Skip to comments.Herman Cain leaving the campaign trail: Why now?
Posted on 10/03/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by Polybius
Herman Cain leaving the campaign trail: Why now?
Herman Cain is surging in popularity in a number of polls. So why is Herman Cain putting his campaign on hold for the next month?
The Hermantor Experience is, by almost any measure, the hottest thing going in the GOP presidential primary (not named Chris Christie).
But Cain seems destined to squander it. And heres why.
As NBCs thoughtful First Read points out this morning, Cain's promoting a book - and appears to be taking himself off the campaign trail for almost a month.
Cain wont be back in the key state of Iowa until November. With all of the jiggering of the Republican primary calendar, that means hell have six weeks (at best) to pound the trail before the Iowa caucuses in early January.
Perhaps equally telling, Cain's well-regarded communications director and her deputy are both leaving the campaign, with the director headed to run press operations for Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in a tough primary election. Thats not exactly a vote of confidence in Cains presidential prospects.
When you peel off the campaign trail for four weeks in the heat of the fight, it raises questions about just what the heck a candidate is doing in the race anyway. ....
When you take yourself off the campaign trail just to flog a book, it raises the question: Why are you still around, Herman Cain? And whats the real motive behind this run?
(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...
Herman Cain endorsed Mitt Romney two days before Super Tuesday, 2008.
Herman Cain has said that he would not support Rick Perry even in the general election ....... even against Obama. However, he would have no problem supporting Mitt Romney.
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....
Now, after Cain has hit Perry with everything including the latest racial flap, Cain is taking a month off to sell books and leaving Mitt Romney as the King of the Hill.
Mitt Romney now leads the GOP polls. Was Cain ever a serious candidate or was he simply a Stalking Horse?
Whatever the answer is, it seems that the winner is Mitt Romney. I'm not sure that Perry can recover from the gang-mugging he has undergone.
What a ridiculous article and assumption. The book he is promoting is a campaign book — this will be “part” of the campaign. And the staffers who left? They were not ready for a prime time campaign, and bolted due to the fact that a real player was brought in over them. They had threatened to do this at least one time before.
Totally ridiculous article.
Well, you know who can make her move now, don’t you?
He’s supposed to be on Hannity in a few.... who wrote this crap?
Cain is the Huckabee of 2012.
This scheme will fail for two reasons:
1. Romney WILL NOT be the GOP nominee
2. Perry has time to recover. Not much time, but some.
Romney the front-runner...just as the MSM was hoping and praying.
Romney the nominee? Say hello to 4 more years of Barry the Boob.
Only one hope now....
” Borking “ of Perry ...Said he wouldn’t support him if he win the nomination ...Said he wouldn’t appoint a Muslim to his cabinet then flip flopped and said he wouldn’t IF the Muslim was a “ jihadist “ ( Duh ! ) ...On and on ...If he keeps backpedalling he’s going to back right off a cliff .
LIES! This blog post is merely saying that because Cain isn’t campaigning in a particular way, and his entry-level communications director was replaced by an old pro, that he’s ceasing his campaign.
Because book sales are a way for big supporters to channel big money to your campaign.
The liberals will do anything to make sure Romney gets the nomination. Using Cain as a stalking horse ... good probability. The rock think is only worthy of Dan Rather and his ilk. I would now throw Cain in with Romney, Huntsman, Gingrich, Paul and Christie as Liberal choices because all of them would loose to Obama.
The poster should be banned for life for this pack of lies (especially the headline and it’s posting in Breaking News).
So did a lot of us when faced with a McQueeg candidacy. At that point, there was no other option.
Perry can recover if we get behind him. I fell for Cain too but started backing away when he pulled that stunt about the “rock”.
With Perry we won’t have to worry about someone taking our guns. We’d get conservative Supremes. We’d have a pro-life candidate. And he’s all in for state’s rights.
For all of those reasons, the left is determined we can’t have him. I pray we don’t get another McCain because we let these clowns own the narrative.
Probably just a lack of funds. Perhaps he’s hoping contributions will pour in from his Florida straw poll win?
Mr. Cain will be on Hannity shortly. This is a hit piece.
This is the biggest load of horse manure you’ve posted on this site yet and you’ve posted a ton of it.
Don’t buy this perfectly stupid article and premise and the agenda of the OP. This book is and always has been a planned part of the campaign.
Right! Especially if you read some the crap posted on FR. LOL
I don’t believe this.
Here’s his schedule for the next month:
Yeah. He’s really taking time off.
All this crap came from one stupid blogger’s projection. Now people are running with that rumor.
Right and we get stuck with another establishment republican from Texas. Yehaw!
The writer is just trying to plant the notion that Cain is leaving and doesn’t stand a chance.
I’ve been watching the alinskyites for a while now and recognize their methods.
If this crap is true about Cain, amen bro’ and bring on the real thing -Sarah. I just don’t want to see rino romney or the other rino christie. I’ll even take Newt, MB, or Santorum. But please, no rinos this time.
Polbius is trying to sell everyone on this establishment republican from Texas. Posting everything and anything negative he can about real outsider republicans like Cain and SP.
He probably works for the sinking Perry campaign.
Perry's problem is his miserable debate performances. Period. Yes, he got ganged up on when he was far ahead in the polls, but he would have weathered the storm if he didn't come off like an inarticulate fool when he had the chance to showcase himself - particularly in the third debate where he nearly imploded.
