The political landscape is still rocking from Herman Cain’s amazing win at the Florida straw poll last night. Cain not only won but crushed Rick Perry.
For Herman Cain, this is the moment he has dreamed of. Cain worked Florida hard, defeating a better organized and better funded Perry organization. Cain did it the old fashioned way. He worked the convention.
Perry took a pass at addressing the entire convention to fly to Michigan and confront Romney on what is considered almost his home turf.
Cain is, among other things, an incredibly gifted orator. If the GOP nomination were to be decided on oratorical skills, Cain would be winning in a landslide. The other candidates can only wish to have half the speaking skills Cain has got.
Not only did Cain win Florida, Perry lost Florida. People need to seriously question the political acumen of the Perry campaign staff when they decided to pass on speaking to the convention in Florida, where Perry had basically gone all in, in favor of flying to Michigan to challenge Romney in Romney territory.
Michigan may be an important state in both the primary and the general election. Florida is a crucial one. Perry will never get the nomination or the Presidency if he cannot carry Florida. What possessed his team to send him out of Florida before a clear victory to go to a state that it is really questionable if he can carry under the best of circumstances?
For Herman Cain, this is the moment he has dreamed of. This morning Herman Cain is the number one topic on Google Trends. Everyone is looking him up. The timing of this for Cain could not be better. His campaign will receive a significant shot in the arm. This will probably gain him some traction in the polls and more importantly, he will have more campaign money coming in before the end of the third quarter reporting deadline of September 30.
Herman Cain’s win may signify the end of Michele Bachmann’s run for the White House. The people who are excited about Cain and the people who Cain will be picking up are Tea Party supporters. This is Bachmann’s base and if she loses any more of that base, she will be done. In July, she peaked at second place with roughly 14% of the vote. She has been going downhill since then. Today she polls just above Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. Given Cain’s victory in Florida, in the next few days, she will probably be trailing him. Rumors say that her fundraising has dried up too. Bachmann has a pretty good organization in Iowa, but her organization in other crucial states, including South Carolina is fairly minimal. Her strategy is to win Iowa and use that momentum to catipult her to the friendly state of South Carolina. A win in Iowa would open up the checkbooks of the big contributors, but she has to make it to Iowa first.
Newt Gingrich has been quietly but steadily rising in the polls. He has been turning in solid debate performances but did not do that well in the Florida straw poll. Next week, he is scheduled to unveil his new “21st Century Contract with America.”
For Rick Perry, this may be his high water mark. He was greeted warmly when he entered the race, but the more people have come to know what he stands for and his record, conservatives have started backing away.
The one thing we can say with certainty is that conservatives are still looking for the candidate we want.
It is not Romney and now looks like it is not Perry.
The other businessman in the race is a serial flip-flopper; made a fortune by buying troubled companies, firing the workers and selling the physical assets; left the unemployment rate in his state virtually identical to where it was when he assumed office; and created the universal healthcare system that inspired BHO's effort. No thanks, I say.
The only thing that is stopping my wife and I from wholeheartedly supporting Cain is his affiliation with the Federal Reserve.
Strip away all the political hype on most (if not all prominent issues of our generation) and you will find the filthy fingers of the International Bankers. They are manipulating the worlds various currencies with the hope they will accomplish what Alexander The Great, Hitler and Stalin could never do - rule the world. http://itistreason.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/the-federal-reserve-a-r...
I would feel much more secure if Cain would renounce his prior affiliation with the banks.
Another thing few have picked up on is Cain's 999 campaign.
One of the "9s" is a 9 percent FEDERAL INCOME TAX rate. If our nation would rid itself of the Fed, we can TOTALLY END THE IRS. Under Cain's 999 plan we would still be subject to any and all IRS abuses we have grown to hate.
Yes but Cain is a firm supporter of the Fairtax, has been for years. The 9-9-9 is to get the ball rolling so the fairtax can be implemented when states can ratify the repeal of the 16th amendment..
It's worse than that. Cain started out this campaign as a strong supporter of the FairTax, but then he slowly began to back away from that support, first removing it from his website and avoiding any mention of it in speeches and debates, to where he now has a plan that is the absolute WORST of all worlds - an income tax AND a sales tax.
One of the ways that big-government types try to spin the FairTax, is to insinuate that the FairTax would be in addition to the current income tax, making people incorrectly think that under the FairTax, they would face BOTH an income tax AND a sales tax. That of course, is patently false. But they use that argument, because they know that is the one thing that voters really DON'T want.
Right now, we have ONLY a federal income tax. The FairTax would completely eliminate the Income Tax, BEFORE implementing the FairTax (sales tax). Furthermore, the FairTax would also go away, if the 16th Amendment is not repealed in (I think) seven years.
So what does Cain want to do? He wants to implement an income tax AND sales tax COMBINATION!
That's playing right into the hands of the big-government RINOs and Democrats. They're too smart to even remotely suggest such a worst of all worlds scheme, but they'll be glad to quietly support it and blame it on Cain. That's because they know that as long as the income tax stays in place, then in the next session of congress, they'll be able to raise the 9% personal income tax to 10% and the 9% corporate income tax to 11%. They also know that they'll be able to start slowly raising the sales tax, as well. They know that, as long as any kind of income tax stays in place, within 10 years they'll be able to have us back to where we are, on both the personal and corporate income tax, and have added income from a 15-20% sales tax.
Cain began this race as my favorite candidate - partially because of his seeming support for the FairTax. When that support for the FairTax evaporated, I still supported him. But when he announced his worst of all worlds 9-9-9 plan, I realized that he has no idea how government works or how congress will use his plan to get far more money out of us, within only a few short years. Today, the only candidate who is lower on my personal scale, is Ron "Blame America First" Paul.
We MUST keep Cain out of office, so we don't end up with a sales tax, ON TOP OF an income tax. That's a recipe for tax disaster.