior writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast who didn’t see ‘creepiness’ in the smoker at the end of the ad, but does see it in Herman Cain’s “creepiest fu**-ing thing I’ve ever seen,” smile. Mother Jones is curious. Disclaimer: I’m not a smoker – never have been.

UPDATE: The Cain campaign has responded. Mark Block was on America Live with Megyn Kelly. Here’s an interesting quote:

“I tell you, you walk into a veterans’ bar in Iowa and they’re sitting around smoking and you know we are resonating with them. I’m not the only one that smokes in America, for God’s sake. It was a choice I made and it was at the end of the ad. The real message that we’re trying to get through was the Cain train is on a roll.”

The Memorandum thread is developing. 

Herman Cain Smoking Ad: We Are America (video)

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Try this one on. I smoke. Hey, Block smokes. So what. You may recall 1963 was the year the Surgeon General started the warnings thing. That of course was 48 years ago. There has been a war against those who smoke. There has been a war against those who drink. And God knows we have the food police.

    You may recall the food police said margarine was a good thing. Now it seems, butter is better for ya than margarine. Just this week ‘a study’ has decided vitamin supplements do nothing for us. Every week there’s a new study. Wait long enough and another one changes the story.

    The point is people are going to make choices. That is unless of course we allow someone else to make them for us. No reasonable person can believe there is one set of choices we should all follow to be perfect. And I certainly hope we never find one.

    As for politics and stories like Maggies has posted here there is a message. We will all find what works for us. We will have success and we will have failures. It’s what makes the world work. When people see things that work for others they may adopt those choices. But it is there choice.

    If other people’s choices bother you remember this. If they are not allowed to make their choices at some point you won’t be able to either. Let’s not go there.

    The underlying message of conservative principles and people like Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, sometimes Newt Gingrich and some others is freedom and liberty allow those choices. Let’s get someone in the White House and fill Congress with people who agree.

    I’m going to get back to other things now and have a cigarette with the single malt scotch I just poured for myself. It’s been a long day and I’m tired.

    God bless America.

    • Stanford, said differently but making my point exactly. Herman Cain is just helping a few people “find what works” for them.

      Here’s how far I go with it. I don’t think businesses should be forced to tell smokers they cannot smoke inside. As I said, I do not smoke, and I am gratified that I no longer have to have smoke drifting my way as I try to enjoy a nice dinner, but still yet, I can stay away. I can choose a business that makes the choice for itself. I admit I’m happy that I don’t have to make those choices, but I know what is right and what is wrong when it comes to state and federal intrusions.

  • Pardon me, excuse the typos and the fact the last comment was a one pass first draft sort of thing. You get the idea.