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    Post-Cain Stuff

    Post-Cain Stuff

    In the wake of Herman Cain’s suspension of his campaign, lots of movement:

    • Michele Bachmann claims to be picking up Cain supporters.  Just stop it.  Just stop it.  This is the same thing you pulled over the summer about Palin planning to endorse you.
    • Rick Santorum seems like a nice guy, someone who is very genuine.  But his train will not be leaving the station.  If Newt’s endorsement of Dede Scozzafava over Doug Hoffman is a disqualifier, why isn’t Santorum’s endorsement of Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey?
    • One issue Newt is going to have is hard feelings from his days as Speaker.  Apparently he was tough on people, and they remember.  My view:  Boo hoo, get over it and focus on beating Obama.
    • The L.A. Times is digging into Bain Capital, and starting to do to Romney what Teddy did so well (for the record, I think it’s a distortion, but unfortunately for Romney, one which works in 30 second commercials).
    • A bunch of Iowa polls show Newt in the lead.  Take nothing for granted.
    • Perry staff feels it’s well positioned, but organization is not enough.  Karl at HotAir asks whether Perry can stage a comeback and concludes it’s not likely.

    Completely off topic, this headline at Instapundit (Legless Man Denied Wheelchair) reminded me of the best headline ever.

    Update:  Byron York, The insider-outsider divide over Newt Gingrich:

    There’s a deep and growing divide in the Republican world between those who are able to reconcile themselves with — to wrap their heads around — the possibility of Newt Gingrich becoming the GOP presidential nominee, and those who are not.  It’s becoming increasingly clear that it is Washington insiders who are having the most trouble imagining a Gingrich nomination, while Republicans outside Washington aren’t having a problem.

    The insiders — Tom Coburn, Peter King, Guy Molinari — complain about slights to them by Newt, while the outsiders remember the triumph of the Contract with America, balanced budgets, welfare reform, the end of big government as we know it. So Newt is an infighter and tought as nails — good.  Bruised egos need not apply.  See post earlier today, “Gingrich may be a lightning rod, but he also embodies the revolution like no one else”.

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    Coburn is all sensitive about being pushed around by Newt as a member of the Limbaugh House of ’94. Funny how the Senator from Oklahoma doesn’t get bent out of shape by Obama. I posted this at Althouse:

    Jonathan Alter wrote about Coburn’s deliberate interference in the 2008 Presidential campaign in his book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”:

    “Now it was time to force McCain to compound his mistakes. Tom Coburn, the right-wing Senator from Oklahoma who struck up an odd friendship with Obama when they were both freshman senators in 2005, called to suggest that Obama and McCain issue a joint statement in support of Paulson’s bailout.** Obama liked the idea and wanted to propose it first before McCain (who had also heard from Coburn) got the chance. if McCain jumped with him, it would take the issue off the table. He knew that if McCain agreed to a joint statement, it would prevent him from campaigning against the bailout, which was McCain’s last, best hope for winning.

    ** In the senate in 2006, Obama and Coburn sponsored the so-called Google-for-Government bill that required the posting of government contracts on the internet. They and their wives had dinner together and liked to joke that Obama could muss Coburn’s hair, but Coburn had no way to muss Obama’s.”

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