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Morning Mix: South Carolina Votes And Here Comes Herman Cain!

Morning Mix: South Carolina Votes And Here Comes Herman Cain!

Today’s the South Carolina primary and it’s not looking good for the once-presumed front runner Mitt Romney. For starters, the campaign is already prepping for a primary loss by managing expectations, predicting the nomination fight will run through to the summer. This comes as reports continue to suggest that any support Romney had nationwide was collapsing.

Even Romney’s good news comes with strings. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell endorsed Romney Friday morning, and then promptly called on Romney to release his tax returns that afternoon. McDonnell is the latest of a string of conservatives calling on Romney to release his tax returns, including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Newt Gingrich must be loving this.

While the former Speaker of the House may be on his way to a primary win in South Carolina, he backed out of a speaking engagement at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Friday. His campaign cited poor attendance at the conference as the reason, but given the media attention to Newt’s “open marriage” proposal to his second ex-wife, conservatives can’t be happy with the slight.

It also begs the question of just how much influence christian conservative voters really have anymore. Attendance at the SRLC has been meager, and Rick Santorum was the only candidate to make an appearance. Their support for Santorum in Iowa likely pushed him to victory, but with no real national campaign presence and flagging media attention, it would appear that both nominee front-runners have decided that those voters face no other choice but to come around to either Gingrich or Romney sooner or later.

And because what this primary needs is for things to get even stranger, let’s all welcome back Herman Cain. The failed candidate and pizza baron joined Stephen Colbert at a rally dubbed the “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary” that was as much performance art as it was political rally.

Cain must be up to something, because he’s been chosen to give the Tea Party response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The President’s address comes fresh off progressive victories with the Keystone Pipeline, insurance coverage for birth control, and the shelving of PIPA/SOPA. And let’s not forget a not-too-shabby rendition of Al Greene’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

So Cain’s got a tough act to follow, but he’s clearly looking to make his way back into the public eye, so at least we know the response will be memorable.

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6:02PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

This is just Colbert’s lame attempt at trying to disperse the republican votes – why is he even brining herman cain into this? I find it offensive that out of all the people he could have fake endorsed he had to choose someone who is currently under investigation for sexual harassment – it’s a serious issue and not one to be take lightly. Incredibly offensive and downright stupid; it honestly doesn’t help that Colbert’s company Viacom has connections with the Federal Reserve and Herman Cain. A very calculated move, and a destructive one at that, to try and confuse voters to vote for a very bad guy instead of voting for someone decent and worth voting for like Ron Paul

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9:50AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Gotta love it!

8:07AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thanks for posting.

11:57PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Colbert and Stewert are giving an hilarious tutorial on this whole Super-pac thing and the stupidity and mile wide holes in it that make it all a sad joke on democracy!

9:29PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Hey, don't any of you watch the Colbert Report? Cain is there because Colbert asked him to be there. A vote for Cain is really a vote for Colbert. It is all a huge send up of our corrupt system with its Super Pacs and Corporations as People. Colbert's super Pac which he has given to John Steward, (since super packs are not allowed to coordinate with the candidate, wink, wink) put out some absolutely hilarious adds in S. Carolina. One said since cooperations are people then Romney is a serial killer since he destroyed a bunch of them when he owned Bain Capital. Colbert is an absolute genius, I wish he could be President!

9:23PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

LOVE Colbert & Stewart!!!! Considering the fact that A) all politicians are jackasses & B) they've made themselves jokes, they deserve everything those 2 throws at them! I have laughed harder than ever over the past week over Stewart/Colbert comments, and agree with them wholeheartedly. Sadly, the people who should be running our country are smart enough to stay out of that hellhole. Until someone worth listening to or voting for shows up, I will laugh at the idiots, flip a whole lot of birds at the jerks, sign petitions, and generally raise hell. It couldn't happen to a more deserving lot of jerk-offs,

3:13PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

2:52PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

They say you can't keep a good man down or in the case of Herman Cain and his pizzas. He is a foot note in the election and Newt Gingrich is busy throwing enough dirt and smears already that any debate will be stifled with his faux outrage. If this is the best the Republicans can come up with then? But then Newt does know that Americans forget anything over 5 years old, and the press will ignore any long-term character faults if you give them any new, shiny story to report otherwise his arse would be rawer than sashimi. Herman Cain is also expecting the same thing.

1:39PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Herman Cain is back! Well, the GOP is back in the business of stand up. And who never heard of Santorum?? Good grief, the man has been quoted everywhere... more foot in mouth disease than seen on any farm.

12:32PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Mr. Cain, my garbage is better than your pizza.

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