MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — ‘Twas another Godfather executive who said that, just when he thought he was out, “they pull me back in.”
Former GOP presidential candidate and pizza mogul Herman Cain can say the same now.
While Republicans here were still chewing over a rather tasty debate among the five remaining candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert was attempting to hijack Cain’s name on Saturday’s primary ballot. It’s far too late for Colbert, who is mock-mulling a run for the presidency, to have his name placed before voters – and write-in votes aren’t permitted.
Colbert’s solution: “If this Saturday, Herman Cain were to get a significant number of votes, that would be a sign that voters are hungry, hungry for a Stephen Colbert campaign.”
Here’s the pitch on his Super PAC web site:
In real life, Herman Cain will wade into the 9th District congressional race in Georgia later this month. The GOP campaign of Martha Zoller on Monday put out word that the former GOP presidential candidate will be at her side during a Jan. 28 event at the Gainesville Civic Center.
Comedy Central aside, below is the video clip of last night’s confrontation between Newt Gingrich and Fox News interrogator Juan Williams that has much of South Carolina buzzing. The content is made for a GOP primary – but not for a general election:
Turkey has already issued an official response to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s assertion last night that the country is devolving into an Islamic theocracy and should be booted from NATO. From the Associated Press:
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Tuesday saying Perry’s comments were “baseless and inappropriate” and the U.S. should not waste its time with candidates “who do not even know their allies.”
Georgia’s pro-life army is invading South Carolina. Tim Echols, who today takes the gavel as chairman of the state Public Service Commission, leaves for Anderson, S.C. immediately after his debut. And Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, is one of the moderators of a debate before a pro-life audience on Wednesday in Greenville, S.C. C-SPAN will televise the four candidates who will appear – Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul.
The Washington Post is out today with a new national poll that has GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney building on his lead:
Romney wins the support of 35 percent of all Republicans and GOP-leaners nationwide, with former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) neck and neck with about half the support Romney enjoys. Former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.), who surged to a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, checks in at 13 percent, his highest level of the campaign. Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs fifth, at 9 percent, rounding out a field that shrank Monday with the decision by former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to quit the race and endorse Romney.
Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at Democratic assertions that the state’s Republicans are attempting to have President Barack Obama removed from the March 6 primary ballot.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider