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Herman Cain: The New York Times is Racist

December 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Herman Cain, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Race, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain has had about enough of The New York Times and its racist columnists. The latest is the hate that The Times and guest columnist Adolph Reed, Jr. offered for South Carolina’s newest Senator, Tim Scott.

In an editorial Cain posted to CainTV.com, the one-time GOP candidate for President was incensed that Reed and The Times were so presumptuous as to imagine that no black conservative is smart enough to understand conservatism or even believe in what they claim to believe.

Reed, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, called all blacks in the GOP “tokens” and dismissed the “milestone” status that is Tim Scott’s advancement to the U.S. Senate saying it is no advancement for African Americans.

This is, of course, the ultimate insult. Reed is indulging the ages old epithet of saying that any black that doesn’t toe his extremist, liberal line of thinking is an Uncle Tom. It is the sort of dismissive attitude that assumes that black conservatives just aren’t smart enough to understand what conservatism really is. It is a way to dismiss the very intelligence of black conservatives not to mention their humanity.

As Cain noted, “Professor Reed makes it clear that he considers black Republicans to be little more than Stepin Fetchits, soulless black people who are willing to serve the white master at the expense of their true brethren”
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CPAC Chicago, Part 4: Joe Walsh, Randy Hultgren, Straw Poll Results

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism, ChampionNews.net, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Nanny State, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Unions, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Finally, in part four we’ll hear from two solid Illinois Congressmen, the 8th District’s Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren of the 14th. We’ll also hear the, perhaps not startling results of the straw poll, the most important question from which was who Romney should pick for his vice presidential candidate (hint, the top picks weren’t any of his one-time rivals for the nomination).

Congressman Joe Walsh


Rep. Joe Walsh gins up the crowd

Joe Walsh of the Illinois 8th District is the one Congressman that the left wants to eliminate more than any other Republican Congressman. This is because Joe has carved out from among his fellows an outsized voice for conservatism. He appears regularly on TV and radio to tout the conservative message. But he’s become a major target of Democrat redistricting and now faces a tough challenge to be reelected in his newly reconfigured 8th District. Me, I think he can easily beat the know-nothing candidate the Democrats have put up against him, but Joe is taking nothing for granted.

One thing is sure, though, Joe Walsh knows how to get a conservative audience in motion.
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CPAC Chicago, Part 3: Bobby Jindal, Peter Roskam, Michele Bachman

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism, ChampionNews.net, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Nanny State, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, Unions, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In part three of our series we’ll take a look at the speeches of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam, and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Bachmann’s speech was quite interesting for its singular focus on a particular jihad-supporting Muslim group that is operating in America today. Bachmann was vehement that Obama ban this group.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal


Gov. Bobby Jindal on the main stage

Jindal is another favorite of the greater conservative movement. He has a very compelling story of immigrant parents that came to America to become part of this great nation to finally see their little son become the most powerful man in their adopted state. It’s the perfect American story, for sure.

Speaking of stories, Jindal has a lot of them especially where it concerns his involvement in the BP Oil spill from 2010. I’ve seen Jindal relate this tale several times and it is always a good one. His description of how the federal government was more interested in observing its silly OSHA than deal quickly with the emergency before them was telling and hilarious — though ultimately sad and infuriating. Since this is standard stump speech stuff of Jindal’s, though, I did not Tweet that segment.

Like the others Jindal started praising the Walker win in Wisconsin. One of his funniest lines was that all the news people were proclaiming that the vote would be so close that it would be a long night for Wisconsin as they tallied the votes. But reality proved that the whole thing was over in a matter of hours with Walker’s landslide. Instead of it being a long night for Wisconsin, Jindal joked that it was instead a “long night at Obama headquarters in Chicago!”
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CPAC Chicago, Part 2: Richard Mourdock, Chris Christie, Herman Cain

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chris Christie, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, The Heritage Foundation, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

In part two of my coverage of CPACs first Midwestern conference event, we will see some of the high spots of the floor speeches of Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – always a crowd favorite – and the redoubtable Herman Cain. Cain also visited the media room and I have video of that below the fold.

Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock

Richard Mourdock is the current Indiana State treasurer but he also just defeated long-time incumbent Senator Richard Lugar for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate from Indiana. He’ll face the Democrat come November. Mourdock has been widely touted as the insurgent Tea Party candidate that beat Lugar, the old line, establishment man.

“No one expected a lowly state treasurer could take out a 36-year Senator! But we DID,” Mourdock said triumphantly.

Mourdock also noted that Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has called him the “Hoosier headache.” Mourdock was rather proud of that appellation.
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CPAC Chicago, Wisconsin Praised, Obama Razed — Part One: Rick Santorum, Ron Johnson

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Health, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, Politicians, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Rights, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 6 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, Friday evening, June 8, 2012, we marked the end of the first CPAC event held in Chicago and what a great event it was. The triumph in Wisconsin was on everyone’s mind but so was Obama’s dismal record. Not just dismal, but according to several speakers, even dangerous. The economy and the election of Romney were focal points but so was foreign policy this day. One theme, though, was constant: Obama has to go.

Because of other things going on and the several press availability sessions, I didn’t catch every speaker in the main hall, but I did hear the speeches of (in this order) former Senator Rick Santorum, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Illinois Representative Peter Roskam, Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann, and Illinois Representatives Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren. I also heard and recorded the press availability sessions of Herman Caine, Peter Roskam, and Michelle Bachmann and I caught most of Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp’s.

Other notables whose speeches I missed were Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The event was a great success with well over 2,000 participants, all seats filled for the most part during the speeches and some great groups like the United Republican Fund, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Heartland Institute, Champion News, and others hosting and participating.

I’ll say a few words about the speakers I did see in the order I saw them and I’ll do this in a few installments so that this won’t be one long, overly taxing post. Now, as each of these speakers appeared before us I live Tweeted their comments, so the following quotes are pulled from my Twitter feed.

But before I do that, each speaker was quite enthusiastic over the win of Governor Scott Walker who defeated an effort by the far left and their union overlords to recall him in Wisconsin. Each speaker praised Walker and crowed about the left’s loss in there. I won’t regurgitate the Wisconsin hunk of each speaker as they were pretty much all the same; exuberant. The essential point was that we are all cheeseheads now.

Rick Santorum


Rick Santorum on the main stage

Former Pennsylvania Senator and recent GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave one of his well-crafted, typically workman-like speeches. One of Santorum’s early points was that America is at a “tipping point” and we’d better be there to tip it in the right direction.
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Santorum/Romney/Paul: So What Did Iowa Prove?

January 4, 2012 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The 2012 Iowa Caucuses are now over and in a nail biting ending the two highest vote getters were separated by only eight votes. So, what did this caucus prove? It proved that organization matters, personal contact matters, and finally big money spent on TV might not matter as much.

The biggest news was that Rick Santorum came from the back of the pack — his numbers had been so bad that he almost got excluded from some of the many debates — almost taking first place in Iowa. He was, in fact, leading for most of the night until that final count showed him in second place losing only by eight votes. This was fantastic showing was due to one thing: Santorum’s hard work at retail politics.

Santorum spent much of his campaign treasury and much time in Iowa. He visited all 99 counties in the state and was for weeks on Iowa radio and TV morning noon and night. He pressed a lot of flesh and kissed a lot of babies. Santorum invested his campaign and himself in Iowa in a last ditch effort to keep his campaign alive. If he hadn’t it is likely that today he would be announcing the end of his campaign for the White House.
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Yes Virginia The Internet Does NOT Replace Old Fashioned Politics

December 24, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

When Howard Dean became a surprise front runner in the Democrat primary of 2004 doing so on the basis of a strong Internet-based campaign effort, tongues began to wag that the Internet might replace old fashioned retail politics. This time ’round Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich served to get people to question the old way of organizing a campaign.

