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Herman Cain Gets My Vote

Mr. Cain's latest book

If you listened to “Monday’s KaibCast: The Impossible Dream” (10/17), you would have learned that I am supporting Herman Cain for President.  I am a political junkie who is sick of politics.  America needs a principled, well-spoken leader to challenge the President, not some opportunistic shape shifter, psychopathic child hoarder, or incoherent cowboy.  While any of those are preferable to an ideological wealth-destroyer and redistributionist, the GOP can do better.

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Maybe Rick Perry is 2012′s Fred Thompson After All

Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog

Back in August, when Rick Perry officially launched his campaign for President, some bloggers and columnists compared him to Fred Thompson, who got into the 08 race late because of good poll numbers.

I dismissed such comparisons at the time because they were superficial.  Besides, Rick Perry’s campaign was just beginning, making such comparisons premature:

Look, Perry is not Fred Thompson.  He’s the Governor of a state that’s doing well despite Obama’s war on prosperity.  Also, Perry’s fame is not based upon a poorly acted role on Law & Order.  It is based upon results.

Now, I’m starting to wonder if the comparison is correct.  After his poor performance at the Fox News/Google debate, Gov. Perry was met with a deluge of criticism:

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Is Rick Perry 2012′s Fred Thompson?

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Rick Perry if officially running for President.  Some are suggesting that he’s this contest’s Fred Thompson.  Here’s something from the LA Times:

We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled, thanks in no small part to a general perception of apathy on the candidate’s part.

Comes now Rick Perry, the Texas governor who had seemed genuinely uninterested in running for president before Republicans still unsold on any of their candidates’ electability went looking for their conservative savior. As with Perry, little of substance was known of Thompson, and neither underwent the kind of pre-campaign scrutiny devoted to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or John McCain. (And, as I’ve written before, the media limelight should help expose Perry’s indifference to a potentially profound injustice in Cameron Todd Willingham’s execution). Both Thompson and Perry boosted their poll numbers by flirting with their party’s base before making their plans clear; Perry now sits within error-margin distance of front-runner Mitt Romney.

Sure, the comparisons are largely superficial. Perry certainly seems not to share Thompson’s dispassion (see the photo above). Plus, Thompson lacked the line on his resume about governing a state known for weathering the Great Recession relatively well, while Perry brags about it unceasingly, even though the government he oversees competes with California’s dysfunction. Thompson, previously an actor, evoked comparisons to Reagan; Perry, the popular, conservative governor of Texas — well, you know.

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