Your morning jolt: Herman Cain’s blur of a weekend

Life has been a blur for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain since he won that Florida straw poll. This weekend was particularly busy for entrepreneur and former radio talk show host:

– In Los Angeles on Friday, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza — on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — recited his resume and reacted to being called “Herb Cain” by Sarah Palin. Cain reviewed his Muslim gaffe from the spring, and declared that Rick Perry of Texas was a good governor. Emphasis on “governor.”

– Also Friday, Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael and another staffer left the campaign. CNN asked Carmichael if her departure was a sign of staffing trouble. “No comment,” she said, insisting that her departure was “amicable.”

– On Saturday, Cain won the National Federation of Republican Women’s national convention straw poll in Kansas City with 49 percent of 505 cast by women from 41 states. Following Cain were Rick Perry, 14 percent; Mitt Romney, 13 percent; and Newt Gingrich with 12.5 percent.

– Allan Williamson also sends word that in Georgia, Cain on Sunday won a DeKalb County GOP straw poll with nearly 65 percent (250) of 341 ballots cast. Others: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 29 votes; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 28; Newt Gingrich, 15; Ron Paul, five votes; Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum, four each; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one write-in vote, and President Barack Obama, one write-in vote. “An infiltrator!” writes Williamson.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Cain admitted that he should have said something during a Florida debate when audience members booed a gay U.S. serviceman posing a question to the candidates.

The GOP presidential candidate from Georgia also had this to say about a name associated with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s family hunting lodge:

Cain: My reaction is that is very insensitive. There are some words that do not basically inspire the kind of negativity like that particular word. And I know that you’re refraining from saying that word, so I’m going to say what the word was on the rock. The name of the place was called ["--head"] That is very insensitive.

And since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. It’s just basically a case of insensitivity.

Christiane Amanpour: It was painted over.

Cain: Yes. It was painted over. But how long ago was it painted over? So I’m still saying that it is a sign of insensitivity.

– For the first time, Cain has some money to work with. On “Fox News Sunday,” Cain told Chris Wallace that report raising something north of $2.1 million this quarter. Cain also warned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that the water might not be as warm as he anticipates:

Said Cain: “I believe that a lot of conservatives, once they know his positions … they will not be able to support him. I think that that is absolutely a liability to him, if he gets in the race.”

– On Sunday afternoon, the McDonough resident was back home, reports my AJC colleague Tammy Joyner “with some 1,200 supporters wrapped around the Olde Blind Dog Irish pub in Milton. Some waited more than four hours to hear him speak and get a signed copy of his latest book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.”

Here’s a YouTube video of the event:

– Finally, today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at Cain’s claim that federal stimulus efforts normally would have produced 14 million jobs by now.

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Somebody with Thomas Friedman’s new book, “That Used to Be Us,” take a look at Chapter 9, page 181 and fill us in. There’s supposed to be a nice mention of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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A report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, set to be released today, says 5 million voters nationwide have been disenfranchised by new state laws requiring photo IDs and other restrictions.

Since Republicans won control of many statehouses last November, more than a dozen states have passed laws requiring voters to show photo identification at polls, cutting back early voting periods or imposing new restrictions on voter registration drives.

Georgia, of course, was among the pioneers of the photo ID movement. From the New York Times:

The Brennan Center estimates that 11 percent of potential voters do not have state-issued photo identification. By that measure, it finds that the new laws would affect 3.2 million voters in the states where the change is scheduled to take effect before the 2012 elections.

You can find the report here.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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105 comments Add your comment

Maurice Atkinson

October 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Cain, is really beginning to make some rumbles. Notice how the competitors are quickly embracing his platform of ideas and rhetoric? Cain brings a whole lot to the debate. He’s literally busted up the old business model of politics.

cartoon

October 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

Herman Cain is the poster child for the unelectable. His 999 is a perfect example of why. isn’t it a wonder how the number nine could possibly work in each of the tax scenarios he includes in the 999 platform.

