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Herman Cain is the flavor of the month, and those melt fast
Baltimore Sun ^ | 15 October 2011 | Jules Witcover

Posted on 10/15/2011 3:54:14 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi

The world according to polls, or some part of it anyway, is telling us that former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is now the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The latest NBC News/Wall Street public opinion survey has him the choice of 27 percent of GOP primary voters asked, to 23 for Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and only 16 for Rick Perry of Texas. Is there anybody in the general audience willing to bet his first-born, or even second or third, that Mr. Cain will be his party's nominee next year, let alone be sitting in the Oval Office come January 2013? Mr. Cain himself jokes about being "the flavor of the month" -- he's Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut, he says. But history shows few such flavors ever survive the long haul.

The last true presidential long shot who did was former one-term Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia in 1976. He camped out in Iowa for most of a year, won a surprise caucus victory kicking off the process and went on from there. The Carter phenomenon thereafter encouraged a host of other gamblers, but no other has since succeeded.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cain; election; politics
FYI - Jules Witcover quit his reporter job to become Joe Biden's biographer....something not disclosed in this piece.
1 posted on 10/15/2011 3:54:18 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

I would never have guessed that Witcover was still alive.


2 posted on 10/15/2011 3:56:46 AM PDT by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Jules Witcover quit his reporter job to become Joe Biden's biographer.

Seems like it wouldn't take long to mark up Neil Kinnock's biography, and then get back to his day job.

3 posted on 10/15/2011 4:00:27 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Erik Latranyi
FYI - Jules Witcover quit his reporter job to become Joe Biden's biographer

So whose biography did he use?

4 posted on 10/15/2011 4:07:46 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Erik Latranyi

Mr. Witcover doesn’t appear to like Herman Cain, but I would bet he has his nose up Elijah Cummings posterior.

Would I bet my first of second born the Cain will be our nominee? Would Mr. Witcover bet his childs life that Obama is the son of Obama Sr?


5 posted on 10/15/2011 4:11:26 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Meet the New Boss
Jules Witcover quit his reporter job to become Joe Biden's biographer.
Seems like it wouldn't take long to mark up Neil Kinnock's biography, and then get back to his day job.


LOL!!! ohhhh that was quick, and that was FUNNY! :)
6 posted on 10/15/2011 4:33:28 AM PDT by mkjessup (Herman Cain is a God fearin', Jesus-lovin', Constitution-revering PATRIOT. What's not to like?)
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To: Venturer
Would Mr. Witcover bet his childs life that Obama is the son of Obama Sr?

*RIMSHOT* -- lol, wow! The jokes just write themselves! :)

Frank Marshall Davis & Barack 0bama, Google up the images!
7 posted on 10/15/2011 4:38:06 AM PDT by mkjessup (Herman Cain is a God fearin', Jesus-lovin', Constitution-revering PATRIOT. What's not to like?)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Flavors....melt?
Who knew?

The use of such a grindingly obtuse and ham-handed metaphor, coupled with its glaring LACK of originality suggests...

...that “Jules” is a preening pinky-wagging J-skool ‘product’, who never met a word he couldn’t molest into an unrecognizable steaming stinking pile.

Would that HIS chosen O’flavor had melted, eh? His juvenile sniffling is almost audible.


8 posted on 10/15/2011 4:48:29 AM PDT by spankalib
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To: Erik Latranyi

DOn’t let the media characterize the Republican nomination process. They are doing their very best to diminish it.

Cain has been on a steady path upward, that is not flavor of the month. Since the first televised debate in South Carolina, the focus group in the studio, even though they may have been for another candidate when they walked in, voted overwhelmingly for Herman Cain after the debate. And it has only grown since.


9 posted on 10/15/2011 4:50:43 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Jules Whitcover is still alive?


10 posted on 10/15/2011 4:58:39 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Clara Lou

his problem is only rasing 1 million dollars


11 posted on 10/15/2011 5:09:04 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Erik Latranyi
I've given my first small donation {not the $ 1,000 I had saved for Sarah} to Herman and will keep a close eye on him for the next several months.

