Skip to comments.Cain and Perry Break the Mold
Posted on 10/28/2011 2:55:37 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: Herman Cain, by the way, continues to do well in the polls. Several hit pieces on him and his staff are out this morning. From the New York Times: "As Cain Promotes Management Skills, Ex-Aides Tell of Chaos." The article goes on to say Herman "Cain's presidential campaign has generated much promise ... But Mr. Cains campaign may have undermined itself with questionable decisions and a series of missteps," and there's also this love note from the AP: "Top Cain Aide Has Checkered Past." The AP goes on to say, "Meet Mark Block, Cain's unorthodox campaign manager. Perhaps no one is more responsible for the Georgia businessman's meteoric rise in the presidential polls than Block, a Republican strategist and tea party leader who's left a trail of questionable campaign work behind him."
Now, you would think, folks, that the free press -- a free press -- would be embarrassed doing the regime's work for them like this day in and day out, but we don't have a free press. Where has there been any reporting of anything like this ever about Obama or his campaign or people involved? So they're trying to take Herman Cain out now. The Washington Post is still assaulting Marco Rubio, and I'll tell you why. I'll tell you why. They are deathly afraid.
RUSH: Just this afternoon on the Fox business channel, Fox Business Network, they talked to Herman Cain. They were on Cain's bus down in Talladega, Alabama; and one of the Fox correspondents, a guy named "Barnes," said, "The last presidential candidate to come to Talladega was former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist."
CAIN: I remember being on the bus in Atlanta riding as a young teenager where I would see the sign at the front of the bus that said, "Whites seat from front. Colored seat from rear," and I had to sit in the back of the bus because of the greatness of America and the fact that we have this ability to change, that's one of the things that has made us great. And today I don't have to sit in the back of the bus. I own the bus, and my picture is on the outside! That's the greatness of America -- and, I'm running for president of the United States of America! It doesn't get any better than that.
RUSH: Herman Cain, who admits that he was around when everybody was down for the struggle. He remembers having to go to the back of the bus. Now he owns the bus. This kind of optimism is why Herman Cain's not fading away. You know, he's the latest non-Romney. There have been many non-Romneys, and they have popped up -- they have shot up in the polls -- and then they've lost ground. Herman Cain hasn't yet. He's still up there, and a lot of people... I've got some friends who want to do fundraisers for the guy. This support for Herman Cain is real, and a lot of these people that I know who want to do fundraisers for Herman Cain are businesspeople as well as being oriented toward politics. So there's something happening here.
There are many facets to this campaign. You've got Rick Perry now saying that, "Ah, I'm not sure that I'm gonna be in these debates anymore. This next debate may be my last one," and who can blame him? He doesn't do well in these debates, and these debates really aren't debates. Who is it, Newt and Cain are gonna do a private Lincoln-Douglas kind of debate. You know what ticket prices for that thing have reached up? Thousand dollars! A thousand dollars to be in the hall, 200 bucks pay-per-view for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Newt and Herman Cain. So the dynamic is changing, and nine candidates on the stage with 30 seconds here or a minute there. You really don't have debates. You have glorified press conferences with the moderators choosing who gets what questions and how much time to respond and all of that.
Some people do well in formats like that, and others don't. Some people might say, "But, Rush, it's a mistake for Perry to drop out." Folks, it really isn't. I remember when I was a deejay -- struggling young deejay long ago in my career -- one of the radio stations I worked at was in Pittsburgh, and the program director decided that the number one song in the market we weren't gonna play it. He didn't like it. He thought it was culturally degenerative. (This is in the seventies.) So he says, "We're not gonna play it," and all of us jocks said, "What do you mean, you're not gonna play it? The competition's playing it; they're gonna kill us." He said, "Nobody will know. You can't be hurt by a song you don't play," meaning: People won't tune out of a song they don't play.
There's a show business adage that if you don't do it, it can't flop. So if Perry doesn't do a debate, he can't flop in one. That's the theory. You take a measure: "Okay, what's the upside; what's the downside?" If a particular format's not good for somebody by not doing it, you can't flop. You do run the risk of the news being, "He doesn't have the guts to do it," or whatever the criticism might be, but you are limiting the damage. You don't flop at something you don't do. (interruption) Well, yeah, but this is all oriented toward getting the nomination. (interruption) Well, I think what Perry's talking about is particular debates like this, you got nine people up there.
