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Saturday, July 20, 2024

GOP insiders feel the pain of Cain

Herman Cain

Republican presidential insiders continue to watch former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain while waiting and hoping he will self-destruct like other flash-in-the-pan GOP presidential contenders.

How, the wonder, can a man with limited political experience, an ethically-challenged campaign chairman and constantly shifting positions even be in contention for the nomination.

But it has been that kind of political season and the GOP political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that they are worried.

“Herman Cain is a symbol for where this party is headed,” says one veteran GOP political consultant, who asked not to be identified.  “He represents the kind of chaos that has gripped the nation and the Republican party.”

Another is furious.

“We have a shot at Obama,” he says. “But Herman Cain is not the man to do it.”

In normal political times, a novice with as many skeletons as Cain would be dismissed quickly by the pundits and the voters.

These, however, are far from normal political times.  The same political environment has propelled flakes like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann into campaign celebrities along with firebrand Rick Perry, whose came and went as a frontrunner in the blink of an eye.

Yet all the hoopla surrounding earlier frontrunners and now Cain overlooks one simple fact: Not one vote has yet been case in a single primary.  The voters have not spoken and voters are a fickle bunch.

At this point in earlier GOP campaign seasons, lawyer-turned-actor-turned Senator-turned actor Fred Thompson led many polls as the Republican pretender to the Presidential throne.

Fred who?


At this point in earlier campaign seasons, Rudy Guiliani was the man to beat.

Rudi who?

The prosecution rests.

Republicans are so desperate for a candidate to beat Barack Obama that they are willing to consider anyone — literally anyone — as a candidate.

Perhaps they think it will take a black candidate to defeat a black president — even a black multimillionaire with strong ties to the right-wing cabal run by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Like the tea party, Cain is not what he seems and that fact alone should be enough to scare most voters who tried the unknown with Obama in 2008 and now suffer buyers’ remorse.

Republicans not only want an alternative to Obama they appear to want one to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner to many.

Romney may win the nomination but let’s remember that the voters have the final say and they have not yet spoken.

Until they do, all this speculation, fret and worry is little more than hyperbole.

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2 thoughts on “GOP insiders feel the pain of Cain”

  1. Many of us know what the GOP is not but we also know that the agenda of this Party is literally the huge elephant in the room. The problem sits in the Republican National Party whose agenda can be found based on social issues that curtail our individual rights and choices. This started in 2000 and the RNC continues to support only those candidates who are willing to prohibit abortions, birth control and gay marriages. It has become the party of prohibitions! This might have been a popular agenda had it not been for the corruption found in the GOP that destroyed our economics all the way down to our failed academic lowering of our standards.

    Watching the current House and Senate continue to pull funding from our police, fire fighters, teachers and even defense personnel was a movement forced simply to make President Obama look weak.

    The actions over this trying to defeat a reelection of the President could either win it for a Republican candidate or back fire as an ill-timed effort to change Parties when America is in deep trouble.

    The RNC agenda has made it impossible for any Republican to win the keys to the white house in 2012. The RNC learned nothing from 2008.

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