He’s not running for president; he’s sort of strolling for president.George F. Will • On Herman Cain. If Cain is strolling for president, Newt Gingrich is crawling for president. source (via • follow)
» All aboard the Cain Train! Republicans in North Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia want Herman Cain as their nominee—he leads all of his opponents in a new PPP poll. A Washington Post/ABC poll released today showed Cain tied with Perry for second nationally, and two polls last week also showed evidence of Cain Fever sweeping the nation. This seems to be at the expense of Rick Perry, who’s collapsing just as fast as Cain is rising (in North Carolina alone, more than half of his supporters have abandoned him, and a Fox News poll last week showed him losing ten points in a month). Romney is still the (perpetually-endangered) frontrunner, but there’s a plausible argument to be made that Cain is now in the top-tier of candidates. Of course, the same thing was once said of both Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann, so take that as you will.
evynthequeer says: I think what Bachmann meant by "leaving it as space" was that she's not feeling ready to actually answer the question yet; it's something that she needs more time to consider. I don't think she was actually referring to the Space Program itself as something in which she wants to invest. Hopefully this makes sense? O:
» SFB says: Your interpretation would certainly make more sense; however, Bachmann used the words “the space industry” earlier in the interview, so it’s pretty clear she’s talking about NASA. What’s not clear, however, is why. —Seth @ SFB
Tim Pawlenty may no longer be running for president, but his influence on the race continues to be felt. If you don’t believe us, check out this new Ron Paul commercial, which mimics Pawlenty’s wonderful Michael Bay-style campaign ads. Paul’s take is admittedly a bit more toned-down, but the general approach is the same—trick young (or disengaged) voters into thinking they’re watching a movie trailer, then flip it on ‘em and start pitching the candidate. This ad appeals to electability, making the spurious claim that only Ron Paul can defeat President Obama in the general election. It’s an attempt to widen his appeal, which is devoted (to say the least), but still rather narrow. source
I got tickled by watching Governor Perry announce for governor, for president. He’s a good looking rascal.Bill Clinton • At a firefighter’s conference in New York. He went on to illustrate the hypocrisy of someone like Perry, whose political career has hinged on hatred and mistrust of the federal government, running for president; “I mean, this is crazy,” Clinton said. But that’s boilerplate Perry criticism; as far as we’re concerned, the real story is that he called him a “good looking rascal.” We’re now going to utilize every resource at our disposal to try and find video of this. source (via • follow)
Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with.Newt Gingrich • Explaining, with David Brent-esque logic, why his campaign staff keeps quitting on him. We agree that Gingrich is different from normal politicians, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. source (via • follow)
Maybe I oughta back [Mitch Daniels], because it would be an opportunity to show that people who don’t have charisma could be elected president.Republican Senator Charles Grassley • About…well, Mitch Daniels. Aren’t these guys supposed to be on the same team? He went on to compliment Daniels’ performance as George W. Bush’s budget director (because if there’s anything Bush did well, it was handle the federal budget). source (via • follow)