One on one debates that go for an hour and a half, even if they are the staged TV kind with the League of Women Voters format, that is a different ball of wax. It is a different animal. So that's Perry's decision. Cain and Newt have said to hell with it in their own way. They're gonna have their own private, two-man debate and charging big bucks for it -- and I like this because in both cases it is a rejection of the conventional wisdom. It's a rejection of the conventional system saying, "This is how we do things. This is how we elect a president: We have nine candidates on a stage, and we call it a debate."
It's really just an elongated press conference with the moderators playing gotcha," which is fine. I'm not being critical of that. That's what it is. These guys have decided in their own way they don't want to be part of it. They don't play that way. If these formats don't play to their strengths, don't do it -- and Perry's obvious operating philosophy is: If he doesn't do it, he can't flop. If you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense. I mean, everybody's talking about after each debate how, "Ehhhh, he just didn't quite get there. He looks like he's struggling for words," or whatever the criticism is -- and also part and parcel of the theory is that debates are by no means the only thing that contribute to somebody's winning an election or a primary -- and they aren't.
In fact, they may rank pretty low. They can do more damage than they can do good, is the bottom line. You can ace debate after debate after debate. It is said that Romney does. But, look: 70% of Republicans still say after Romney's acing of all of these debates that they prefer somebody else. The non-Romney flavor of the moment happens to be Herman Cain -- who, by the way, interestingly, Obama wants to move back to the back of the bus. I mean, that's an obvious conclusion one could draw. Yeah, the phrase is "What's cut won't flop," and it's true. You're editing a television show or a movie and you're putting the final product together and you cut something out.
"Well, we're gonna cut that because they can't flop." Actually, what this stems from, if you read any of the philosophy of the great artists, almost all of them will tell you that what makes great art is what they take out of it, not what is added to it. Whether they're trying to be complex or simplistic, it's still what they take out -- and it has also the root: "Brevity is the soul of wit." All of this stuff, all of these different philosophies are tied together, and they basically say, "Play to your strengths and avoid as best you can your weaknesses," and that's what people here are deciding to do rather than continue to butt their heads against a wall that is immovable. (interruption)
Mmm-hmm? (interruption) Is...? (interruption) Okay, the question being asked by the official program observer is, "Isn't being articulate a primary qualification for the job?" Yeah, undeniable. So if you're not articulate in a particular format, get out of it. How can you be hurt if you're not articulate, if you don't go anywhere where you are un-articulate or inarticulate? That's the theory. Now, the other side of it is the news is out that Perry is leaving the debates, and of course what will be the public relations aspect of that and what will his opponents say? "Oh, Rick Perry can't handle it! He's quitting! He can't handle the pressure, admitting he doesn't have the ability," whatever they say about it. Hey, it's the big leagues. (interruption)
I don't know how articulate Eisenhower was. You know, Eisenhower is thought of as a great president, he really is. But Eisenhower fits the mold of what I'm talking about. Eisenhower didn't do anything. Eisenhower comes out of World War II. What did he learn in World War II? "Your enemies, you shoot 'em." Okay, so he's elected president. He figures out or somebody tells him, "You can't shoot Congress." He says, "Okay, fine," and goes and plays golf and he becomes a member of the Augusta National and he joins a couple clubs out in Palm Springs and he's on the golf course all the time -- and a few other places, but he didn't do all that much. He was considered a great president. Yeah, it was a somewhat pre-TV, yeah, but at the same time we were also in a postwar boom. He didn't do anything. He didn't mess it up. Just let things go, let things happen, unlike the meddling that we've got every day from this bunch, who can't leave well enough alone.
Even though he is a smoker he’s doing a heck of a job?
Smokers are just as capable as anyone else.
You might have also mentioned that Ike, who wrote all of MacArthur’s speeches hated grand eloquence. His wartime papers also reveal him to be an excellent writer, and a master of detail. He hated small-talk and was all business, but always good company at the bridge-table. A quick visit to his house at Gettsyburg farm shows at a glance that he was at heart a retired Army colonel, who loved to cook and had an outdoor grill that was bigger than the kitchen which was small enough for him to prepare his meals himself or for a few guests if he so desired. He was also a hard man beneath that smile, and pace, Rush, even on the golf course, he was always in command of his administration.
