Just a few random thoughts on my end as I look at the current state of the Republican Presidential Primary.
1.) Rick Perry’s “oops” moment is ancient history. I am not sure I have ever seen a candidate recover so quickly from such a major gaffe and it started with him owning it right away. Yesterday saw Perry put forward one of the most aggressive plans to change The System with his “Uproot and Overhaul Washington” plan. It’s bold, folks. As Perry said yesterday in Iowa, “I do not believe Washington needs a new coat of paint. It needs a complete overhaul. We need to uproot, tear down, and rebuild Washington, D.C., and our federal institutions.”
2.) Herman Cain is done. Sorry to break it to the Cain fans out there, but as I noted a few weeks ago, Herman Cain was in a precarious position with no real campaign infrastructure. That sort of scenario manifests itself during ill advised sit downs with editorial boards like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s. This is a man who was on a book tour that became a Presidential campaign and is now a book tour again-he is a one trick pony with no well thought out positions on anything. As for the Journal Sentinel sit down, I just have to ask, “Why?” This is the one newspaper that has been hammering Herman Cain’s campaign manager Mark Block over financial illegalities. Why would you willingly go sit with that newspaper’s editorial board?
3.) Newt. This one is interesting. I have to admit, I love his combative style during the debates, especially this past weekend in South Carolina where he took Scott Pelley to task. This is what the conservative movement is craving-a fearless brilliance that runs circles around the Left. However, with news that Newt took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, it is going to raise questions about Newt: principled or opportunist? I think Newt will not become the Republican nominee, but he will have a place in the eventual nominee’s administration (should the Republican win next fall).