That (literally) incredible Cain lead
Reported by The Daily Caller via Yahoo two days ago:
In news sure to inject shock and awe into the Republican political primary season, a Zogby poll released Thursday showed Herman Cain leading the Republican field, topping former front-runner Mitt Romney by an astonishing 20 points. Cain would also narrowly edge out Obama in a general election, the poll found, by a 46-44 margin.If you think this means anything, you’re fantasizing. Cain doesn’t even have a campaign organization in the early states, let alone in the later states.
Moreover, as a correspondent points out, now that Cain has become the frontrunner in the polls, he will become the focus of criticism in the upcoming debates, whereas up to this point he has had a free ride. When his opponents subject his much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan to even a little scrutiny, it will be instantly discredited in the eyes of the public, along with Cain himself. At present something like half the country doesn’t pay taxes at all. The 9-9-9 plan would impose a nine percent income tax and a nine percent national sales tax on tens of millions of people who are presently paying no federal taxes. The sales tax will also result in a net large increase in taxes for the middle class. When these facts are made clear, my correspondent says, the Cain bubble will go the way of the Palin bubble and the Trump bubble and the Bachmann bubble and the Perry bubble and the Christie bubble before it. Romney—he confidently predicts—will win the nomination and then go on to win the election handily.
I like Cain, but he’s not in Romney’s league.PG writes:
The payroll tax is gone.Irv P. writes:
There is no Bachmann bubble. Her campaign is going very well in Iowa, where they are putting all their resources. She is staying under the radar right now, preferring to put all her eggs in the Iowa basket. She will win the Iowa caucus in early January and be a top tier candidate again. There is no attempt to do well in New Hampshire, but the bump she gets from Iowa will insure a decent showing. Then on to South Carolina for her most important victory and the momentum will be established for her to secure the nomination (if we traditionalists are lucky). She is our best hope to have some important issues near and dear to our hearts get dealt with especially if we make our voices loud, and heard early in her Presidency.D. Edwards writes:
You write: “At present something like half the country doesn’t pay taxes at all. The 9-9-9 plan would impose a nine percent income tax and a nine percent national sales tax on tens of millions of people who are presently paying no federal taxes.”Kathlene M. writes:
“Romney—he confidently predicts—will win the nomination and then go on to win the election handily.”Jed W. writes:
Sorry to see your knock on Cain. He is far superior to Romney on every level. Romney is a RINO, who is hiring Bush foreign policy hacks to advise him. I’ll vote for whoever the Republican come up with but I hope you’re wrong on Cain. He’s got guts and way better instincts that Romney.LA replies:
I was reporting the views of someone else, not stating mine. I don’t have a formed opinion of Cain. Though, on the horserace angle, I do find it hard to believe that a 65 year old political neophyte is going to go anywhere.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 09, 2011 05:07 PM | Send