Trump is Gone. Huckabee is Gone. Gingrich has one foot out the door. If they are stepping out of the race, voluntarily or otherwise, who is the person who is the big winner, who will step in and pick up their support?
The answer? The big winner is, Michele Bachmann.
Huckabee’s major support came from social conservatives. Huckabee had the great, “Baptist preacher” approach. His down home charisma made people like him and he was right on most of the social issues.
Most of those people are now going to gravitate towards Bachmann, who shares those beliefs.
Of the people Trump had energized, a significant number of them will also go to Bachmann. Donald Trump had the celebrity firepower to bring the eligibility issue to the public consciousness. He created quite a stir at Tea Party events. Michele Bachmann was at Tea Party events before Trump and though briefly overshadowed by Trump’s flash, she has been there consistently.
With Trump and Huckabee out, sources have told Fox News that it is now very likely that Michele Bachmann will enter the Presidential race. For conservatives that is great news. Michele Bachman is intelligent, charming and has an incredible ability to stay on message, something most of the rest of the GOP field cannot do.
Michele Bachmann is not the only person who will benefit from the exits of Trump and Huckabee and the implosion of Gingrich. Herman Cain is going to pick up some support too.
The left has had their long knives out for Bachmann for a while. Yesterday, they attacked her for “earmarks and subsidies.” Some conservatives are falling for that trap. The trap is listening to the left when they insist that our candidates be perfect. No candidate is perfect. This is especially true for conservative candidates when it is the left that tries to define perfection.
The battle we face in the next few months is to get a conservative nominated as the GOP nominee.
The other big winner from yesterday was Mitt Romney, who announced he had just raised over $10 million dollars in a single day. In a race where Obama is expected to have over $1 billion in campaign funds from all kinds of sources, $10 million isn’t much. However, in a primary like this, at this stage, it is huge and shows just how much support Romney has out there among the GOP establishment.
While we conservatives scream about the RINOs, we do need to remember, there is a Republican establishment. They are not just some boogieman we trot out to rant and rail about. The RINO Republican establishment exists. It has infrastructure, money, resources and a desire to make sure their candidate wins.
The crowd of candidates and potential candidates has begun to thin. The good news for us is there are only a few conservative candidates worth talking about. The better news is, if there are fewer conservatives than establishment candidates, the RINOs may split the vote, allowing a conservative to win the nomination.
As we push into this summer, we need to stay on message for our base. We need to make sure that we have a conservative candidate out there who can win and who is committed to dismantling socialism, instead of just coming into the White House and managing it.
I believe you have nailed it on the two most likely to appeal to TPN members. But I think you might have it in the wrong order. Granted, Bachman has greater name recognition, but Cain is gaining momentum, particularly in light of his showing at the first GOP debate a couple of weeks ago.
Consider this. The mainstream media will attack ANY GOP candidate that criticizes Obama on his incompetency, claiming any criticism is all racially based. We've already seen it when whats-his-name on CBS accused Newt of a racial slur by claiming that Obama was the "food stamp president". Fact is that 1 in 6 Americans is on food stamps. That's not racial. That's fact.
Cain is an intelligent, well informed, level headed conservative. A proven successful business man. He can stand up against Obama in any debate. All he needs is more face time in the media (and, of course, $$$). And if he is the GOP frontrunner, he will get plenty of face time from the media.
And here's the kicker. One of the primary talking points of the liberal media will continue to be dissing GOP candidates, claiming 'racism'. Put Cain out there against Obama and you totally shut down the media fomenting racism. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if a good portion of Obama's base, which is admittedly Afro-American, might just lean in Cain's direction, for the simple reason that Cain makes more sense than Obama, PLUS he is 'one of theirs'. (Hate to say it, buy we have to acknoledge it.) Racism works in both directions.
I like Herman Cain a lot, but you are wrong if you think that nominating a black man will eliminate the race issue. Black liberals go after black conservatives with even more fervor than they do white conservatives. They paint them as traitors to their race. They attack them vehemently as Uncle Toms or "Oreo Cookies" (black on theoutside, white on the inside). The attacks will not stop they will not change. That does not mean I don'tsupport Herman Cain, I am just saying that the key is nominating someone who can stand up to the liberal attacks because they will not stop attacking. If Herman Cain proves to be that man, and I think he could be, then I am behind him all the way
A rose is a rose......but a creep will stink up the whole joint! These boys and girls together don't have the maturity and intelligence of an opossum, and they don't smell any better! They name call and finger-point because they know they don't make sense to anyone who actually uses the gray matter God gave us. They know they're wrong deep down and are acting out because they're too filled with pride and lust for power that they will never back down......... and admit we've been right all along!
Let them deal with a couple of mama grizzlies and Allen West! You think it stinks now, wait til this trio is done dealin' with 'em!
Cain will be announcing on Saturday what we all know already. He is riding the wave and up is where he is going. What he has going for him is he can go head to head with Romney on the business edge where Bachman can't. He also has never held office before and right now that is a plus, plus, plus with the common folk. I also like Michele, but looking at the overall strategy I think Cain would be the better choice. We know the RINO's and elitist Republicans will back Romney and try to land a death blow to the Tea Party at the same time.
The sooner we get things ironed out at the Tea Party level the better it will be for our country. I had a few folks tell me they were liking Cain a whole bunch. I was shocked as they did not seem to me to be at that level of attentiveness nor did they seem they would support Cain. Things on the ground are changing.
If we all make a commitment to not get stuck on stubborn we will go much farther. Let's keep the discussions going, always looking to protect our precious country.
...well, Shirley, all of the rino's and elite media, as well as some here, proclaim that "our" favored candidates are unelectable... if all of these prophets are correct, I suppose there's no point in our voting... we might as well skip the primaries and let the elites and rino's pick the best candidate for us.
...thus far, there seems to be only one candidate that the prophets haven't said is unelectable, and that would be Romney.
Interesting sample on issues: