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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Surprised! Herman Cain Endorses Gingrich

Cain: "I am endorsing the people!"
Bill Smith, Editor: This evening, at a dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida, former presidential candidate Herman Cain evidenced that he has changed his "unconventional endorsement" of "the people" to "a person." He has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination for president. Cain said, "I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States. . . . I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know he's going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the American people."

As a former candidate, Herman Cain has earned the right to endorse whomever he wishes. However, his endorsement was a surprise to many grassroots conservatives. After having suspended his race for the nomination, Cain indicated that he would not be endorsing a specific candidate. Just nine days ago, at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Charleston, South Carolina, Cain declared that he was making "an unconventional endorsement. Not a candidate seeking the nomination. Not someone that is not running. (sic) My unconventional endorsement is the 'people.' We the People of the United States are still in charge. That is whom I am endorsing because we are the ones who are going to have to lead this revolution. We're the ones who will be able to take our power back. I am endorsing 'the people'!"

Cain's "unconventional endorsement" signaled that he was going to advance the "we the people" conservative message while not endorsing a specific Republican candidate seeking the nomination. Cain endorsed "the people," and most understood that he would support the candidate finally chosen by "the people." It will now be interesting to observe how Mr. Cain expects to speak on behalf of "We the People" having already picked his candidate to support.

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich know each other well. They both have served the people of Georgia. Newt was as a Representative for a district in Georgia. Herman Cain has been a voice for conservative via his radio show. Also, both Cain and Gingrich have been "big name" speakers at the same conservative events.

Cain has also been viewed as a social conservative which added to his popularity. However, Cain did not endorse Rick Santorum who is the candidate closest to his social conservative beliefs. While Newt Gingrich offers what he sees as bold new ideas with regard to the economy, he has not been considered by Republican to be a credible spokesman for social conservative.

Also, there seems to be a disconnect regarding Cain's referenced "sausage grinder" comment. Cain suffered from what I believe[1] to be false allegation and attacks by the liberal media much in the same manner that were used by the media against former governor Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

However, the criticism of Newt Gingrich by fellow conservatives has been based on Gingrich's own past actions be they perceived immoral actions or actions while an elected official. It is interesting that the liberal media has opted to avoided attacking Newt on these situations. Potentially, they are bidding their time to see if Gingrich wins the Republican nomination. As we know, the liberal media bias has favored supporting President Obama.

Obviously Herman Cains has now evidenced his "all in" support for Newt Gingrich. And Gingrich should be very glad to have this endorsement. We also expect that Cain will be ready to support whomever wins the Republican presidential nomination. My concern is what effect this endorsement might have on Herman Cain and his message.
[1] In full disclosure, I know and respect Herman Cain and therefore did not accept as true the allegations against Herman Cain. I have covered and reported on Cain at many events including traveling with him on the 2010 Spending Revolt Bus Tour in Arkansas. As editor, I have refrained from endorsing any Republican candidate because I see positives in all of the candidates and in the end must support whomever the majority of "the people" select as the Republican presidential candidate. However, my wife and I were pulling for Cain as a presidential candidate. Herman Cain is a man who can make your soul smile.

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Anonymous Don Irvine said...

Big whoop.

Blogger Bill Smith said...

Don :) Normally, would agree. But this situation provided an interesting situation not regarding Gingrich but regarding Cain. My editorial comments and concerns on Cain's endorsement are in the article.

Anonymous Robert St Jacques said...

And on his FB page, they are leaving him in droves....

Anonymous Lori Patriot said...

Newt is a confirmed skirt chaser. Cain is accused skirt chaser. Newt is a progressive as per his interview with Beck. Cain ran for democrat senate seats. Newt has a huge ego and so does Cain. Newt is a politician that ran nothing but his own private enrichment orgs after briefly running the House. Cain has no political expertise but has run companies. Newt is a member of the Center On Foreign Relations (New World Order affiliated) and Cain was the Kansas City Fed Chair. Yep, Cain is not able and Newt should be neutered.

Blogger Bill Smith said...

‎Robert St Jacques ,
Yes, I noticed. My editorial comments in the article express my concern and question "why this endorsement." My final comment in the editorial is "My concern is what effect this endorsement might have on Herman Cain and his message."

Blogger Bill Smith said...

‎‎Lori Patriot,
Being an advocate for a candidate also requires the truth. Cain has not run as a Democrat. He ran as Republican for US Senate seat and lost to Republican Johnny Isakson. While Cain was accused / possibly slandered there is absolutely not proof that the accusation were valid / true.

Absolutely no one who knows Herman Cain would consider him a progressive. As a new media reporter , in the last 7 yrs, I have covered many events at which he appeared and spoke. He has been an outspoken conservative and a TEA Party advocate. Yes, I agree he and all other who believe they can run for the position of US Senator, President etc have big egos. That does not make them bad.

I hope you noted my actual editorial comments about Cain's endorsement. I was indeed surprised by his endorsement.

Anonymous Jennifer Pfeifer said...

Interesting my number one candidate has made his endorsement. The attacks are evil from the left wing media and most of them are puppets for the propagandist and they are digging their own graves. Here is a warning of things to come we should just turn off the television and shut their noise out and talk to each other.

"However, the criticism of Newt Gingrich by fellow conservatives has been based on Gingrich's own past actions be they perceived immoral actions or actions while an elected official. It is interesting that the liberal media has opted to avoided attacking Newt on these situations. Potentially, they are bidding their time to see if Gingrich wins the Republican nomination. As we know, the liberal media bias has favored supporting President Obama". It will come in waves no matter whom we select. They all work for the communist just wearing a different outfit to fool the public.

Anonymous David Crow said...

I thought that was coming, seemed to me the two had a close relationship and were often times on the same page in debate and in philosophy.


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