Your morning jolt: Herman Cain opts out of tonight’s Fulton GOP dinner

The Fulton County Republican party had thought of tonight as an opportunity to celebrate Herman Cain’s spectacular rise to the top of the polls in the GOP race for president – but it will have to do so without the candidate.

A spokesman for Cain’s campaign confirmed to my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that he won’t be able to make the Atlanta gig. No reason was given.

Cain’s rapidly growing staff has been struggling to keep up with increased demands. But last week, his spokesman also said a slower, more deliberate pace would help Cain reduce the number of missteps he’s made in interviews and speeches on such topics as electric fences and abortion.

And, no doubt, an appearance in Buckhead would attract a scrum of reporters who aren’t finished talking about sexual harassment.

So instead, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich will be providing the keynote address – but even that will be via a taped message from Iowa.

The 5:30 – 10 p.m. event is at the W Atlanta – Buckhead at 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30326.

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At the Washington Post, The Fix notes that – even before news broke of sexual harassment complaints against Herman Cain – the GOP presidential candidate was drawing his strength from Republican men, not women:

If even more women turn against Cain, it could give Romney — who already does better with female than male voters — the chance to pull ahead in the GOP presidential primary.

The Des Moines Register wrote Sunday that in the new Iowa poll that showed Cain and Romney neck-and-neck, men were behind Cain’s success — 26 percent prefer him while only 18 percent backed Romney. The numbers were almost exactly the reverse for Romney with female respondents — the former governor beat Cain 27 to 17 percent.

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The Georgia Democratic party is about to launch a debate over whether to empower its county organizations to make endorsements in primary contests.

Chairman Mike Berlon said that and other changes have been recommended by the Democratic National Committee to increase grassroots participation.

“For years the Democratic party has been an offshoot of our highest elected official,” Berlon said. “The idea is to give more authority at the local level. We’d like the counties to have more decision-making authority.”

There’s another reason. Berlon said some tea partyers have been threatening to run in Democratic primaries. The rule change would allow county Democratic party leaders to single them out. “They know they’re candidates, they know their leaders,” Berlon said.

The chairman said the change will be proposed at a Dec. 3 meeting of the party’s state committee, with a vote in January or Febuary next year.

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With Bob Barr more interested in a return to Congress (as a Republican, no less) than a second run for the White House, the Libertarian party will be looking for another candidate.

Jason Pye, a blogger who follows such matters, says he’s been contacted by the “Committee to Recruit Gary Johnson.” Johnson is the two-term former governor of New Mexico – a largely ignored candidate in the Republican presidential race.

Other Republicans are holding out hope that Texas congressman Ron Paul, also in the GOP race, could be persuaded to make another Libertarian-party bid – as he did in 1988.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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163 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

November 1st, 2011
9:39 am

So Romney benefits with the latest “news” on Herman. I wonder who leaked that story to Politico…

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:02 am

Fulton County (where the AJC is based) is a Democratic party enclave. Herman Cain should be OTP where he might garner some votes, and he should shun the constantly attacking AJC. He knows that his organization is not strong enough to beat Romney anyway – this is all for name recognition and other political/economic interests.

I hope the Libertarian Party does better than Barr, Johnson, or Paul. They have no chance, but would like my likely protest vote (against Obama and weak Republican candidate) to go to somebody with some real gravitas. Hey, how about Herman Cain so we can watch more AJC attacks?

Road Scholar

November 1st, 2011
10:07 am

Herman must have a date…I wonder if his wife is available?

Raquel Morris

November 1st, 2011
10:08 am

@Centrist, Fulton County might be home of the Democratic votes, but it’s also home of the Republican dollars. Cain failing to show up confirms that his campaign is on its last legs.

GaBlue

November 1st, 2011
10:08 am

Note to Georgia Democrats: Act locally! Waiting for power and influence to trickle down from above is not effective. If WE don’t care about Georgia, why should anyone else? Be not afraid to identify yourselves and act in your own communities. There are problems to solve right here at home, and no reason why we cannot get busy here doing just that. Years of Republican domination have left this state bereft. You are the grass roots. Your values and your actions are needed — here, and now. See you at the next meeting!

yuzeyurbrane

November 1st, 2011
10:10 am

Centrist, you obviously don’t know Fulton County politics. The county is actually pretty balanced Democrat and Republican. County Commission has often been under Republican control in last 20 years. North Fulton, Sandy Springs and Buckhead, etc. vote heavily Republican. Fulton is also the major source of fundraising for statewide Republican candidates and Presidential candidates. So Herman was being smart to speak at Fulton Republican dinner. Also, you can’t blame everything on the messenger.

