Your morning jolt: Herman Cain says he could support Mitt Romney, too

He may be about to take a shellacking in Florida, but GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has already posted a schedule that, after tonight, has him in Nevada through the end of this week.

Late last night, CNN declared that it had picked up hints that Gingrich would skip that state’s Saturday caucuses, and the upcoming contest in Michigan.

Gingrich will still have some cash after tonight. This was just Tweeted out by campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond:

“…[J]ust crossed $5 million raised for January ‘12. FEC report will show about $10 million raised in the last quarter of ‘11.”

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Herman Cain, once the Republican frontrunner in the presidential contest, watered down his endorsement of Newt Gingrich somewhat by saying – this morning, after campaigning with Gingrich on Monday – that he would also willing to support Mitt Romney if he wins the nomination.

From the Associated Press:

Cain told NBC’s “Today” show that he endorsed Gingrich and campaigned with him Monday because he found Gingrich’s tax plan similar to his own proposal, dubbed his “9-9-9″ plan.

Cain said he would be “very comfortable” with Romney, too, but that both candidates carry negatives that would be attacked by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Cain dropped out of the race in early December. He said he wouldn’t run again, joking that his “biological clock is ticking.”

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Last night, Newt Gingrich was again defended, though not endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:

At about the 4:30 mark in her interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Palin defended Gingrich against charges that he wasn’t sufficiently Reaganesque:

“Enough was enough when I started seeing this rewritten history about Gingrich’s relationship with Ronald Reagan and the Reagan Revolution in the ’70s and the ’80s. How he under Reagan and Reagan’s advisers, their tutelage, how it was able to shape Gingrich’s and his ideas on how to balance the budget and how to reform welfare and how to look for ways to create more efficiencies in government so we can cut budgets and we could cut taxes and that would spur economic growth.”

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And the Miami Herald offers this sobering look at the consequences of running an impromptu, seat-of-the-pants campaign:

At least 632,000 Republicans have already cast ballots.

So Gingrich could be losing by as many as 60,000 votes before the polls even open Tuesday, according to an analysis of early-voter surveys and the averages of all the major statewide polls applied to the pool of already cast ballots.

“I think Gingrich could be losing more to Mitt Romney — like 75,000ish,” said Randy Nielsen, a top Florida political consultant for the Republican Party of Florida who’s not affiliated with any presidential candidate.

“This election isn’t going to be pretty for Newt Gingrich,” Nielsen said. “He didn’t have a program to get early and absentee votes, and Gingrich is losing to Mitt Romney in every region except for North Florida. But he’s not winning there enough to make up the difference.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Teddy Roosevelt

January 31st, 2012
9:58 am

All senior citizens should have life alert

Centrist

January 31st, 2012
10:04 am

After the GOP convention, we will have heard the last of Gingrich – until his Romney attacks show up in Obama campaign ads.

He long ago burned his bridge to a Romney cabinet position. Good riddance.

Sometimes, this facet of Romney’s personality isn’t so subtle. In July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Romney took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York, and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – anyone.

That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly. The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey, where they found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter’s life, saying, “It was the most amazing thing, and I’ll never forget this to the day I die.” So, here’s my epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself. He sees a problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes consciously, and sometimes not-so-consciously. He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement, or for personal gain. He does it because that’s just how he’s wired.

Many people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his old employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to rescue the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at Bain & Company for an annual salary of one dollar. When Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he accepted no salary for three years, and wouldn’t use an expense account. He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.

Character counts.

Ted

January 31st, 2012
10:13 am

This is exactly why Newt’s staff quit.

He complains about Romney’s “money” but it is the money of contributors. Instead of fund raising, he was cruising in the Caribbean and his campaign staff knew that was a lazy man’s path of least resistance. Newt’s current issues are exactly why his staff quit.

Which is exactly what Newt is, a very lazy candidate who relies on free debate time and bombastic quotes to get free TV time. Romney certainly is not a natural politician, but in terms of which of these guys you would hire for your business, it is not even close in terms of the effort and conscientiousness.

Romney’s co called “superior organization”? Five people in Fla making 3k a month for the last five months. Newt could have raised that and more if he would have stayed in the states versus taking a long vacation. I loved a lot of what Newt has done, but being the poster boy for Obama’s ads really ticks me off. His hubris (”frankly” as Newt would say) is beyond cavil.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
10:14 am

@Centrist

“Character counts.”

Yes it does.
Unfortunately not everyone feels that way.

Tim

January 31st, 2012
10:17 am

Sarah Palin…….how lucky we are that she is not running. I am sure her support has cost Newt several points. What would I give for a hidden mike catching what Newt really thinks of Sarah Palin.
Brutal.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
10:20 am

Sounds like Cain is hunting around for a job in the GOP administration, should they prevail in November.

Kind of tacky to fly down on Newt’s nickel and pimp for him and then say, “yeah well I could go for the other guy too”.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
10:25 am

@Tim

Mama Grizzly still has considerable appeal to the Tea Party. Which says more about the Tea Party than it does Palin.

