Skip to comments.Rick Perry's Prime Directive: Destroy Cain
Posted on 10/23/2011 2:35:52 PM PDT by drewh
The Iowa caucuses are now just 72 days away. Once Iowans vote on Jan. 3, the 2012 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination ceases to be about debates and gaffes and spin, and begins to be about actual results.
This weeks uproar over Herman Cains CNN interview with Piers Morgan will likely be a distant and irrelevant memory by Jan. 3. Despite Cains rhetorical difficulty in consistently articulating a pro-life position, his bona fides on the issue have long been established, as demonstrated in 2006 when he led a $1 million effort to encourage black voters to vote pro-life.
What should be more troubling for Cains supporters are persistent concerns about the strength of his campaigns ground game in Iowa. Organizing for the Iowa caucuses is a time-consuming, labor-intensive effort and 10 weeks is a very short time in terms of building effective operations in each of Iowas 99 counties. Thats why many people were startled a week ago when ABC News showed Cains Iowa headquarters nearly empty:
Duane Lester of All American Blogger interviewed Cains Iowa communications director Lisa Lockwood this weekend at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Forum and asked her about that video:
Lockwoods explanation that many of Cains volunteers in Iowa are working from home, rather than from the campaign office in Urbandale may help reassure Cains supporters, as do the latest poll numbers from Iowa. But the poll numbers also point toward a looming danger for the Cain campaign:
When you look at the RCP average, you see that every Iowa poll for the past two weeks (beginning with the Oct. 7-10 PPP poll) has shown Cain in first place and Perry in single digits. It is therefore scarcely surprising that the prime directive of the Perry campaign is now Destroy Herman Cain.
Allahpundit yesterday explained what Perrys situation means going forward:
[W]hile Perry can skip New Hampshire, I think hes stuck having to compete in Iowa. Sooner or later hell have to suck it up and start attacking Cain in earnest.
And this is very much in line with what I wrote Friday:
That the Perry campaign has become a purely negative organization a machine whose prime directive is the destruction of other non-Romney candidates, leaving Perry as the sole hope for the Anybody But Romney movement is an inevitable consequence of how the campaign began with the goal of becoming the overnight front-runner. When you begin with that kind of plan, with your campaign organized around the idea of raking in front-runner money, you inevitably encounter a problem when, for example, a poll shows your candidate in sixth place in Iowa. [T]he Perry campaigns relentlessly negative message now the turn to the Dark Side, as it were is a predictable reaction to the failure of their original plan to become the overnight front-runner and Only Legitimate Alternative to Romney. Those who bought into the original plan, which fell completely apart within six weeks of Perrys Aug. 13 announcement are now trapped into an all-or-nothing effort to destroy Herman Cain.
That lengthy contemplation of the strategic logic of the Perry campaign was prompted by an item from Alexander Burns in Politico, showing how Cain has previously given ambiguous answers, based on a Human Events article in 2003, when Cain was beginning his campaign for Senate in Georgia. Having spent enough time on the campaign beat to know how these things happen, I observed: $17 million buys a lot of opposition research, as well as a team of people paid to disseminate it. Excuse me for suspecting that Politico columnists dont spend their spare hours reading eight-year-old back issues of Human Events, IYKWIMAITYD.
Of course, theres no telling who dug up that 2003 article. Mitt Romneys also got an ace team of opp-research guys on their staff and, when I mentioned the Politico column in a phone conversation Thursday with Cain campaign communications director J.D. Gordon, he pointed out that Team Obama isnt exactly shabby when it comes to planting oppo-research hits in the press. So it would be unfair to jump to the conclusion that Team Perry was responsible for that item, however
The poll numbers in Iowa and the strategic logic of the Perry campaign point inexorably to the necessity of Team Perry going negative on Herman Cain and doing so PDQ, while Perry can still get the maximum advantage of his fund-raising advantage.
Perry finished the third quarter with more than $15 million cash on hand, whereas Cain had about $1.5 million cash on hand. But the Cain campaign is now getting a huge influx of contributions and it has been suggested they may be raking in $200,000 a day online now, which would translate to more than $5 million by the end of October. That would be Romney-esque money, as one GOP consultant put it, and if they could keep up that pace, Team Cain might be approaching financial parity with Perry and Romney by Thanksgiving. So if the Perry campaign wants to strike hard on Cain with TV and radio attack ads, it behooves them to do it before the Cain campaign can accumulate the money and organizational resources to fight fire with fire.
And if Team Perry does mount an attack-ad campaign against Cain, they will almost certainly do so in Iowa. The combination of poll numbers and the campaign calendar explains this:
Iowa caucuses Tuesday, Jan. 3 New Hampshire primary . Tuesday, Jan. 10 South Carolina primary Saturday, Jan. 21 Florida primary Tuesday, Jan. 31 Nevada caucuses . Saturday, Feb. 4
Notice that there are 10 days separating New Hampshire (Romneys must-win state) and South Carolina (Perrys must-win state). If we assume that Mitt wins his must-win, Perry would be under extreme pressure in South Carolina, and the pressure would be even worse if Perry fares poorly in Iowa. And if recent poll numbers are any indication, Perry could fare very poorly indeed in the Hawkeye State:
Public Policy Polling (Oct. 7-10) .. Perry 9% (4th place) Insider Advantage (Oct. 16) .. Perry 6% (6th place) University of Iowa (Oct. 12-19) Perry 6% (5th place) Rasmussen (Oct. 19) . Perry 7% (6th place)
Can the Perry campaign afford for their candidate to finish fourth, fifth or sixth in Iowa? No way, José. They dont necessarily have to win it, but if Perry finishes as far back as fourth in Iowa on Jan. 3, its unlikely he will do much better in New Hampshire on Jan. 10. By the time the South Carolina primary rolls around on Jan. 21, the media will have been doing death watch reports on Perry campaign for more than two weeks. If Perry then underperforms in must-win South Carolina, there will be another ten days of death watch coverage before the crucial Florida primary on Jan. 31. Romney is reputedly strong in Nevada, so by the time votes are counted there on Feb. 4, Perry could be batting .200 in the first five nominating events, and perhaps even 0-for-5 if he were somehow to lose his must-win state.
The strategic situation clearly indicates the necessity for Team Perry to leverage their current cash-on-hand advantage by mounting an attack ad campaign against Cain in Iowa, in hope of restoring Perrys status as the most viable choice for the Anybody But Romney voters, who are a majority in the GOP primary electorate.
I saw that in the debate Perry was agreeing more with Cain but debating hard against Mitt!
If Perry's going to get the nomination then he'll need to knock off those ahead of him. Obama will come later.
I believe that is very obvious and MB is another one never attacking Mitt but protecting him.
You and I are seeing the same thing! Even his look towards Cain is gentler - you can see it change when he focuses back on Mitt with one of Mitt’s attacks. Mitt needs to work on his acting skills because he makes things obvious - he attacks Perry but not Cain. And Cain is passing him in the polls.
Who is your candidate? I remember you from that other thread where you posted that lie about Cain and then couldn't back it up.
NEWT’S on his way to NEWTER the boy.
Not for two reasons (and I'm not a Mittens fan, but interested in the tactics):
I never thought I’d see the day, again, when I’d want to listen to him. I don’t trust him but I don’t trust any of the candidates. He does stand out as far as candidates go - that’s a given. I’d have no fear that he can take Barry out and in round one. So far I’m not committed and I’ll keep watching him. I actually enjoy not being committed to any candidate right now - I can look at each one objectively. Never had this experience before - always routing for one and hoping the rest failed. I like it this way. Well with one exception, I not only hope but pray Mitt fails.
Caucuses = "Ground game" = Lots of hand-holding and azz-kizzing = abnormal amount of staffers on the 'ground'
Except that he lacks the class and manners of the Bush family.
He needs to get out of the race NOW and quick siphoning votes away from Herman Cain. Otherwise, he will just hand the nomination to Mitt Romney.
In all fairness to Rick Perry, Democrats were not included in the poll which you cite. He would do much better if that demographic were included.
True in 2008 and true in every GOP presidential nomination contest for the last half-century. Iowa and New Hampshire are vastly overrated.
I miss the days here on FR when FR ran it’s own internal polling. Paulbots likely killed them.
“And Cain endorsed Mitt in ‘08 and Mitt behind the scenes was trashing Sarah. And he didn’t stop in ‘08 either.”
Yes he did, when the choice was down to McCain and Romney. BEFORE that he supported Huckabee - both verbally and he donated $2300 to his campaign.
Perry endorsed Guiliani who was outwardly trashing Palin and still does.
I agree with you. All the GOP candidates should follow the lead of Mr. Newt and take the high ground against attacking each other. They should all be pointing out the shortfalls of the current administration and point out how they can do things better. Arguing amonst themselves is just turning everyone off. In the end, that is what BS wants; the candidates to destroy themselves.
Guiliani is pro choice isn't he?
