In a clip played over and over on cable news outlets, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain says he’s not the ‘flavor of the week.’ But will he still be a top-tier candidate in a month? HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher doesn’t think so.
On his Friday broadcast, Maher downgraded the likelihood the Cain would still be a contender come mid-November.
“Let me just ask before we move on about Herman Cain, because I don’t hear any person who thinks that is going to last, even though he is the leader, except Herman Cain,” Maher said. “He keeps saying, ‘People who get on the Cain train don’t leave.’ It sound a little like ‘once you go black, you don’t go back.’ It does — I mean, I think he should get a different slogan.
“But I don’t know one person — is there anyone here who thinks Herman Cain in a month will not be down in the middle with Newt Gingrich and the rest of the also-rans?”
Maher was so certain Cain would not last that he took long odds — a million-to-one — on live television. After proclaiming Cain wouldn’t be around in a month, he bet CNBC host Michelle Caruso Cabrera, author of “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” $1 million to her $1 that Cain would not be the 2012 Republican nominee for president:
CARUSO CABRERA: I don’t count him out.
CARUSO CABRERA: No — incredible likability, likability factor, incredible.
MAHER: I will bet you a million dollars against $1.
CARUSO CABRERA: I don’t have a million dollars to bet. I don’t work on Wall St.
MAHER: I do. I’m the 1 percent.
JOHN FUND: So you’re one of those rich people.
MAHER: I am. I will put up $1 million against $1 that he will not be the Republican nominee.
CARUSO CABRERA: OK.
MAHER: A million to one. I will give you a million dollars — if you think the Republicans are going to have an election with two black guys against each other — that they don’t have a choice to vote for a white man in the general election. That will never happen.