Like an out-of-control, deep-dish pizza, Herman Cain’s stock keeps rising.
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza was declared to be at the top of the GOP presidential heap last night in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:
And in yet another sign of how volatile the Republican race has been with less than three months until the first nominating contests, the onetime frontrunner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has plummeted to third place, dropping more than 20 percentage points since late August.
“Cain is the leader … That’s the story,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.
But McInturff cautions that Cain’s ascent — and Perry’s decline — is probably not the last shakeup in a GOP race that has seen a series of sudden rises and abrupt falls (first Donald Trump, then Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and now Perry) in the field.
“There is still a long, long, long time to go,” McInturff said.
Study the poll details here. The line: Cain, 27 percent; Mitt Romney, 23 percent; Perry, 16 percent; Ron Paul, 11 percent; Newt Gingrich, 8 percent, Michele Bachmann, 5 percent; and Jon Huntsman, 3 percent.
As in business, political success is about managing growth. GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain may be enjoying his stardom, but his skeletal staff is struggling. From the Washington Post:
“Where are you going next?” reporters asked a patient but beleaguered J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman, who, in keeping with the “corporate” structure that Cain has imposed on his campaign, is called a “vice president for communications.” “Is there a public event?” “What’s the address?”
Gordon might have been titled more accurately the vice president for “I don’t know,” because that was his constant, if apologetic, reply to the media barrage.
Last night, ABC News became the first of the network news outlets to take a look at the “999 plan” that Herman Cain has ridden to the top tier of the presidential fight. Bottom line: It would hit the lower middle-class hard:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s support in Georgia looks a little softer today than it did yesterday. Last month, his campaign released a list of 45 state lawmakers who had committed to his Republican presidential campaign.
Last week, we reported here that state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, had contacted us to say that – while his name was on the list, and he had expressed interest in Perry – he had made no such endorsement.
Not a big deal – such mix-ups happen. But now it seems that the man topping the Perry list – Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams – is also denying that he ever made a commitment. He’s asked that his name be removed from Perry’s website, said Williams chief of staff Nathan Humphrey.
Heads up, CNN. Occupy Atlanta may be headed your way, if this Tweet is accurate:
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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider