Your morning jolt: Herman Cain’s ‘Peach State Travelers’ — don’t call them a Peanut Brigade

After months of focus elsewhere, the GOP presidential campaign of Herman Cain is buckling down and establishing an operation in Georgia.

On Saturday, the Cain campaign intends to establish a state headquarters in DeKalb County, just off I-85 inside the perimeter. Cain’s national headquarters has been in a Stockbridge office complex near his home.

The Cain campaign also named as Georgia co-chairs Dave McCleary and Rachel Little, both longtime GOP activists.

Cain intends to make a party of the 11 a.m. opening at 3700 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30340. On the guest list, including the candidate: State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, and state Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford; Republican National Committee member Linda Herren; and radio talk show host Neal Boortz, for whom Cain often subbed on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Update at 10:30 a.m.: GOP chairman Sue Everhart, whose name appeared on the Cain guest list, sends word that she won’t be there — an appearance would violate her obligation to stay neutral in intra-party affairs.

No one dares call it the Peanut Brigade, but the Cain campaign says it has also established a flying (well, bus-riding) squad of volunteers that will be deployed across the Southeast when needed.

The name: Peach State Travelers. What? You expected the Peanut Brigade?

The latter, for the young people out there, is the name that Jimmy Carter gave to volunteers sent into Iowa in 1976 to testify on his behalf, forever changing the way we elect presidential candidates.

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Likewise, GOP rival Newt Gingrich is ramping up efforts to solidify his support here. Maria Strollo Zack, a state Capitol lobbyist and GOP activist, has been named Gingrich’s Southeastern political director.

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In Iowa, conservative Christian activists are attempting to create an anti-Mitt Romney firewall, and Newt Gingrich – not Herman Cain – is emerging as the consensus candidate. Despite his three marriages.

Consider this quote that conservative radio talk show host Steve Deace gave to Newsweek:

“I see a lot of parallels between King David and Newt Gingrich, two extraordinary men gifted by God, whose lives include very high highs and very low lows,” Deace says. David, after all, committed adultery with the ravishing Bathsheba, then had her husband killed, among other transgressions. The Bible makes room for complicated, morally compromised heroes. Now Christian conservatives, desperate for an alternative to Mitt Romney, are learning to do so as well.

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Here’s that “Mitt v. Mitt” video that the Democratic National Committee has launched against GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney:

From the Associated Press:

The new ad released Monday is part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to portray Romney as being inconsistent on a number of issues important to conservative voters as he seeks to challenge President Barack Obama next year. Democrats are trying to slow the former Massachusetts governor’s progress with six weeks remaining before Republican primary voters begin picking their nominee.

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In October, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, introduced a bill to require more congressional oversight of big-ticket spending in the federal budget. By going overboard on an earmark ban, Barrow argued, Congress had handed spending power over to the executive branch.

Given that he’s the No. 1 target of House Republicans next year, it’s no surprise that Barrow’s legislation hasn’t moved an inch. The surprise is in the kind words that Georgia’s two U.S. senators had for the idea. From Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss had the most to say.
“Currently, there is no Senate version of this legislation,” the Georgia Republican replied. “However, I share concerns about giving the administration broad authority over vast amounts of money without congressional oversight… .

“The lack of accountability for programs that provide funding, like that given to Solyndra, is one of the reasons I opposed the Democrats’ stimulus package, which allowed the … loan to be made.”

And from a spokeswoman for Georgia’s other GOP senator, Johnny Isakson:

“Johnny hasn’t had an opportunity to review … the legislation. However, he has always been in favor of more oversight when it comes to all spending, including reviewing former obligations…”

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Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, has introduced legislation that would require a two-year waiting period on new cities.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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51 comments Add your comment

Centrist

November 28th, 2011
9:39 am

So here comes left biased Mr. Jim Galloway highlighting the anti-Romney efforts – including from Democrats.

What we WON’T be seeing here is anything negative about Obama.

Doesn’t matter in GA, though, since it will be giving all its electoral votes to the Republican nominee. The liberal media will matter in at least some swing states – which is the reason they use their unethical bias so blatantly, and have lost credibility with non-Democrats.

AMB

November 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Travelers? Isn’t that the name for the bunch of crooks and con men preying on the elderly and less intelligent with shoddy roofing jobs and bad paving?
So very appropriate for ol’ Herman’s bunch.

TRUTH

November 28th, 2011
9:51 am

You can blame obama for this mess and thank god the republicans got control of the congress to stop his and the democrats stupidity.

DannyX

November 28th, 2011
9:57 am

“I see a lot of parallels between King David and Newt Gingrich, two extraordinary men gifted by God, whose lives include very high highs and very low lows,”

David and Jonathan were gay lovers! Does Newt have a boyfriend?

Nick

November 28th, 2011
9:57 am

There is absolutely no comparison between King David and Newt Gingrich. That may be one of the biggest exaggerations in political history!

CobbGOPer

November 28th, 2011
10:25 am

Factcheck: Josh McKoon is a State Senator, not a Representative.

td

November 28th, 2011
10:31 am

Jim, You did not read your talking points this morning. The new Dem pushing point now is that the vast majority of the people are so upset about both parties that we need a big time third party candidate to run.

The Obama camp has seen that there is no way they are going to win without splitting the Republican vote and they are now attempting to show both Republican front runners as RINO’s to try to get a conservative to run and split the vote and assure Obamas re election.

yellowdog

November 28th, 2011
10:38 am

now “they” restructure the bible to liken newt to king david? please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there isnt a complete man among the GOP bozos running for prez. Herman Cain? who cares. Newt Gingrich? who cares. yet another pair of charlatans. there is no humanity in the GOP platform; ending big government? sur;e, they want to jump into our womb; tell us who can marry whom; decide who can choose to die and when? ending funding for planned parenthood; the arts; any enrichment to our lives. we cannot allow it…….wake up america.

Real Athens

November 28th, 2011
10:42 am

td:

In Georgia Obama will more than likely be crushed next November. Funny thing is, the folks here think that GA is indicative of the rest of the country. It’s not. Look at what is happening to the “golden boy” Scott Walker after his “right wing, socio-political engineering” in Wisconsin. He’s fighting for his political life after only a year in office.

The pendulum is swinging.

I can’t believe you’d be against a strong, third party candidate. I thought the Tea Party was a “third party”?

td

November 28th, 2011
10:44 am

yellowdog

November 28th, 2011
10:38 am

We can not afford these social engineering programs any longer. We are broke as a nation and it is time to decide what we can and can not do as a Federal government. The arts, planned parenthood and other such programs are non essential and should be cut completely from the budget.

td

November 28th, 2011
10:53 am

Real Athens

November 28th, 2011
10:42 am

IS the pendulum swinging or is Wisconsin the last grasp effort of the unions and other far left groups to try to remain relevant? What did Scott Walker do in Wisconsin that was so bad? The state was bankrupt and now he has brought the state back to physical responsibility by making the state employee contribute to their retirement and benefits. Is that so bad? Christie has done the same thing in NJ and he does not appear to be in trouble. Why is that?

DannyX

November 28th, 2011
11:06 am

“Christie has done the same thing in NJ and he does not appear to be in trouble. Why is that?”

Because Christie is not a Tea Party crazy!

The new Tea Party Golden Boys are getting hammered. “Golden Boy” Walker in Wisconsin is going to face a recall election as RealAthens pointed out. “Golden Boy” Gov Kasich in Ohio has a 36% approval rating as of late October. Golden Boy Gov Scott in Florida is at 33% as of the middle of November.

The Tea Party crazies are very much in trouble. Why is that?

Bootnewt

November 28th, 2011
11:09 am

Newt as King David??!! What a HEWT!!! As far as Cain goes, he ought to repay the Federal Election Commission a chunk of his salary for all those years he built his political base via WSB-Radio.

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
11:10 am

For those who miss it, notice the latest that Mitt’s negative ads about Obama are either included in the rebuttal ads by Obama or Mitt’s negative ad about Obama are shown before the liberal media prior to discussing its content and context.

Not Newt

November 28th, 2011
11:11 am

Steve Deace gave to Newsweek: – “I see a lot of parallels between King David and Newt Gingrich, two extraordinary men gifted by God,
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” And the Bible says: “The one called Devil and Satan . . . is misleading the entire inhabited earth.”

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May we not become the “evil” that we deplore!

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
11:17 am

When union members vote to increase their contributions to retirement, benefits and make wage concessions, but a Governor signs a union busting law, he will get recalled. Easy enough to figure. Why doesn’t Cain call his team the Pizza Gang?

T

November 28th, 2011
11:24 am

Steve Deace is the guy that the liberal media loves to roll out as some big leader with the Evangelicals.

Deace voted for Obama in 2010. He also attempted a smear campaign against Cain because of the way he asked for sweetener for his tea.

Watch his videos on youtube he is certifiable, reminds me of David Koresch but more confusing.

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

The NJ law requires public workers to pay more and suspended bargaining about health benefits, not totally stripping collective bargaining. Chrisie also supports OWS. One method has reason, while another will get you recalled. It will be interesting to see the demographics of the Pizza Gang.

gsueagle

November 28th, 2011
11:35 am

maybe Saxby and the liberal gang of six will stay on holiday break .

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

Funny. Clarence is against the Democrat’s stimulus package but was for the Republican one that was approved under Bush. Darn, is that another stimulus package photo op taken by a Republican?

Real Athens

November 28th, 2011
11:38 am

TD:

Over 105,000 signatures in the first four days speaks to the people not to “effort of the unions and other far left groups to try to remain relevant.”

Seriously, have you ever been to Wisconsin? It’s a predominantly rural state. Hardworking, God fearing, 2nd amendment loving folk abound.

I know you vilify organized labor. Historically it has benefitted you personally more than it has harmed you — and you live in a right to work state. If you deny that you’re completely ignorant of U.S. history. I won’t say that unions have not lost their way. By all means, they have. I deal with them in places like Ohio, NYC and Chicago all the time.

However, today all institutions are broken in their own unique ways. Corporations and governments have their flaws, too. Like labor, they’re necessary participants in a balanced economy. A world without organized labor is a world where workers have less voice and corporations are even more dominant and unchecked across both the economy and the political system. That isn’t healthy—not for workers and, in the long run, not even for corporations. But to change it, labor has to find a new lease on life nationally.

td

November 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

Public sector workers should have civil service protections but should NOT have collective bargaining rights. Unions were set up to make sure “greedy” companies do not take advantage of workers to maximise profits. Unions in the private sector are good and being able to organize and collectively bargain is a possible because both sides have something at stake. They both can go out of business if they do not compromise with each other and do what is best for the company. Public employees work for “We the people”. They are spending our money. What is at stake for the public sector workers when they do not compromise or do what is best for the state? Who are they accountable too?

Hot Dog

November 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Hey TD and Centrist…I find it amazing that you seem to think the media is liberal… When did Rush Dimbot, Neal Dunze, Dumb Hanity Laura Dingles, Bill Dummitt, Michael Deadhead and others become liberals? By the way, TD, I thought you were an idiot…Now I know for sure! Centrist, I am going to cut you some slack for now. Your thought process seems to yield some well thought out comments. Now getting back to Newt the Pillsbury Dough Boy…He already has his eye on tramp #4 so you don’t have to worry about him being nominated. As far as Hermie, he’s too busy trying to hide from the press with taxpayer money. I’m very sure he won’t be the nominee. Mitt the smuck, will be the nominee. Just remember, you read it here first… Hot Dog told you so!

td

November 28th, 2011
11:44 am

Real Athens

November 28th, 2011
11:38 am
TD:

Over 105,000 signatures in the first four days speaks to the people not to “effort of the unions and other far left groups to try to remain relevant.”

And who is paying for all these “grassroots efforts”? Do these 105,000 people really want to recall the governor or do they just go along with the shop stewart and sign them in public?

