Context, Context, Context [Updated X2]

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That there above is the logo heading Women For Herman Cain, a new site set up by Herman Cain’s campaign to address his inexplicably poor showing among female voters. I look forward to their next site, “Turkeys For Christmas.”

As numerous people have noticed, the pic is a Shutterstock standard, used by, among others, the still-gestating Au Pair Tracker (which could end up being a nanny-hiring site or a haven for stalkers, depending, I guess, on the market research results) and South Africa’s Huletts Sugar.

The site—which proclaims “Gloria Cain is the National Chairperson for ‘Women for Cain’ and is the very special woman who Mr. Cain devoted his life to many years ago”—features 35 testimonials reputedly from a smorgasbord variety of women. They’re worth the read. There’s a small prize if you can figure out a common denominator among them.

Meanwhile, Cain himself is reported to be heading home for a “kitchen summit.” I don’t know Mrs. Cain, but if I were Herman, I’d hide the knives, rolling pin, and garlic crusher before starting in.

UPDATE: For some reason, the Cain campaign has now edited the site header so it looks like this:

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Meanwhile, a bunch of other folks have been commenting on some of the misogyny in the “testimonials” aimed at those women who’ve accused Cain of indiscretions and worse.

UPDATE 2: The logo now looks like this (h/t Bette Noir in the comments):

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Too late. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the space between Women and Cain was inevitably going to be filled by the blogosphere’s scurrilous photoshoppers (this from commenter atlasfugged at Gawker):

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We’ll have to wait and see what bearing this has on Cain’s announcement later today.

Posted by YAFB on 12/02/11 at 01:11 PM • Permalink

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She don’t like, she don’t like, she don’t liiiiiiikkkkkkke—Herm Cain

He would be well-advised to stash the panini press under the cans in the recycling bin too…

“Satin” strikes again!

By the way, what is it with these evil fabrics? Obama is a Muslin and Satin is trying to ruin Herman Cain. I shudder to think what Silk is capable of.

Let’s see.

Almost all of the women are citing religious reasons for their support.  Most seem to be from the south.  Most seem to have only a vague idea what “reality” is.    And almost all the ones with pictures show people with melanin-deficency and who are wavelength reflective.

Does that sound about right?

I read that Gloria wants Herman to drop out, but Herman is gonna do what’s best for Herman.  FAMILY VALUES, BITCHEZ!

Where’s the testimonial from Becky Becky Stanstan?

Pity the photo has thumbs up instead of the shocker.

Almost all of the women are citing religious reasons for their support.  Most seem to be from the south.  Most seem to have only a vague idea what “reality” is.  And almost all the ones with pictures show people with melanin-deficency and who are wavelength reflective.

I think we have a winner, though the last point in particular was what I had in mind.

Yes, last time I looked, Mr. Cain, who recently mailed to Iowans, “as a descendant of slaves I can lead the Republican party to victory by garnering a large share of the black vote, something that has not been done since Dwight Eisenhower garnered 41 percent of the black vote in 1956,” hadn’t cobbled together a single “testimonial” from an identifiably black woman to tout on his site.

Mind you, Wonkette is now on the case, so who knows what will appear there in days to come?

A hundred points to the first Wonketteer who gets a submission past the moderators.

Your prize, Patrick? I’m emailing you a sammitch.

(which could end up being a nanny-hiring site or a haven for stalkers, depending, I guess, on the market research results)

That could also be said about Women for Cain.

Latest banner features a photo of the happy couple, with Mrs. Cain looking like she’s trying to hug Herm without getting any on her . . . .that pizza money must be a powerful pile.

Just found that on Wonkette : Men for Cain

Just to complete this ridiculous saga, HuffPo reveals why the much-derided Shuuterstock photo was removed:

NEIN NEIN NEIN: ‘WOMEN FOR HERMAN CAIN’ IMAGE TAKEN DOWN BECAUSE OF GERMAN PHOTOG’S CONTRACT - On Friday, when the now defunct Herman Cain presidential campaign debuted its “Women For Herman Cain” section, we joke tweeted (jweeted?) that a reporter was probably seeking out the four enthusiastic stock photo models who appeared in the page’s banner. The always hilarious and insightful @delrayser quickly found the original image and posted his findings. We had our own Max Rosenthal get in touch with the German stock photographer behind the image, Robert Kneschke. Kneschke had contacted the Cain campaign and had the chipper image removed. Here’s Max’s report, now tragically reduced to a HuffPost Hill blurb (Sorry dude, A1 is a harsh mistress!): “The short-lived ‘Women For Cain’ website caused confusion (on multiple levels) on Friday when its banner image was abruptly changed. The original image, a picture of four grinning models all giving the thumbs-up gesture, was replaced by an awkward blank spot (it now features a photograph of Cain and his wife). It turned out that the campaign, in one final misstep, had violated the photo’s terms of usage. Robert Kneschke confirmed to HuffPost that the Cain campaign’s use of the photo was, as he put it, ‘a clear breach of the license agreement,’ which banned the image from appearing in political endorsements. Kneschke said he had no opinion about the Republican presidential field, and that his concern was strictly legal. He did, however, add that ‘if you run for president, you should know your legal terms.’” Amen.

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