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Herman Cain: I’ll make an “unconventional” endorsement two days before South Carolina votes
Hot Air ^ | January 6, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/07/2012 1:28:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The primary’s on Saturday the 21st. He’s promising to endorse on Thursday the 19th at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which happens to be hosting a presidential debate that same day. He’s timing it for maximum impact, in other words, right down to his choice of which primary to target: As a Georgia native, he might have a bit more sway over voters in SC than he would have had over Iowans, assuming he has any sway left over anyone.

Question: Who would value his endorsement the most? Perry’s desperate for positive buzz of any kind but Cain’s already ruled him and Ron Paul out. Huntsman would kill for some southern cred before the big vote but he’s guaranteed to be a longshot in SC. Why waste an endorsement on him if you’re Cain? The choice is between Romney, whom he endorsed four years ago, Santorum, and his buddy Newt. If he backs Romney, he gets the thanks of a likely nominee and possible future president for giving him a shot of grassroots appeal before the big vote. If he backs Santorum and Santorum pulls the upset, he gets to say he played conservative kingmaker (rightly or wrongly). Same is true if he backs Newt and Newt ends up edging out Santorum, and Newt would be especially grateful both for Cain’s vote of confidence and for the loyal friendship. I assume he’ll end up going with Romney, just because that’s his best bet to maximize leverage for his new “movement” going forward. Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?


TOPICS: South Carolina; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012; cain; endorsementgame; godfather; godfathersring; hermancain; kissgodfathersring; kissmyring; southcarolina
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1 posted on 01/07/2012 1:28:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

By unconventional, he probably means he’ll endorse an idea or something like that and not any of the specific candidates.

He has said some negative things about all of them - not much, but some - except Newt. Not sure that is a hint though.


2 posted on 01/07/2012 1:31:53 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“He’s timing it for maximum impact”

I like Cain, but his announcement whenever he makes it will have ZERO impact.


3 posted on 01/07/2012 1:31:59 PM PST by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This needs to be made clear - Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008 too.

Seems kinda late for an endorsement for SC.

The DeMint endorsement is the big one, will see what he does.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 1:35:01 PM PST by Fred (No Job No Home No Food No Problem - Obama 2012)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
By unconventional, he probably means he’ll endorse an idea or something like that and not any of the specific candidates.

Exactly. He's already given a strong hint of just what type of movement he is going to launch on the Hannity show.

5 posted on 01/07/2012 1:35:13 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he’ll endorse Buddy Roemer.


6 posted on 01/07/2012 1:35:38 PM PST by PAConservative1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I really wish Cain wouldn’t drag this out into petty dramatics. Why not just make an endorsement and move on? He should’ve done this a month+ ago.


7 posted on 01/07/2012 1:35:47 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: aquila48

I think he might try to endorse himself.


8 posted on 01/07/2012 1:36:30 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Fred
Ok, but DeMint endorsed Romney in 2007.

Endorsements, really, are meaningless. It's all about ego.

9 posted on 01/07/2012 1:36:54 PM PST by rintense
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To: Fred

DeMint endorsed Romney in 2008, too. Were you aware of that?


10 posted on 01/07/2012 1:39:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: PAConservative1

Some of the comments seem to imply he’ll endorse Sarah Palin.


11 posted on 01/07/2012 1:40:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: mamelukesabre

I think he might try to endorse himself.

I was thinking he would endorse 9-9-9.


12 posted on 01/07/2012 1:40:36 PM PST by Leep
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Herman - Hold the peperoni

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13 posted on 01/07/2012 1:43:08 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It will be Urkel. The mole comes full circle.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 1:43:15 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Vigilanteman

I just watched the entire video interview, and I’m even more convinced now that he will NOT endorse any candidate. Which is a tease that will backfire on him I think.

And FTR, his “brilliant” interviewers never even had the notion cross their minds that he was playing them. Sheesh.


15 posted on 01/07/2012 1:43:37 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Vigilanteman

I just watched the entire video interview, and I’m even more convinced now that he will NOT endorse any candidate. Which is a tease that will backfire on him I think.

And FTR, his “brilliant” interviewers never even had the notion cross their minds that he was playing them. Sheesh.


