CNN poll shows rapidly widening voter-enthusiasm gap

posted at 2:45 pm on October 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

What a difference three weeks make!  In CNN’s poll of Republican primary voters taken September 23-25, Rick Perry led Mitt Romney by 8 points, 30/22, with Newt Gingrich in a distant third at 11%.  In their poll taken over the weekend, Herman Cain has gone from 9% to leap into a virtual tie with Romney, who edges Cain by a single point at 26/25, while Perry drops to third at 13%.

However, only a third of Republicans have made up their minds as to how they’ll cast their vote:

One day before a CNN Western Republican presidential debate, a new national survey indicates that Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are essentially tied for the lead in the race for the GOP nomination, with Rick Perry dropping to a distant third.

But according to the CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, only one third of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say their minds are made up. …

“With only 33% of all Republicans saying that their minds are made up, it’s far too early to say the race is over, or even that is has boiled down to a mano-a-mano fight between Romney and Cain,” says Holland.

The survey indicates that most Republicans say they are satisfied with the field of GOP candidates still in the race, although only one in five describe themselves as very satisfied. Republicans who back the tea party are more satisfied with the field of candidates than Republicans who are neutral toward the tea party.

More importantly, the poll shows that the enthusiasm gap between Republican and Democratic voters continues to expand.  Almost two thirds of Republicans describe themselves as either extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in 2012 (38% and 26%, respectively), a slight increase from June’s results (38% and 23%).   To get the context of those results, a CNN poll taken just before the midterm election last year showed enthusiasm in these categories at 29% and 25% — and the GOP won 63 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

Democratic enthusiasm has moved in the opposite direction.  The new poll shows 21% and 22% extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, respectively, which puts the combination below a majority for the first time since the midterms.  In June, those figures were at 26% and 29%.  The gap between total significant enthusiasm between  the two groups has moved from an R+5 in March to an R+6 in June and now to an R+21 in October.

It’s worth noting that this is after Barack Obama’s attempt to generate base enthusiasm with his class-warfare rhetoric and Potemkin jobs bill.  If this strategy is working, it’s only because Democratic enthusiasm would otherwise be crashing through the floor.  It looks like Obama’s exciting the fringe while discouraging everyone else on his side, and since this strategy is almost designed to lose independents, it’s difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term.

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If Perry drops, Cain blows Romney out of the water.

That has got to scare the daylights out of MittInc.

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Last election cycle, different time, different election…Rudy and Huck were leading the pack, looked like a shoo-in for Rudy, than Fred caught on fire, and you know the rest of the story…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

it’s difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term

Black Panthers at voting centers? Acorn? The votes of Dead People? I’m just blue skying here…

The Chewbacca Defense on October 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

However, only a third of Republicans have made up their minds as to how they’ll cast their vote:

Well, duh!

katy the mean old lady on October 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Well, duh!

katy the mean old lady on October 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

What other Republicans have lives beyond HA – I’m shocked LOL!

Oh the life of a political junkie.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

@ right2bright on October 17, 2011

Talking about Fred: Is he a possible VP candidate? In 2007/2008, there were a lot of ‘Fredheads’, so he’s popular.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

katy the mean old lady on October 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I agree..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

it’s difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term.

he anticipates nothing but wining. ever. always. regardless.

tomg51 on October 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Cain: A stalking horse for Romney aimed directly at Perry. Well played.

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Oh the life of a political junkie.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

LoL!..Count me in as a political junkie also..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

If this strategy is working, it’s only because Democratic enthusiasm would otherwise be crashing through the floor.

Enthusiasm created or saved!

ConservativeLawStudent on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

wining = winning (or whining?)

tomg51 on October 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

The fat lady has not sung for any of them, yet.

Don’t let the elitists from the left/right/media pick your candidate.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

ernesto, an Obama-horsie

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Cain: A stalking horse for Romney aimed directly at Perry. Well played. ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I must admit, you seem to know it all, Che.

Akzed on October 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Sorry Barry, Pookie has his slippers on and is staying on the couch for 2012.

Knucklehead on October 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

If Romney is the nominee, my enthusiasm goes to zero point zero zero.

