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Herman Cain goes for the throat in new Obama attack ad

Jeff Winkler Contributor

Herman Cain’s new video attacking President Obama is pitch perfect … had it been meant as a parody.

The interesting 2012 Republican presidential candidate recently released a Web video that hits on every fear mongering point ever made or that will ever be made concerning Obama’s socialist agenda and his decimation of America’s capitalistic freedoms. If liberal comedians had produced this ad, it would have been criticized as a stale joke.

The video, “Failure to Lead,” begins with an edited and wildy out-of-context quote from Obama’s first book, “Dreams from My Father”*:

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully…The foreign students … The Marxist professors. ..

Obama was referring to the fear of being perceived as a “sell out” to the privileged upper-middle-class and the white liberal elites, which, considering their musical tastes, is quiet understandable. In case the point was too subtle, the video is choke-full of clips featuring socialist dictators Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and China’s ruthless Mao Tse Tung. There’s also a special appearance by the one and only George Soros!

To be fair, there are some head scratchers in the video. It doesn’t help that former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn actually refers to Mao as one of her “favorite political philosophers,” or being reminded that the litigious and sensitive Van Jones is a 9-11 Truther Chavez sympathizer.

The video was released on June 25, although most media outlets are only now getting to it, perhaps because they forget Cain is still in the GOP race.

“A Failure to Lead” also reminds viewers that Obama called the Constitution an “imperfect document.” As there are about 400-500 words on a given page and the Constitution is about 4,543 words (roughly 10 pages), that means presidential candidate Cain would never actually approve of the document himself. He prefers such things to be three pages or less.

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*Corrected