Bill Orvis White

November 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Herman will get through this storm because He has a strong faith in the Lord Almighty. Herman’s devotion to God, Jesus and free market principles will prove that this strong man will be in the Oval Office come January 2013 and save this once-free nation from ruin.

See this video with Herman singing. It brought me to tears:

http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2011/10/31/cain-sings-at-npc.cnn.html

Amen,
Bill

Aquagirl

November 1st, 2011
10:21 am

When you respond to sexual harassment allegations by screaming “lying beeyotches!” you’re not gonna get much support from women. Flaring your nostrils doesn’t impress either.

Teh menz apologists think they’re helping Cain, lol. What a sinking political ship. I bet his talk radio numbers go through the roof when he gets back to the studio.

Makes me wonder

November 1st, 2011
10:21 am

@yuzeyurbane – When has the Fulton County Commission been under Republican control?

girl six

November 1st, 2011
10:23 am

Isis5761

November 1st, 2011
10:28 am

I hope the people of this country will feel like most Democratics in Georgia that we are not fooled by Herman Cain.

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:29 am

“North Fulton, Sandy Springs and Buckhead, etc. vote heavily Republican.”

Exactly. Republicans often go to the NORTH side OTP. Cobb Galleria, Gwinnet Convention Center, etc. which is just as close to those voters and away from the very blue Atlanta crowd.

atler8

November 1st, 2011
10:30 am

Centrist..
Regarding your post of 10:02, please look at a map & think before you post here.
Do you realize how much of Fulton County & how many votes are OTP & in what is generally called north Fulton? Voters up there would be interested to know that you have decided that Cain should write them off by ingoring them simply because they live in the Fulton “enclave”, as you put it.
It doesn’t matter where Herman appears anyway..ITP or OTP or in Shangri-La. He’s still not the one & just another one of the rep midgets in the mix.

Ryan Shakur

November 1st, 2011
10:31 am

Herman Cain bowing out of tonight’s dinner means his “I Michael Steele” shirts are ready for pick-up.

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:32 am

@ GaBlue posted “See you at the next [Democratic Party] meeting!

Unless it is held ITP, there will be an empty echo unless it is held in a Waffle House.

Bobby G

November 1st, 2011
10:34 am

To all the Democrats out there…nice choice on the president…doing a fine job..at least Herman is sparking some interest in this country for the firs time in 3 years…Obama is a bust. Period. Its time we start thinking outside of the box…

Aquagirl

November 1st, 2011
10:35 am

Centrist..Regarding your post of 10:02, please look at a map & think before you post here.

Why? We need the comic relief.

Please

November 1st, 2011
10:36 am

Cain is a buffoon. Conservative tout his being a CEO as a good thing… while he was CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, the company grew a paltry 1% total. Cain turned a company probably worth about $130 million into a company worth $30 million in two and a half years time. He was an ineffective, arrogant and self-serving CEO. Even now, he does not allow his campaign staff to speak to him till they are spoken to. And honestly, I do not think he even wants to be president. He is on this adventure to sell his books and make a name for himself. He is about as viable a candidate as Palin or Trump.

atler8

November 1st, 2011
10:36 am

Makes me wonder..
How about during the Mitch Skandalakis (R.) years, which didn’t end well for Skandalakis considering his eventual downfall in corruption. Also, remember Karen Handel (R.) who was fairly recently the head of the Fulton Commission? Yuzey has made valid points so go bone up on local political history a bit.

GaBlue

November 1st, 2011
10:37 am

Centrist,

I’m sorry. Are you a Democrat? If so, then you’re welcome to join us at the next meeting in your local area. If not, then why are you sticking your nose in where it doesn’t belong? Is your life so empty that you have no business of your own to mind?

Kaygeeone

November 1st, 2011
10:38 am

Just some FYI: Has anyone bothered to read the book of Mormon? Before I go any futher, I am a white, Christian Republician. They, (Mormons)believe that in the end times/days, (Now) that a Mormon Leader will take a Great position of power and help set up the throne of Jesus in: (Get This) Springfield, Missouri. They believe Jesus will rule from Israel and Missouri. What scares me is that Romney is a Mormon and a Moron! I will tell you, I use to be a huge racist. Getting saved will get that out of you. I still think Obama is a Muslim, that is one of many reasons to not like him. My vote is either going to Cain or Perry. I urge you all, Vote the Bible. Don’t vote for a man or woman that supports Abortion or Gay marriage. You may think your vote is secret, But God Almighty knows who and what you vote for. I’m sure I’ll get some haters, but that’s o.k. I love you and so does God. Have a Blessed day:)

Gman

November 1st, 2011
10:38 am

You fine southern gentlemen will never let Herman “Silas” Barkley run the Barkley Ranch now that you know he has his eye on Miss Audra!

