Cain is obviously nuts. No sane (or intelligent) candidate would approve an ad that squirrelly.
And if he's genuinely as unbalanced as I suspect, he'll be a shoo-in in the Republican primaries.
Posted by: jomicur | Oct 30, 2011 12:55:29 PM
bet ya it was real
The Cain campaign is that idiotic to put out something like that and think its great
What an idiot
Posted by: say what | Oct 30, 2011 1:31:35 PM
One of the things that makes him so compelling is he's NOT a conventional politician.
While I don't particularly like his stance on social issues, and I'm not sure how he'd do on foreign affairs, I do like his 9-9-9 plan (yes, I've looked at it carefully, and I knew it was un-workable as he initially presented it...but with the exemption of low-income folks from the income tax "9", it's close to workable).
I actually did an analysis of 9-9-9 here:
CNB's John Harwood interviewed Cain about a week ago, and Cain's language on Gay Marriage was interesting. He said Government really should not have a position on social issues like marriage, abortion, etc...that it's up to people to decide these issues for themselves.
Maybe, just maybe, when Cain no longer has to pander to the Religious Right (after the Primaries are over), he'll sound more like a Libertarian on social issues.
I'm very much on-the-fence, and waiting to see how Cain handles himself in the next few months.
Posted by: Chris | Oct 30, 2011 1:59:06 PM
Oh, Cain is just having some fun with his moment in the spot light, knowing he can't possibly win. I find this spot delightful.
Posted by: Jester | Oct 30, 2011 1:59:53 PM
Lawn jockey? Gee, just when I was getting lonesome for the States. Thank you David Ehrenstein!
Posted by: Jose | Oct 30, 2011 2:01:08 PM
What I meant by saying he was "for real" is that he is not running a vanity campaign like Fred Karger.
He is leading in all of the major polls. He raised $5 million dollars in October so far. He's a serious candidate. I will be supporting Obama in the 2012 election, but I'd much rather see someone like Cain get the republican nomination than that empty suit politician Romney. Ugh!
Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 30, 2011 2:09:31 PM
so you like cain's stolen tax plan. stolen from Sim City 9-9-9 a simplified tax system for sim city to fight off the giant lizards
plz come back to the real world
Brian in Tx
I predict 1 of 2 scenarios both resulting from a brokered convention
1- romney, the repub $ elite's choice
2- Jeb Bush as the white knight to unite the party and because a mormon won't turn out the base
Either or hand picked by the $ elite repubs and forced upon the party via the shenanigans of a brokered convention
Taking bets now
Posted by: say what | Oct 30, 2011 2:58:59 PM
I say let the GOP select the craziest rep -- show us how really crazy you and your ideology is...
As for the "that it's up to people to decide these issues for themselves" MO:
that is based on the fact that the smaller the demographic, the more conservative it is -- it is an established ploy by the GOP to prevent NYC and LA "liberals" deciding issues that matter.
Posted by: john in nyc | Oct 30, 2011 3:12:40 PM
Americans are the world's wing nuts!
Posted by: craig | Oct 30, 2011 3:29:11 PM
What the hell?
Posted by: Brian | Oct 30, 2011 4:23:49 PM
That was a strange but revealing add for Cain obviously the fake cowboy refers to Perry-is the old actor suppose to be Clint Eastwood?
Posted by: jaragon | Oct 30, 2011 5:47:44 PM
What are the chances that Cain will actually end up as the nominee of the Republican Party? Zero. Chances that after losing, he will announce as a 3rd party candidate? 50/50. He has become addicted to the media attention and has nothing to lose. He might get into the debates and will end up with 3% - 7% of the vote.