A Carolina jolt: Stephen Colbert hijacks the Herman Cain name

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:

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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.

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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:

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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51 comments Add your comment

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

January 17th, 2012
11:03 am

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

Romegaguy

January 17th, 2012
11:05 am

Will Tim Echols be charging the taxpayers for his gas to and from South Carolina? What if he brings his family with him?

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
11:10 am

Romney has been building his lead for the last week in South Carolina per many polls, and the MSM is now only reluctantly reporting it since we are getting close to the actual results. The hide the increase “trick” before had been to mix in older polls including before Romney’s convincing win in New Hampshire with the newer polls showing his surge.

Tilt, game over.

Keith

January 17th, 2012
11:15 am

Jim Galloway wrote: “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:”

Come on Jim, that leftwing bias is showing again. Gingrich hit that one out of the park. Did it win him any black votes? No. But 90%+ of all black votes will go to Obama anyway. However Newt’s response will resonate with a large percentage of independents.

DannyX

January 17th, 2012
11:29 am

Centrist, do you have a family member or friend that can keep an eye on you this afternoon? The final Iowa vote totals are being released today and rumor has it that your new bff, Mitt Romneycare, didn’t win after all. I’m worried about you, you shouldn’t be alone. At least check in with us so we know you’re ok.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
11:36 am

Romney seem like he lying about everything he said on the debate. Romney is a true hard liberal especially a flip floper. Why he want release his tax record. I wonder if any of them show they birth certificate.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
11:37 am

Romney father is mexican and mother is american. Why the republican not talking about Romney father was born in mexico but they want to come hard on president Obama citizenship.

Idiot watcher

January 17th, 2012
11:55 am

Keith
However Newt’s response will resonate with a large percentage of independents.

Really? You expect the idea of young children working as janitors in their schools to resonate with independent voters? Really? Why would you say that? Do you actually believe that?

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
12:02 pm

My issue is not with the idea of developing a work ethic at an early age. My issue is how Newt chose to illustrate his concept. In his original statement, he singled out the poor and minorities and menial labor. Only now are we hearing about his daughter and doughnuts. Newt is re-writing recent history.
I am white, grew up in a middle class household and have had a job since I was 11. Delivering papers, mowing yards,shoveling snow, working at the local country club, etc. I learned a lot from those experiences.

But Newt’s comment was a veiled statement about minorities and welfare, not about developing a work ethic. EVERYONE benefits from learning the value of earning his or her own keep, whether black, white, brown, yellow or red. Poor, middle or upper class. I suggest that the kids in middle or upper class families could benefit even more from the work ethic lesson in order to mitigate the entitlement mentality that comes from having parents who are well off. It seems that Newt is against state-sponsored welfare, but has no position on the welfare provided to kids from their well-heeled parents.

Frederick Douglass

January 17th, 2012
12:03 pm

If Martha Zoller’s gonna have Herman Cain beside her in Gainesville, she’d best keep some daylight between them, copping a feel is not beneath “Ol 9-9-9″.

GaBlue

January 17th, 2012
12:05 pm

Newt’s vision of the perfect school: — Got money? Your kids can play sports and instruments after school! — Working stiff? Your kids can clean toilets and locker rooms after the kids that matter. Why pay a janitor to clean the floor when the stomach bug comes around? CHILDREN can clean up the puke of other children. It’s good for their little immune systems, right?

The Snark

January 17th, 2012
12:07 pm

@ Independent Voter:

Romney’s father was not Mexican. He was a white American who was born in Mexico.

However, Romney has been known to hit the chimichangas pretty hard at Taco Bell.

The Snark

January 17th, 2012
12:08 pm

Love to hear Newt pontificating about the value of honest work. Now, when was the last time he had a real job?

GaBlue

January 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

Look before I leap,

Excellent observation. Of my kids’ friends, the biggest entitlement mentality I’ve ever witnessed comes from the children of privilege. Their expectations of the good life are very high, yet they have no idea what it would take to earn the money they just spent at the mall with daddy’s credit card, and no eagerness to find out.

Jimmy the Cricket

January 17th, 2012
12:12 pm

@Danny X… Santorum winning IOWA would be like the Big Bang Theory re-invented to destroy the TeaPulicans lame party.

Hope you’re right.

ES

January 17th, 2012
12:14 pm

@ The Snark, So if you are born in Mexico you are not called Mexican as long as you are “a white American who was born in Mexico”? You seriously need to get a job with Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert…

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

Some families give their kids an allowance, or even pay for good grades. Kids naturally want things (electronics, athletic shoes, clothes, etc.) and often find odd jobs to increase their funds to get them. OFFERING in school jobs would be a win – win, but unions and demagogues like Juan Williams who find such things demeaning to blacks will likely block it. Is it demeaning for the union janitors?

Being a janitorial assistant was an alternative to shorten detention/ in-school suspension at my school, and most in that category took it even though they were mocked. If it was a voluntarily paid job, the mocking would be easier to take (for some). Yes, that idea resonates with many parents who think a part time job has value as Gingrich outlined.

findog

January 17th, 2012
12:22 pm

Independent: Mitt’s father was born in Mexico as a group of Mormons who wanted to seek the religious freedom to have multiple wives moved south after Utah became a state and the Mormon’s had to abandon the practice as part of state hood.

Newt also wants orphanages to be modeled after Boys Town. If he had seen the movie he would have known that one of the lead boys is shot dead in it. I guess that’s one way to thin the herd. Newt has never, ever had a job where he personally increased the GDP through his own labor.

Idiot watcher

January 17th, 2012
12:25 pm

Putting the not very thinly veiled racial nature of his original comments, I know a lot of people with children and not one of them thinks it’s a good idea for their children to be working as janitors in their own school. I was a janitorial assistant during a couple of summers at my grammar school and high school, but not during school time. And I was a teenager when I did it. This is a bad idea that will not resonate with parents no matter how you spin it.

Idiot watcher

January 17th, 2012
12:29 pm

Putting that aside…
Sorry for leaving a word out.

fes

January 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

I turned the debate off because not a single candidate could answer the question that was posed to them. Each time, they made their own question to answer instead. Give me a break.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

@Centrist 12:20

Just for yucks, assume Newt’s idea takes hold. What do we tell the janitors who are likely supporting a family, who lose their jobs to this idea?

Road Scholar

January 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

I wonder how Newt feels about the unmotivated white kids who stare at their gameboys while their meth addicted parents burn the trailer down?

The issue Newt has brought up is not a white, black , or yellow problem…it is a problem for all Americans who do not have the means to support themselves nor the family atmosphere to provide support and oppertunity. More children of all races are growing up “unattended” and lack basic communication, self confidence, and an awareness of what the world is really like.. or what it could be. To single out blacks is plain wrong…unless you are closed minded.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
12:35 pm

@fes 12:32

These are not debates, they are sound-bite stump speeches.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
12:39 pm

@findog 12;22

“Newt has never, ever had a job where he personally increased the GDP through his own labor.”

Well, he has kept some sales clerks at Tiffany’s employed. Who then spend their commissions on groceries and rent. That whole trickle-down economics thing.

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
12:53 pm

Look before I leap… posted “What do we tell the janitors who are likely supporting a family, who lose their jobs to this idea?”

There isn’t a very limited amount of janitorial/ maintenance work that can’t be done – especially if the more mundane stuff is done by less skilled students. A combination of attrition and added jobs would avoid layoffs. Funds could come from current budgets since there would be a return on investment, community drives (taxpayers/Lions and Rotary Clubs), and Chambers of Commerce for instance.

Simply dismissing it because it is demeaning, racist, cause layoffs, etc. is a screen for other political motivations to shoot it down.

Attack Dog

January 17th, 2012
12:57 pm

I wish they would eliminate food stamps. Then Dixiecrat politicians would find out that 70% of the recipents are not minorities.

Claucworc

January 17th, 2012
1:07 pm

Newt is who we all knew him to be……..and the fact that this POS is still in the running to be the party candidate clearly shows how flawed the mentality of the GOP is and all the hicks hooterin and hollarin for him. The 1% and the companies are doing very well, and yet they have mindferked these idiots into thinking that welfare and food stamps are whats wrong with the country. Many blue collar jobs these days dont pay enough to suppport anyone than a 13 year old kid with no mortgage and no car note. Its sad that some people actually do BETTER on foodstamps and welfare than trying to work. But the fix is to give the 1% more money so they can figure out the cheapest way to hire more youth and foreigners that can work for peanuts right? U think the Reagan sponsored crack wars were bad? There will be blood in the streets if these fools win back the white house……..I promise you this.

