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News: Herman Cain Beats Rick Perry and I Just Bought My Ticket to Des Moines

Posted on | July 31, 2011 | 22 Comments

The media don’t much like him, but whenever he gets a chance to meet people one-on-one, he wins:

Presidential candidate Herman Cain won the straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver this weekend with 48 percent of the votes, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
“How about spectacular,” Cain said to ABC News when asked how he felt about winning. . . .
Cain gave a rousing speech at the summit Sunday morning, energizing the crowd with his message about American independent energy, immigration, and fighting the establishment. . . .
On Saturday, Cain placed second in the Smart Girls Conference straw poll, losing to Rep. Michele Bachmann by only 4 votes.

And there’s news from Iowa, where Pottawattamie County GOP chairman Jeff Jorgensen tells the Des Moines Register:

“As I study the current field of Republican presidential candidates, there is only one candidate who is not a politician and is not encumbered with political concerns,” Jorgensen said in an e-mail. “This candidate has offered true capitalist, free market, common sense solutions to our problems, not political solutions. His name is Herman Cain.”

Meanwhile, my own Iowa plans are moving forward: I just spent $340 for a one-way ticket to Des Moines, leaving Wednesday.

Herman Cain’s “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour of Iowa starts Thursday, and I’m planning to be there: Ten days on the campaign trail in Iowa, all the way up to the Ames Straw Poll on Aug. 13.

Thanks to everyone who has hit the tip jar to help make this trip possible and if you haven’t hit the tip jar yet, what the heck are you waiting for?


22 Responses to “News: Herman Cain Beats Rick Perry and I Just Bought My Ticket to Des Moines”

  1. Steve in TN
    August 1st, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    Yeah, @TheHermanCain:twitter  wins straw polls like Ron Paul. How’s that working for ya?

  2. Anonymous
    August 1st, 2011 @ 1:10 am

    Need an update to Mr. Cain’s Dhimmi apology to the Muslim Brotherhood.  That seems to me to be a deal breaker.  Has Mr. Cain clarified his apology.  Stacy, you must get to the bottom of this and interview Mr. Cain immediately.

  3. MrPaulRevere
    August 1st, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    The Paulistas were famous  for gaming online polls. This poll was cast by real people in real life meetings. I’m sorry that difference eludes you.

  4. MrPaulRevere
    August 1st, 2011 @ 1:47 am

    “Yeah man, lets find the candidate that hates Islam the most and vote for them”. Good luck with that strategy.

  5. ThePaganTemple
    August 1st, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    Its a strategy I could get behind. It’s needed. Have you heard the latest about the Oslo Norway “Summer Camp”? Stop me if you heard this one, but turns out it was an indoctrination camp for Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli propaganda. No joke. Islamic influence is getting to be worse than a virus infection.

  6. ThePaganTemple
    August 1st, 2011 @ 4:26 am
  7. Charles
    August 1st, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    I’ve talked to several Iowans who put Cain in at #1 or #2 on their lists.

  8. Adjoran
    August 1st, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Well, I would wonder which other candidates showed up at Western Con and Smart Girls.  If Cain was the only one at either in the flesh, he’s going to earn a bit of straw poll support as a thank you, especially since they are non-binding straw polls.

    Cain absolutely must be considered a very long shot but, of the second-tier candidates, he is the one with at least a conceivable path to the nomination.  In Iowa, a decent third or fourth could get him serious attention as the – forgive me – the Dark Horse Candidate.  He can lose to Bachmann, Romney, and Perry if he gets in, but he must beat all the other second-tier players including Ron Paul or he’s done.

    New Hampshire is a very contrarian state, especially the Republicans.  They could embrace an upstart with a strong conservative message – heck, Buchanan even won the state.  If the libertarian voters notice that Cain has all the non-insane positions of Ron Paul, they might decide to send a different message, which could put the win in reach.

    Then comes South Carolina, where the first black Republican congressman since Reconstruction was just elected – and which has an open primary, you just show up and choose which party to vote in, the only restriction is you can’t vote in both.  But there won’t be a contest of note for Democrats, no big reason to vote there unless a County Council primary matters a lot to you.  If black Democrats cross over to support Cain in any numbers, he could compete there, too.

    So with a decent showing in Iowa, he would have at least two chances to make lightning strike soon after.  The odds are way against it, but at least you can imagine Cain making noise.  Paul, Pawlenty, Gingrich, and Santorum haven’t shown any ability to gain traction with the base.

  9. Adjoran
    August 1st, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Wow, 10 days on a bus in Iowa in summer! 

    Reminds me of an old story about a radio show quiz contest.  First prize was a week in Philadelphia.

    Second prize was two weeks.

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  11. Anonymous
    August 1st, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    No, but we need a person who’s not a Muslim boot licker like the Dhimmi In Chief we have now.

  12. ThePaganTemple
    August 1st, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    The vast majority of black voters in South Carolina, like everywhere else, are Democrats, and they see black Republicans as “sell-outs”. Having said that, a black Republican like Cain might be able to pick up four or five percent more of the black vote than a white Republican, but I’d be very surprised if he managed to get more than twenty percent of them even running against a white Democrat “moderate”. If they voted for Cain in the primary, it might be because they’re assuming that most Republican voters in the South wouldn’t vote for him in the general.

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  14. Anonymous
    August 1st, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    So. Let’s see. A bus tour. Common sense. Who’s been doing and saying these things … for at least two years … the Going Rogue bus tour … and common sense constitutional conservative?


    And this person has a record of public sector executive experience. Taking on the Establishment. In the Party. In the Energy Industry. Never worked for the Fed.

    I’ll let you guess who …

  15. Anonymous
    August 1st, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    When and if she declares herself a candidate for president, I’ll be more than happy to follow her all over Iowa and New Hampshire.

    But that hasn’t happened yet, has it?

  16. Anonymous
    August 1st, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Second prize was two weeks.

    Well, on the bright side: If this whole 2012 shoe-leather reporting gig works out, I’ll get to go to Tampa for the GOP convention.

    Not that Tampa is my ideal resort destination, but I’m pretty sure it beats the hell out of Iowa in August.

  17. MrPaulRevere
    August 1st, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    Thanks for the link, I’ll go read it. Just to be clear, a sufficient level of hostility toward this vile cult will do just fine. There is no need for those seeking the GOP nomination to get into some sort of pissing match over this.

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