Accusations of adultery and sexual harassment proved the undoing of Herman Cain’s campaign some months ago. To keep his name in circulation, he seems to be taking the strategy of sparking outrage through violent images. On Sunday, Caine launched a web campaign whose aim is to attack stimulus policies that were put into place as President George W. Bush’s second term was coming to a close, to shore up an economy crumbling due to the misdeeds of Wall Street, of “corporate corruption and massive over-leveraging,” as Stephen C. Webster puts it on Raw Story.
The video shows a man launching a rabbit in a catapult and then shooting it with a rifle as a girl speaks. The rabbit represents “small business,” she says.
An earlier video also involved a girl and animal abuse: A goldfish is dumped from its bowl and shown flopping around as the girls says “this is the economy.” The girl then splashes a few drops of water on the fish while saying “this is the economy on stimulus” and then “any questions?”.
Cain’s point — stimulus policies are very, very bad — is all too clear. He is apparently planning to make more and equally repellent videos; indeed, he invites others to contributes ideas for a new video at SickOfStimulus.com. But is there any real point in making such sickening ads that (certainly with the video with the goldfish) involved unnecessary cruelty to animals?
Even if some aspects of Cain’s videos were computer-generated, the violence of the images is unavoidable. Indeed, violence is crucial to their message.
Can it be said that the former contender for the GOP presidential candidate nomination has become so desperate for attention that all he can think to do is to send out ads with deliberately disturbing images of catapult shootings of animals? If so, it has become only too clear how far Cain is — was — missing the mark.
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