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

Did you misspell Sarah Palin’s name on purpose?

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

As for (God forbid) photo ID in order to vote, what’s the problem? Here in California, anyone actually born in the U.S. can get a State-issued ID for $26 ($7 for low-income citizens or free for senior citizens). Maybe those who can’t be bothered to get an ID shouldn’t be voting in the first place?

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Centrist

October 3rd, 2011
10:33 am

1. Cain is referenced above as the “former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza”. While true, he was also a Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics, a computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola, VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury, and Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Not a bad resume.

2. While I like to listen to Gov. Christie, I agree with Cain’s assessment.

3. No problem with requiring photo ID to vote. Liberals who keep bringing this up just want more ILLEGALS to be able to vote for Democrats. We have too many voting with fake ID.

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UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

Centrist….agreed. Democrats dont care about the constitution or the legality of the voting process….as long as they can have an edge to win an election.

John Adams

October 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

I think it’s very interestesting that no one in the NFRW voted for Rep. Bachman. If she’s not trusted by her sister GOP women, then by whom can she be trusted?

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

Cain is not only going to win the primary, but he will also win the presidency. We need someone who actually has a shred of knowledge about the private sector to take the helm and bring back confidence to the markets that the incompetent moron in there now has managed to completely destroy. He is also not a race-baiting, class warfare preaching, big government fascist as is the current resident of the white house, and that will resonate with the majority of Americans who believe in guarantees of equal opportunity but guarantees of equal outcome.

Yes we CAIN!

Frederick Douglass

October 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

It’s nice to see one white guy (Cain), call another on the carpet about racial insensitivity, we’re finally making significant in-roads into that area.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
10:48 am

i meant NOT guarantees of equal outcome. :)

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
10:51 am

Frederick Douglass:

Do you think that Obama is “white” too?

Frederick Douglass

October 3rd, 2011
11:00 am

JakeD :

I think Obama’s the president, a distinction that Cain will never hold.

Centrist

October 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

Democrats have a long history (especially in Illinois) where dead people vote. They also have the ACORN voter registration fraud mess – here is one of hundreds of links to refresh memories: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-complete-guide-to-acorn-voter-fraud/?singlepage=true

Further recall that Barack Obama was a key player in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), in the past. Obama trained its local leaders, represented the organization in court, and worked to funnel funds to the organization. The Obama campaign also donated $800,000 to an ACORN affiliate. Compare that resume to Herman Cain’s.

Picture ID’s might knock down a little of the fraud – but they were faked as well.

jgalloway

October 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

JakeD:

No. Sometimes typos are just typos. Thanks for the catch.

C from Marietta

October 3rd, 2011
11:05 am

Frederick Douglas:

Hermain Cain is 100% African American. Your boy Obama is only 50% African American.

honested

October 3rd, 2011
11:06 am

How odd that one member of the Dekalb County republicans thinks clearly.

honested

October 3rd, 2011
11:09 am

centrist (of some reality)

Can you provide an example in this state (or any other if you wish) of a REAL fraudulent voting case that has occurred in THIS CENTURY?

That lame meme is getting so old.

honested

October 3rd, 2011
11:11 am

centrist

Did those clever ‘id fakers’ also sneak in and fake the voter registration rolls, or did their friends at diebold handle that for them?

What a joke.

clem

October 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

has cain published an analysis of his 999 plan, his website is scarce on details

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
11:19 am

honestead:

A recent investigation showed that 46,000 people were registered to vote in Georgia AND Florida or North Carolina. Google “vote buying conviction” if you think this never happens.

Frederick Douglass

October 3rd, 2011
11:24 am

C from Marietta:

Thanks to the slave masters, there aren’t any 100% African Amaricans.

SBinF

October 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

So Cain is chiding Perry for the racial slur – name of his hunting grounds?

Well by George, maybe Herman is beginning to understand why black folks have been brainwashed into voting against the GOP.

