Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Kicking The Wheels Off The Herman Cain Bandwagon

You are still in a Lindsay Lohan-free zone.

Oh, yes!  Herman Cain's campaign is in serious trouble.  We're talking MiG fighter kind of trouble here.

I've already written about how Michele Bachmann's entire staff in NH quit on her, with one of them joining Rick Perry's campaign.  They said they left because they feel Bachmann is doing it wrong, she doesn't have a clue how to effectively campaign (proof:  heads of Tea Party organizations are saying Bachmann is making them look bad.  Nope, I'm not saying anything....).  Now, we see Cain is fucking up royal.  I mean, you want a reason to think the guy is a prick?  Here ya go:  the New York Times dug up that staffers for Cain's campaign were sent an email instructing them that, if they were riding in a car with Cain, "not to speak to him unless you are spoken to."  Holy shit, is he serious?!?  I mean, they don't even get free bumper stickers for their cars, they have to actually buy them.

In July, Bill Hemrick was asked by Cain's committee to act as financial chairman of the campaign.  (Hemrick is the founder of the Upper Deck trading card company that in 2008 was busted making counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and got their asses handed to them by Konami for it.  Two words:  background check.)  Hemrick gathered about 200 other supporters for a fundraiser at the Standard Club in Nashville, TN for Cain.  Cain didn't show up for it, even though he was in Nashville giving a speech earlier that night, but did thank Hemrick for his work.  Not only that, but Cain found a new financial chairman to replace Hemrick shortly afterwards.  Hemrick didn't find out until his replacement called him and introduced himself.  Way to appear hands-on there, Cain.  I hope you ran Godfather's Pizza better than that.

Politicians like to focus on the New Hampshire and Iowa primaries.  New Hampshire is the first primary in the country, and since 1972, whoever won Iowa eventually got their party's nomination for President.  Cain has a grand total of six paid people handling both those states.

In modern politics, money is everything.  With Rod Steele and his careless spending of the R's national campaign fund, the candidates have to raise money themselves.  Obama's war chest for the last election was over $1 bil in private donations, and he definitely didn't use all of it.  In just the third quarter of this year alone, Obama raised $70 mil for his re-election campaign.  Rick Perry got $17 mil last quarter (half of it from Texas contributors) and Mitt Romney got $34 mil in the last six months.  Cain?  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, $2.1 mil last quarter, and only $482,000 is cash on hand.

Cain has been mostly ignoring general campaigning, focusing on a tour of southern states to promote his book, This Is Herman Cain!  My Journey To The White House (I'm waiting for the paperback edition, where they include the addendum and corrections).  He's emphasizing "Let Herman be Herman," as he told Sean Hannity when defending his confusing and stupid "smoking man" commercial.  Cain isn't bothering with any states with early voting and is flipflopping on major issues, such as abortion when he was on Stossel's show.  Most politicians research what opinions they should hold before they speak.  Cain is just shooting off his mouth like in his talk radio days, and is backpedaling when he realizes his audience is just a smidge more diverse than that now.

Cain is in the lead in national polls, but remember, polls more than a few weeks before Election Day don't mean dick.  Cain has plenty of people for his bandwagon, but no interest in actually driving the vehicle.

You are now leaving a Lindsay Lohan-free zone.
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