Cap Pistol

November 28th, 2011
11:49 am

Peanut Brain Brigade would be more like it. Why is Borezt aboard? He supports the pillsbury doughboy.

DannyX

November 28th, 2011
11:54 am

“And who is paying for all these “grassroots efforts”?”

WEAK, weak, weak! Is that all you have?

Atlien

November 28th, 2011
11:55 am

“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Hot Dog

November 28th, 2011
11:58 am

Neal Duuntz is a LIAR. He will never support Hermie. He has always supported Newt the Pig, behind the scenes.

Neal believes in adulterers and liars. I have always believe in forgiveness but let’s get something straight…How many affairs do you have to have before you realize you are morally bankrupt? Newt the PIG, continues to blame everyone but himself for his moral failure. As for Neal, If you don’t believe me, call his show and see how he side steps the question. Just remember, Hot Dog told you so!

td

November 28th, 2011
12:00 pm

Real Athens

November 28th, 2011
11:38 am

I have been a member of (probably the most powerful union, in the state of Georgia. I do not vilify unions and think they are a good thing in the private sector. Yes, they have done good things in the past for the working people and really for mid level management but I have also seen abuses. I have seen sorry people not having to put forth a fair days labor due to the union. I have seen people sleep on the job and not get fired. I have seen people come to work for months drunk everyday and not get fired because of the union. The worst abuse I saw first hand was the union telling its members to vote against their own self interest.

With all that said I still think unions are a good thing for the private sector. I do not believe unions belong in the public sector at all. These union members believe they are protecting their self interest in Wisconsin but what happens when the state can no longer pay the total cost of their massive pension funds? Why must my taxes be increased for their benefits packages that they do not have to contribute too? What do they have a stake to not go overboard in their negotiations? The politicians have nothing at stake to give them whatever they want. The taxpayers get stuck with the bill.

clem

November 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

i wonder if repubs should ever be listened to as the truth now emerges on how bad the financial situation was:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html

thanks for a republican congress since mid 90s and w and a sellout dem (clinton aided and abetted by robert the robber rubin, friend of phil gramm)

and then these dumba$$es think the economy should have already bounced back.

by most accounts our nation lost 15T in wealth from housing and financial collapse, worldwide 50T……and they wonder why the recession was not V shaped and short lived….

thank you corporate cronyism and socially irresponsible capitalism

clem

November 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

forgot to thank that dumb arse alan greenspan too

here’s a recap of one person’s view of the problem that is more accurate than the “it’s all fannie mae and cra’s fault”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/what-caused-the-financial-crisis-the-big-lie-goes-viral/2011/10/31/gIQAXlSOqM_story.html?tid=pm_pop

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
12:11 pm

Does anyone know how many jobs will be created by eliminating EPA, reducing capital gains taxes on simply trading stocks, or changing child labor laws? Cain is smart enough to follow the Palin model and laugh all the way to the bank.

td

November 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

clem

November 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

You my friend come on these boards everyday and tell us how bad everything is. You tell us the Republicans are mostly to blame but Democrats are just about as bad. Please give us some solutions. How can we make it better? Who should be running the country? What philosophy should they have? What has Obama done in the last three years to improve these problems?

Please come to us and give some solutions and not just problems.

td

November 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
12:11 pm

How are we going to create more jobs by increasing regulation on manufacturing? How are we going to create more investment when we increase capital gains taxes?

Marc

November 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

Herman D. Clown’s travelers remind me of a parking lot fair….looks exciting…but is rough rough up close….and some slime ball is always lookin up a skirt….ugh.

clem

November 28th, 2011
12:41 pm

td i might surpise you but we need a fiscally conservative leader to emerge who recognizes that both sides of equation need to be addressed revenues and spending cuts commensurate with the economic growth (ie stay away from draconian cuts short term).long term entitlement reform to include longevity increases, means testing, etc….

i think term limits are needed, and anti k street revolving door for staff and congressmen. pay for civil servants in critical positions more competitive with private sector.

