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Mitt's moment
Politico ^ | 10/04/11 | Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman & Ben Smith

Posted on 10/04/2011 7:56:52 PM PDT by freespirited

If Mitt Romney can’t start locking up the GOP nomination now, he may never be able to.

The former Massachusetts governor’s charmed path toward the presidential nomination was made even smoother Tuesday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opted out of a campaign and recommended that voters choose the candidate with the “best chance” of beating President Barack Obama.

No white knight from Trenton, N.J., or anywhere else is riding into the race as the establishment’s savior. Romney’s would-be chief rival for the nomination, Rick Perry, is dropping in the polls amid doubts from conservatives and pragmatists. And the one candidate on the rise, Herman Cain, is running for president in between stops to hawk a new book.

“In tax policy, this would be known as the unlocking effect,” former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie said about the effect of Christie’s decision. “A lot of folks who’ve been waiting to see other candidates get in the race will begin moving to declared candidates.”

Crowed Romney adviser Ron Kaufman: “This is the end of ‘Waiting for Superman.’”

But for all the same reasons Christie’s decision ends the uncertainty that hovered over Romney, it also launches a frantic period for his campaign. He’s now under intense pressure to consolidate the Republican establishment behind his candidacy and build up the coveted and self-reinforcing sense of inevitability his candidacy has lacked to date.

And there were some signs in the hours after Christie’s decision that the movement to Romney had begun.

Incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and state Rep. Chris Dorworth, who had been for Tim Pawlenty, are going to get behind Romney when he visits Tallahassee on Wednesday, according to GOP sources.

Some members of the coy New York money crowd indicated that they will now back Romney.

Romney talked Tuesday afternoon with Ken Langone, the Home Depot co-founder who had been the leading cheerleader for a Christie candidacy, and two senior Romney officials say he’s come on board. And veteran GOP fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher told Capital New York that she is also getting on board.

New York grocery magnate John Catsimatidis is also coming out for Romney.

“He’s a middle-of-the-road guy, and even though it doesn’t make the conservatives 100 percent happy, he’s capable of making them 75 percent happy, and he’s capable of getting 51 percent against President Obama — which is a lot better than making the conservatives happy and getting 47 percent of the vote,” Catsimatidis said.

“I see a lot of New Yorkers in the financial community headed that way,” Catsimatidis continued, noting that Jamie Dimon — the JPMorgan Chase chief who has been an Obama admirer — recently turned up at a Romney fundraiser.

In Washington and Boston, Romney backers were both making and taking phone calls all afternoon following Christie’s decision, and the candidate himself was dialing some of the most coveted money men.

One Romney official said that before 4 p.m., he had gotten calls from six senators, four members of Congress, former Cabinet secretaries and governors.

“Five calls a day is a lot — well, quadruple that,” the official said of the incoming calls. “The time for choosing is about here — that’s the basic message.”

Added another plugged-in Romney backer: “The D.C.-New York corridor was waiting for today. Over the next two weeks, you’ll see people finding their home.”

On Thursday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) will host a sit-down with other congressional Romney supporters to plot how to nail down more endorsements.

Even before Christie got out, Perry’s debate performances had prompted some Republicans to conclude that the race was within Romney’s grip.

Top lobbyists who had been on the sidelines, for example, began moving to Mitt. Sam Geduldig, an early K Street Pawlenty backer, said he cut a check maxing out to Romney last week — before the end-of-quarter filing deadline.

Christie’s withdrawal also brings a measure of clarity to Romney’s path through some of the unpredictable early states.

“For Mitt Romney, if it’s not already, New Hampshire is going to be his to lose,” said Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.). “Without Chris Christie, Rick Perry was [Romney’s] last big threat, and I don’t think his candidacy is going to mature anymore than it has.”

Romney’s team sees this moment as a time for choosing and is making no secret of its pitch: Romney is inevitable, so get on board now.

“People are going to start to realize that either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States,” said chief Romney strategist Stuart Stevens.

“You’re starting to clarify the nomination process,” said Woody Johnson, the New York Jets owner and Romney backer who helped call on-the-fence donors Tuesday. Predicting a “burgeoning of support,” Johnson added: “We’ll pick up some fundraisers — I think this is good from that standpoint.”

But veteran Republicans don’t believe that Perry, who has been taking fire from conservatives for his immigration stance and facing growing doubts about his general election prospects from pragmatists, will go away quietly.

Sources familiar with the Texas governor’s fundraising said Tuesday that he would raise over $15 million for the third quarter and indicated he had not been soliciting general election funds. That would mean that, in just a half-quarter of raising money, Perry will near Romney’s initial $18 million take earlier this year.

“I could see Perry-Romney stretching out over several months,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a veteran political strategist, said, noting that both have strong political and financial bases.

And Cole added that, given the head-snapping ups and downs of the race, Perry could turn things around.

“The debates aren’t over yet — if he had a great debate performance, that could change things rapidly,” said the congressman.

A longtime party insider said he was hearing from donors who now are indicating that they are cutting checks to Romney but likened it to the feeling in the party in 2008 when it became clear that John McCain was going to capture the nomination.

“It’s not enthusiasm; it’s settling,” the insider said, predicting that Perry will still “go the long haul.”

Working in Perry’s favor is that even with Christie’s decision, some leading lights in the party still just can’t yet accept Romney.

“I still haven’t decided yet,” former RNC finance chair and Florida mega-donor Al Hoffman said after Christie’s decision when asked if he’d made up his mind. “I think the field is as muddled as ever, and I want to see how it shakes out.”

And both Cole, a former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, and Bass said that while some GOP members of Congress may move following the Christie news, they didn’t envision a dam burst for Romney.

Further, the departure of a candidate who would have appealed to many establishment and business types also means Romney has one less excuse to stay out of Iowa. Pressure will now increase for the former Massachusetts governor to try to deliver a knockout blow there.

“If Romney were able to take Iowa, that would be really, really tough on Perry,” said a senior GOP strategist.

What has some in the party uneasy is that even as Perry has swooned, Romney has not been the beneficiary. Polls indicate that the former Massachusetts governor has retaken the lead in both national surveys and some key states, but it’s Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, who has taken up some of Perry’s support.

Romney’s aides point to Cain’s rise as a mark of Perry’s weakness — “Cain is a better version of what Rick Perry was trying to sell than Rick Perry is,” said Stevens. But his strength also means Romney has failed to close the deal. Few Republican insiders think that Cain, who has never held elected office and is now promoting a book far from Iowa, is a viable candidate.

Still, the emerging consensus from party pros after Christie’s formal exit is that this is Romney’s best chance yet to emerge from the pack.

“Many of the folks who urged Christie to run came from the finance world and Wall Street, and although Romney was not their first choice, he may well be their final choice,” said Matt Schlapp, who was a political director for former President George W. Bush.

Added Cole: “If I were Mitt Romney, I’d probably be popping champagne corks right now.”


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They just don't get it.
1 posted on 10/04/2011 7:56:57 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Christie could’ve pulled it off. He doesn’t have anything as big as romneycare (with pics of him laughing with Kennedy) to deal with.


2 posted on 10/04/2011 8:00:11 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: freespirited

Mitt does himself no favors by making ads bashing Perry. He should stick to positives about his own records.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 8:00:43 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Baynative
Mitt does himself no favors by making ads bashing Perry. He should stick to positives about his own records.

And what might those be?

4 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:06 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: freespirited

Liberal Mitt’s Greatest Hits: What Romney Doesn’t Want You to See

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2787993/posts


5 posted on 10/04/2011 8:03:39 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: freespirited

Mitts moment....oh brother....Politico would love for Mittwitt to get the nomination...so they can do non stop “flip-flop” stories on him and try to get Ozero relected.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 8:05:26 PM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: Baynative

That wouldn’t take long.


7 posted on 10/04/2011 8:05:33 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freespirited

“Few Republican insiders think that Cain, who has never held elected office and is now promoting a book far from Iowa, is a viable candidate. “

those insiders who gave us Bush, Dole, McCain and now RomneyPerry sure know what they’re doing!


8 posted on 10/04/2011 8:05:45 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: freespirited

“charmed path” My Butt! He has been running for years and I still can’t stand the guy!


9 posted on 10/04/2011 8:06:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: freespirited

Mitt’s get’s the Establishment Republicans support and endorsements, Mitt gets many of the Wall Street donors support, Mitt gets cocktail party support......but Mitt will never get the peoples’ support!

Most of the conservative voters will not moved in Mitt’s direction (they moved laterally to Bachmann to Perry then to Cain and to?)

But not Mitt


10 posted on 10/04/2011 8:07:00 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Someone needs to make a short spot of that “I like mandates” moment. Because it makes clear that Mitt is in the wrong party.


11 posted on 10/04/2011 8:07:27 PM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: freespirited

I still think Perry is playing rope a dope and shaping the debate.

Let’s examine some of the other candidates with an anal probe.

I’d rather be getting the exam in Sept than Jan


12 posted on 10/04/2011 8:07:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Graybeard58

Romney is Obama lite


13 posted on 10/04/2011 8:08:20 PM PDT by AeWingnut (Soccer: a symptom of a greater ill)
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To: freespirited
Few Republican insiders think that Cain is a viable candidate.

