CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — Television viewers were quick to spot former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain minutes after the 2012 Democratic National Convention gaveled to order.
The Tea Party favorite presented the colors as a member of the Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard.
Mr. Cain — who worked as a civilian for the U.S. Department of the Navy — was asked the obvious.
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“The fact of the matter is, I didn’t,” answered Cain, turning quickly on his heel to slow march away from a puzzled mainstream media.
Members of the honor guard had no clue the second flag bearer was the Godfather from Atlanta. Down one member an hour before the scheduled start of the convention, the veterans were relieved a substitute arrived, security clearance in one hand, six pizzas in the other. Cain even demonstrated his flag-folding creds, creasing dinner napkins into perfect tri-cornered hats.
Word of what appeared a “can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” “right to left” defection whipped through a Republican party still badly bruised from barely a blip of a post-convention bounce.
“It’s an Obamination, an Obamination,” ranted GOP propaganda man, Sean Hannity. “For the oh-so-color blind, diversity-loving Democratic Party to identify the single black member of The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard as freedom-loving Herman Cain, well all I can say is nein, nein, nein.”
DNC insiders offered no comment on the Cain incident other than to welcome the pizza man, his ideas and his money to the Democratic party.