Your morning jolt: Herman Cain and the power of ‘9-9-9′

The topic of the morning is the mnemonic device – that little trick of memory that allows us, or forces us, to associate a little thing with a larger thought.

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, derided as a pizza salesman with little political experience, may be demonstrating that he knows something more important than policy – at least as far as campaigns go. Cain is proving himself to be a master marketer.

Take a look at the video clip below from Channel 2 Action News. This is a catch-up piece – Cain makes no news. But after he and reporter Lori Geary are booted from the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, a sidewalk interview turns up two passers-by who are able – 13 months before a general election – to connect a recently obscure candidate to his “9-9-9” policy:

The idea is easily understood: A 9 percent corporate tax rate, a 9 percent personal income tax rate, and a 9 percent national sales tax.

The implications of Cain’s pitch – selling a new, 9 percent sales tax in a general election? – haven’t been fleshed out. But for now, the Stockbridge resident has to be satisfied that voters are making the connection.

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The previous GOP king of marketing today is re-launching his 1994 success – a new Contract With America. The Des Moines Register has been given an early copy.

Shannon McCaffery of the Associated Press’ Atlanta bureau previews the unveiling, and the former U.S. House speaker’s fortunes, with this stark lede:

A floundering presidential bid has fractured what was once a rock star Republican image. Not long ago, Newt Gingrich sat atop a lucrative political empire, the sought-after intellectual guru of the GOP.

Now, all but broke, he’s traveling coach. His vaunted political operation, American Solutions, has gone under. And he’s finding himself fighting for air time — if not respect — at Republican presidential primary debates.

Gingrich has become an asterisk in the race.

On Thursday, he will try to prove he’s still a player by rolling out a “21st Century Contract with America” — a campaign manifesto he hopes will evoke the glory days, when he stood at the helm of the Republican revolution in the 1990s as the GOP won the House and he won the speakership. Aides cast the new Contract with America as the start of a discussion with the American people about the direction the country is headed.

Is Gingrich still running for president? Or simply seeking to repair his brand, damaged by a campaign that imploded almost as soon as it began?

Maybe both.

Gingrich insists he has his eyes on the White House and argues that the campaign overcame a key obstacle simply by surviving the summer.

“Now we have to see if we can break out or not,” he said recently.

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The seven-member Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board, charged with ensuring compliance with immigration-related state laws, meets for the first time at the Capitol today.

Thousands of people have signed petitions delivered to Nathan Deal urging the governor to rescind his appointment of Phil Kent to the board, calling his views on race and culture “extreme.”

Kent serves as national spokesman for Americans for Immigration Control, which calls for deporting all illegal immigrants and opposes any amnesty or guest worker legislation.

Rascals in building claim tickets for the entertainment are going for as much as $150 per head. We counsel against paying more than $25.

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State Democrats continued on Wednesday to press for a Senate ethics inquiry into an $80,000 settlement with an African-American secretary, allegedly for racial discrimination.

Walter Jones of Morris News Service was finally able to catch up with the two Republican senators who supervised the secretary, Ethel Blackmon, for three weeks during the special session. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville and William Ligon of Brunswick, both freshmen, say they know nothing about the matter:

“I have never discriminated against her or anyone else,” Ligon said. “The individual did work for my Senate office for a very short time, but she never raised these issues – or any other ones – to me.”

Loudermilk expressed his frustration in a telephone interview.

“I feel like I’ve been dragged down the street, and that’s all I know,” he said. “I don’t get a choice of my secretary. That’s above my pay grade.”

Loudermilk, by the way, is marketing a new book, called “And Then They Prayed,” – a collection of anecdotes from U.S. history. A description from the website:

Stories of these fascinating events which were once quite commonly known among Americans have, for the most part, been forgotten. Stories that were once prominent in our school textbooks, have been removed due to their references to God. As a result of this censorship, these inspiring and true events that shaped our nation have been nearly purged from our national remembrance.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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RustyHinges

September 29th, 2011
9:29 am

@Galloway – ” Cain is proving himself to be a master marketer.”

Funny, but that description should be reserved for Obama. A former community organizer, with ZERO business knowledge or work experience, and less than 2 years as a (do nothing) senator who makes it to the White House? Now, that’s the definition of master marketer.

