Your morning jolt: Herman Cain courts Georgia congressmen

With several glowing polls at his back, GOP presidential candidate and Georgia entrepreneur Herman Cain apparently thinks its time for his home state’s Republican leadership to take him more seriously. From Politico.com:

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) [said] that Cain – the former Godfather’s Pizza executive who’s been near the top of recent national polls – is coming to meet with fellow Georgia Republicans next Wednesday in his Cannon office.

“I’m looking forward to that opportunity,” said Gingrey, who is already endorsing Newt Gingrich. To date, Cain has not earned any endorsements in Congress.

While he scores well with local tea partyers, Cain has yet to obtain any endorsements from ranking leaders of the Georgia GOP. In addition to Gingrey, Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah, Tom Price of Roswell, and Austin Scott of Tifton are still with Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has declared himself a fan of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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The New York Times has had some chats with ex- staffers about chaos within the skyrocketing campaign of Herman Cain. Its report includes this line:

And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.

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Former state lawmaker Bob Irvin of Atlanta this week served as moderator of a forum for District 6 candidates for the state Senate, hosted by the Mt. Paran/Northside Citizens Association in Buckhead.

You’ll recall that District 6 was a Democratically dominated area of Cobb County – until the August redistrict session, when GOP lawmakers redrew its lines to include much of Buckhead. Its voter rolls are now Republican-heavy.

Irvin said Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna was invited, but didn’t show. All three announced GOP candidates — Josh Belinfante, Beth Beskin, and Hunter Hill.

The news from Irvin:

”All three said that they are opposed to the creation of Milton County unless Buckhead gets the chance to decide if it is in or not. While this may not be terribly surprising, given where the forum was, it was gratifying to us, because two of the candidates, Belinfante and Hill, are from Sandy Springs and Cobb respectively, and might have been expected to be less definite.”

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Channel 2 Action News has raised the ire of Occupy Atlanta with this backgrounder on one of the movement’s chief voices:

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Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz has handed you a reading assignment: A fresh Congressional Budget Office report that measures the widening gap between haves and have-nots in the United States.

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Georgia Democrats on Wednesday shot this statistic at their compadres:

Latest figures show Georgia is one of only seven states to lose jobs in 2011 and ranks 49th out of 50 states in job creation since [Gov. Nathan] Deal took office.

That said, Deal appears to be in pretty good shape, according to a poll released Wednesday by InsiderAdvantage and Channel 2 Action News:

A statewide survey conducted last week, while he was traveling throughout China, shows Governor Nathan Deal within the margin of error of having a 50% approval rating in Georgia. The survey showed that 48% of registered voters in Georgia approve of “the job performance” of Governor Deal, while only 28% (the majority of which were Democrats) disapproved of Deal’s handling of his job.

The poll did indicate that 25% of Georgians said they either had “no opinion” or were “undecided” as to the governor’s job performance. But InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery says that’s not a problem for Deal. Towery: “These days we generally see very popular governors around the level that Governor Deal is at…The old measure of being ‘vulnerable’ if less than 50% is long gone. Both Sonny Perdue and Jeb Bush were around 45% approval when they launched their reelection bids. And Deal is just in his first year…”

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A former Democratic candidate for governor was in Washington on Wednesday. From Legal Newsline:

Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Wednesday that integrity of America’s courts is in danger because of companies that specialize in funding litigation.

Baker made the comment at the 12th annual Legal Reform Summit, which is put on by the Institute for Legal Reform. The ILR is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and owns Legal Newsline.

Baker said that companies only seeking the maximum profit might not have the best interests of claimants in mind.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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86 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

October 27th, 2011
11:13 am

So, half of all Georgians are fine & dandy with living at the bottom. Good to know! I will adjust my advertising strategies accordingly.

td

October 27th, 2011
11:14 am

I like that guys’s hair! I am sure he shreds the guitar like there’s no tomorrow!

TeaRocker

October 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Congressional leaders would be wise to steer very clear of Mr Cain. As time passes and more information surfaces, it’s very clear that he is in fact only a social conservative right winger who doesn’t have the experience necessary to win the nominee or run our country. He’s all about bigger Federal Government control and his associations are as questionable as Obama’s. His latest smoking ad is the beginning of the Cain Train going up in smoke.

morris wise

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

The nation needs a leader with “Horse Sense” and Cain is that guy. He never needs a speech written by others, because he speaks from the wisdom of his earthly intuition. Cain might say two things that are wrong, but the one thing that is right makes him get my vote.

td

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

“It’s the ocean flowing through our veins.
It’s the salt that’s in our tears,
because we could have come so very far
in at least as many years!
Take the highway to the great divide!!!” – Phish

td

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

It is time for our daily public educational announcement:

If you are a voter in Georgia and you think you are coming out next November to vote for President Obama then you need to know that your vote is not going to be counted. All of Georgia’s 16 votes for President will go to the Republican nominee for President and Obama will receive 0 votes from the state of Georgia. Obama already knows this and will only give a token campaign effort in the state. This is just to play all of you Dems to get your money.

