The “Stand By Your Man” pro Cain Piece
What a day Cainiacs! All the doom and gloom and hang wringing and for what. I personally think not a lot, if this is all they got. Because so much was focused on this–how about a tally of the good news of the day.
First, things seem ok in Iowa.
From Burns and Haberman (yeah Politico). They talked with Steve Grubbs, Cain’s Iowa Chairman.
“I bet we’ll land more precinct captains than we did before the story” and”These sorts of distractions are not stopping our campaign from reaching our daily goals.”
Grubbs, who declined to comment on how Cain and his national staff are handling the situation, said the campaign in Iowa has “a full phone bank of volunteers” making calls on Cain’s behalf Monday. He said the story is “not much of a distraction.”
So, a full phone bank sounds good. True supporters are NOT running off in droves. Remember those are volunteers so they could have walked at any time or not bothered to show up.
Next, lets zip to Texas. Cain tops Perry by one point (statistically tied) in the new Univ. Tex/Texas Tribune poll. Yes this was surveyed before the bombshell. But its a Texas poll. Perry should have mopped the floor with him. But this is not evidence of a mopping. In fact, I’m not seeing a good dusting.
“Cain got 27 percent to Perry’s 26 percent among Texas registered voters who identify themselves as Republicans. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was next with 12 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 9 percent and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent.” Other candidates got 2 percent or less. If the hit piece hadn’t been announced last night this would have been the story of the day.
In case you don’t know how the campaign came to be this year there is a great article from NRO featuring Marc Block. he talks with Robert Costa. Its four pages long and very insightful. Not gotcha questions or that sort of stuff. Just a nice background piece on how they met, and what the strategy was going to be.
And there also came out another hit piece today (shocking) concerning campaign finance rules. I don’t know enough about this stuff which is why I’m not tops on anybody’s list to be on a preosidential campaign. The good news is the campaign says they are on this, and have already asked for an outside review.
“As with any suggestions of this type, we have asked outside counsel to investigate the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s suggestions and may comment, if appropriate, when that review is completed,” Block said in an e-mailed statement.
Take heart cainiacs. Add the good stuff if I missed it.