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

Obama……Experiment FAILED!

Centrist

October 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

Let’s shine a light on the left biased St. Petersburg Times “PolitiFact” that the AJC uses and the leftist bloggers point out:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2011/02/selection_bias_politifact_rate.php

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Sorry, that was 46,000 New Yorkers who were also registered to vote in Florida (see below re: Georgia). One example of voter fraud in 2000 was highlighted in the Daily News Aug. 21 story revealing that somewhere between 400 and 1,000 of these double-registrants voted in both States.

Other investigations revealed similar results elsewhere. The Orlando Sentinel found that 68,000 Florida voters are also registered in Georgia or North Carolina (the only two states it checked), 1,650 of whom voted twice in 2000 or 2002. The Kansas City Star discovered 300 “potential” cases of individual voter fraud, including Kansans voting in Missouri and St. Louisans voting in both the city and the surrounding suburbs. “I probably shouldn’t have voted in Kansas,” a Kansas City businesswoman named Lorraine Goodrich told the paper, owning up to the offense. “That was a mistake.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2004/10/people_who_vote_twice.html

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

jgalloway:

You’re welcome (said typo was funnier since Cain was complaining about “Sara” messing up his name ; )

Limey

October 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

Does it concern any of the Leftist press in America that they are calling Hermain Cain an “Uncle Tom,” and making “fat” jokes about Christie? No one is willing to point out the double standard???

honested

October 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

jake,

Investigation by what entity?

Who is ‘faking’ the registration rolls?

If you have voted in this Century, you know there is more involved than flashing an ID. It must correlate to an ADDRESS and REGISTRATION NUMBER.

The argument is bogus.

honested

October 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

jaked

OK so bring the ‘investigations’ a cycle or two newer.
A handful of republicans voting in FL and then hopping a plane home to GA to vote can’t skew the results even with diebold’s help.
But since GA sold their election process to diebold, have there been any unqualified voters?

mum

October 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

@Centrist, will you please stop with the rubbish about “illegals” voting because that’s rubbish. If you aren’t legal and are living in the shadows, would you put yourself in a place where anyone asks you for ID? Common sense dictates not. I’ve been hearing the illegals voting mantra for years and nobody has yet to give specific cases and the number of time in each election.

I know elderly people with photo IDs (non drivers) that are expired and it’s a hassle for them to go the the DMV and sit around, so they just don’t get them renewed.

findog

October 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

Centrist @10:33
You say “more”, could you please document the first ILLEGAL to vote in Georgia?

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
12:04 pm

mum….did you know that legally you HAVE to carry a photo id?

honested

October 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Back to cain, despite the efforts to ‘flower up’ his resume’, why would anyone other than a confirmed right wing apologist vote for him?

honested

October 3rd, 2011
12:07 pm

uga 1999

Did you know that photo id requirement is a holdover from the days when tea potties still wore their pointy hats?

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm

honested….your ignorant comments hold no water. It is still the law.

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
12:11 pm

honested:

First you asked for “a REAL fraudulent voting case that has occurred in THIS CENTURY” and now 2002 is too outdated for you. If you would have actually read the link that I provided, you would have seen that the majority of double-registrations were DEMOCRATS, not Republicans.

Did you Google “vote buying conviction”?

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

JakeD….dont bother….the Dems have a very difficult time digesting facts.

Centrist

October 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

Cain’s tax proposal would replace our special interest matrix income tax code with favored deductions, credits, exemptions, and loopholes requiring many filers to send in dozens of pages of calculations and forms would be replaced with:

a 9% personal flat tax for income (eliminating worker 7.65 FICA payroll tax), a 9% corporate flat tax, and a 9% national sales tax. Taxpayers could claim a deduction for charitable contributions and earn a tax credit for living in an “empowerment zone” – inner cities needing revitalization.

