White House 2012′s Morning Memo: Tuesday’s Election News Briefing for 11/15/11

Bookmark and Share   While you were asleep, the political world kept turning and tried to cast its perpetual spin on reality.  So set the record straight with White House 2012’s Morning Memo as we bring you  Gloria Cain’s interview, Polls that have Newt soaring and Americans doubting Cain, as well as stories about the end of Rick Perry’s campaign, strange emails from the First Lady, the stage being set for the Supreme Courts hearing on Obamacare, the shaping of the 2016 presidential election, notes about the Abuser in Chief, and much more. 

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Dennis Miller Signals a Surge in Endorsements for Herman Cain

Bookmark and Share  Although comedian, actor and radio talk show host Dennis Miller made no secret tha he was fond of Herman Cain’s presidential  candidacy, he had not endorsed him.  Until now.

Today Miller used his nationally aired radio program to officially endorse Herman Cain for the Republican nomination for President.  Click here to listen to clip. In addition to that, Miller is slated to headline a fundraiser for Cain in Los Angeles.

Earlier in the day, there there were a serious of Twitters from bothCain and Miller that went as follows;

Dennis Miller Show
How proud would I be to have Herman Cain as my President? http://dennismillerradio.com/b/Cain-Versus-Unable/144162840843406213.html @THEHermanCain
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Herman Cain
I’d like to thank @DennisDMZ for his support. I look forward to working with him as we continue our journey to the White House!
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Dennis Miller Show
Here’s an idea for Herman Cain’s next bumper sticker: “Cain Versus Not Able.” Herm’s up next at http://dennismillerradio.com/site @THEHermanCain
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Herman Cain
Love it! RT @DennisDMZ: Here’s an idea for Herman Cain’s next bumper sticker: “Cain Versus Not Able.”

Whether Miller’s endorsement of Herman Cain is a sign that others will now be confident enough to publicly declare their support for what has been cosidered a longshot campaign , is not fully known yet.  But one certainty is that Cain’s big victory by a wide margin in Saturday’s Florida Republican presidential straw poll, has put Cain on the map and established him as a contender.

Many see Cain’s straw poll victory as a sign of disatissfaction with the political establishment of both major Parties.  From this consultant’s point of view, that is true.  However, the fact that people would use Herman Cain to send this signal says much about Herman Cain himself.  In the recent straw poll, Cain won more votes than the second and third places, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney did.  Such a vote total is based not just on sending a message, many of those votes went his way because many of those people also believe in Herman Cain.  They believe that he can at the very least bring some of the common sense to Washington, D.C. that the political establishment lacks.

What Herman Cain now needs to do is convince establishment voters that he is more than a vessel being used to signal disatisfaction.   He must demonstrate that he is not just the flavor of the day.  Not long ago Mchele Bachmann was the flavor of the day when she won the Iowa straw poll.  That got her as far as a dead last finish in Florida’s straw poll.

In addition to having to detail his policies on everything and be prepared to defend them against the scrutiny that his new success will bring, he could also use the support of an established politician, especially one that is respected and appreciated within the TEA movement.  Such an opportunity might be in the making with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who recently indicated that she will be endorsing a person with business experience.  Such a comment could play in to the theme that mitt Romney is attaching to his own candidacy, but it could also be a reference to Herman Cain who has never held elected office but has successfully run several private sector interests and associations.

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Perry Watch: Texas Governor Rick Perry Stops Short of Announcing His Candidacy for President

Bookmark and Share   When it comes to whether or not Texas Governor Rick Perry will run for President, Perry has himself all but answered yes (see video below). According to the Governor, two months ago the prospect of running for President was not on his periscope. But in several interviews he admits that things have and changed and he lays the blame for that change on his wife and what he calls an;

“organic buildup of people who have basically said, for whatever reason, ‘We’re not comfortable with the host of people who have come forward to say they want to be the next President of the United States” .

He adds:

“God sends messages through a lot of ways and through a lot of messengers. I am very calm that the direction that I am heading is good. I’m not there yet – not ready to announce here on your program that that is going to be the case, but as each day goes by, I get more comfortable that the direction I am headed is the right direction.”

In addition to Perry’s admitted comfort with a run for President, over the past month other indications of the Governor’s intentions have come in the form of preliminary steps to organize a presidential campaign team. After last month’s implosion of Newt Gingrich’s campaign operation that saw many former aides leave the Gingrich team, Perry has essentially picked up their support for his own presidential campaign. This presumably includes longtime Perry confidant and top political advisor David Carney.

Carney was one those involved in the en masse exodus from Gingrich and up till then, many assumed that without his long time advisor and strategist at his side, Rick Perry was unlikely to be a candidate for President.

Another Perry player who left Gingrich was Rob Johnson, Perry’s former campaign manager and as reported by The Blaze, according to a source, upon Johnson’s departure from Newt, Johnson and Perry spoke last week and Perry told him his “old job is waiting for him.” That source added; “I know that for a fact,”

More recently Politico has reported that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad stated that his lieutenant governor received a call from Perry and put out other feelers in the state. He adds “The sense is that it’s very likely he will enter the field,” And in what amounts to the strong possibility of an endorsement of Perry, in that same Politico report, Barandstad volunteered “Texas has been a superstar in economic development. You know, California’s demise has been to Texas’s benefit. They’re out there taking industry and business out of California every day,” Branstad said. “I think Texas has kind of led the way.”

So will Perry actually go for it?

So far it does not look like there is anything to discourage him. Given the overall lukewarm support for the existing candidates, and the very tentative hold on frontrunner status that Mitt Romney has, Perry has a good chance to catch fire and outshine others in the crowded field. One thing that could have discouraged a Perry candidacy was the recent quarterly campaign finance reports of the main Republican presidential contenders. Yet not even the $18.25 million that Romney raised in the past three months, seems to have staved off the ambitions of Perry who has proven himself to be strong in fundraising.

 
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