Your morning jolt: Herman Cain makes a yeasty rise to top of WSJ/NBC poll

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Heads up, CNN. Occupy Atlanta may be headed your way, if this Tweet is accurate:

RT @OccupyCNN: #OccupyCNN Atlanta studios starting Friday 10am at entrance to Centennial Oly. Park facing @CNN #OWS #Anonymous #OccupyAtlanta

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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216 comments Add your comment

doodoobailey

October 13th, 2011
9:46 am

999 plan=FAIL

doodoobailey

October 13th, 2011
9:47 am

Oh, and 1st.

doodoobailey

October 13th, 2011
9:47 am

Nice use of the word Yeasty Jim.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
9:49 am

Yeasty rise? Jim, you’re the one out of control! You need to go work for a tabloid. Oh, wait… you do. Sorry. Never mind.

cam

October 13th, 2011
9:50 am

Looks like the GOP is intent on shooting itself in the foot. The upcoming Presidential race is imminently winnable with the right candidate. Cain is not that person. He is unelectable.

Vince Doodly

October 13th, 2011
9:50 am

You dont know Doodoo Doodoo. Herman is the MAN.

td

October 13th, 2011
9:52 am

Ah, the civil unrest is going to start as the occupy crowd will show their true colors. A great many of them are nothing more than a bunch of anarchist.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
9:52 am

The problem with Cain’s plan is that it’s simple to understand and comprehend. He forgets Rule One of Gummint Policy: Gummints cannot do anything that’s simple to understand and comprehend. A plan has to be opaque and insanely complicated if it’s going to have any hope of being passed into law.

jgalloway

October 13th, 2011
9:52 am

Dear John Adams:

There’s no crime in having a little fun with your work.

Retired Solider

October 13th, 2011
9:53 am

cam-

Why is Cain not electable?

Honkie

October 13th, 2011
9:56 am

Goooooo Herman!!!
While being one of the lucky few that has listened to and admired Hermans logic and wit over the years, I now enjoy the rest of the world playing catch-up to this wisened one that uses both logic and his wit to overcome the vast number of nay-sayers that lurk in the shadows demeaning his qualifications and ability.
This is one white boy(man) that will be up front casting my vote for him…
Did someone say he is Black??? ..
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D

October 13th, 2011
9:57 am

Many people said Obama was unelectable and looked what happened.. I like Cain and would like to see him as the Republican nominee

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
9:58 am

Oh, but wouldn’t you love to see these Occupy Atlanta folks try to set foot on Centennial Olympic Park!! The State Patrol doesn’t put up with that kind of stuff — they’d get hauled away, pronto. Which may in fact, be the point. With the City rolling over in suplication, the Occupiers are not having their rights trampled upon enough to get the sort of press coverage they want. After all, how can you start a revolution if the Man keeps giving in to you?

Centrist

October 13th, 2011
9:59 am

Gee – ABC news says 9-9-9 will hurt the middle class, and Galloway focuses on that. Shocked, shocked.

Too early to predict with any accuracy who the nominee will be since no delegates have been won or lost. This is a money gathering process, and McCain was way behind in that last time although he eventually won. My guess – Romney.

TLamar

October 13th, 2011
9:59 am

Retired Solider, the reason Herman Cain want be elected is he want have the African American vote as did Obama did with the White vote and other minorities. That’s the plan and simple truth,most African Americans want vote for Herman Cain.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
10:03 am

TLamar: I’m guessing you meant to write “won’t”, not “want”, right?

Rafe Hollister

October 13th, 2011
10:04 am

I thought Cynthia Tucker proclaimed Cain, “not a serious candidate” months ago, that should have ended his chances right there. NOT! Cynthia like many others, OReilly included, believe they can declare something so, and that is how it is. Wrong again.

The media, the elite intelligensia, the establishment of the GOP, Democrats, and Independents have determined that Romney is going to be the candidate. They now expect every conservative to toe that line. It worked with McCain, we will see how it turns out this time.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
10:06 am

@TLamar: Most African-Americans (i.e., Black folks) won’t vote for Cain, but I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that maybe 15-20% will, and that could make the difference. Of course, there’s the problem with the racists members of the tea party: He’s got their message and he’s speaking for their cause, but they just don’t cotton to the idea of a Black Man (or Woman) in the White House. That’s not, in their world, what the Framers had in mind AT ALL.

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:07 am

Repugs, please nominate this nitwit!

The collateral effect of driving the teapotty know-nothings from Congress along with the Obama Landslide will create a positive effect for at least a generation!

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
10:07 am

Rafe, Romney is the BEST candidate the GOP has. Couple him to Cain as VP, and I think the GOP will roll right over the Dems. I know they’ll have my independant vote.

beanster

October 13th, 2011
10:09 am

You should try “will not” if that word is too confusing for you.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
10:10 am

Honested, nothing lasts a generation in politics anymore, unless you are using the teetsy fly as your baseline. Remember Rove announcing a “permanent shift” towards the GOP? It was only as permanent as a salon hairdo of the same name. They last about a week…two on the outside.

td

October 13th, 2011
10:13 am

TLamar

October 13th, 2011
9:59 am

You are correct that most will not. Cain even said it would only be 33 or so % because the rest are brainwashed and will stay on the liberal plantation.

DannyX

October 13th, 2011
10:13 am

From that same NBC/Wall St Journal poll,

Head to head match-up

Obama 49%
Cain 38%

XULA96

October 13th, 2011
10:13 am

I think the problem some, not all, but some are having is if Cain is the republican candidate you would have two black men running for president guaranteeing one of them would become president! This scenario alone is enough for me to want Cain to get the nomination! Heck I’d serious consider voting for him just to see if a first time politician would do better than a career politician.

Centrist

October 13th, 2011
10:14 am

John Adams posted “Most African-Americans (i.e., Black folks) won’t vote for Cain, but I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that maybe 15-20% will, and that could make the difference.”

John – a similar percentage voted for McCain. And black voters make up only about 10% of voters. The battle lines will be with independents in Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado.

Obama 2012

October 13th, 2011
10:14 am

How many Cain supporters have donated $ to his cause, he can be at the top of the polls but like Romney says, “vote for him” because he knows Cain does not have the money to sustain the long run through the primaries.

beanster

October 13th, 2011
10:15 am

I have listened to Herman Cain many times over the years when he filled in while Neil was on vacation. I always thought he just regurgutated the same ideas that Boortz touted, yet couldn’t articulate them as well. I am completely stunned that the Republican party is seriously considering him. But I am positive, it won’t last. Even Boortz won’t get completely behind him, because he knows Obama would slaughter him. The Republicans will nominate whomever has the best chance to beat Obama. Herman Cain is not that person.

beanster

October 13th, 2011
10:15 am

excuse me, regurgitated.

td

October 13th, 2011
10:16 am

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:07 am

I will bet you all the money I have right now and my cat that the election next year will not be a landslide for the Dems. If there is a landslide it will be for the Republicans but that is to early to predict. Do you want to take the bet my socialist friend?

hazel

October 13th, 2011
10:17 am

“because the rest are brainwashed and will stay on the liberal plantation”

Or maybe they don’t appreciate being told they are too dumb to vote GOP.

Angry Yeti

October 13th, 2011
10:18 am

I think the other way around would be best. Cain as President an dRomney as his running mate. Then, after their elected, Cain can hire Boortz and Clark Howard to his cabinet.

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:18 am

John Adams,

Well maybe not a generation, but the blowback from the teapotty funding cabal might well be ugly enough to enlighten those still believing in the myth of ‘grass roots’ to change enough minds.

Kay

October 13th, 2011
10:18 am

The reason Herman Cain will not get elected is because he is an idiot! My Grandmother used to say, You can have all the educated sense in the world, but if you don’t have common sense you are still an idiot. All the Republicans except for Mitt Romney are crazy. Mr. Romney is the only one who makes any sense. I can’t see how anyone can consider any other candidate. BTW I am an Democrat, but I do study all the candidates.

