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Janeane Garofalo accuses GOP of using Herman Cain to hide racism

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On Wednesday's Countdown, liberal actress/comedienne/tattooed pundit Janeane Garofalo joined Keith Olbermann to talk a little politics. As they were discussing Sarah Palin's mispronunciation of Herman Cain's name as "Herb" Cain (possibly confusing him, as Olbermann joked, with former columnist Herb Caen), talk turned to the Republican Party's ostensible infatuation with the recent Florida straw-poll winner. Garafalo surmised that "Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican Party." She then went on to elaborate her theory of a GOP tokenist plot, taking a swipe at "Bush's Brain" in the process:

"People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so that you can say 'Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look, we have a black man! Look, he's polling well and won a straw poll!'"

Last month, appearing on the same show (Garofalo functions as sort of the political Hollywood liaison for Olbermann that Dennis Miller does for O'Reilly), Garofalo floated her theory that Herman Cain was being paid to run for president as a tool to deflect charges of racism away from the Republican Party, and also said that he "may have a touch of Stockholm syndrome."