Posted on | February 13, 2011 | 65 Comments
This morning, I had breakfast with Ladd Ehlinger here at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and stopped by a computer terminal in the lobby to check in on Twitter. Matthew Newman sent me a message with a link to a Politico article by Alexander Burns listing “winners and losers” for CPAC.
My first thought: Who anointed Alexander Burns as the Decider?
Why does a liberal columnist for a liberal newspaper get to decide who are the winners and losers at a conservative conference? A little research revealed that Alexander Burns is a graduate of Harvard University, so there’s your answer. Upon receiving his disploma, every Harvard graduate acquires the right to tell the rest of us what to think. And here’s what Alexander Burns (Class of 2008) tells you to think about Herman Cain:
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO is in a category of his own, even among the obscure candidates of 2012. Cain, who hosted a radio show in Georgia and has never held public office, has traded on his reputation as a dynamic speaker to win attention as a long-shot presidential candidate.
Cain didn’t live up to that reputation at CPAC. He had one or two memorable lines, such as: “Stupid people are ruining America.” But one or two middling zingers do not a credible candidate make.
Given his flat performance, Cain’s going to have to work extra-hard going forward to win a place in the 2012 process.
Did Harvard Boy watch the same speech Ed Morrissey watched?
If you watch one speech in its entirety, this may be the one to choose. Herman Cain, so far the only declared candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, stole the show yesterday with his speech in the late afternoon. People left the ballroom saying that he moved them to tears.
You can go watch the entire 28-minute speech on YouTube and decide for yourself what you think.
As for the “winners/losers” question, permit me to make a suggestion: Wait until April, when we will see the first-quarter Federal Election Commission filings for Herman Cain’s presidential exploratory committee, and see how many donations he got Feb. 11-12.
Someone told me at a reception Saturday night that during and after the CPAC speech there was a “surge” of contributions big and small to the Cain campaign. And you can go give a donation to the Herman Cain campaign right now.
Or you can let Harvard Boy do your thinking for you.
UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Despite his Yale Law degree, Professor Reynolds somehow manages to avoid believing that his job is to decide what everybody else should think about everything.