I doubt her endorsement had much net effect – may cost Newt some moderate votes and gain him some wing-nut votes.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
10:32 am

@Centrist

Just for yucks, assume that Newt did get offered a cabinet post, where exactly does he go?
State? nahhh – would be worse than sending Josh Bolten to the UN.
Defense? Treasury?

Would he even accept? Probably not. The new missus is very accustomed to a life style far beyond that of a government salary.

Centrist

January 31st, 2012
10:36 am

Look before I leap… posted “@Centrist

‘Character counts.’

Yes it does.
Unfortunately not everyone feels that way.”

I know, but many of us were brought up that way and pass it on to future generations. The media (especially Hollywood) since the 60’s have portrayed character as old fashioned.

NYT columnist David Green today covers a book by Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart” about how America is dividing into a two-caste society He uses data on white Americans, so the effects of race and other complicating factors don’t come into play.

“Roughly 7 percent of the white kids in the upper tribe are born out of wedlock, compared with roughly 45 percent of the kids in the lower tribe. People in the lower tribe are much less likely to get married, less likely to go to church, less likely to be active in their communities, more likely to watch TV excessively, more likely to be obese. Democrats claim America is threatened by the financial elite, who hog society’s resources. The real social gap is between the top 20 percent and the lower 30 percent. The liberal members of the upper tribe latch onto this top 1 percent narrative because it excuses them from the central role they themselves are playing in driving inequality and unfairness. The liberal members of the upper tribe latch onto this top 1 percent narrative because it excuses them from the central role they themselves are playing in driving inequality and unfairness.

The truth is, members of the upper tribe have made themselves phenomenally productive. They may mimic bohemian manners, but they have returned to 1950s traditionalist values and practices. They have low divorce rates, arduous work ethics and strict codes to regulate their kids. Members of the lower tribe work hard and dream big, but are more removed from traditional bourgeois norms.”

Becky

January 31st, 2012
10:44 am

So Herman will blow whichever the way the wind blows. Typical repub.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
10:48 am

@Becky

Gilding the lily is not a practice restricted to Republicans.

Red

January 31st, 2012
11:00 am

Mitt has a losing record running for office. He has a liberal to moderate (at best) record of elected office. He is running for office. I will take his elected or getting elected office record over his private sector record in voting. And he will not get my vote. He has proven over and over in campaigning and leading that he will be swayed by the majority in office. In MA he swayed to the Left to fit the zeitgeist – both for Senate and governor. In the GOP primary he swayed to the Right to become a sudden conservative. This time he has swayed to the Left and Right depending on who he was focusing on. He may have been a straight shooter in the private sector but in office or running for it he is as squishy and compromising as one can get. The first sign poll numbers turn against him or Dems gain an upper hand in Congress, he will bend as well. Never will this man get my vote. He cannot be trusted to stand firm.

Character does matter. And his record in government and elections tells me all I need to know.

MrLiberty

January 31st, 2012
11:03 am

Cain is fundamentally an establishment, status quo republican, just like Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum. You will never hear any of them talk about fundamentally cutting spending, fundamentally reducing the size, scope, or power of the federal government, never talk about sound money, ending the criminal federal reserve, promoting an america-first foreign policy of non-interventionism, restoring freedom, restoring civil liberties, restoring the bill of rights, ending the unconsitutional practice of unlimited detention wihout due process, etc. In that way, all of these guys are JUST LIKE OBAMA.

Only Ron Paul offers a plan for america that in consistent with the constitution and what were once republican principles. Ron Paul 2012.

Bobby

January 31st, 2012
11:05 am

Of course Cain would endorse Gingrich. One adulterer supporting another. I don’t see a problem with that.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
11:09 am

@Centrist

All societies have an elite class. And all societies follow a fairly predictable life-cycle.
“Birth”: clans and tribes begin to unite
A period of growing political cohesion
Industrialization
Rapid expansion of wealth
Military dominance
Stabilization
And it is during the stabilization period that wealth begins to accumulate dramatically within the upper echelons of society. There is rampant corruption, cronyism, nepotism and dynastic creation.
Eventually decay sets in and the society is doomed. The demise coming from either external forces of internal revolution.

There is considerable debate amongst the anthropologists about how the change in social mores affects the process.

But I think when a society values wealth over substance, and they elect leaders who seek office only for power and prestige and the material replaces the spiritual, it is already doomed.

Hazel

January 31st, 2012
11:20 am

Centrist, you left out this paragraph:

Murray’s story contradicts the ideologies of both parties. Republicans claim that America is threatened by a decadent cultural elite that corrupts regular Americans, who love God, country and traditional values. That story is false. The cultural elites live more conservative, traditionalist lives than the cultural masses.”

The cultural elites should be emulated and not castigated. i wonder how they vote?

Ivan Cohen

January 31st, 2012
11:28 am

Herman Cain is either angling for a cabinet position or unlimited stayovers at the White House. He who straddles the fence will fall and get spiked on that same fence.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
11:31 am

Ron Paul picks up another endorsement:

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 (TheWrap.com) – Snoop Dogg, throwing his weight behind Ron Paul? Politics really does make strange bedfellows — or at least smoking buddies.