Go ahead, GOP, give us Romney and you will lose.

"Republican insiders" can kiss my grits.

14 posted on 10/04/2011 8:09:13 PM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made out of liberals...)
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To: Baynative

If he had any.


15 posted on 10/04/2011 8:10:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: freespirited

No they don’t. Its way too early.

The race is wide open, and the only people obsessing about one candidate vs another are the, well, political obsessives.

There is plenty of time I think.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 8:10:51 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: freespirited

No they don’t. Its way too early.

The race is wide open, and the only people obsessing about one candidate vs another are the, well, political obsessives.

There is plenty of time I think.


17 posted on 10/04/2011 8:15:01 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: teenyelliott

I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ROMNEY, if he is our nominee. Therefore, if Romney is the nominee, I WILL NOT VOTE.

Romney is already in office, just a different son by another mother.


18 posted on 10/04/2011 8:17:17 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: freespirited

Romney talks like some speed freak/cokehead and always looks like he’s spooked on something.


19 posted on 10/04/2011 8:17:54 PM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: Java4Jay

Romney aint goin anywhere. Its Cain Baby. Get on board or get out of the way.


20 posted on 10/04/2011 8:23:41 PM PDT by PETENICK1
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To: ari-freedom
"with pics of him laughing with Kennedy"

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I don't think that's necessarily something to get too worked up about.


21 posted on 10/04/2011 8:32:30 PM PDT by Ripliancum (Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you. -Eph. 4:31)
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To: PETENICK1

Already on board... Cain 2012


22 posted on 10/04/2011 8:32:55 PM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: freespirited
>>>>>>“People are going to start to realize that either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States,” said chief Romney strategist Stuart Stevens.

My money would be on Obama.

FUMR!

23 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:37 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Graybeard58
Well, he supposedly did a good job with the Olympics.

And he's got good hair.

Maybe Mark Sanford will get in, now that his affair is "old news."

24 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:37 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: ari-freedom

Other than being a gun-grabber, pro-mosque, statist that weighs 400lbs? BTW, I weigh 345lbs, but I’m not running for president.


25 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Ripliancum

There are lots of photos of President Reagan with communists. Not the same thing.

26 posted on 10/04/2011 8:37:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: freespirited

Who are these “establishment Republicans” that we keep hearing about? Last I heard, the GOP was established as a conservative party, with conservative values and a conservative voting base. Sure, some liberals have infiltrated (Romney and McCain come to mind), but they are very much outliers.


27 posted on 10/04/2011 8:37:18 PM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: freespirited

I noticed that within all of their blather they could not get around to mentioning the name of Ron Paul. Paul is like kryptonite to the establishment. But they can not ignore him forever otherwise it will be the first time in history that the media does not report on who won the presidency should Paul win or be elected president.


28 posted on 10/04/2011 8:37:36 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: sthguard

The establishment Republicans are essentially the folks who are closet socialists who like to pretend to be conservative in order to gather votes from the political right.


29 posted on 10/04/2011 8:39:45 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Republic_of_Secession.
But they can not ignore him forever otherwise it will be the first time in history that the media does not report on who won the presidency should Paul win or be elected president.

The media faces the same quandry if H.R. Pufnstuf wins the presidency.

30 posted on 10/04/2011 8:40:50 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: freespirited

Et tu, Woody Johnson?


31 posted on 10/04/2011 8:41:12 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Anybody but Baracchio in 2012)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I was willing to give Mitt the benefit of the doubt when his name first came up, especially when people were getting down on him because of his Mormon faith, but these days, I am convinced he would be the dumbest choice the Republicans could make since Dole.

He’s a weathervane. Romneycare is/was a disaster. His policies on immigration are incompatible with the Republican base. He epitomizes the type of RINO that caused the tea party to start from the beginning.

I am totally convinced that the media is pushing as hard as they can to endue a sense of “inevitability” in his candidacy because they already know how they are going to take him out if he gets the nomination.


32 posted on 10/04/2011 8:41:51 PM PDT by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are you seriously saying Romney is a communist?


33 posted on 10/04/2011 8:42:13 PM PDT by Ripliancum (Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you. -Eph. 4:31)
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To: ari-freedom
Christie could’ve pulled it off. He doesn’t have anything as big as romneycare (with pics of him laughing with Kennedy) to deal with.

No, he couldn't have: you're forgetting that Christie has major Second Amendment problems. He supported semi-auto bans (one of his campaign ads ridiculed an opponent for opposing them) and would not be acceptable to the TEA party rank and file (due to their silly, misguided reverence for the Constitution.)

34 posted on 10/04/2011 8:43:34 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Ripliancum
Reading is FUNDAMENTAL. Where did I mention Milt Romney?
35 posted on 10/04/2011 8:45:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: freespirited
Lets see if I get this.