Not saying Perry can't recover, he can - but he will need to do a lot better and refrain from shooting himself in the foot with incredibly destructive comments such as his "heartless" flub.
As to Cain, I am not sold on him - but I doubt he is "leaving the campaign train". His book is probably part of his campaign and he is using it to get his ideas out.
I’m tempted to post Cain’s schedule as it’s own thread.
These damn lies really cheese me off.
Ridiculous is right.
Cain just brought in a top tier communications director JD Gordon (Pentagon/Rumsfeld spokesman) - he started today.
He’s doing well in the polls, beating Romney is most of them.
His book is part of getting his name out - it’s called “This is Herman Cain - My Journey to the White House”.
His support for Romney was in 2008 when most of FR supported Romney because was better than McCain. He has been critical of Romney in regards to Romneycare both recently and in 2007.
And no, Herman would never, NEVER vote for Obama. Insane.
“Ive been watching the alinskyites for a while now and recognize their methods.”
Look, there are a lot of people who make a lot of money by hiring illegals and they want Perry. They don’t have to follow the same kind of regulations since the illegals won’t take them to task for breaking the labor laws.
Is anyone else getting flashbacks from the Romney/Huckabee crap that was pulled against Thompson in late 2007 via Politico? I’m having deja vu... SO sad because THIS is exactly how we ended up with McCain - taking things JOURNALISTS are writing about and assuming they must be true...
Did we learn NOTHING from 2007/2008?
Issues people... stick to issues! Stop with the BS and please, for God’s sake, stop listening to everything the media says! ESPECIALLY stop listening to what the media is saying - why is ANYONE all of a sudden believing the same people who up until this campaign season we wouldn’t have taken advice or insight from without a grain of salt?
Better than another “moderate” from New Jersey or Mass. Another McCain who spouts conservative values then jumps right in with the liberal tax and spend group as soon as he’s re-elected.
I think Perry’s record is conservative overall. I think Christie and Romney will finish off this country.
I think the point is that if you look at where he is going for the next month...he is going nowhere near a early primary state, let alone to IA which probably will be moved up to Jan 2. I saw this morning that he was scheduling a book tour but didn’t have any confirmation other than left wing media but digging through some things Cain is indeed going on a book tour
Agreed. CSM is notoriously liberal and we all knew that when Cain gained stature the target would be on him.
His book tour is the perfect campaign platform and it defies conventional wisdom. He’s not a politician, now, is he? :-)
Iowa is not that important.
The polls are fairly consistent.
Head to head - Romney does best against Obama, Paul typically 2nd best, there’s a large group below those 2 that perform similarly, and sometimes Gingrich is below the large group, but typically not.
Romney has pretty high favorabilities in the polls, which gives him that advantage. Ron Paul is very strong with Independents, especially young male independents.
Its a BLOG. What do you expect?
I say, who is “David Grant”, who wrote this journalistic piece, what is his PR/lobbying background, what is his connections, what is his political leanings, and what is his motivation in writing it and analyzing it in this vein? I do tend to think Herman Cain is certainly no idiot, and most likely will have the last laugh on this. This man knows how to run an operation and make solid, tactical decisions, I would suspect that it is a classic Sun Tzu movement, in fact if I were running, it is something I might consider doing right about now...doing the campaign book thing, and then returning to full time campaigning. In fact, it could be a good revenue generator and he also meets the public in droves this way, in a sense, it is STILL CAMPAIGNING only changing the warfare and psych parameters externally. Brilliant. I think it freaks them out. Let them think what they want to think. Just watch. We will just have to wait and see who has the last laugh.
Yes, of course. If the Battle is at Gettysburg, you should be spending your time conducting your campaign in New York.
Which also means don’t rule out a Sarah Palin bid, even though Polly thinks Palin is only a tease.
We would be in the same boat with Perry. We have got to stop all of the political insiders this year or we are finished. Someone like SP or Cain is what we need right now.
Business as usual is going to be the end of this fine nation of ours. We are on the brink and unless we change course hard right now were done for. The country is ready to elect a strong conservative leader. We may not have another chance like this...why settle for Perry or Romney or Christie types? Why?
The thing is, promoting a book gets him on the tv and radio stations. It gets him interviews. It brings money into his campaign. Promoting a book about him as a president, would be part of a campaign, not leaving the campaign.
They act like he’s just putting the whole campaign on the back burner. And THAT is a bald-faced lie.
Because Rick Perry's people are getting desperate.
Someone very near and dear to me works for the Cain campaign here in Tennessee.
I can assure you he is not leaving the campaign trail. In fact, he has a bus Tour across Tennessee scheduled for Oct. 14-15.
These are rallies, not book signings.
Go here for confirmation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAAcbDeXKm0
His campaign calendar is full and he is not, as this article erroneously suggests, leaving the campaign trail.
Look at the source.. The Christian Science Monitor (liberal rag) quoting NBC, citing a blog that is speculating...
I thought we had more media discernment than this here?
Agreed, I see nothing from Cain saying this, shenanigans, I declare shenanigans!
Nobama has the entire nation up in arms. Free Republic is no different. I don’t know what to expect at this point.
Romney is the winner, right?
Pro-FlipFlop Flipper, Romney.
Pro-BIG DIG, Romney.
Pro-dog abuse, Romney.
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