we need an economic plan that spells out how we can compete with low wage nations and china’s currency manipulation. we need a plan to restore middle america if possible. free markets cannot be totally trusted because they are run by socially irresponsible individuals (talking about big business…ie too big to fail); regulation should be graduated to the size of company and impact on society….not a one size fits all….but regulation is needed.

we need to reign in our military outposts, unless host nations willing to pay for our presence.

the drivers of health care costs are bankrupting us and we need to turn loose some good cost accountants in that area (ever since medicare specialized physician compensation has gotten totally out of hand). tort reform too!

if obama reelected business needs to quit pouting and help the society that built them…obama needs to get with business and work to move forward and folks in congress cannot make it their lifes work to beat him.

on the other side, my gut tells me huntsman has basic instincts and could assemble a decent team

these are just some random thoughts, on to other duties today

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
12:44 pm

Unions have taken the blame for “managements” incompetence and miscalculations. Management came up with pension and retirement plans in return for lower wages. Then they raided the plans or massively underfunded them, later increased labor salaries a little and increased theirs a lot, then blamed the unions and more specifically the workers.

What

November 28th, 2011
12:51 pm

Whatever happen to Cain’s Intelligent Thinkers? I guess there were none.

clem

November 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

forgot to add….get money out of politics as much as possible…i’d prefer public financing but that may be a bit too radical

secrest out

Smoke

November 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

Those who think all Democratic plans are stupid and socialist, have no idea what an aristocratic central church based free market society looks like. Here is a clue…England had it in the 15th century.

Road Scholar

November 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

Didn’t Cain run Godfather’s Pizza? If so, then they should be called the Georgia Mafia. This may not be PC, but I’m Italian, so I can say it. You know Bush II gave the Mafia a bad name after 9/11, and if he hadn’t the Mafia would have gotten OBL in a week! It only took 9 years…..and a Democrat had to get him!

Under Uncle Sonny and just before, we had the Gwinnett Mafia running the state. They have moved further into NE Georgia under Gov Deal.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

November 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

Just had some of Cain’s travelers offer a 2 for 1 deal, they are going to fix my roof & coat my drive way. What a Deal..

Rock me like a Herman Cain

November 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

I’d like to thank “Centrist” for her continued efforts to pose as an independent voter when she really is one of my Peach State Travellers posting anti-Galloway muck to confuse the tools that allow this medium to do their thinking for them.

Cap Pistol

November 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

Herman Talmadge got caught with his hand in the raincoat pocket. Herman Cain got caught with his hand up a lady’s dress. But they both ended up as losers.

td

November 28th, 2011
2:25 pm

Cap Pistol

November 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

Where has it been proven that Cain committed sexual assault on these women? Why is it out of the news now after it has hurt his campaign? This whole thing was nothing more then the same type of high tech lynching that happened to Clarence Thomas. The liberal white elite had a public assassination of a African American conservative and most other African Americans stood by and cheered them on. So much for the NAACP protecting African American interest. They have proved to be the same as NOW just another arm of the liberal elite.

liberalefty

November 28th, 2011
2:39 pm

SORRY CAIN but your minstrel show is just about over. them white folks will never nominate a negro to represent them for president.

liberalefty

November 28th, 2011
2:45 pm

@td

wow u conservatives blame racism when its convenient dont you? first ya’ll and CAIN say racism dont exist. then when its revealed that 2 women accused CAIN of sexual misconduct and were paid by the organization CAIN worked for, ya’ll start hollering racism! stop playing the race card

BIg Hat

November 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

The only pendulum that’s swinging is Herman’s; all day, all night, not out of mind, not out of sight. Maybe he should call his ‘Peach State Travelers’ the other “P” word.

BIg Hat

November 28th, 2011
7:29 pm

Herman is Neal’s “house negro”, so Neal has to protect his “investment” until it’s just too far down the drain, then he’ll cut him loose faster than Newt can say Tiffany’s.

TCHIEF

November 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

WHAT THE SOUTHERNS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” DON’T WORK ANYMORE , BECAUSE THE POPULATION IN METRO GEORGIA ARE EDUCATED FROM THE NORTH,THAT WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”.THEY ARE EDUCATED !!