The marxists are intent on seeing the degenerate coward con man SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEY ending up the nominee, and are pulling out all of the stops.

Problem is that if he's the nominee, the GOP is over as a viable political apparatus.

While the RNC are comprised of incompetent morons, they are not suicidal.

"Mitt" needs to take a long walk off a short pier.

36 posted on 10/04/2011 8:48:02 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s implied in your comparison of the photos.

If that’s not what you meant, I have hope that real issues can be discussed.


37 posted on 10/04/2011 8:48:27 PM PDT by Ripliancum (Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you. -Eph. 4:31)
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To: Ripliancum

That is President Reagan and then Vice President Bush with Communist Party Secretary Gorbachev. Milt isn’t in the photo. I was calling Edward Kennedy a communist, which he was. When the Soviet Union fell, we got to see KGB, NKVD and GRU records. Kennedy, along with many others, was being influenced by enemy agents. Google it.


38 posted on 10/04/2011 8:53:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Ripliancum; 2ndDivisionVet
He's a coward degenerate douchebag from a family of military service avoiding douchebags, supports gay marriage, and was a baby killer supporter into his 40's.

That's just the tip of the iceberg, maybe you should go on a mission somewhere else, like Afghanistan.

39 posted on 10/04/2011 8:55:07 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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All Mitt has to do is be the last one standing. With all the fire directed at the not-Romneys, it’s been easy for him so far.


40 posted on 10/04/2011 8:57:19 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Baynative; Jim Robinson

He should stick to positives about his own records.

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There aren’t any. Romney is a liberal, lying, scumbag...and I’m being polite.


41 posted on 10/04/2011 9:16:05 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: sthguard
Who are these “establishment Republicans” that we keep hearing about?

The inside-the-beltway crew.

42 posted on 10/04/2011 9:16:12 PM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: sthguard

Who are these “establishment Republicans” that we keep hearing about?
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The older country club republicans who are fiscally conservative (at least used to be) yet socially liberal (pro abortion, pro gun control and he like). They throw money at the moderate candidates and counter grass roots efforts to elect conservatives.


43 posted on 10/04/2011 9:22:40 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: teenyelliott
"give us Romney and you will lose."

Exactly, they never learn.
44 posted on 10/04/2011 9:26:10 PM PDT by Souled_Out (Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people.)
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To: freespirited
And the one candidate on the rise, Herman Cain, is running for president in between stops to hawk a new book.

I find it amazing how people dismiss Herman Cain as unserious because he is "hawking a new book".

For crying out loud, the title of the book is "My Journey to the White House"!

Being interviewed in mass media appearances about his biography and plans is EXACTLY the perfect place for Cain to be in for the next couple of weeks. Far better than to be using this time driving across Iowa "shaking babies and kissing hands" as the saying goes at diners and coffee shops.

With his name in the news because of his surge in the polls, more people will be curious as to who he is, and there is Herman on shows like The View and Fox & Friends telling his life story and slipping in a plug for the 999 plan for good measure.

What he needs right now is to raise his exposure and name recognition, and that is what he is doing. Once he has established that national name recognition and familiarity, then would be the time to move into local retail politicking.

45 posted on 10/04/2011 9:51:35 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss (Cain you hear us NOW?)
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To: freespirited

Just great. So it’s now between the “New York money men” like Kenneth Langone backing Romney and the Texas illegal alien slave laborers Bob Perry and Charles Butt backing Romney? And - OF COURSE - Herman Cain is “not viable”. What a joke. John McCain was “not viable” in 2008, and everyone on this forum knew it, even during the vomit inducing “hero” tribute at the Convention. This party truly is the ‘party of stupid’.


46 posted on 10/04/2011 10:32:50 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: rfp1234
Et tu, Woody Johnson?

Woody should be less concerned with Romney and more concerned with perhaps sending the totally lost Mark Sanchez back to USC for a year of remedial training.

47 posted on 10/04/2011 10:36:06 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: freespirited
If the GOP establishment succeeds in pushing Romney through to win the primary. My thoughts on it are, they rammed him through, so they can get him elected in the general without any help from me. No more RINOs for this child, no dif than dems.
48 posted on 10/05/2011 12:27:45 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: ari-freedom

Ha, Christie would be crispy toast once he ventured outside his NE bubble. He is not even remotely conservative in any sense of the word. His anti gun stance alone would have doomed him.


49 posted on 10/05/2011 12:36:58 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Ripliancum

“I don’t think that’s necessarily something to get too worked up about.”

not over passing a bill with abortion mandates!


50 posted on 10/05/2011 12:54:16 AM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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