Liberal Democrat and GOP Elite heads are exploding in a cacophony of panic and dread.
(Tea Party favorite) Herman Cain has moved into a tie with (GOP Elite Choice) Mitt Romney atop the field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new CBS News poll, while Rick Perry has fallen 11 percentage points in just two weeks.
The poll shows Cain, who stood at just five percent support two weeks ago, now holding 17 percent support among Republican primary voters. That puts the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO into a tie with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, whose support has essentially held steady over the past two weeks.
Perry, meanwhile, has dropped from 23 percent support to just 12 percent support over the past two weeks, a sign that the Texas governor’s shaky debate performances – in which he has alienated portions of both the Republican base and the party establishment – have taken their toll.
Eight in ten Republican primary voters said the candidates’ debate performances are at least somewhat important to them, and 58 percent said they have watched the debates that have already taken place. Just ten percent of Republican primary voters said they agreed with Perry that the children of illegal immigrants should be allowed to get in-state tuition, a contentious topic in recent debates.
The silver lining for Perry is the race remains fluid: Three in four Republican primary voters who chose a candidate also said it was too early to make up their minds completely. Just 19 percent said they had definitively decided who they would support.
D0n’t worry, Conservative-haters on both sides of the aisle: New Jersey Governor and erstwhile RINO Chris Christie will enter the race and maintain your precious status quo.
Errr…then again…maybe not:
Chris Christie said Tuesday that he wouldn’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, resisting the overtures of Republicans who had urged the New Jersey governor to reconsider his opposition to running.
Speaking at a press conference at New Jersey’s state capitol, Christie explained that he felt an obligation to stick with his promise to continue to serve as governor.
“For months, I’ve been adamant about the fact that I would not run for president,” he said. “For me, the answer was never anything but ‘no.’”
Christie admitted rethinking his pledge not to run over the weekend, but characteristically joked that New Jersey voters are “stuck” with him for now.
“In the end what I always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today: Now is not my time,” he said, explaining several times that it “never felt right” to abandon the state at this juncture in his career.
And while a sinking Squish has dogpaddled safely to shore, a Conservative is testing the waters.
…calls were made on behalf of a mystery candidate to various early states to determine presidential filing deadlines.
The calls were made by representatives of the law firm Baker Hostetler – a firm that employs lawyer Mark Braden, who represents Sarah PAC, her political action committee.
As Ken notes, while he nor representatives of Palin’s campaign would comment on the calls, Palin is the only GOP politician eying the presidential race who is represented by the firm.
The current thinking in GOP election law circles is that the first hard cut-off for entering the race is Oct. 28, when presidential candidates who hope to appear on the ballot in the New Hampshire primary would be required to submit a filing fee from a federally registered presidential campaign committee.
On July 17, 1980, Republican President Nominee Ronald Reagan said the following during his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention:
…Our problems are both acute and chronic, yet all we hear from those in positions of leadership are the same tired proposals for more government tinkering, more meddling and more control — all of which led us to this state in the first place.
Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, “Well done?” Can anyone compare the state of our economy when the Carter Administration took office with where we are today and say, “Keep up the good work?” Can anyone look at our reduced standing in the world today and say, “Let’s have four more years of this?”
I believe the American people are going to answer these questions the first week of November and their answer will be, “No–we’ve had enough.” And, then it will be up to us — beginning next January 20th — to offer an administration and congressional leadership of competence and more than a little courage.
We must have the clarity of vision to see the difference between what is essential and what is merely desirable, and then the courage to bring our government back under control and make it acceptable to the people.
…Tonight, let us dedicate ourselves to renewing the American compact. I ask you not simply to “Trust me,” but to trust your values–our values–and to hold me responsible for living up to them. I ask you to trust that American spirit which knows no ethnic, religious, social, political, regional, or economic boundaries; the spirit that burned with zeal in the hearts of millions of immigrants from every corner of the Earth who came here in search of freedom.
The American Spirit Reagan spoke about 31 years ago is still alive today, regardless of all the efforts in the last few years to extinguish its flame.
If the Republican Presidential Candidate can connect with that Spirit, he or she will win the election.
Leadership like Ronald Reagan’s is what Americans are craving….and only a Conservative president will provide it.