Congress would hate such a plan since they couldn’t reward themselves, family, and contributors with tax breaks – so it will probably never happen.

left/right? i care

October 3rd, 2011
12:16 pm

sooo, 500 voted. cain received approx 248 votes. and then, 341 voted and he received about 260 votes. does anyone realize these are extremely small pools of voters???? and not even indicative of a city? just indicative of a minute sampling of repubs.

Frederick Douglass

October 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Herman Cain’s like your three year old that says something funny, then all of the grownups laugh, so he keeps repeating it to ellicit more laughs. The guy doesn’t know that he’s highly paid comedy for these Tea Party people, they pay him in worthless straw votes. When the time comes, they’ll cast their real votes for the white guy of their choice.

Road Scholar

October 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

mum: “I know elderly people with photo IDs (non drivers) that are expired and it’s a hassle for them to go the the DMV and sit around…”

Sorry for the hassle, but do they want to vote?Poor babies!

The question is, with all the cuts in state funding, will adequate access and staffing for voter/ID registration be available?

Jake D: “A recent investigation showed that 46,000 people were registered to vote in Georgia AND Florida or North Carolina”

I think there is more legal voters in those states! (Ididn’t type it, you did!)

Of those caught voting multiple times in multiple states. how many were convicted, fined or incarcerated?

DannyX

October 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Breaking…

Tea Party activists are invited to take place in a march against the racist Rick Perry. The protest will be held at the entrance to the racist Perry land in Texas.

Join Herman Cain, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Cain said “Yes. It was painted over.”

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Herman Cain….we are talking about it arent we…..so that means he is must be doing something right.

UGA 1999

October 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

The word “racist” is such a worn out word. It has no meaning anymore.

Centrist

October 3rd, 2011
12:23 pm

@ mum posted: “Centrist, will you please stop with the rubbish about “illegals” voting because that’s rubbish. If you aren’t legal and are living in the shadows, would you put yourself in a place where anyone asks you for ID?”

Many have come out of the shadows according to the U.S. Treasury Department: an estimated additional $1.8 billion was going to illegals via the Earned Income Tax Credit, for which they are ineligible because it can be claimed only by taxpayers with Social Security numbers. They have fake ID’s and Social Security numbers, hence likely vote.

The report concluded that “[t]he payment of Federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2011reports/201141061fr.html

Nancy Gallagher

October 3rd, 2011
12:24 pm

Herman Cain is not an attorney. Herman Cain is not trying to give away portions of another nation. Herman Cain is not in this for personal or financial gain. Herman Cain has no intention of raising our taxes. This household has four votes for Herman Cain.
Beat that.

JakeD

October 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Road Scholar:

There have been dozens of convictions / plea bargains. Also, I corrected the figure (above). There were 68,000 Georgia voters also registered in Florida or North Carolina. Did YOU read the link that I provided?

Amazing

October 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Mr. Cain scolds the President for his comments to the Congressional Black Caucus. Yet, he insults black people by saying we cannot think for ourselves and have been brainwashed by Democrats. He scolds Rick Perry for using a hunting lodge with a racial epithet (although Perry should be scolded we know Cain would not have said a word about it if Perry was not running). Yet, he can insult the President by saying he is not a real black man. If he was such a man of courage and integrity, why did not say something when the gay soldier was booed? Does he forget the lack respect given to black soldiers after WW1 and WWII? Mr. Cain, I am well educated black man and I am buying your brand of hypocrisy or proposed solutions which lack any balanced approach so that all Americans share in the pain of fixing this great nation.

It is a simplistic and ignorant argument that blacks only voted for Obama because he was black. Obama’s numbers for the black vote was on par with those of Bill Clinton. Despite the racial rhetoric that Mr. Cain espouses and several posters have latched on to, blacks have voted for Democrats because this has been the party who has consistently attempted to address the needs of the black community. While they have not always been successful, they have always been sensitive to our issues. The Democrats approach to black voter is consistent with the Republicans approach to voters in the NRA. Republicans have been inconsistent in their approach to the black community and that accounts for the lack of support they receive from blacks.