Daily Archives: October 27, 2011

Campaign In 100 Seconds: The Man Who Wasn’t There

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In today’s episode, Rick Perry says he’s thinking about skipping future GOP debates.

But will he exude a mysterious and vote-getting aura if he becomes “The Man Who Wasn’t There”?

Or, wonders Thomas Lane, will be basically just look chicken?

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Herman Cain Campaign Policy For Staff: ‘Do Not Speak To Him Unless You Are Spoken To’

This creepy character has the unmitigated gall to act like he’s some sort of regal figure.

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Former pizza executive and fast food lobbyist Herman Cain has touted his “outsider” business experience as his main qualification for the presidency. But a new look at how he manages his campaign reveals a clumsy and disorganized effort that has failed to even set up campaign offices in key states. The New York Times’ Susan Saulny reports that a number of campaign aides have quit in frustration from Cain’s poorly managed campaign. One former employee told Saulny that an internal campaign policy — namely that staffers can’t speak to Cain “unless you are spoken to” — sparked his resignation from the Cain Train:

Even bumper stickers have been hard to come by.

And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.

“I found it odd,” said a former staff member who liked to prep Mr. Cain for appearances while driving. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, quit not long afterward, citing the e-mail as one of the deciding factors.

One major complaint is that Cain is focusing on selling his book instead of campaigning in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. The Times spoke to several Republican strategists, some of whom seemed to suggest that Cain is more interested in publicity rather than a serious run for the White House.

A ThinkProgress investigation found gaping holes in Cain’s personal finance disclosure. Although the campaign was recently caught funneling campaign dollars to a private company owned by Cain for purchases of his book, Cain hasn’t disclosed how much that company is paying him. Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told us that the unusual arrangement is simply a case of “synergy.”

In any case, the mistreatment of the Cain for President staff is par for the course. Cain rose to prominence in Republican politics with his harsh treatment of workers. As a lobbyist, he fought to kill a federal minimum wage law. As ThinkProgress first reported, Cain lobbied to stop measures to ban indoor smoking. Cain told ThinkProgress he doesn’t smoke — but apparently has no problem subjecting his own workers to the same carcinogens he refuses to put in his own body. And most famously, Cain campaigned furiously against President Clinton’s efforts to cover the sick and uninsured. Although tens of thousands of American people have died unnecessarily since the failure of Clinton’s plan, Cain says he fondly remembers his contribution to the defeat of Clinton’s plan as his most treasured political experience.

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Fox Poll: 29 Percent Would Be ‘Scared’ If Obama Was Re-Elected

To paraphrase what former Rep. Anthony Weiner said about the GOP: Fox News is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. Thus, their reporting, opinion polls and underlying agenda are designed to promote the GOP meme…

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Republican efforts to paint President Obama as a liberal bogeyman have long been operational — he’s been the biggest spender in a storied history of Democratic big spenders, he’s instituting death panels, and of course, he wasn’t even born in America.

So Fox News thought they’d really drive the point home by asking the following question about all the major Presidential candidates in their new poll: What would your reaction be if [insert candidate here] were to become the next president? Possible answers: enthusiastic, pleased, neutral, displeased, and scared.

Well, surprise, surprise, some people are a little frightened. Twenty-nine percent of those polled by Fox said they would be “scared” if Obama were re-elected, 21 said the same about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 18 for businessman Herman Cain and 14 for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

But not everyone is so afraid. A combined 37 percent said they would be “enthusiastic” and “pleased” if the president were to get a second term, while Romney only saw 21 percent in that group, Cain 23 and Perry 17.

There were a few odd questions in the Fox poll. One asked “Now that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has been killed, how confident are you that the people who removed him will cooperate and work with the United States?” Another asked “Considering both the full slate of Republican contenders and Democrat Barack Obama, do you think you or one of your close friends are more qualified to be president than anyone running right now, or not?” to which one fifth of the respondents literally said that a friend of theirs is more qualified than any of the current candidates.

The Fox News poll used 904 live telephone interviews with registered voters conducted from October 23rd to the 25th. It has a sampling error of three percent.

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Cain Touts Skills as Manager; Ex-Aides Describe Chaos

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No surprise here…

The New York Times

If Herman Cain feels his management skills are up to any challenge, some of his former staff members think he should have started with the disorder in his own campaign.

Mr. Cain has hardly shown up in New Hampshire and Iowa, they said, spending the bulk of his time on a book tour through the South. He occasionally mishandled potential big donors or ignored real voters. His campaign churned through the small staff; last week, his campaign announced the appointment of the veteran campaigner Steve Grubbs, his third Iowa leader in four months.

Even bumper stickers have been hard to come by.

And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.

“I found it odd,” said a former staff member who liked to prep Mr. Cain for appearances while driving. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, quit not long afterward, citing the e-mail as one of the deciding factors.

Mr. Cain’s campaign has generated much promise since it began over the summer. A former business executive rises improbably from anonymity to the top of the polls, using the strength of his speechmaking, folksy charm and catchy policy plans.

But Mr. Cain’s campaign may have undermined itself with questionable decisions and a series of missteps, which have led to the impression that the candidate lacks focus and preparation.

Continue reading here…

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Olbermann: Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign

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Keith Olbermann on his show Wednesday night called on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to fire the city’s acting police chief after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse “Occupy Oakland” protesters.

Police in Oakland repeatedly clashed with demonstrators Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of police officers cleared the protesters out of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The “Occupy Oakland” protesters regrouped later that night and marched towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim the site.

Police claimed that some protesters threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at them, which resulted in the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the order to disperse. When the protesters refused to leave, police fired tear gas into the crowd. A Marine veteran was apparently struck in the head with a tear gas canister and is in critical condition.

Olbermann compared Mayor Quan to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who infamously cracked down hard on a protest during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

“There were dead men and women on the streets of this country, and no one wants to see that again,” he said.

“The mayor of any city is not out on the front lines with the cops, and not everything they do can be lain a the mayor’s feet,” Olbermann continued.

“But if one night a group of peaceable protesters exercising the rights given to them in the Constitution — and not rights made up by the cops, for the cops, like lawful command and imminent threat — if they are attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets, and the mayor’s only comments are to commend the police chief for a ‘generally peaceful resolution to the situation’ and after that claim ‘democracy is messy’ after the unprovoked actions of those police horrify a nation, she is endorsing and assuming for herself the responsibility for whatever havoc the out of control police officers have wrought.”

“Mayor Quan is left with two choices, she can dismiss the acting police chief… or she must resign,” he concluded.

Watch video, via MoxNews.com, below:

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Campaign Finance Reformers Launch Progressive Effort To Remove Money From Politics

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