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:39 am

KID

November 1st, 2011
10:40 am

Thanks GaBlue! Good point!

Pay Attention

November 1st, 2011
10:42 am

Herman has been scheduled to speak on Special Report with Brett Baier for a few weeks now. It should not be a surprise that he will not be in Fulton tonight.

Another Cynic

November 1st, 2011
10:44 am

@ Centrist
Just an FYI….the AJC is NOT based in Fulton County. They left downtown Atlanta and moved north to Dunwoody (OTP). Their production facility is located in Gwinnett (OTP). Why the moves? They wanted to be closer to their customer base (paid subscriptions). So….what does that tell you about the AJC?

Straight Talk

November 1st, 2011
10:47 am

You Cain bashers are probably the same people who had no problem with Bill Clinton lying to the whole country and committing perjury on the witness stand about his sexual misconduct. Herman Cain is a fine, honorable man and an outstanding leader. When he runs against Obama in November, 2012 then the voters of this country will have the opportunity to follow Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advice in his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and judge the two men “not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.” Herman Cain will make a great President.

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:48 am

@ GaBlue – I don’t go to either Republican or Democrat Party meetings – I’m a Centrist. But I KNOW from the voting maps that OTP in the Atlanta metro area Georgia is a sea of red and pink with only two light blue islands.

Disappointed

November 1st, 2011
10:50 am

@Pay Attention: Then Cain’s campaign needs to get their act together and figure out which way is up. Obviously, they knew they had double-booked, or they wouldn’t have called and CANCELLED — which means he was also booked for the Fulton County GOP event tonight. There are a lot of disappointed people in the Fulton Count GOP organization today — and that disappointment may turn around and bite Cain.

atler8

November 1st, 2011
10:51 am

Centrist..
Please pay attention here & reread the original article. The Rep. dinner is sponsored by the Rep. Party of Fulton County & as such it should not be held in a different county as in your suggestions of the Cobb Galleria or out in Gwinnett. What do you not get, Centrist, about a county party holding it’s dinner in it’s own county?
In your failed rebuttal note, you even mentioned Buckhead & that is exactly where the dinner will be held tonight with or without Herman.
Come on now..let’s try to comprehend!

Aquagirl

November 1st, 2011
10:51 am

Centrist, you failed to read details of that map.

“each of the 13 congressional districts are subdivided into four quadrants to show which party’s candidate the district’s voters selected for the 2008 Presidential election (upper-left quadrant), the most recent U.S. Senate election (upper-right), 2010 U.S. House election (lower-right), and the most recent Governor election (lower-left); color represents party (blue for Democrat, red for Republican, green for Independent), and saturation represents the winning percentage (more saturated for higher percentages)”

Now, that’s a lot of words so I’ll sum it up for you: red over an area doesn’t mean that area voted Republican.

You shouldn’t try google-fu. You look like the dummy going for a fancy head kick who falls on his @$$.

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:54 am

@ Another Cynic posted “They wanted to be closer to their customer base (paid subscriptions). So….what does that tell you about the AJC?”

It says they have shrunk to a pathetic state. They have desperately tried to APPEAR more balanced, but have even stopped delivery in many outlying suburbs. The remaining OTP subscribers are the minority Democrats and those who skip the leftist partisan drivel for local news and sports.

Another Cynic

November 1st, 2011
10:55 am

@ Straight Talk.
Herman Cain HAD a chance…his only chance to become the Republican Nominee was to run a clean campaign and avoid “excessive baggage”. His comments about Muslims, and being a “true black man” were essentially given a pass, but I’m afraid the sexual harassment charge changes things up a bit… Conservatives may still vote for him, but let’s remember the groups who will ultimately decide this election. I don’t think they are too impressed.

atler8

November 1st, 2011
10:56 am

Centrist: Regarding your color zone map: So what? Fulton County Republicans should hold their dinner in their own danged county! And if they choose to hold it in Buckhead, which they have, that makes even more sense!
Would you expect the Forsyth or Cherokee County Democrats to meet in a county outside of their own?
Sheesh!

GaBlue

November 1st, 2011
10:56 am

Can we get a BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE for Centrist? Everybody! **clap! clap! clap!** Good job learning how to identify colors on a map. Well done!

