Oct 16 2011
Herman Cain’s debut on MTP was huge success today. His position on the issues was solid and bold, but David Gregory provided a huge bonus. Gregory provided the ultimate liberal-media foil – a clueless, math challenged and arrogant member of the Political Industrial Complex.
When Cain tried to explain that State Taxes were unchanged under his 9-9-9 plan, and that his plan swapped out the current federal tax for a new one which had lots of lowered hidden taxes removed, Gregory couldn’t grasp the concept that if you paid a net less under 9-9-9, then when you combined a static state tax with 9-9-9, you would still be paying less.
It was an exquisite moment showing why math challenged journalists have no business trying to ‘explain’ modern policy decisions.
Gregory also basically misrepresented Cain when he stated Cain would not rely on wise-men, when in fact (and Gregory knew this) Cain said he would not ‘lean’ on wise men and women. In fact, Cain has said many times he plans to build a solidly experienced team of advisers, a team that would operate under his broad guidelines.
The best moment was when David Gregory asked if Cain really wanted an electrified fence at the border that could kill people. Cain just looked him in the eyes as if to say “you poor sap” and then simply said “it was a joke”. One apparently Gregory missed.
Cain slew David on MTP this morning, no doubt about it.
Cain nailed the debut. He was sharp, easy going and communicated well. His positions are perfect. He supports traditional marriage, he will not work to repeal same sex marriage. He is personally against all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. But when asked what about the health of the mother he followed the obvious libertarian path of leaving those decisions to the family. My guess is he, like me, would work to make abortions of convenience a rare choice, but leave the overall decision in the hands of the people – where it belongs for now.
What caught everyone’s ear is his current fundraising. The last 2 weeks he has seen $2 million in donations, which means he is more than a blip. If his fundraising becomes a steady tier one flow, then he will win the nomination, and be bequeathed all those Romney and Perry organizational resources that always go to the winner.
Cain is right, message trumps money or organization. If he does succeed, it will be the liberal establishment against conservative main street. And we all know which of those have the most voters.
Update: Ann Althouse also thinks Cain nailed his appearance. I don’t think he is going to fade away like the others.