But this week we’ve seen in Virginia why these airy claims of the Internet’s new dominance is a bit chimerical. We see that old fashioned, boots on the ground politics is still the best method to election.

By all methods of measure, Texas Governor Rick Perry is still a strong candidate in the 2012 GOP Primary race. He sometimes comes in second, third or fourth in polls, but is still considered a top contender for the nomination. Yet as the time came to file his petition signatures in Virginia, it turned out his campaign could not collect enough to get his name on the ballot. So, a reputed front running candidate for the nomination, Rick Perry, will not even appear on the Virginia primary ballot.
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Herman Cain — A Perspective

November 29, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Gregory Stewart, Herman Cain, Race, Republicans | Comments Off

-By Gregory Stewart

(Ed note: Mr. Stewart and I had a great conversation in Denver not long ago and the question about why black Americans are not coming to the GOP in larger numbers became a topic of discussion. I asked Gregory to put down some of his thoughts on the matter.)

In a recent conversation I had with a friend about Herman Cain, he stated that race, as an issue, would not be a factor. This rationalization is, of course, flawed. The fact that the media will not use race as a way to divert and parse out differences is simply naive. Case in point, in the recent accusations of sexual harassment of women by Cain, Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News analyst and conservative columnist, asked Herman Cain if race was behind the controversy (video).

CAIN: I believe the answer is yes, but we do not have any evidence to support it. But because I am unconventional candidate running an unconventional campaign and achieving some unexpected unconventional results in terms of my, the poll, we believe that, yes, there are some people who are Democrats, liberals, who do not want to see me win the nomination. And there could be some people on the right who don’t want to see me because I’m not the, quote/unquote, “establishment candidate.” No evidence.

Essentially, race is and will be a factor, whether it is rooted in conservative or liberal rhetoric. To think that race will not be some part of American politics for the near future is to ignore the political polarization that drives corporate and popular interests in this country. Moreover, within the context of this polarization is how the narrative is exceedingly defined, for the most part, by the conservative model–and which factor conservatives wish to attach its brand of populism.
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Herman Cain and the Experience Factor

November 12, 2011 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, President, Republicans, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

People use many words today without fully knowing what they mean – or should mean. “Tolerance,” “gender” and “truth” come to mind. But then there is one that rears its head every campaign season: “experience.”

We’ve heard this word a lot lately during discussion of latest GOP frontrunner Herman Cain. Many have warned that while he may be appealing and engaging, he lacks the experience to take the helm of the world’s only superpower. Some of these critics say that Cain’s supporters are making the same mistake Barack Obama’s did in 2008: they’re choosing a greenhorn based only on a cult of personality. But the mistake is on the critics’ part. Because whatever Cain may or may not be, inexperience is not his problem. In fact, I’m going to shock you.

It never was Obama’s.
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Vanity Fair Compares Herman Cain to ‘Sociopathic’ Movie Character

November 1, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Herman Cain, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Juli Weiner of Vanity Fair may have thought she was being “clever” with her Nov. 1 blog post, but instead she looks by turns blindly partisan, foolish, ignorant of facts, childish, and lacking even a tiny bit of knowledge about men’s headwear when she compared Herman Cain to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff as well a the character Daniel Plainview from the movie There Will Be Blood. All because they each wear a hat!

It is the weakest of hooks upon which to hang a hat, but the fact that there are photos of the three folks in question wearing a hat seems to be enough for Weiner to go off half cocked somehow imagining they all have something in common.

Here is her prosaic post in its less than worthy entirety:
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Clinton’s Cackling at Cain Takes the Cake

October 29, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Herman Cain, Liberals, President, Republicans, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Upon watching footage of Hillary Clinton mocking Herman Cain in Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s presence, one could wonder: would she really want to stack her accomplishments up against Cain’s?

I mean real accomplishment – not being the poster girl for nepotism and cultural affirmative action.