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Michael Marr

September 29th, 2011
9:35 am

The news loves a horse race.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
9:36 am

I dont think none of these republican candidates are qualify ..What does cain know about foreign policy. The only thing he keep saying 999 I wondering why God Father pizza didnt survive.

Please find a good candidates for the republican party.

Will

September 29th, 2011
9:40 am

Please, all republicans, listen to this.

Please, please send your contributions to Herman Cain today. If you have already contributed, contribute again. And again. And again. Every dollar sent by republicans to the pizza salesman is one less republican dollar available for the eventual nominee and only helps the President’s re-election.

If you cannot contibute to the pizza salesman, please send as many dollars as possible to either Bachmann, Santorium, Paul or Gingrich.

This is probably asking too much but also please consider sending a few dollars to the “Draft Palin” campaign. The only thing better than wasting republicans dollars on fringe candidates who cannot appeal to the swing vote in America is wasting republicans dollars on the former Alaska governor who quit that job after a few months in order to make millions of dollars. She is not going to run (cannot afford the pay cut) but she will take your dollars and add them to her financial empire.

Al

September 29th, 2011
9:45 am

Note to Jim “Pops” Galloway….At least Cain is presenting ideas that will work. What is your stooge Obama doing other than destroying the economy? Oh yeah…..constantly talking about raising taxes.

R U Kidding Me?

September 29th, 2011
9:50 am

Here’s the problem with the State Senate. In order for Tommie Williams, the Troll from Toombs, to wrestle the power away from the statewide elected Lt. Governor, he must rely on the blind loyalty of knuckle draggers like Loudermilk. In return, the Troll from Toombs will cover-up the inappropriate behavior of his followers. It almost sounds like some kind of a cult going on here.
This one is pretty simple. If Loudermilk and Ligon have nothing to hide because they have done no wrong, then let’s open up the records for everyone to see. Let’s see why the Troll from Toombs authorized a secret $80,000 payment and let’s see who the guilty party really is. After all, the Republicans SAY they’re all about open government and transparency.

Frederick Douglass

September 29th, 2011
10:01 am

With all due respect to Mr. Cain as an American success story, christain, great family man, and all around good guy. It’s a sad commentary on our political system when this man can be considered a viable occupant of the Oval office. Go ahead with the Obama bashing, after all that;s been there from day one of his presidency, but the fact remains,whatever the question is, Herman’s not the answer.

Justin

September 29th, 2011
10:01 am

@ Independent voter

I totally agree with you 100%

Cain’s only platform is the economy. He has no foreign policy platform.

findog

September 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Kent being appointed would not be an issue if there was even one minority appointed.

Rusty, are you saying that only coke or pepsi can do marketing well?

Corey

September 29th, 2011
10:03 am

“Independent Voter”… Uhh last I checked Godfathers is the number 5 pizza chain today.

And nobody is fooled by your attempt to be an “Independent Voter” … You drive a Prius with a save the whales bumper sticker and surf websites like the daily KOS and huffington post. You are not fooling anyone.

The progressives are absolutely terrified of Herman Cain becoming the nominee. Every single story about Cains meteoric rise they pump up the comments section with ridicule about a very successful American dream story because they know Obama’s qualification is ZILCH, NADA, ZERO

They are terrified he will rip Obama up during teh debates and on the campaign trail.. He’s already doing a good job. How can you tell?? Look at all the comment sections of any news sites, they are desperately trying to discredit a self made man like Herman Cain.

RustyHinges

September 29th, 2011
10:06 am

@ Findog – “Rusty, are you saying that only coke or pepsi can do marketing well?”

Nope – many companies and individuals do great jobs at marketing their products/themselves. However, the adjective, “master,” in politics belongs to Obama – whose only claim to fame is community organizer.

RustyHinges

September 29th, 2011
10:11 am

While Mr. Cain is not my first choice for the Republican nomination, I will enthusiastically support him if he receives the nomination.

gman

September 29th, 2011
10:19 am

And the name calling begins in 5…4…3…2…1…

DannyX

September 29th, 2011
10:25 am

Herman Cain has promised not to sign any bills from Congress that are longer than 3 pages.

3 pages???? The details of his 9-9-9 plan are very vague at this point. Why can’t Cain come up with 3 measly pages? THREE PAGES!!! How long does it take to fill three pages???

