s Herman Cain a paid prop of conservative puppet masters trying to deflect charges of racism from the 2012 presidential field and the tea party? Comedienne Janeane Garofalo made that accusation last week on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” show on Current TV.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and 2012 Republican presidential candidate addressed those allegations on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Monday. His only question: If that’s the case, where’s the money?

“Look, if Janeane Garofalo and these other loonies believe I’m being paid, would she send me the phone number because whoever is supposed to be paying me — they are behind on their payments, OK?” Cain said.

“As far as Olbermann talking about delusions of grandeur — see, Sean, you know this, I know this and most correct-thinking conservatives know this: When all else fails, the liberals call you names or attack your personality. I find it pathetic and hilarious that she is now resorting to this because what that means, Sean, is they are really concerned that I’m a threat to their beloved Barack Obama.”

Hannity asked Cain why accusations like Garofalo’s and statements like California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, telling the tea party to “go straight to hell” are allowed to stand although a conservative couldn’t get by with it. Cain’s answer: It’s a double standard and a tactic of last resort for the left.

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