The rapper and marijuana enthusiast appeared to grant his endorsement to GOP candidate Paul on his Facebook page late Monday, posting a picture of Paul with the headline “Smoke Weed Everyday.” Snoop Dogg — born Calvin Broadus — included the message “Because I said so” with his post.

http://news.yahoo.com/snoop-dogg-endorses-ron-paul-shizzle-015439343.html

zeke

January 31st, 2012
11:31 am

centrist, thanks for relating story about mitt….it is clear his character dwarfs newt’s. my guess is his executive skills clearly surpass newt’s. newt is an idea guy of sorts, but execution is critical. i do think mitt has hard time relating to middle class though.

Ryan Shakur

January 31st, 2012
11:33 am

Libya, Libya, Libya…..(time elapses) Libya, (taps pen against forehead, blank expression on his face)…I don’t know Libya LOL oh WAIT, didn’t I already say I endorse my buddy Gingrich….hmmmm………………….Libya Libya Libya

LOL

go sit down man sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

gm

January 31st, 2012
11:38 am

Latinos for Mitt

Latinos please leave outside of your comfort zone in Fla and visit Mass you will see how much Mitt cares about, Oh wait you could trim his grass, do these people read and research?
Latinos do you think a guy worth over 300 million care about you? wow, this guy will tell satan he will help him with his buisness for a vote, Obama character and intergrity along will get him re elected””’

Eli

January 31st, 2012
11:50 am

How do you like that former-Cain supporters!? Herm is just another politician…willing to bed with any side with delusions of grandeur.

The guy really thinks that he could be the Secretary of Defense. What a laugh.

James Dobson

January 31st, 2012
11:56 am

*snciker* @ Centrist opining for the good ole days of the 50s.

Proving “Mad Men” isn’t just a drama on Bravo, its a documentary.

double

January 31st, 2012
11:58 am

Very touching story.How many working peoples dollars were spent to recover the ecstacy un chaperoned 14 year old daughter.To let your 14 year old go to a party in NY city.Mitmormex shows his intelligence picking business parterners,and associates.Should he win the presidency,hope he shows better judgement.

James Dobson

January 31st, 2012
11:58 am

Can anyone translate Palinese to English?

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
12:04 pm

James Dobson

January 31st, 2012
11:58 am

Can anyone translate Palinese to English?

Sure:

“You betcha!” I have no idea what you just said but sure sounds good to me
“Gotcha Media” Anybody with a pen or a typewriter
“All of them” USA Today, Vogue and People magazine

ERROR..

January 31st, 2012
12:05 pm

Going Right

January 31st, 2012
12:07 pm

*Centrist @10.36a;
The Wall Street Journal had the same book review, “Coming Apart.” Can’t say that I gree with it 100% but the topic is well covered – to a point. I suppose we could argue about minutiae and semantics all day but the truth is, we are “reversing roles” in a culture from a distant past

*Look before I leap @11.09a;
But I think when a society values wealth over substance, and they elect leaders who seek office only for power and prestige and the material replaces the spiritual, it is already doomed. Assuming you are not profiling or calling out the Republican Party, I agree: both political parties are guilty of this. It’s not serving a constituency, it power…pure and simple.

*Hazel @11.20a;
The cultural elites should be emulated and not castigated. i wonder how they vote?
Phew, I read you blog too fast and, going back over it is saw that you had said ‘castigated!”

*Ryan Shakur @11.33a;
I think you’re right. I DID read somewhere that Obama made that faux pas. Thanks for reminding us.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
12:14 pm

@Going Right
No – not calling out the GOP there.

BOB

January 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

James Dobson

January 31st, 2012
11:58 am
Can anyone translate Palinese to English?

ASK GM@ 11:38am – seems to be speaking something other than english.

Mr. Dithers

January 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

If I were making $20M a year and paying 13.9% in taxes, I wouldn’t take a salary for any job either. After all, I might have to pay the same rate as everyone else on that portion of my income.

Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
12:55 pm

Mr. Dithers

January 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

If I were making $20M a year and paying 13.9% in taxes, I wouldn’t take a salary for any job either. After all, I might have to pay the same rate as everyone else on that portion of my income.

Romney earns more in 1 day than his total tax liability would have been on the annual salary that the MA governor earns. Doubt the tax liability played any part in his decision.

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

January 31st, 2012
12:57 pm

Newt is sinking like a rock..

Florida Republican Presidential Primary PPP (D) Romney 39, Gingrich 31, Santorum 15, Paul 11 Romney +8

General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 47, Romney 42 Obama +5

General Election: Gingrich vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 50, Gingrich 37 Obama +13

President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 51, Disapprove 48 Approve +3

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

double

January 31st, 2012
1:01 pm

Perks,and more perks,who needs salary?

honested

January 31st, 2012
1:03 pm

herman will do whatever it takes to remain visible and sell books.

The very idea that the nonsense peddled would sweep Americans off their feet displays the ease many have to be self-deluded.