But before outlining the distinguished career of the esteemed erstwhile Mizz Rodham, let’s review what was said to Mr. Karzai (another individual, incidentally, who owes his position to an American president). Clinton was addressing Cain’s statement that he probably wouldn’t know the name of the leader of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan” and that it wasn’t necessary for a president to know the names of “small insignificant states around the world.” Now, admittedly, Cain isn’t doing himself any good with his frequent reckless statements. Yet, unlike some folks, he does understand Economics 101 and authored his own success by actually creating something. And it is this history that Clinton referred to in a laughter-interspersed exchange with Karzai that went like this:
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Herman Cain Ad Features Man Smoking? HOW DARE HE!

October 25, 2011 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mark Block is Herman Cain’s chief of staff for the insurgent campaign for president that has surprised everyone with its success. Block is featured in a new Cain campaign ad at the tail end of which he is seen cooly taking a drag off his cigarette. This has caused campaign watchers to go ape.

First, take a look at the ad:

Many people on Twitter and the blogs are losing their minds that Cain features a guy smoking in his campaign ad. Why, Cain had cancer, they tsk. He should be ashamed of himself for having a guy smoking in his ad.

But I say, GET OVER IT. People smoke. It’s a common fact of life.

Once again, Herman Cain appears to be the only normal guy in this race, the only one unconcerned over focus group tittering.
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Politico Tries to Smear Herman Cain With Bad Pizza

October 20, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Politico, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Politico unleashed an incredibly misleading smear job on Herman Cain this week by attacking “his” Godfather’s Pizza in a faux taste test in both written and video form. The idea was to see if Herman’s pizza was a good product. Naturally the taste testers hated the pizza. But is Godfather’s Pizza really Herman’s pizza? Of course not.

Politico assembled a taste-testing panel made up of a Democrat operative, a Republican operative, and a food blogger. Three pizzas were presented in a blind tasting and the result was that the Godfather’s pizza was deemed the worst of the bunch.

But was this a straight forward, unbiased test? Hardly.
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More Than Winning – Can the GOP Candidates Mend the Divide?

October 20, 2011 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Michael Bresciani‏, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul | Comments Off

-By Rev Michael Bresciani

No one has done more to divide the nation in its entire history than the incumbent, Barack Obama. The one who said America should drop all its divides including Democrat and Republican has pitted whole blocs of us against each other.

The Tea Party now seems to be running as the exact opposite of the Flea Party. (Occupy) The states with crippled economies are pitted against unions. The Border States have to defend against the dangerous influx of illegal immigrants, drugs and violence then must also defend themselves from the DOJ, DOJ Hotlines (Alabama) and a President who would take them to court rather than do his own part according to the law, to defend them.

The tax payers must continue to cough up their share even as they see the Fed spread it around to failed stimulus bills, bankrupt bailed out businesses and overseas help for corn-ball things like the rebuilding of sagging Islamic Mosques. (Started during Bush adm.) The taxed are beginning to see that ‘united we stand’ must be modified to, ‘united we stand against it.’
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Herman Cain Leading in Palatine Straw Poll

October 19, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, Government, Herman Cain, Illinois, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A gathering of Tea Partiers in Palatine, Illinois held a straw poll of 38 attendees and Herman Cain came out on top. The group met to watch Tuesday’s GOP debate.

38 Republican primary voters attended a “viewing party” in Palatine, IL on Oct. 18, 2011 for the Republican presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas on CNN. Compare these results to the straw poll for a very similar group last week after the debate in New Hampshire. Herman Cain expanded his lead with this group. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich remain close to each other, and Michele Bachmann picked up some support. Rick Perry continued to decline.

