The Other McCain

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Jonah Doubts the Cain Magic

Posted on | May 19, 2011 | 10 Comments

Jonah Goldberg got some blowback about a column on the 2012 campaign that didn’t mention Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain:

As for Herman Cain, I’m also catching a lot of grief for not discussing him. For the record, what I’ve seen of Cain I like. I certainly respect the guy, though I was less impressed with what I saw of his debate performance than Frank Luntz’s focus group was. And I am far from convinced he’s the right candidate at the right time.
I didn’t mention him, or Michele Bachmann (who, I’d predict, will do better than Cain in the primaries if she enters the race), because they didn’t fit directly into the thesis of the column, particularly given space constraints. I can tell from the comments and e-mail that Cain’s fans are already trying to make support for him into some kind of litmus test. I’m not buying any of that. But I look forward to seeing how he does in the weeks and months ahead.

So he doesn’t believe. Yet.


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