As a contender for the GOP nomination, is Herman Cain finished?
One analysis by an experienced political writer for CBS News suggests that Cain is for all practical purposes a non entity in the race for the GOP nomination.
Brian Montopoli, in “Analysis: the Herman Cain sideshow,” writes (quote):
All over this website – all over every news website – you’ll find stories about Herman Cain and the Great Alleged Sexual Misconduct Imbroglio. In addition to detailing the latest revelations and the ugly finger pointing, many are asking: Is this story going to sink the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination?
It’s the wrong question. That’s because, no matter what the polls say, Herman Cain is not the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination. His candidacy is at best a long-shot and at worst a sideshow, a bit of late-fall entertainment before the serious business of electing a president begins in earnest.
Source of Quote: Read CBS News PoliticalHotsheet Blog
Obviously, CBS News wants credit for calling the likely outcome of the Iowa Primary as of today, at least for Herman Cain’s candidacy, and to portray his candidacy as a lost cause.
Do you agree:
1. Montopoli: Herman Cain is not “the front runner for the [GOP] Presidential nomination?”
Our Translation: Something’s wrong-the polls, particularly the recent ones, cannot possibly be right!
2. Montopoli: Herman Cain’s candidacy is “at best a long-shot?”
Our Translation: There’s no such thing in Presidential politics as a low-budget grassroots campaign which warrants serious consideration. Cain’s campaign is a lost cause that’s clogging up the Internet and the airwaves, and, is soaking up pristine mainstream political media coverage when it’s apparent he’s not likely to win the GOP nomination anyway!
3. Montopoli: Herman Cain’s candidacy has become “at worst a sideshow?”
Our Translation: The Presidential election is the Super Bowl of elections in American politics!
So why is the pristine mainstream political media wasting valuable time, resources, talent, online content and airtime giving serious coverage to Cain, his show and his shoe string candidacy, which for all practical purposes have become national jokes, when it should be focusing on candidates who are real Presidential material, with highly credentialed campaign organizations, supported and endorsed by GOP stars and funded with serious political money!
Our Reaction: We understand your frustration.
Our Counsel: Don’t be quick to write him off now.
> Sure, the prospect for Herman Cain winning the GOP nomination seems dismal because of his missteps, the sheer weight of the sexual harassment drama playing out in the media and other problems he’s been dealing with.
> But, if it turns out that the drama is no more than he said/she said incidents, with no intimate contact, and should Cain and his team stop making mistakes, then Cain could survive, get past the crush of the negative media coverage and position himself to be a winner!
> Note: Surprise! Surprise! A poll was coincidentally reported today. One commentator observed [no, just believe it isn't so]:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary voters shows Cain with 26% of the vote over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 23%.
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While Cain’s edge over Romney is within the margin of error, this is the first time the former CEO has held any sort of lead in a national primary poll. Last month, Cain and Romney were tied at 29% each. In September, Cain picked up just seven percent (7%) of vote and Perry was the frontrunner.
The latest survey was conducted Wednesday night, after three full days of press coverage about the sexual harassment allegations against Cain.
Source of Quote: The Daley Gator, “Cain Now Leads All GOP Candidates Nationally In Latest Poll – 11/03/11,” READ BLOG POST
Update/MSNBC VIDEO: [Uploaded in VODPOD Sidebar (11-03-11] Lawrence O’Donnell, host of THE LAST WORD, discusses reported new details on the accusations against Cain. His guests are split on whether the saga will affect Cain with voters in the Iowa Primary.
> Montopoli: You think you and your colleagues are working hard now!
> Should Cain survive and win the Iowa Primary, all of you will be working harder than any of you ever did or expected to do in your media life!
> But, it can be fun. After all, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell is getting a thrill a minute talking about and trashing Herman Cain on THE LAST WORD!
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