GaBlue

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

My Congressman will switch his endorsement the moment the directive comes down from his corporate sponsors at Koch Industries. Until then, his only comments will be vague, overused jabs at the current administration under the guise of caring about some stupid social wedge issue, falsely inserting the term “job-killing” somewhere into the pointless, inflammatory rhetoric.

td

October 27th, 2011
11:24 am

td

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am
“It’s the ocean flowing through our veins.
It’s the salt that’s in our tears,
because we could have come so very far
in at least as many years!
Take the highway to the great divide!!!” – Phish

I see the imposter coward is out again this morning.

BIg Hat

October 27th, 2011
11:30 am

The nation needs a leader who speaks English as a second language and Cain is that guy. Fortunately, that nation is Africa and not the US of A. :-)

Mark

October 27th, 2011
11:33 am

While he scores well with local tea partyers, Cain has yet to obtain any endorsements from ranking leaders of the Georgia GOP. In addition to Gingrey, Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah, Tom Price of Roswell, and Austin Scott of Tifton are still with Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has declared himself a fan of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

And should we be surprised that none of the Georgia GOP have endorsed Cain? I mean did anyone really think they would? LOL

Danny O

October 27th, 2011
11:35 am

@BIg Hat:
Africa is not a nation. It is a continent of many nations.

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
11:35 am

Deal is doing a heck of a job!

He has spent most of his term in China kissing up to the communists.
He begged Obama for strings attached federal education dollars.
He is begging Obama for deficit inflating Port Pork.
He wants the voters to ok the Republicans massive tax hike.
He is a supporter of the Friends and Family government handout program.
He is ignoring the lake levels.
Crops are rotting in the fields.
Banks are still failing.
Unemployment continues to worsen.

Is it too early to say….FOUR MORE YEARS?

Independent voter

October 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Newt said yesterday the republican party is bickering to much.

Independent voter

October 27th, 2011
11:43 am

Danny X so true and dont forget about the Troy Davis murder in GA.

Independent voter

October 27th, 2011
11:50 am

Why Nathan Deal stop doing business in China let our country build our own plants.
We should build up america with our own people.

Nathan how much it cost to have china bring jobs here in Ga.

Mark

October 27th, 2011
11:51 am

@ DannyX

October 27th, 2011
11:35 am

Deal is doing a heck of a job!

He has spent most of his term in China kissing up to the communists.
He begged Obama for strings attached federal education dollars.
He is begging Obama for deficit inflating Port Pork.
He wants the voters to ok the Republicans massive tax hike.
He is a supporter of the Friends and Family government handout program.
He is ignoring the lake levels.
Crops are rotting in the fields.
Banks are still failing.
Unemployment continues to worsen.

Is it too early to say….FOUR MORE YEARS?

So true! This is the guy the Republicans wanted to assure Barnes was not elected. Well they got just what they asked for. They literally cut of their noses to spite their faces and look where we are. Oh and don’t forget 10.3% unemployment.

Becky

October 27th, 2011
11:56 am

There is no mystery why one can’t speak to Hermie unless spoken to. He is having trouble reading the directions to the next house that ordered pizza.

GaBlue

October 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Independent voter,

Maybe Deal is in China negotiating for peanut butter crackers, as it’s likely the Chinese have better staffed their regulatory agencies to ensure that rat poop and deadly bacteria do not infest food plants, sickening dozens and killing people, causing the plant to close and throwing a whole town out of work. And perhaps their sugar processing plants don’t EXPLODE, scorching the skin off their employees because managers can’t be bothered with stupid, job-killing OSHA rules.

Or… not.

Frederick Douglass

October 27th, 2011
12:00 pm

Danny X

Africa is a country to Fox news viewers. Sarah Palin thinks it is, and Michele Bachmann doesn’t know that Libya’s a part of Africa. If two of the best and brightest that the Republicans have to offer are geographically challenged, I think Big Hat should get a pass.

Jon Lester

October 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Whether they take Cain seriously or not, is kind of beside the point, if they’re also on record for staying in Gingrich’s camp, although it shouldn’t surprise most observers that this is the extent of our delegation’s judgment.

yuzeyurbrane

October 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

Nice political hit job by Reed on 1 of leaders of Occupy people. Not even any fingerprints. He plays rough but has nothing to do with merits of free speech or the economic issues. Reed will be welcomed back at massah’s big house for doing his bidding so well. His political future is, however, over.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Mark,

So what you are trying to say is that our governor is incompetent?! (Gasp)

td

October 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Deal has a 50% approval rating and 25% undecided with the other 25% of the loony left that do not like him is on here bashing him. Is it not true that you libs kept saying Barnes would win? You libs kept coming on these blogs day after day saying Deal was a crook and would be arrested and brought to trail for one reason or the other. I have not seen anyone taking any action yet. He won by 60% of the vote and even moderate Democrats have come on these blogs saying he has done a good job in the first legislative session.

