Cain’s conquest makes consultants quiver

The audience roared when Cain talked of his 9-9-9 plan for reforming the nation’s tax code, and when he fingered establishment stooge Romney for failing to give a straight answer to the question about who on the stage he would consider worthy to be selected as his vice president

Why Herman Cain won, and why you might see Rick Perry in Mickey Mouse slippers next week

By Chris Ingram

Herman Cain’s upset victory in the Republican Party of Florida’s straw poll has political watchers wondering what happened; but the explanation is rather simple.

Caption: God, please give my pollsters the wisdom they need to help me.

Before explaining the Cain factor, back up a few weeks to the Iowa straw poll where soon-to-be-former candidate Michelle Bachman won that state’s less meaningful poll. But despite Iowa’s “sold to the highest bidder” reputation, the win for Bachman was an upset the more established candidates shouldn’t have ignored. How does a wingnut, fringe candidate with little money and even less sense appeal to enough people to win?

Although flawed, Iowa’s straw poll can’t be completley discounted as irrelevant. Creating a following takes money, and money only comes when people believe in something you are saying.

Bachmann’s Iowa victory and brief moments in the limelight came because despite the fact that she’s nuttier than a pecan pie, she communicates her rhetoric in a manner that is real. In other words, she believes her nonsense. And so did enough other believers who share her views and sent her some money.

But the frontrunners didn’t believe that the believers are looking for someone who is also a believer. Translation: voters are looking for someone who calls a socialist president a socialist, not whatever euphemistic poll-tested answer Mitt Romney calls President Obama.

Mitt and Rick didn’t get the post-Iowa message and continued operating their campaigns how their D.C. handlers told them to run.

Fast forward to last Thursday night at the GOP debate in Orlando. The two establishment candidates Romney and Perry engaged in little more than platitudes about their plans for the nation, and a few barbs at the other guy (or attempted barbs as in Perry’s case) for good measure.  Meanwhile, a few podiums to the right Herman Cain was delivering honest answers to serious questions.

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Why Kathy Castor is running scared

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks
I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said “Have you seen this?” The letter is pasted below with my comments back to here in red. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks

I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said, “Have you seen this?”  The letter is pasted below with my comments back to her in blue. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Chris Ingram

 

Dear Friend:

Did you see the recent Tampa Tribune op ed where a local Republican political consultant highlighted two politicians who intend to run against me?  (Why yes, Kathy, I did. In fact, I wrote it!) “With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two ‘A’-team candidates smell a political opportunity … in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year,” the consultant wrote.

I understand that I will be a target.  I am outspoken and not afraid to stand up to the special interests that have so much influence in Washington, D.C. (Really? When was the last time you spoke up to a labor union boss, the Department of Education, or George Soros?) Continue reading “Why Kathy Castor is running scared”

An uninspiring Senate flock

The current front-runner is state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, the favorite of the party establishment who gave us Charlie Crist and Jim Greer and prefer the status quo. If you, too, like the way things are, and if you think the politicians currently in office are outstanding public servants with the best interests of your children at heart, Mike is your man.

BY CHRIS INGRAM

Special Correspondent

Published: March 14, 2011, The Tampa Tribune

The Republican Party never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

The current field of GOP candidates who aspire to run against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson represent another missed opportunity. They are all uninspiring political ladder climbers who lack a vision for anyone’s future but their own.

So who are these men who seek to represent us? Continue reading “An uninspiring Senate flock”