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:19 am

td,

You present sufficient stability questions as to make such a bet uncollectable.

John K

October 13th, 2011
10:19 am

Three page bills! ‘Mericans ain’t got no time to read!

Cain supports The Constitution*

*Some restrictions apply: “No religious test” will be suspended.

“Cain 2012: It’s all your fault!”

td

October 13th, 2011
10:19 am

Centrist

October 13th, 2011
10:14 am

McCain only received 4 or 5% of the African American vote. The rest voted for Obama. If I am not mistaken GWB received 11% and that was the highest % for a Republican since DDE.

double

October 13th, 2011
10:20 am

As sure as yeast rises.Herman is electable,or does it just ferment.

John Adams

October 13th, 2011
10:21 am

Honested, please enlighten me on the “teapotty funding cabal”. I missed that one. (I like the “teapotty” line very much, BTW.)

Centrist

October 13th, 2011
10:21 am

Turn out will be as big a factor as independents in the three toughest/ necessary swing states. Democrats or Republicans who vote by party and stay home the most will likely be the key.

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:22 am

I do find it alarming that there are enough people in this country who rely on the ‘voice of talk radio’ for their opinions that would allow such a patently vacuous candidate to get more than a couple of press releases.
Just because an ‘idea’ sounds good while listening to some rabid self aggrandizer bleet about it on talk radio does not make for functional public policy.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

October 13th, 2011
10:23 am

Heman Munster has a better chance than Mr.999 ………..lol

honested

October 13th, 2011
10:24 am

John Adams,

Google ‘dick armey’ then look at FEC.gov to identify the majority of contributions to the listed organizations.

DannyX

October 13th, 2011
10:25 am

49% to 38%- Obama

The Republican front runner is down 11% points.

I guess that shows just how fast and far the Republican momentum has evaporated. Republicans talk about how Obama has ruined the country, you would think that it would be Cain with the 11 pt lead.

The very unpopular Tea Party scares the public, it is bringing the GOP down with it.

TLamar

October 13th, 2011
10:27 am

John Adam, thanks for the corrects and I doubt if 15/20% of African American vote for Herman Cain and especially since he said African American were brainwashed; because, there are a lot of people who take what Hannity and Rush Limbaugh say as gospel and they can’t think for themselves. That was insulting and he also said people were jealous of people having wealth. There are a lot of hard working African American who save money,send their children to college and never has asked for a hand out from family or the government. Therefore, I felt that statement was putting people down by his standards if your wealth didn’t measure up to him. Again, this is my opinion.

DannyX

October 13th, 2011
10:27 am

“Heman Munster has a better chance than Mr.999 ………..lol”

Republicans should go with Marilyn if they want to win, aka Mitt Romney.

That GOP is one scary family.

beanster

October 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Careful who you call crazy, Kay. I am sorry. I am not a religious person but I generally won’t judge someone for their beliefs. That said, Mormons are crazy. I don’t care if his brand of the LDS church is an innocuous, Massachusetts Yankee version. The tenets upon which that religion are founded make Scientologists look like Lutherans.

Gallup

October 13th, 2011
10:30 am

999 = 666 + 333. So there.

td

October 13th, 2011
10:31 am

DannyX

October 13th, 2011
10:25 am

I think I also saw a poll about a month ago that said 52% of voters said they woul not vote for Obama under any circumstances. What does that mean this far out from an election?

If you go look closer at the poll you will find out the 25% of those voting for Obama do not even knoe who Cain is.

Bigdaddyc

October 13th, 2011
10:31 am

Anybody can put a spin on dollars and make a plan look the way they want it to. That little demonstration we just saw means very little to me. Cain seems to make since and for some reason that scares many Americans. As he gains steam, prepare for him to be ripped apart by those that are scared. If he can survive the scrutiny he may just be there in the end.