He is a straight talking, no BS kind of guy, that admits there are a lot of details that he doesn't know {who knows everything?} but that he has been studying and learning.

He is honest, and as far as the msm can tell, has never cheated on his wife, doesn't screw the family pet, has been cured of cancer {but that will be an INFLATED ISSUE}, goes to a real Christian Church {not presided over by Rev. Wright}, and has no skeletons {as yet}.

The snarks at msnbc are calling him the token black, and saying that he is only there to make us feel good and prove that we are not racist.

No matter what we do, the left will twist it to fit their convoluted view of the world.

I don't care what the lefties think or say, my beliefs and actions are not going to be effected by their views.

12 posted on 10/15/2011 5:20:35 AM PDT by USS Alaska
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To: scooby321
his problem is only rasing 1 million dollars

Besides, Perry, guess which candidate has been taking fundraising seriously to have the amunition required for the "Ad Wars" that will rip a catchy debate sound bite to shreds.

Romney Rounds Up Backing Among Key G.O.P. Donors

Guess which candidate is not building up a campaign war chest because he is spending October hawking his book instead of paying attention to the logistics of a serious campaign.

Herman Cain Only Has 'Several Hundred Thousand Dollars' In The Bank .... Compare that to Romney's $14 million or Perry's $18 million

Michael Steele to Herman Cain: Get Off the Book Tour

Guess which candidate has been focusing all of his attacks on Perry while treating Romney with kid gloves.

Herman Cain said Wednesday that he would be unable to support Rick Perry for president if the Texas governor were to eventually win the party's nomination. .... The former businessman said, for instance, that he could support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney....

Guess which candidate endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008.

HERMAN CAIN'S ENDORSEMENT OF MITT ROMNEY PUBLISHED IN THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION PRIOR TO SUPER TUESDAY, 2008

Guess which candidate is only doing what it takes be the next Sarah Palin with lucrative speaking fees, book sales and FOX News contracts while leaving the GOP nomination to his old pal, Mitt Romney.

Washington Speakers Bureau: Herman Cain, passionate and exceptional leader whose experience has brought him to the pinnacle of both the corporate and political worlds, Herman Cain brings solutions to both businesses—and America’s—most pressing problems.

Once again, conservatives are totally infatuated by a "Sound Bite Machine" without ever noticing that they are being played by somebody that is focusing their energies on selling books rather than focusing on what it takes to fight and win a prolonged electoral war.

I warned about Sarah Palin and I am warning about Cain now:

A campaign war chest is the "beans and bullets" of a serious electoral war. If you want to know if a candidate is truly serious about fighting to win, pay attention to how much attention they are paying to the logistics required to win. Without logistics, all the talk of "strategy" worthy of Sun Tzu is just ridiculous self delusion.

"Amateurs talk about strategy and professionals talk about logistics." .... Omar Bradley

13 posted on 10/15/2011 5:38:58 AM PDT by Polybius (Defeating Obama should be Priority Number One.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

NO Cain?
Then who’s a conservative to vote for?

DO NOT ask me to “hold my nose” and vote for RINO Romney. That would not end well.


14 posted on 10/15/2011 5:51:59 AM PDT by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters--let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

The Left cannot comprehend anything deeper than appearance. Substance is beyond them.


15 posted on 10/15/2011 5:53:37 AM PDT by Savage Beast (America's best hope is the Left's worst nightmare: Herman Cain!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Aw, shucks, I missed Jules when he was on C-Span... (snark)

16 posted on 10/15/2011 5:56:54 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Polybius

EXCELLENT post, thank you. You raise many interesting points, it would behoove a thoughtful person to chew on each one. Your conclusions are almost inescapeable.

Cain will be the next Palin.


17 posted on 10/15/2011 6:12:23 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: Erik Latranyi
Herman Cain is the flavor of the month, and those melt fast

Which flavor would I prefer? A new "Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut", or a thin layer of Republican vanilla served over old fashioned Massachusetts manure? That's a pretty easy choice.

18 posted on 10/15/2011 6:17:35 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Polybius

Remind me, wasn’t McCain sitting behind a massive warchest at this point in time?


19 posted on 10/15/2011 6:23:22 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Erik Latranyi

>The last true presidential long shot who did was former one-term Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia in 1976. <

What the heck?? Who would have ever thought some little known senator from Chicago would be in the White House at this point in time, really? Most people would have bet on Hillary Clinton being the Democrat candidate at this point in time during the last election cycle.


20 posted on 10/15/2011 6:33:49 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Cain will probably be the nominee.

Here is how I arrive at that determination:

1. First you start with the fact that Romney will NEVER under any circumstances be the nominee.

2. Then you eliminate everyone who has already imploded beyond their ability to come back.

3. Then you simply look at who left: Santorum, Gingrich, Cain

4. And then ask yourself, if those were your only 3 choices who would you pick, and you will quickly come to the conclusion that Cain is going to be our nominee.

21 posted on 10/15/2011 6:47:19 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Here is how I arrive at that determination:

Well reasoned. You also forget, which one has the most Tea Party support....and growing.

I see this as RNC Establishment (Romney) vs Tea Party (Cain).

22 posted on 10/15/2011 6:56:57 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: Polybius

Poly - you make salient points well worth considering. However, I think there is a dynamic that you have not touched upon.

There is a powerful ANTI-Romney coalition amongst the conservative wing of the GOP. A substantial portion of them were hoping for a Palin candidacy. That never happened. BUT, Cain IS a candidate. He is the best chance for the Anybody But Romney voters to coalesce into a unified force. Look what that unified force did last November.

The grass roots money is beginning to flow to Cain. Romney cannot get above 25% to 30%. He’s been stuck there for six months. Romney has money, the establishment AND name recognition. Among the voters who only casually pay attention, Cain still has room to grow. Romney doesn’t.

The grass roots dynamic and Cain’s “sound bite” style may be all it takes to turn this into a serious race where Cain has a very legitimate chance of winning. You simply cannot ignore Romney’s inability to crack 30%. There are more people like me who would NEVER vote for him than there are people who are openly supporting him.

No matter how much money Romney blows on ads, he will not change our minds and, consequently, he will not dissuade us from voting for a conservative alternative to him.


23 posted on 10/15/2011 6:57:31 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Obama - No matter how thin he slices it, it's still baloney.)
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To: BenKenobi
Remind me, wasn’t McCain sitting behind a massive warchest at this point in time?

I don't think so.

He nearly had to drop out after the first few primaries for lack of money. He later elected (was forced) to go with the presidential fund finances because he couldn't raise enough on his own.


24 posted on 10/15/2011 7:15:14 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Erik Latranyi

Cain’s Memphis speech 10/14/11
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2792911/posts


25 posted on 10/15/2011 7:18:54 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who FAILS to keep faith with the Military, WON'T keep faith with YOU!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Could be, but he has one thing going for him that the previous flavor of the month didn’t have — Palin has officially announced she is not running, so there’s no reason to attack him.


26 posted on 10/15/2011 7:51:30 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Erik Latranyi

Butter Pecan Rules!


27 posted on 10/15/2011 8:12:24 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Erik Latranyi

If they think it’s Cain’s month, it’s going to be a VERY LONG month...something on the order of 385 days.


28 posted on 10/15/2011 12:47:52 PM PDT by BobL (A vote for Perry is a vote for Romney)
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To: BobL
If they think it’s Cain’s month, it’s going to be a VERY LONG month...something on the order of 385 days.

Let's hope it's more like 2920 days.

29 posted on 10/15/2011 12:48:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

“Let’s hope it’s more like 2920 days. “

Good call.


30 posted on 10/15/2011 12:52:39 PM PDT by BobL (A vote for Perry is a vote for Romney)
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