“So NOW it’s consider a bad thing to trash SARAH - when did that happen for the ‘anyone but Sarah’ crowd? It’s only a bad thing if you can use it against Perry somehow? “
What are you talking about? First off, I have never trashed Palin. Second, did you even follow this conversation before spouting off? Onyx wrote that Gingrich was complimentary of Palin. I posted that Cain stood up for Palin in 2008. No one said anything about Perry
Then you come into the convseration and start trashing Cain, as you do on every thread.
Thank you FRiend! Appreciate that!
Not a problem. I had some extra HTML just sitting here going to waste. ;^)
Here is one of the big reasons Perry endorsed Rooty.
Read the whole thing.
If that isn't the most ignorant comment I've see it is definitely on the short list.
You need to check your facts!
"Cain was asked whether abortion should be part of the political discussion. "No it should not quite frankly. But my position is real clear and has been consistent, I am pro-life," he said. The former Godfather's Pizza CEO has repeatedly called himself "pro-life" but said "it's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision" in a recent CNN interview."
Now, Cain has been given the benefit of the doubt but this is getting ridiculous.
If that isn’t the most ignorant comment I’ve see it is definitely on the short list.
Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.
I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply order people to not seek an abortion.
My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.
I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life." - Herman Cain
Here is the question and the answer in context.
If one of your female children, grandchildren was raped, you would honestly want her to bring up that baby as her own? Morgan asked.
Cain said that Morgan was mixing questions, but then replied: No, it comes down to its not the governments role or anybody elses role to make that decision."
"that decision" is in response to the question "you would honestly want her to bring up that baby as her own?
You’re not reading what I posted. This is a NEW faux pas created just this am on F & F.
I have been praying for God to tellher to change her mind.
I look at our field and know that she could have walked away with the nomination. Like Mr. Speaker is doing, Sarah Palin always been focued on the won, not on rival candidates.
I like Herman Cain, but I am pulling for Mr. Speaker.
Start one and put me on it! They are others here who also support Newt, but I can’t recall the names from the LIVE thread or from posts to me when I first mentioned my support for him a couple of months back. I think I was the lone one then.
I would start one, but I already have the New Sarah Palin Ping List and I’m very busy with our FReepathon.
I am convinced that Mr. Speaker is the qualified candidate when it comes to our nation’s serious and very dangerous foreign affairs.
The first role of president is not “job creation” or the economy, it’s Commander-in-Chief.
I might add, that Newt was the first one, before Sarah Palin, that the news media and demonic-rats smeared and took down. He beat all of those fraudulent ethics charges, save for one idiot charge. IIRC, there were approximately 89 and I’ll never forget that magazine cover; The Grinch that stold Christmas.
Shame on Newt, he wrote a book, remember? Nevermind that all the pols write books NOW, or that several had written books before Mr. Speaker’s.
Everyone has baggage, and his has already been scrutinized. He would literally wipe the floor with the Marxist in all debates, provided the Marxist would even show up.
Sarah Palin isn’t running. She was my choice.
I like Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann very much too, but I say: NEWTer the White House 2012!
GO MR. SPEAKER!
You are coming unhinged
She has said very nice things about him.
Thus far, only Speaker Newt has mentioned and praised "Governor Palin" when he said she was right about *Death Panels* during one of the debates.
Plus, he's on record, sticking up for her:
Nope, you and your Perrybot compatriots need a reality check.
The divide among Texas freepers is interesting.
Half of them hate his guts but most of the most rabid Perrybots have a Texas flag flying on their FR page.
None of the above...10 year record proves otherwise. Sorry, Charlie!
Maybe you would like to post some proof to any of those accusations. Just do it!
It’s all been posted 10000 times, Perrybot. You’ve heard it all before, you dismiss it with BS Perry spin.
You and your ilk are in the minority, you’ll find it getting increasing lonely around here.
tell a lie often enough and some people believe it. You can't back up what you say because it isn't true!!!
Fact--Rick Perry has been guv 10 years in one of the most conservative states in the USA.
Where do you live? I bet north of the Mason-Dixon! Have you ever been to TX?
You are a liar. I know you've heard all the anti-Perry arguments before. You dismiss everything with BS talking points.
Where do you live? I bet north of the Mason-Dixon! Have you ever been to TX?
Ah irreverent argument #1! Posted ad nauseum by idiots.
Why don't you answer me what the hell that has to do with anything? Even Martians know that Perry is a big government establishment Republican. All his "tea party" talk is just that. Do you love the jerk just cause he's from your state or something?