These are the droids you’re looking for – or maybe not

David Axelrod: Herman Cain not a serious contender

Despite the attention suddenly being heaped on the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, Axelrod said Cain was not going to be a top-tier contender in the 2012 election.

“I think, when you look at the resources and when you look at the standing, that Perry and Romney are likely to be duking it out at some point here,” said Axlerod.

Cain’s candidacy has surged in the past month. In September, he won a Florida GOP straw poll. Last Thursday, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Cain leading the pack with 27 percent support, compared with only 23 percent for Mitt Romney.

But Axlerod implied that Romney was the candidate the White House is taking most seriously — steering the conversation back to the former Massachusetts governor’s weaknesses.

“He has a history going back 20 years when he was a moderate to liberal Republican in Massachusetts: pro choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environmental protection, obviously pro-health reform,” said Axlerod. “He was anti-Ronald Reagan, said he was an independent during the Reagan years, and now he’s done a 180 on all those things.”

Man, if that isn’t a mixed message. “We think RINO Mitt Romney will be the nominee.”

BTW – Four years ago Axelrove would have screamed racism if someone had suggested that the only black guy on the ballot wasn’t a serious contender.

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22 Responses to These are the droids you’re looking for – or maybe not

  1. WMCB says:

    Whaaaaaat? Is Axelrove calling not just Cain’s position on one issue, but his entire candidacy a….




  2. DeniseVB says:

    It’s never a “serious” candidate when that candidate is beating your guy? And has virtually no name recognition? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmmm. Gobama!

  3. DandyTiger says:

    I don’t think Obama is a serious candidate. 🙂

  4. WMCB says:

    Cain is kicking ass in the racist racist south that’s full of nothing but confederate teabaggers.

    ATLANTA — Herman Cain holds a decisive lead in the South Carolina Republican primary, according to a survey conducted Sunday for The Augusta Chronicle.
    The InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll of 476 registered voters likely to vote in the GOP primary gave Cain 32 percent, twice the share of Mitt Romney’s 16.
    Rick Perry holds 12 percent, making him essentially tied with Romney because the difference is within the 5 percent margin of error.

    • WMCB says:

      BTW, SC is also the state that just elected an Indian woman governor and a black congressman who kicked the ass of Strom Thurmond’s grandson in the primary.

      That’s some mighty deep cover for their indisputable racism they got goin’ there.

  5. Karma says:

    Cain doesn’t have enough money is one thing….that is the same argument they used against Jerry, cell phone, Brown’s presidential run.

    But he doesn’t have enough standing? Standing on what? The backs of people who put in the effort that Obama always takes credit for?

    Cain has actually worked hard and achieved his goals. Obama has been standing there but none of his job titles have provided the political juice that Axelrod is implying.

    Cain would've accomplished a lot more in those very same political positions. Axelrod should stay away from such comparisons. Besides being offensive and contradicting their message of Obama being an outsider fighting the good fight. It opens up a huge flank for Obama.

    It is simply a losing battle when comparing Obama's accomplishments to Cain's.

    • angienc says:

      In fairness, it is a losing battle to compare Obama’s accomplishments to my cat’s, who has killed quite a few rats and, on two occasions, brought home live birds* during his heyday (i.e, when he was indoor/outdoor the first 5 years I had him; he’s indoor only now).

      *The birds weren’t hurt; I set them free.

  6. WMCB says:

    Okay, I said this in an earlier thread this morning, predicting how the OWS would be spun to favor Obama:

    Well, Obama will ramp up the speechifying about how he’s on their side, and he’s heard them, and the organizers of the movement will slowly and carefully guide the sentiment around to:
    “YAY! He’s heard us! He saw the light because we made him do it! Look, he’s on our side now! I know he screwed us over for 4 years, but he dug down and found his inner liberal and NOW he’s going to hold those banks accountable and get us some jobs and stuff out of his stash, you wait and see! Look how he is responding to little ol’ us! I feel so empowered! We did this! We got through to him! Go Obama!”

    Now suddenly the Hill has this:

    Woohoo! The band is getting back together!

    Oddly enough, Democrats excited about OWS now less critical of Obama

    Now some of the same lawmakers say they and the president are unifying. They point to the protest movement as a reason.

    “You know what? We’re coming together,” said Gutierrez, who has praised the administration for a new immigration enforcement policy that puts its primary focus on deporting illegal immigrants who commit other crimes. “Hey, maybe the protesters unified the Democratic Party.”…

    The highly visible public outcry for longtime liberal causes has bolstered hopes on the left that the political tide is turning against the Tea Party and Republicans in Congress.

    “To the extent that there’s been tension with the president … part of the reason is that the president’s had a hard time moving his agenda through a recalcitrant Congress,” said Lee of the AFL-CIO, which supports the protests. “If this kind of movement can help get politicians to do the right thing, then that should help address some of those tensions.”

    Told ya.

    • votermom says:

      How unexpected.

    • WMCB says:

      Aaaaaand the message goes out and all the loyal journolisters and media lapdogs jump on board! Watch it come, now. Word has gone out that it’s time to start pushing this. Expect more – they all got their phone calls and emails. David Gregory on NBC, regarding OWS:

      GREGORY: Well, it certainly is going to dovetail nicely into a big message that the President’s selling, which is that the wealthy should pay more. He’s also sort of picked up that banner of going after Wall Street and the banks, talking about unfairness that a lot of protesters that are complaining about…

      But…but…but…we’re APOLITICAL!

      No, you’re a useful idiot getting used, just as we predicted you would be unless you help Obama accountable and HARD from the get-go.

    • votermom says:

      From vast-left:

      Act Blue is selling Occupy Wall Street / “We are the 99%” lawn signs, with net proceeds going to elect-Democrats PAC, Democracy for America.

      • votermom says:

        tweety sez

        • angienc says:

          A FB “friend” of mine is actually all offended by the “ignorance” of people saying “THIS person is voting Obama out of a job” because, you see, that’s not how voting “works”– you vote for another candidate, and you can impeach a POTUS, but you don’t vote FOR a POTUS to be “out of the job.” She’s responding with the oh-so-clever “THIS person UNDERSTANDS how voting works” because using your powers of condescension is *always* the way to best way to persuade someone they are wrong.

          This is the same person who was yelling that W needed to be voted out, btw, so her feigning ignorance as to the common expression to “vote the bums out” especially amusing.

        • votermom says:

          Wow, some people are really grasping for things to be offended about. 😀

        • angienc says:

          votermom — yep, it’s hilarious. And, of course, she’s also mentioned it’s only because Obama is BLACK. I so want to post (but I don’t discuss politics on FB): then what was the problem with W?

      • DandyTiger says:

        I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

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