Nonetheless, if you are not a Democrat, then my comment was not directed to you. Since you claim to attend no such meetings, then what Democrats and Republicans decide to do in our/their local meetings truly is NONE of YOUR gosh darn business!

Since you seem to have the important business of sniping from the sidelines while contributing nothing well in hand, I’ll leave you to it, then. Good day, Sir.

Jay

November 1st, 2011
10:56 am

Cain’s fried. Sexual harassment is against the law and is vile. Not like an affair between consenting adults. Cain was already wearing thin, so let’s move him along. Next … Tiffany Newt.

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
10:58 am

Hey partisans – did you notice that Herman Cain doesn’t think attending a function in Fulton County is worth his time, and he will be on FOX instead? Your arguing that Fulton County is a worthwhile Republican venue is falling on deaf ears.

Bunnie

November 1st, 2011
11:00 am

Anyone else see the irony that Cain was to appear at a hotel that went into default a few weeks ago?

td

November 1st, 2011
11:01 am

If Herman has disqualified himself from the nomination then it just means Rick or Newt will move up the ladder. It really does not matter because one of them will run against Obama next Nov. and have a great chance at winning.

Anyone but Obama!!!!!!!!!

Now for our daily educational announcement:

If you are a Democrat just going to the polls to vote for Obama then you are wasting your time. All 16 votes in Georgia will be cast of the Republican nominee and ZERO votes will be cast for Obama.

Another Cynic

November 1st, 2011
11:01 am

@ Centrist…
I guess it’s all about perspective. I would guess the majority of residents living ITP would think otherwise. One thing we can agree upon is that they have definitely shrunk to a pathetic state…but so have many newspapers across this land.

Straight Talk

November 1st, 2011
11:02 am

Another Cynic…help us unenligthened conversatives out…and tell us why you are so impressed with Obama. We might learn something.

Aquagirl

November 1st, 2011
11:07 am

If you are a Democrat just going to the polls to vote for Obama then you are wasting your time. All 16 votes in Georgia will be cast of the Republican nominee and ZERO votes will be cast for Obama.

td, are you still upset your vote in 2008 didn’t count? Obama won, so Georgia’s net effect was ZERO.

Looks like someone wants company at his Bitter Betty Ball.

clem

November 1st, 2011
11:08 am

that’s easy, lesser of two evils

Centrist

November 1st, 2011
11:11 am

@ Another Cynic posted “One thing we can agree upon is that they have definitely shrunk to a pathetic state…but so have many newspapers across this land.”

Maybe if they weren’t so biased to the left, so many subscribers would not be leaving to find less biased sources for their news. Their days of a captive audience are gone, but the schools of journalism are still purposely attracting liberals and teaching them how to slip in their bias. Old school leftist editors are still pumping out the leftist bias while the marketing folks are trying tricks (dropping automatic Democratic endorsements, and limiting the leftist opinion pages) to stem the stampede away.

I’m just a disgusted centrist. Most of the Republicans are long gone. Preaching to the shrinking choir might be fun, but not productive.

td

November 1st, 2011
11:11 am

Aquagirl

November 1st, 2011
11:07 am

My vote counted. It will go down in history that Georgia voted for McCain in the last election. History will say that zero votes were cast for Obama. Just trying to educate the bloggers that the President is elected by the electoral college and not by the direct votes of the people.

Retired Solider

November 1st, 2011
11:13 am

AQ-

Bitter Betty Ball? Surely you mean a Better Betty Bash!

Renee

November 1st, 2011
11:14 am

Well, that’s just awesome, isn’t it. We’ll have to listen to Newt Gingrich? I will not be tuning in.

Another Cynic

November 1st, 2011
11:16 am

@ Straight Talk…
Slow down and take a breath… where did I say anything about Obama?
1) I’m a Conservative
2) I’m NOT impressed with President Obama
3) I’m NOT impressed with Herman Cain either

I don’t think Herman can beat Obama in the general election.. ESPECIALLY, now that he has added a sexual harassment charge to his resume. Mitt Romney will be the Republican Nominee and he is the only guy standing that has a chance to win.

honested

November 1st, 2011
11:16 am

herman cain=toast

He would have been the easiest to trounce in 2012, but ego got ahead of limited capability to cover up.

Obama 2012!

honested

November 1st, 2011
11:19 am

centrist,

For claiming so desperately to be a ‘centrist’ you apparently have lost touch with where the ‘left’ begins and put the ‘middle’ where most people see ‘extreme wrong’

A reset might be in order.