This poll of a small group of Tea Partiers may seem sort of meaningless. Maybe on its face it is but this poll seems to reflect what Tea Partiers and conservatives are feeling throughout the movement, so this is a pretty good snapshot of where we stand today.
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Cain Rises at TeaCon 2011: Straw Poll Win, Communications Director Loss, Disagreements With Jack Roeser

October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Michele Bachmann, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain wins yet another straw poll of conservative activists. This time at Teacon 2011 held in a northwestern suburb of Chicago. There was no surprise that Cain won the straw poll, but there was some surprise fireworks in the media room and another surprise elsewhere in the Cain campaign as his long-serving Communications Director resigned over the weekend.

Herman Cain was the only candidate that decided to come in person, but to be honest, this crowd was a Cain hotspot even before that. Rep. Michele Bachmann sent in a video address that found favor with the crowd, too. But Cain and she were the only ones to give TeaCon 2011 the time of day.

The results, with over 77% of the vote, put Herman Cain in the lead. And in descending order was Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum — oddly enough President Obama came in next — and Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson came in last.

As Erik Telford said on Twitter, “If you can’t beat Obama in a tea party straw poll, it’s probably time to end your campaign. (cc: Huntsman and Johnson).”

Ouch, indeed.
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How Conservative Candidates Can Give Us a RINO Nominee

October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

While I certainly understand the frustration of those who complain of RINO primary rise, it’s important to accept the reality of how it happens. It is not, as some would say, a matter of the “Republican Party giving us another John McCain.” Nominees aren’t appointed; they’re elected. It is not the result of a New World Order conspiracy bent on keeping the Ron Pauls of the world from power. Voters may sometimes have chips on their shoulders; there are no controlling chips in their brains. Of course, the media can and do shape public opinion, but they only truly sing in unison when their candidate (read: any Democrat) has his hide on the line during the general election.

To truly understand why a RINO (Republican in Name Only) will likely win the nomination, we only have to consider the following poll numbers: Mitt Romney, 25 percent; Rick Perry, 16; Herman Cain, 16; Ron Paul, 11; Newt Gingrich, 7; and Michele Bachmann, 7. What is notable about this list? Romney, widely viewed as the most liberal of the major contenders, leads the pack. Is this because the Republican base now reflects the Massachusetts GOP?

Or is it because too many are dividing up the traditionalist-vote pie?
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Herman Cain Ad: Obama, a Failure to Lead

September 25, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Herman Cain, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Congratulations to Herman Cain for his big win of the Florida Straw Poll. In celebration I thought I’d post his TV ad again…


It’s A Weak GOP Field Facing Romney

August 22, 2011 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Collin Corbett, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, John Bolton, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty | Comments Off

-By Collin Corbett

Jon Huntsman, fighting to gain traction in his presidential bid, took a jab at frontrunner Mitt Romney in New Hampshire this week saying, in reference to the recent debt ceiling debate, “to dodge the debate or to wait until the debate is over effectively and to take a side, I don’t consider that to be leadership.” Huntsman is absolutely right, but when it comes to Romney’s Presidential campaign, he’s following the straightest possible path to the Presidency. Romney’s best strategy, running contrary to what seems logical, is to stay out of the Primary fray, mostly out of the news, and as far away from controversy as possible. He may not be creating as much of a buzz or leading on current issues as many would like, but right now he’s showing definite leadership in the one area that matters most to his campaign: the polls. Hovering above 20% and in first in all major polls, Romney does not need to stick his head out in a debate or attack his opponents, a stark contrast from where he stood four years ago.

Around this time during the 2008 primaries, Romney trailed Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain in every poll and was forced to run a momentum-based campaign: the same strategy many of the challengers have to employ today. Since coming up short then, Romney has essentially been running as the front-runner for the 2012 nod, all while avoiding the over exposure that could allow voters to outright reject him and move on to another candidate.

A majority of Republican Primary voters are looking for someone, anyone but Romney. Romney hasn’t even put much effort into energizing the base, knowing that eventually Primary voters will come home. Following the GOP South Carolina debate in May, a Fox News focus group hosted by Frank Luntz expressed some disappointment that Romney had decided to forgo the early debate. However, Romney pulled 24% of likely Primary voters in a PPP poll that same week, fending off Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who polled second and third respectively. It is obvious that regardless of what Romney does, or doesn’t do (absent a misstep), he won’t see serious movement in the polls. He needs to let voters flirt with other candidates for a while before they eventually come home and marry him, or they’ll never be content.