Attack Dog

January 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

Most Dixiecrats don’t realize that food stamps are just as much of a subsidy for ag and grocery businesses.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
1:24 pm

@Centrist 12:53

I think the teachers who face furloughs due to budget constraints would argue about the availability of funds in current budgets. And given that no one has put forth any numbers (slots available, comp rate, min/max ages, max family income qualification level, program administration costs) I don’t know how you can state with any kind of certainty that there is a net positive ROI. I think you are looking this with rose-colored glasses.

RedNeck Rick

January 17th, 2012
1:27 pm

Someone please help me understand how Mexico-born George Romney, Mitt’s father, was eligible to run for President in 1968? This isn’t Panama Canal Zone born John McCain, whose father was in the military. The Romney family left the U.S., and only returned when things got too hot in the Mexican Revolution.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
1:33 pm

Why should poor kids work as a janitor and take away his father or mother job. I think Newt need to go out in the poorest neighborhood and ask poor people how do they feel kids work as janitor.
Newt stop using your daughter as excuse that she work when she was 12 year old that is the most biggest lie that you made so far about kids working early age and plus your daughter was not poor or came from a poor family.
Newt do you know what poor kids go through everyday I dont think you have a clue.
I think Newt and Santorum want to divide this country in half between poor people and rich people.

Attack Dog

January 17th, 2012
1:38 pm

I doubt that 10% of Dixiecrats even know what is required to receive food stamps. Just like they don’t know what is required for welfare or unemployment..

Dave

January 17th, 2012
1:40 pm

GaBlue help me understand what do the “children of privilege” look like? I would suspect you we describe my children. Guess what they are the children of hard working parents who live their life so that their children have what they need to be successful in life. Too bad you did have the same since you feel so negative about them.

Dave

January 17th, 2012
1:42 pm

Independent voter – I’m pretty sure it’s your guy that’s the divider and some how I think you’re not so independent

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
1:43 pm

Foodstamp is not a black american issue, white people were getting foodstamp and welfare before the civil right movement. Black american just figure out to get welfare and foodstamps after civil right bill was pass. Newt and Santorum is dead wrong on this issue.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

If Romney father was born in Mexico do you think he mexican.

brother bill

January 17th, 2012
2:08 pm

So Romney is a Hispanic-American. Give me a break

Interesting

January 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

Echols going to SC to support Sen. Santorum. I wonder if thats because of a pro-life position or if Sen. Santorum has enlisted the help of Tean Pac.

Attack Dog

January 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

Cobert is polling better than Cain ever would, and would probably be the frontrunner if he really tried.

Colbert Nation

January 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

Gingrich is a dope. Vote Cain, with a C for Colbert.

Ol' Timer

January 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Stom Thurmond is alive in South Carolina and Newt Gingrich is so desperate he’s appealing to that constituency. There’s a lot of vermin hidding under that Tea Party tent.

Frederick Douglass

January 17th, 2012
3:28 pm

Newt’s really a Mexican too, his family’s name was Gringo-rich before they crossed over.

The Great Right Hope

January 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

Gingrich hit that one out of the park. Did it win him any black votes? No. But 90%+ of all black votes will go to Obama anyway.

so that means the 10% he would’ve gotten, is lost to him too. Go Romney go!! Nuke the Newt.

honested

January 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

Ol’ Timer

It looks like as the election draws near more of that vermin will be chased out into the light.

woodrow

January 17th, 2012
4:37 pm

The republican’s should nominate a democrat. They will have a better chance. LOL. j/k

Georgia Native

January 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

Ron Paul is the only serious candidate who refuses to involve himself in the petty, deceit-ridden squabbles and groveling sound bites of the RepubliCrats. He is the only one who is seriously fighting the status quo. He is the ONLY candidate who will bring about any significant change for the better — for ALL Americans — as president. No one is perfect, and I don’t agree with every minute detail of his beliefs, but Ron Paul is the man.

The Great Right Hope

January 17th, 2012
5:05 pm

I doubt that 10% of Dixiecrats even know what is required to receive food stamps. Just like they don’t know what is required for welfare or unemployment..

that’s because Dixiecrats died out with Thurmond. Duh!

The Great Right Hope

January 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

Centrist is an idiot. Just saying……..

Corey

January 17th, 2012
6:36 pm

Mr. Gingrich like most Republicans abhor funding summer youth employment programs which afford many under privileged kids the opportunity to earn a pay check while learning the value of work. Plus it keeps them off the streets during the summer. Mr. Gingrich, can you say hypocrisy?