And just how does Cain fit his 9-9-9 plan into only 3 pages???? That’s only one page per 9.

jd

September 29th, 2011
10:33 am

turn the page upside down — 6 6 6

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
10:40 am

I am not on here to call people name I am speaking for me and I dont see Cain having a chance beating president Obama. Cain keep saying 999 do he have anything say that would protect america and what is his qualification on foreign policy. Have he visit the troops in the middle east.
I seen Cain said the black people are brainwash why does it have to be a about race.

I dont see any of these republican candidates have experience in foreign policy.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
10:43 am

I never ate God Father pizza and where is God Father pizza at in Georgia no wonder people dont know who is Cain and what he stand for in the economy. I am going to check to see the top pizza franchise and I hope Cain pizza want be one of the tops.

cartoon

September 29th, 2011
10:45 am

That’s easy, pizza boy, vote for Cain and the only relevent question is: what do you want on your tombstone?

bwa

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
10:48 am

here goes the top 10 pizzeria places in America.

01. Great Lake (Chicago)
02. Lucali (Brooklyn, NYC)
03. Pizzeria Delfina (San Francisco)
04. Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix)
05. Bob & Timmy’s (Providence, R.I.)
06. Sally’s Apizza (New Haven, Conn.)
07. Tomato Pie (Los Angeles)
08. Co. Company (Manhattan, NYC)
09. Tacconelli’s (Philadelphia)
10. Totonno’s (Brooklyn, NYC)

I dont see any God Father pizza listed.

Mid Ga Retiree

September 29th, 2011
10:54 am

A poster commented about Herman Cain’s lack of foreign policy experience. It doesn’t seem like our current president had OR HAS any more that Mr. Cain.

Ordinary American

September 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Can any of you please tell me some reason I should vote for the current president in 2012?

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Well Mid Ga Retiree you wrong on that why President leadership capture Osama which Bush couldnt capture Osama. Why president Obama keeping America safe. Who voted to go too war in Iraq which we never suppose to be there in first place.

Thank You President Obama for capturing Osama

History Will Teach Us If We Will Learn

September 29th, 2011
11:05 am

Mr. Iv: Rosa’s Pizza on Broad Street in downtown Atlanta is a cut above (or slice) most of your top 10 pizzareas as well any Godfather pizza. Alsso, as Ronald Reagan proved, you don’t have to be smart to be president, you have to be able to surround yourself with smart people, and have an agenda that appeals to the masses.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:06 am

Ordinary American could you tell me why should you vote for Cain and the rest of the republican candidates that does not listening to the American people.

President Obama is for fighting for working class and middle class people and he also wants to bring jobs back to america. He want to keep teachers employe instead of laying them off.

DannyX

September 29th, 2011
11:07 am

“But when he came on the Factor a few weeks ago, he had no clue about foreign affairs. None.”

Bill O’Reilly- Fox News on Herman Cain

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:10 am

Cain does have no idea on foreign policy only thing he know is how to cook a pizza.

Have Cain ever work in government office or has been involve as a politician because i never knew who he were throughtout the years.

The republican putting Cain out there to make hisself look like a fool.

Billy bob from Cobb

September 29th, 2011
11:12 am

I would rather have a man that tries to good and fails than one who tries to destroy this country and succeeds

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:14 am

Bush destroy the country 8 years and President Obama trying to fix the problems that Bush created.

Could everyone agree that Bush destroy our country.

It going to take 2 terms to fix the problems that Bush created.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:19 am

Could I ask question where was the teaparty doing Bush days and now you see them pop up everywehre since Obama became president and also why did the republican tell president on his first day in office that he going to be one term president.

Ordinary American

September 29th, 2011
11:25 am

Independent, I been told those things about Obama, “fighting for working class and middle class people and he also wants to bring jobs back to america. He want to keep teachers employe instead of laying them off” , any politician, dems or pubs can say those things. But what has he done so far, please no excuses. If you can’t I understand. Thanks for trying.

Ordinary American

September 29th, 2011
11:27 am

If you can’t *answer, I understand

DannyX

September 29th, 2011
11:29 am

It’s been 2 hours and no one has made fun of Newt.

“Now we have to see if we can break out or not,”

The answer is no, Newt is toast. Lets make it official, lets call it, 9:29 am, its over. The lack of Newt ridicule on this blog proves it.

Newt you may want to sell your new Contract on America to one of the other losers, maybe you could get a diamond ring out of it.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:30 am

Ordinary American who the party of NOOOOOOOOO he cant do anything if the party of NOOOO stoping him for helping the ordinary american. That why the american people are realizing that the republican party are not for the middle class and working class.

gm

September 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Uncle Hermain, says blacks are brain wash for being Dem, hey uncle Hermain, if that is true, why after you won the straw poll in Florida your own party of bigots said it was a backlash against Perry.
When will you wake up and get a reality check, these tea party klansmen are not going to let you win, the nomination”””

Beastly

September 29th, 2011
11:34 am

he can’t fool me…turn 999 upside down…its his mark

Ordinary American

September 29th, 2011
11:37 am

Independent, again, I heard that too. But sounds like an excuse. But if he can’t get anything done why should we vote him back in?

Frederick Douglass

September 29th, 2011
11:37 am

Independent voter @ 10:48

Godfather’s ranks right behind Papa Leoni’s Pizzeria and Tackle shop in Queens, just thought I’d clear up any confusion.

Ace

September 29th, 2011
11:40 am

Cain is more qualified than Obama ever was. At least he has private sector experience, which is what we as a country need right now. Someone who can right the economy. I am really warming up to Cain and right now would vote for him (former Perry supporter, not anymore)

bucket

September 29th, 2011
11:41 am

@ Independent voter – you might want to search pizza chains and not pizzerias. Godfather’s pizza is in the top 10 (9) for 2010 on that list. It seems incredulous to me that Herman Cain would not be a person that all Americans would want their children to imitate, let alone black Americans. Everyone talks about how Cain doesn’t have political experience as if that is such a negative but like Cain loves to say, “How’s that working out for you?” Career politicians are the problem, not the solution. President Obama is never going to be able to bring any changes that help because he is totally dependent on the votes of people who are totally dependent on the government.

Ordinary American

September 29th, 2011
11:46 am

I’m not sure I understand gm, your 11:34 comment didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t read or hear anything like you stated, could you point me toward your source?

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 29th, 2011
11:47 am

“Ordinary American who the party of NOOOOOOOOO he cant do anything if the party of NOOOO stoping him for helping the ordinary american”

Umm, didn’t King Obama have the majority in the House and Senate for 2 years?

Hmmm

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:47 am

show me the list where godfather pizza rank. Ordinary American dont you see it all the time that the teabaggars/republicans are saying NOOOOO to president Obama agenda to create any jobs.

Why does American think the congressman is causing our country to fall apart.
President Obama is trying his best to get the counrty back where is use to be doing Reagan days.

I whether have Obama my president then these unqualify republican my president.
Now if Collin Powell was running for president I vote for him but perry,romney,cain, bachman, does not have a clue on running this country.

Look at the republican party booing a soldier who serving over in iraq and also they believe in letting people die without helping them if they dont have medical insurance.

I hope american wake up and see where the republican leading us

bucket

September 29th, 2011
11:47 am

If you supported President Obama for president in 2008, then you have lost any credibility to argue that someone else is not qualified to be president. President Obama has no private sector experience and has not had a job that was not tax-payer funded. Of course, he is going to believe that government is the answer to every problem with that kind of work history.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 29th, 2011
11:51 am

“When will you wake up and get a reality check, these tea party klansmen are not going to let you win, the nomination””””

and where did the Klan come from?

Ah yes, the Democratic party.

Hows that fire down below Robert Byrd?

Frederick Douglass

September 29th, 2011
11:52 am

So what if the freaking guy ran the top pizza chain in the universe, how’s that going to prepare him for handling the ripple effects of a global recession? It’s just a waste of good air even discussing this man as some kind of cure all for what ails the economy, let alone anything else.

Independent voter

September 29th, 2011
11:52 am

Like I said again it going to take 8 years to fix Bush problems and 2 years want fix 8 years of republicans bush problems.

Bush/ Cheney had 8 years in office what have they accompolish

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 29th, 2011
11:52 am

“Look at the republican party booing a soldier who serving over in iraq”

Yup all three of them. Nice big brush you got there.