Thanks! Please feel free to use my observation wherever you believe it might provoke thoughtful consideration.
The upcoming campaigns must not focus on mere issues of the day. If they do, the current Administration wins.
On the other hand, I believe that if the conservative nominee holds firm to a focus on our founding principles, as outlined by the Founders themselves, then Obama has no intellectual weapons for responding. His study and life have been devoted to the study and pursuit of ideas which conflict with the ideas of liberty for individuals.
I know. I used to be one. :o) And I was in advertising and public relations, too. But I think that ad is over most people’s heads.
I know. I used to be one. :o) And I was in advertising and public relations, too. But I think that ad is over most people’s heads.
Yes, General Eisenhower was a great person. As I said, he was a good president. And though Mamie was very sweet, I didn’t like her hair do. But poor Mamie, Ike had a long standing love affair, much as FDR did.
” As for Perry, if you cant think on your feet,.”
Perry flew T-38 supersonic jets before he commanded
the C-130 Hercules and flew them globally.
He can obviously think and perform in critical situations.
The ones that count.
Not performing for the media.
Have a wonderful weekend , gw! :)
Must be a Friday night thing!
...and a happy weekend to you, too, smooth.
Perry has to be extraordinarily dumb NOT to know the so-called "drug wars" are being orchestrated by salivating Mexicans---to get their greedy hands on more and more US tax dollars.
So-called "drug wars" did not heat up until Congress passed The Merida Initative---which rains down millions on Mexico "to fight the drug wars. "
The "drug wars" facilitate millions of illegals to pour over the border claiming "asylum---which gets them a special SS benefit. Mexico trains their citizens how to collect----b/c illegals are Mexico's "voting bloc"----here to pressure vote-crazed Congressman for more and more US tax dollars.
Perry says the feds won't help him----but this con artist fails to say HE is in control of the state's Ntl Guard---Perry himself can send as many NG as he wishes to control the border........but he won't. And we should ask why.
Texas Freepers report several drug cartels operate openly in Texas unimpeded by Texas L/E. La Familia is in Austin not far from the state house, and the savage Los Zetas operate their distribution center in Dallas.....beheadings are the Zetas signature savagery.
Perry has done nothing to stop this.
I could ski and ride horses, but that doesn’t mean I had the qualifications to be president.
What would you describe as Cain’s qualifications to be
Commander in Chief and POTUS ?
Mr. Cain’s qualifications?
The very qualifications he has brought multiple very large companies out of near bankruptcy with. He has been a very successful CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and has the skills and the mind and the heart to pull America out of it’s Socialistic doldrums.
AS I’ve said elsewhere, no one man can do it alone. We must clean the House and the Senate and replace crusty and corrupt career politicians with practical conservatives fresh from the private sector as well! I would love to hear Mr. Cain speak of term limits for Congress: 3 terms for the House and 2 terms for the Senate with no pensions. Not only would that save a great deal of taxpayer money, it would assist Mr. Cain in the enormous job he is facing.
You are putting a lot of responsibility on Texas for what properly MUST be done by the Federal Government. Plus you are expecting Perry to take on the movers and shakers in the state. I don’t know any governor who has ever done that. Nor any members of the congressional delegation.
Oh please---Perry is cozy with all the special interests. One of 'em even got his own regulatory agency ---- in exchange for a big donation to Ricky.
Checkout the report ---- "The Governor's Gusher" ----which delineates the ways Ricky and the boys are all in bed together.
Ricky has one neat little trick---wherein he opines on a bill WRT the real concerns of Texans---then cues the Big Boys to lobby the legislature to defeat the bill. All of 'em are amply rewarded for helping out.
Trusting Texans dont know what hit 'em---and commiserate with a governor "betrayed" by an evil legislature.
That's how they rock and roll in Texas.
And you expect anything else from a Texas governor? Was the same with Ann Richards, except her inner-circle was slightly different. Fact is Of the big three, Lt. Gov,, Gov, and Speaker, Perry is the most conservative. Furthermore, there is no conservative majority in the legislature. Twenty more conservative legistators and we have a different Speaker, and then maybe you get co-operation from Perry. But I am throwing no rocks at Perry so long as we have who we have as LtG. Need to work to get Cruz in place in as US Senator But don’t expect miracles.