Now you libs are trying the same tactics with every Republican candidate for President and keep saying Obama is going to win. How can we believe you know what you are talking about now when you sure as h3ll did not know what you were talking about two years ago.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

October 27th, 2011
12:00 pm
Danny X

Africa is a country to Fox news viewers. Sarah Palin thinks it is, and Michele Bachmann doesn’t know that Libya’s a part of Africa. If two of the best and brightest that the Republicans have to offer are geographically challenged, I think Big Hat should get a pass.

Just like Obama thinks we have 58 states in this country?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

“Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Wednesday that integrity of America’s courts is in danger because of companies that specialize in funding litigation”

…..Ulm..is Thurbert including labor unions in his broad statement..and their scorched earth take no prisoners policy against anyone who dares question their control over the soul of the Democratic Party?

Just wondering.

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

“How can we believe you know what you are talking about now when you sure as h3ll did not know what you were talking about two years ago.”

td, do you really want to compare the records of Deal and Obama? Obama has real verifiable results. Every single economic indicator is up. Our foreign policy is once again competent.

Meanwhile Georgia has become stagnant. What are Deals accomplishments?

td

October 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

td

October 27th, 2011
12:09 pm
Mark,

So what you are trying to say is that our governor is incompetent?! (Gasp)

The above is the coward imposter but it is a good question.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

So are you trying to tell me a Governor has more control over the economy then the President? I Obama is doing such a good job then why to 70% of the nation believe the country is on the wrong track?

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

Blue, no half of Georgian’s approve of any republican

gsueagle

October 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

love herman ! he is no RINO like so many of our republicans.

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

td, I thought we covered this yesterday
unless you are one of the 16 republican delegates to the electoral college from Georgia your vote isn’t counted any more than the thousand’s who will vote for the president

Southern Comfort

October 27th, 2011
12:30 pm

Somehow, I think the irony of Deal’s sojurn to China has been completely lost on the media as well as the people of Georgia. What does it say about American businesses when a leader of what’s supposed to be the best democracy and greatest economy on the planet has to go brown nose to leaders in a Communist nation in an effort to create jobs in his state?

What does it say about our country as a whole when we have to get communists to create jobs for us? We have citizens and business owners here who are actively advocating for not creating jobs here until their perceived “war on business” is ended. Have we have drifted so far to the edge of the cliff that we’re willing to not only risk our future, but leave our future in the hands of communists?

RGB

October 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Our president thinks there are 57 states in America and still believes a Navy corpsman is a Navy “corpse-man”. He terms the inhalers that asthmatics use as “breathalyzers”. And he “reformed” our healthcare system.

More importantly, Obama caused 20% real unemployment and is said to no longer to speak but to one or two of his top advisers. He relies on himself for his own advice….about how to spur business creation. But he never created a single job and has no private sector experience.

But we’re still supposed to support Obama because if we don’t, Palin or the Koch brothers (none is an elected official) will “get” us. [Are the Democrat candidates to whom the brothers give campaign donations evil too?]

It’s easy being a lib. Just point at selected groups, call them “evil”, and say “there ought to be an executive order against that.”

No peace no justice.

GallowayIsAHack

October 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

Galloway’s latest attack on Cain. Where are the attacks on the incompetent, bumbling, Obama, Galloway? You are a truly a joke and completely predictable. America should start outsourcing our journalist jobs to people that aren’t as useless.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:29 pm
td, I thought we covered this yesterday
unless you are one of the 16 republican delegates to the electoral college from Georgia your vote isn’t counted any more than the thousand’s who will vote for the president

That is not correct. I will have 16 delegates going to the electoral college to vote my will (BTW: I am not confirming or denying that I am one of the 16). Anyone voting for Obama in Georgia will have no one going to the electoral college to vote their will. So in reality my vote for President will be counted and anyone voting for Obama will not be counted.

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

” Obama is doing such a good job then why to 70% of the nation believe the country is on the wrong track?”

Is that all you have td? Seriously.

Reagan had a 35% approval rating at one point during his first term.

We were hemorrhaging job losses to the tune of 700,000 per month when Obama was sworn in. The Dow was down to 8,300. GNP was in negative territory. Our foreign policy was a disaster. The real estate market collapsed. Lax regulation caused a banking meltdown. We were in a “Great” recession.

Now we are gaining jobs again, (except Georgia.) The unemployment rate is about to go well under 9%. The stock market is up. GNP is up. Our foreign policy is competent, and your talking points are outdated.