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My Live Tweets of the August Fox GOP Debate

August 12, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, Elections, Fox News, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Jobs, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Taxes, Tim Pawlenty, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

I usually live Tweet many events like this at my Twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/warnerthuston. The Fox GOP debate is no exception.

As to the debate, who won and who lost?

I’d say Tim Pawlenty ended his run last night. His bickering with Michele Bachmann rattled him and made him look a bit silly. Tim lost but so did Rick Santorum who kept attacking Ron Paul for some crazy reason. Rick seemed like the queen of rage last night, not Bachmann.

As to Bachmann, she did not damage herself in the room, but a few of the things she said about Pawlenty’s past positions were a bit of a misrepresentation. Still, she could think on her feet and seemed in command of herself whereas Pawlenty was getting mad.
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Herman Cain: Obama’s Failure to Lead

June 30, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Liberals, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Herman Cain takes it to Obama…

http://www.hermancain.com/

Meanwhile, even the lefty Washington Post says that Obama’s latest press conference had numerous “missing facts.”


Romney’s Huge Money Advantage

June 24, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, RightPundits.com, Tim Pawlenty, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few weeks ago, Herman Cain said that he wasn’t worried about facing Mitt Romney, but he was worried about facing Mitt’s money. Today, Politico reports that Romney has a huge advantage over the other Republican candidates with a campaign war chest they can’t duplicate.

If his one-day fundraiser in May that brought in $10 million is any indication, Romney seems to be on target to raise nearly $40 million for the 2012 election and the primaries that precede it. The campaign is low-balling that figure by saying that he will only reach about $20 million, but even to me that seems low…

Read the rest at RightPundits.com.


VIDEO: Herman Cain Raises Voice at Blogger, Holds His Ground

June 20, 2011 | Filed Under Abortion, al Qaeda, Americans For Prosperity, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Islam, Islamofascism, Jobs, Judaism, Minnesota, President, Regulation, Republicans, Taxes, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain appeared at last weekend’s RightOnLine conference (June 18) to two standing ovations. His rousing campaign speech apparently hit all the right notes with the conservative audience in attendance. But afterward, in the blogger access room, there were a few sour notes, in one case Cain even angrily yelled at a blogger over a question hard pressed.

The RightOnLine conference is a get together held annually by Americans For Prosperity and aimed at helping citizens become more involved in their government both on and off the Internet. This year’s event was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota but Cain has spoken at this conference several times in the past.

This time, though, Cain is running for president and questions were a tad less fawning in the blogger access session. Several questions about his refusal to sign the abortion pledge, how his foreign policy ideas are perceived as weak, and his statements on Muslims in his administration got Cain passion flowing and his eyes flashing.

I was at this meeting and was able to get a full video of the session.
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Herman Cain: Obama’s NLRB ‘A Direct Assault on the Free Market System’

June 16, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Fox Business Network, GOP, Government, Health, Herman Cain, Jobs, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Presidential candidate Herman Cain (R) recently spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Neil Cavuto about the dispute between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Boeing and its impact on the United States economy. Cain said what the NLRB is trying to do keeping Boeing out of Charleston is “a direct assault on the free market system” and he hopes Boeing will “fight it all the way to the Supreme Court if that’s what they have to do.” Cain went on to say it is “uncertainty” that is preventing the U.S. economy from adding jobs in the “private sector” which must be “the engine” for economic growth and it is issues like the NLRB/Boeing dispute that are “killing the engine.”

Cain says that the reason business aren’t hiring is because of the uncertainty that Obama’s policies have visited upon the nation. The “uncertainty about the impact of Obamacare” chief among them.

“We don’t know what the tax rates are going to be at the end of 2013. This economy is stalled. This economy is like a train stuck on the tracks. You have a boxcar full of 15 million people who don’t have jobs, you have a boxcar of businesses that are hanging on. You have a caboose and no engine. They keep feeding the caboose. The caboose can’t pull the train. The private sector has to be the engine. Everything that they are doing, including this National Labor Relations Board issue, is killing the engine.”
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Thoughts on the CNN Republican Debate

June 14, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Jobs, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Taxes, Tim Pawlenty, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well the CNN debate of some of the GOP candidates for president is now in the history books and I thought I’d give my impression of those vying there.

Before I do that, I have to comment on John King’s constant guttural vocal tick. It sounded like he had Tourette Syndrome with the grunts and other noises. He was an utter failure as a moderator. His annoying grunts HAVE to go. It was also clear that his goal was not to hear what the candidates wanted to say, but that he wanted them to attack each other. He was constantly trying to pit them against each other. Fortunately, they did not take the bait for the most part. This was a civil debate, for sure. But if anyone failed tonight it was John King.

The debate format was rotten, too. This 30-second limit on answers for complex issues is absurd. I am glad that about halfway through the thing the time limit went by the wayside.

Now Let’s take the candidates as they appeared on the stage.
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Cain: ‘We Have to Beat Romney’s Money, Not Romney’

June 5, 2011 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain has been known to say that he doesn’t need a campaign warchest with tens of millions of dollars in it to beat the Republican field for the GOP nomination for president. He says all he needs is a good message to win.

However, this week Cain did acknowledge that Mitt Romney’s huge campaign warchest and his well-known ability to raise funds is an advantage that will factor into beating Mitt.

…Cain has another disadvantage compared to Romney, one that neither he nor anyone else is recognizing: organization….

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GOPers With Biggest Appeal Stats: Herman Cain and Mitt Romney?

June 3, 2011 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Liberals, Mitt Romney, President, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

It seems that the GOP field (both those formally announced and those assumed to be in it) for the nomination to run against Obama in 2012 is not exciting too many voters, at least not yet. Granted it may be too early to expect too many Americans to be worried about the next election. It’s over a year off, after all. Still Pew finds that the “Republican Candidates Stir Little Enthusiasm .”

It is interesting, however, that Pew has found that, along with Mitt Romney, Herman Cain has a good excitement factor, especially considering his lack of name recognition compared to Romney…

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2012 GOP Hopefuls: Herman Cain

March 13, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For most Americans the question isn’t whether or not Herman Cain would make a good president but is, rather, “who the heck is Herman Cain?” Well, let this serve as your introduction to the businessman, turned radio talk-show host, turned 2012 GOP hopeful.

Cain has been a Tea Party mainstay since the early days of the movement and can give a heck of a rally speech. He’s able to easily invoke good business sense, low taxes, Tea Party principles, and highly patriotic themes in speeches that always brings conservatives to their feet in applause. But outside the Tea Party circuit he’s not as well known.

Cain is a little beter known in Atlanta, Georgia, at least by 300,000 listeners of WSB radio where he hosted a radio show for several years (until Feb. of 2011). From this platform Cain got involved as a Tea Party speaker.

His earlier life, though, is what he points to as his proving grounds making him qualified for being president…

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Publius Interview: Herman Cain… for President?

July 27, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Free Trade, Georgia, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Where ever Herman Cain goes he meets enthusiastic crowds. There is a reason for that: He is an incredibly dynamic man. He has a compelling life story and boy can he whip up a crowd! Every time I’ve seen him he has the folks on their feet in wild applause.

The Interview With Herman Cain, Part One

Part Two

Part Three

His resume is quite impressive, of course. After all, he was the man that was assigned stewardship of the troubled Godfather Pizza chain when he worked for Pillsbury Foods and turned it around into a money-maker when no one expected him to be able to do so. It became so successful that he was able to buy the chain and run it himself.
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