Buoyed by a series of strong debate performances, Mitt Romney is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, some of whom had resisted his previous entreaties, as people across the GOP grow more accepting of the presidential contender as the party’s standard-bearer.
“He’s viewed as an almost inevitable candidate,” said longtime strategist Ed Rollins, who until last month managed the campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), one of Romney’s opponents. “He’s the heavy favorite.”
The party establishment seems to be moving Romney’s way, even as a new national poll highlighted the volatility of the race. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll showed the surging businessman Herman Cain numerically ahead of Romney for the first time, 27 percent to 23 percent, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry third, at 16 percent.
All the polls have Cain ahead so this WaPo story might seem to be jumping the gun. Yet it makes note of a long tradition of conservative politics at the national level. The first is the establishment almost always wins when there is a division. What might complicate matters in this case is the meme – helped spread in the morning news by the Today Show and Chuck Todd – that Cain is outside the establishment. That is not the reality even if it is a perception held by the Right. Cain is a parrot of Koch brothers talking points. It might come down to which part of the conservative establishment has the most power. That is if and only if Cain’s support is honestly reflected in the polls. There are reasons which I linked to previously which suggests when it comes time to pull that lever conservative voters will actually vote for Romney.
It has not become a pattern yet, but Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News recently sided with Romney over a southern right-wing conservative. If the Fox narrative starts to regularly favor Romney, Cain’s fifteen minutes are up.
This cycle’s Republican presidential contenders all seem to have personality disorders. Romney just appears to have a little more control and polish than the rest of the pack. Unless someone really screws up the current three front-runners Cain, Romney and Perry will stay in the front. Cain’s brand of screwy solutions, demonizing and unhinged narcissism goes over great with the far Right. It has bought Cain a lot of attention. That attention means closer scrutiny – Ron Paul Calls Out Herman Cain For Lie Over Fed Audit During GOP Debate
At the GOP Bloomberg/Washington Post debate Tuesday night, Ron Paul, the longest-serving advocate of a Fed audit in Congress, asked Herman Cain, a former director of the Kansas City Fed, why he opposed an audit of the central bank, and why he called advocates of such an audit ignorant.
“Mr. Cain, in the past you have been rather critical of any of us who would want to audit the Fed. You have said — you’ve used pretty strong terms, that we were ignorant and that we didn’t know what we are doing, and therefore, there was no need for an audit anyway, because if you had one, you’re not going to find out anything, because everybody knows everything about the Fed,” Paul said.
Cain taking up for bog gov’mint. As Paul notes there was an audit and the Fed, in addition to the publicly known bail-out (TARP) was also making short-term loans ( sometimes for a few days) that totaled in the trillions. Either Cain is ignorant on the subject or he is lying.
A careful check of the Internet, however — guided by the Paul campaign — turns up audio of Cain saying just what Paul accused him of saying. As recently as 2010, long after the Fed began engaging in the lending Cain says he opposed, Cain belittled those calling for an audit.
“Some people say that we ought to audit the Fed. Here’s what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it’s ridiculous. I don’t know why people think we’re gonna learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve. I think a lot of people are calling for this audit of the Federal Reserve because they don’t know enough about it. There’s no hidden secrets going on in the Federal Reserve to my knowledge,” he said.
To his knowledge? Here’s an idea, wait for facts before opening mouth. Here is what one Cain supporter thinks about Cain, “Cain presents himself as a real person. He speaks from the heart. He is plainspoken and down to Earth,”. If all of Cain’s supporters are that ignorant Cain will continue to do well no matter how big a foot he sticks in his mouth. Just two years ago some had thought we were in an era of post racial politics. Not so much for the Hermanator. I’m pretty sure that no one can get away with this kind of blatant racism, – Herman Cain accuses blacks of racism for not supporting him
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday that many liberal Democrats in the black community are “racist” for questioning his political ambitions as a black conservative Republican.
“A lot of these liberal, leftist folk in this country, that are black, they’re more racist than the white people that they’re claiming to be racist,” Cain said Tuesday in a radio interview on the conservative Neal Boortz talk show.
Cain’s really been on a roll with his outreach to black voters lately. He recently said African-Americans are victims of “brainwashing” who can’t think for themselves. In his interview yesterday with Boortz, he also said that Barack Obama has “never been a part of the black experience in America.” Clearly, the only reason black voters still overwhelmingly support the president is because they’re a bunch of racists. Or not:
Boortz interrupted Cain, saying he prefers the word “bigoted” to “racist.”
Oh, whoops. Right. They’re not racists, according to racism expert Neal Boortz. They’re “bigoted.”
“Ok, bigoted,” Cain said. “How dare Herman Cain, first, run as a Republican? How dare Herman Cain be conservative? And how dare he move up in the polls, so that he just might challenge our beloved Obama? That’s the problem they have.”
Memo to Cain: If you’re looking to woo black voters away from the evil clutches of the Democratic Party, calling them a bunch of brainwashed racists bigots probably isn’t the best way to do it.
It is not a particularly racial issue to listen to Cain and wonder what he’s been smoking. His 9-9-9 plan would rise taxes on the working poor and the lower middle-class. It would also increase the deficit. When confronted with the numbers and asked how his plan would work he replied, “I Have No Idea’ How My 999 Plan Would Work”. The plan itself was just a kind of idea tossed around by a Koch affiliated finance advisory, not a team of economists. To conservatives of any color this would not be the first time they bought into a socioeconomic agenda that totally disregarded the consequences – see The Great Recession. Conservative voters, and Cain is well aware of this since he shares the tendency, are not interested in facts and consequences, they just want to be reassured that the batsh*t insane stuff they believe in is true. Cain can keep talking down to the black community, a tactic that is supposed to deflect from his reaffirmation of voodoo economics, and the black community will react like most Americans, repelled by the specter of another know nothing right-wing presidency.
Romney is also going to come under increased scrutiny. Democrats and anyone who has been paying attention has noted the flips and flops and flipped again. Romney-Kennedy Health Care Bill Signing
This Ted Kennedy lovefest footage from the 2006 bill-signing ceremony for the health care law is probably not what Romney wants GOP primary voters to have in mind when they enter a polling place or caucus meeting. When he has discussed his health care law on the presidential campaign trail—in 2007 and this past year—Romney has occasionally noted that it demonstrated his ability to work with the opposition, including the late Sen. Kennedy. But in these settings he doesn’t describe Kennedy as his “collaborator” whose work “behind the scenes” was “absolutely essential” for passage of the health care plan. Nor does he call Kennedy, whom Romney praised for winning crucial federal support for the Massachusetts bill, a “parent” of Romneycare.
Yet on the day his health care plan became state law, an excited Romney joyously shared credit with the liberal lion of the US Senate.
As of Tuesday, only 2,016 people have viewed this video, which was posted during Romney’s 2007 presidential campaign. It would not be surprising if Romney’s opponents in the current campaign find a way to direct a bit more traffic in its direction.
If we lived a world that made sense Romney would embrace his participation in health care reform. I wonder how the business community – the health insurance industry(Insurance industry now pushing to implement health care law) in particular feels about Mr. Flippity-Flop’s promise to repeal the PPC. Health insurers see big profit potential and all the rabid Right sees are visions of Karl Marx.
“Move Your Money is an effort to get bank customers to move their accounts out of “too big to fail” financial institutions and into credit unions and community banks.” Folks might also consider getting their major credit cards issued from a smaller bank or credit union and cutting up their old ones.
In the picture, you’re holding up a sheet of paper that says:
I am a former Marine.
I work two jobs.
I don’t have health insurance.
I worked 60-70 hours a week for 8 years to pay my way through college.
I haven’t had 4 consecutive days off in over 4 years.
But I don’t blame Wall Street.
Suck it up you whiners.
I am the 53%.
God bless the USA!
I wanted to respond to you as a liberal. Because, although I think you’ve made yourself clear and I think I understand you, you don’t seem to understand me at all. I hope you will read this and understand me better, and maybe understand the Occupy Wall Street movement better.
The best thing to do is go over and read the whole letter. The letter refers to this adult Marine as a kid a few times. Some people are put off by that and they may have a point. In my travels it is pretty common for fifty and sixty year olds to refer to twentysomethings as kids. One of the big themes at the 53% tumblr site is a general resentment. They have that in common with the 99%. Where they differ is the same old story. The 99% are generally people who want work, more work or work that pays a living wage and resent Wall Street for crashing the economy in the first place. The 53% seem to think the 99% are people asking for a free ride. They resent what they see as the free loaders. The 53% are just plain factually wrong. That Marine is not working 60 or 70 hours a week because of or to support the 99%. neither is anyone else at 53%. They seem to suffer from the same can’t see the forest for the trees syndrome. That sign about working so many hours and sacrificing so much of one’s life just to survive is a testament to and admission the system is broken for – no not a literal 99% of the people – but for over half the working age population.
Poor people, Fannie May and Barney Frank did not create an economy that makes anyone work two or three jobs. That bit of urban myth is well entrench on the Right – Bachmann, Gingrich and WSJ agree: The financial crisis is poor people’s fault. Wall Street lost trillions of the nation’s wealth. They were bailed out because everyone thought our entire financial system would collapse. Who was first to make that argument? Three conservatives – Ben Bernanke, George Bush and Henry Paulson. While Wall Street has recovered and American businesses are making prerecession profits the nation is still missing that trillions in wealth – part of the reason for unemployment, under-employment, foreclosures and underwater mortgages. So the 53% – maybe that Marine is aware of this, maybe not, is dedicated to defending the myth that Wall Street is good and virtuous and has nothing to do with our economic circumstances. The 99% Tumblr blog is here. Since so many of us have made an effort to see the 53%’s POV it is only fitting they read what the 99% has to say.
There are a few other issues with that letter and ones like them. Why didn’t a vet get any college assistance. Some vets on other blogs have posed that question. Did he mean to say he worked two jobs in the military and that paid for college? Don’t have any health care benefits. That means the system is broken. Kind of funny that I have been working since I was a kid (early teens), sometimes two jobs. For three summers, three jobs. I paid my way through college. Lots of people have done the same. What’s his point. he and others at 53% seem to be using stories like that – everyone over there seems to be working multiple jobs – as a cudgel to beat other hard-working people with who they have not bothered to get the facts about. That is when they are not using it as a shield against disagreeing with the root cause of our problems. The Great Recession was caused mostly by greed, reckless malfeasance of the wealthy, lack of regulation and lack of enforcement of the regulation we did have. All of this did not happen in a few years. It started a few decades ago with the slow dismantling of the protections instituted during the New Deal. Centrist Democrats bought into it almost as much as conservatives. One of the great ironies of the 53% – if even half of them turn out to be legitimate stories – is they’d all be working less and making more if the 99% got their economic reforms and everyone could get a job with a living wage. The 99% would spend their income buying the goods and services that the 53% say they provide. Apparently the 53% would rather declare class warfare on behalf of some of history’s biggest thieves.