I say this because he's learning what Fred Thompson learned, what Mario Cuomo learned, what every politician learns -- when you are the front runner, people start calling you on your bullshit.
Cain went on Meet The Press, and admitted that, yes, some people will wind up paying more in taxes under 9-9-9 than they do now. “But most people will pay less, that’s my argument.” He continues, "The people who spend more money on new goods. The sales tax only applies to people who buy new goods, not used goods. That’s a big difference that doesn’t come out.”
Uh, what big difference? Is he expecting people to start hitting consignment shops and Goodwill to dodge the tax? And we already pay state taxes on used goods from those places and on eBay. Try again.
Cain is also backpedaling on illegal immigration, saying he "wasn't serious" about an electrified fence along the border. It's not that he's changing his stances, politicians do that all the time. It's that he said these things, and now that people are paying attention to him, they want answers. Answers he doesn't have because he never expected the questions to come up or he would have been more careful. Polls are finding that Cain has a lot of general support, but from people actually paying attention, Perry has the lead, and they are more likely to vote than a bunch of people simply saying they like somebody. And among those people, Cain is hitting some very rough ice.
Meanwhile, Rick Perry is taking a page from Cain. Cain's 9-9-9 is a slogan people are viewing as an actual fiscal plan. Perry has responded with his own. On Friday, Perry visited a steel plant in Pittsburgh (for the record, Chicago has bigger steel production. Unfortunately, we're better known for political corruption and suck ass sports teams than that) and unveiled “Energizing American Jobs and Security”. Whatever you might think about it, from a PR standpoint, it's brilliant, because it hits two targets at once, unemployment and gas prices. Perry wants to expand gas and oil production and cut environmental regulations, creating 1.2 million jobs (so THAT'S why we haven't gone nuclear in this country -- it's to keep employment up!). There are concerns that it will damage green start-ups and protected lands (which aren't as protected as people think). My concern is that it still doesn't create new industries and new businesses, it just reinforces old conglomerates and stifles new ideas. Then again, I'm not voting for Perry, so it's not like what I think matters.
Romney has scored the endorsement of Gov. Christie, who I suspect is thinking of running but wants to see the others off each other and thin the field a bit first. Meanwhile, Bachmann has gotten the endorsement of Donald Trump and the two will be hosting a electronic town hall meeting together. Good. The sooner we gather and isolate the looneys, the sooner we can focus on the real issues.
Hope you enjoyed the ride, Cain. Your stop is coming up.