RGB

October 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

“What does it say about American businesses when a leader of what’s supposed to be the best democracy and greatest economy on the planet has to go brown nose to leaders in a Communist nation in an effort to create jobs in his state?”

Umm, it says that commerce is global, has been that way for a loooooong time, and that Deal understands this. China buys stuff from the USA too. Can you say “Buick”? Coca-Cola?

Danny O

October 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

@Frederick Douglass

It was I who pointed out the geographic blunder by BIg Hat, not Danny X. We are two different people.

RGB

October 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

“So in reality my vote for President will be counted and anyone voting for Obama will not be counted.”

That’s a good reason for Democrats to stay home on election day, which by the way libs, is November 7, 2010.

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

td, when W won in 04 he based his mandate on getting five million more total votes than Kerry
voting for the president here in Georgia helps his mandate, just like all the people on the west coast that voted for Reagan in 1980 after he had already won the election

any attempt to suppress voting is wrong, that is why the GOP recently passed a law to allow all the republicans to vote on Wednesday, November 7 so they don’t have to stand in line with democrats

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Danny, the GDP can’t actually go negative, GDP growth however can

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

“Danny, the GDP can’t actually go negative, GDP growth however can”

Indeed.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:44 pm

DannyX

October 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

“Is that all you have td? Seriously”

How about the fact that gas prices were $1.81 per gallon the day Obama was sworn into office and they are now $3.29. How much disposable income has that taken out of mine and your pocket and how has that hurt the economy. How is that for Foreign policy? What about the fact that even after Obama bailed out the banks they will still not make any loans unless you have a 750 credit score? Is that leadership? How is that for growing an economy?

Southern Comfort

October 27th, 2011
12:44 pm

China buys stuff from the USA too. Can you say “Buick”? Coca-Cola?

If they buy a 6-pack of coke while we’re buying millions of iPads, that does nothing for American workers. Businesses are taking full advantage of trade, but the American workers and taxpayers are the one’s footing the bill. Research the increase in taxpayer money that’s used to fund anti-counterfeiting activity now versus before we took all our manufacturing to China. Almost all perceived “savings” that businesses gain in outsourcing is paid for by taxpayers funding government enforcement of IPR rights.

Any country that does not and can not manufacture for itself simply becomes a crackhead nation looking for their dealer. America is slowly becoming crackheads of the world by relying on everyone else to make stuff for us. We’re on our decline as the economic engine of the world, and it has little to do with who’s in the White House and/or Governor’s House. Our business community has been steadily eroding our economic foundation for decades, and nobody’s gonna notice it until it’s too late. There’s nothing wrong with playing in the global economy. Things begin to fall apart when you don’t balance your consumption with your production. We’ve been way out of balance for a long time now.

Southern Comfort

October 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

How about the fact that gas prices were $1.81 per gallon the day Obama was sworn into office and they are now $3.29

td

You’re making the same critical thinking mistake that those on the left made when they tried to blame Bush for the price of oil going crazy. Our president has little to no effect on the price of commodities on the world market. The only way the president could influence costs in that manner would be if the commodity was produced by the US only and was controlled by the government. We don’t have any nationalized institutions like that, so blaming the president for the price of global commodities is an exercise in futility.

td

October 27th, 2011
12:50 pm

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

“any attempt to suppress voting is wrong, that is why the GOP recently passed a law to allow all the republicans to vote on Wednesday, November 7 so they don’t have to stand in line with democrats”

If I would have said that then I would have been called a racist and accused of suppressing the vote and even accused of being un American. You say that to me and I laugh because I am an informed voter just like the vast majority of GOP voters. On the other hand it may have been suppression since the typical Democratic voter is clueless and brainwashed and does what the field bosses tell them too.

You are stretching talking about a mandate when you know your vote will not actually count.

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:51 pm

td,
Obama did not bail out the banks, W did

Mark

October 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

@ Southern Comfort

October 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

How about the fact that gas prices were $1.81 per gallon the day Obama was sworn into office and they are now $3.29

td

You’re making the same critical thinking mistake that those on the left made when they tried to blame Bush for the price of oil going crazy. Our president has little to no effect on the price of commodities on the world market. The only way the president could influence costs in that manner would be if the commodity was produced by the US only and was controlled by the government. We don’t have any nationalized institutions like that, so blaming the president for the price of global commodities is an exercise in futility.

Thank you for attempting to inform “td” who wants to believe he knows everything, but you might as well save it, because he’s full of hot donkey air.

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

td, you are stretching in trying to keep democrats from the polls by acting like there is only one race on the November 2012 ballot

td

October 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

findog

October 27th, 2011
12:51 pm
td,
Obama did not bail out the banks, W did

Obama voted for a supported 100% TARP (listen to his speech on the Senate floor). The policies for the bailouts were not put in place until Obama took office. He had a great deal more to do with the bank bailouts then Bush did.