16 posted on 01/07/2012 1:43:37 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he’s going to endorse himself? That WOULD be unconventional ....


17 posted on 01/07/2012 1:46:26 PM PST by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I think you could be correct about that.


18 posted on 01/07/2012 1:46:38 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wouldn’t that be fun!


19 posted on 01/07/2012 1:49:41 PM PST by rintense
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Himself? Lol.

I think Newt.


20 posted on 01/07/2012 1:52:02 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think he’s endorsing anyone in the race because that’s not unconventional. He might be calling on someone who’s not in the race to get in and endorse that campaign. OR he’s endorsing 0bama, or a third party. THAT would be unconventional coming from a card-carrying Republican. OR, he and Bachmann are getting back in as running mates, getting funding from a conservative benefactor, at their urging.


21 posted on 01/07/2012 1:55:40 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Cyman

Wouldn’t that make him the hero of the press? He’d be sure to get his own MSNBC show then.


22 posted on 01/07/2012 1:56:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet he’ll endorse Sarah Palin - she’s used the word ‘unconventional’ numerous times in the past 4 months, eluding to something, well, unconventional going to happen...

Just throwing it out there for the PDS’rs to get in a tizzy :)


23 posted on 01/07/2012 1:58:56 PM PST by time4good
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell they would kick Chrissie to the sidelines and put him into his Hardball slot .

Yes pun intended.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 2:00:16 PM PST by Cyman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTW, Bristol moved back home to Wasilla and is now living in the lower level of the Palin’s TV studio...


25 posted on 01/07/2012 2:01:50 PM PST by rintense
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Herman who?


26 posted on 01/07/2012 2:04:47 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe the great tease in getting in - Palin?


27 posted on 01/07/2012 2:11:21 PM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: rintense

How unusual in this economy for a young adult to move back in with their parents...


28 posted on 01/07/2012 2:16:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: rintense

Pregnant again?


29 posted on 01/07/2012 2:18:56 PM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He will endorse himself reentering the race with Sarah Palin as VP :-D


30 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:23 PM PST by justsaynomore
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To: aquila48

It would have zero impact with me.

He quit, he shouldget out of the way and let Americans decide for themselves. He should endorse the party candidate, the winner after all of the primary’s.


31 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: aquila48

It would have zero impact with me.

He quit, he should get out of the way and let Americans decide for themselves. He should endorse the party candidate, the winner after all of the primary’s.


32 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:38 PM PST by Venturer
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To: justsaynomore

The weed is that strong in Georgia?


33 posted on 01/07/2012 2:20:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Reagan69; rintense; Jim Robinson
"Pregnant again?"

Needin' a zot, troll?

34 posted on 01/07/2012 2:23:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cain has about as much influence as McCain, IMO.


35 posted on 01/07/2012 2:40:53 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: All

Nein, nein, nein. Go away, Herman.


36 posted on 01/07/2012 3:18:56 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

Cain simply isn’t relevant. He’s always announcing he will make an announcement.


37 posted on 01/07/2012 3:32:26 PM PST by varina davis (Elect a real American patriot in 2012 -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: aquila48
I like Cain, but his announcement whenever he makes it will have ZERO impact.

I supported Cain and I'm still sorry he dropped out. But he did drop out and his attempts to remain relevant are lowering him in my esteem. I don't care a bit about his endorsement.

I like him for him; I don't believe his judgement of the other candidates, though, is any better than mine.

38 posted on 01/07/2012 3:46:41 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Elle Bee

But heap on the anchovies >(9-9-9!


39 posted on 01/07/2012 4:09:57 PM PST by Paperdoll
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To: leapfrog0202

40 posted on 01/07/2012 8:00:21 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Fred

What’s your point? Gingrich endorsed Huckabee. Does that matter?


41 posted on 01/07/2012 11:45:20 PM PST by Ingtar (Newt (four more for Obama) & Mitt (Obamacare) - what wonderful choices!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If not his buddy, Newt, he will announce his new reality TV show or pizza topping.


42 posted on 01/08/2012 6:43:19 PM PST by dontgivein
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To: C. Edmund Wright

That’s my take as well.


43 posted on 01/08/2012 6:48:16 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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