As in: stayin’ home.

Bat Chain Puller on October 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

The fat lady has not sung for any of them, yet.

Don’t let the elitists from the left/right/media pick your candidate.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and right now the big bi@$# is choking on a chunk of salami.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I sense that we will have to suffer through some voter enthusiasm redistribution in the near future…./

ted c on October 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Mitt can’t promise Perry the veep job, it’s already going to Christie for the endorsement. Unless he pivots on that, too. What can he promise Perry to stay in for awhile, or Cain for getting outta his way?

Kissmygrits on October 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Ack! You have Perry in the middle! Perry is coming in last! Hot Air is a shill for Perry!

Figured I’d get it out there before some one did it in a serious way.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Mitt can’t promise Perry the veep job, it’s already going to Christie for the endorsement.

Christie as VP? A disaster. Two Islam-apologetic fools in the White House, just like Obama/Biden.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

“The Republicans plan, Obama says, boils down to this: ‘Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.’”

That’s right, because Republicans don’t breathe air, we don’t drink water, and we want our families to die…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

it’s difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term.

Ed, we both live in Minny.

You should know better, given the recent history of GOP Guv and Senate candidates.

I don’t see any GOP candidate for the White House being outside the Donks margin of fraud.

Bruno Strozek on October 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

ConservativeLawStudent on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Enthusiasm Protected.

antisocial on October 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

You know, with the anti-semitic and flag burning trash coming out of the closet, now would be a great time for the dumbest President in history to go all in, for One World Socialists Occupy Wall Street. No doubt, chip into that +21.

MNHawk on October 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

It’s worth noting that this is after Barack Obama’s attempt to generate base enthusiasm with his class-warfare rhetoric and Potemkin jobs bill. If this strategy is working, it’s only because Democratic enthusiasm would otherwise be crashing through the floor. It looks like Obama’s exciting the fringe while discouraging everyone else on his side, and since this strategy is almost designed to lose independents, it’s difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term.

Enthusiasm saved or created!!

cschande on October 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Talking about Fred: Is he a possible VP candidate? In 2007/2008, there were a lot of ‘Fredheads’, so he’s popular.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Not a chance…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 3:17 PM

You know, with the anti-semitic and flag burning trash coming out of the closet

You’re talking about Obama’s friends Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Rashid Khalidi?

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Cain: A stalking horse for Romney aimed directly at Perry. Well played.

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Let’s tabulate, shall we?

Second Tier – A/P
Not a serious contender – The Stash
stalking horse – Che

I’m touched, those clinging to the dumbest President in history are taking such an interest in the Republican nomination.

MNHawk on October 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Talking about Fred: Is he a possible VP candidate? In 2007/2008, there were a lot of ‘Fredheads’, so he’s popular.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

..are you serious? Just before they did their Politics segment, I saw a spot on FNC with Fred hyping reverse mortgages.

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

why I’m voting for Cain:

Herman Cain is running for president. He’s not a career politician (in fact he has never held political office). He’s known as a pizza guy, but there’s a lot more to him. He’s also a computer guy, a banker guy, and a rocket scientist guy.

Here’s his bio:

Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Master’s degree in Computer Science.
Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).
All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!

Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.
Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.
Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!

Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.
After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!

Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.
Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.

CynicalOptimist on October 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You’re talking about Obama’s friends Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Rashid Khalidi?

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I was thinking about the new friends he’s latching onto. Didn’t the little guy throw the old friends under the bus a couple years ago?

MNHawk on October 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

If Romney is the nominee, my enthusiasm goes to zero point zero zero.

As in: stayin’ home.

Bat Chain Puller on October 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

..oh noes! So what will we do about Obama’s TWO SCOTUS nominees?

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

“It looks like Obama’s exciting the fringe while discouraging everyone else on his side…”

You are forgetting the coming race riots to make everyone feel proud to be an American…

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

@ The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Just asking. I would prefer Bolton or West as VP.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Oh the life of a political junkie.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

LoL!..Count me in as a political junkie also..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Ditto.
This political junkie has to miss the debate party tomorrow because it’s the first Christmas program rehearsal.
Oh the life of a singing political junkie. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

@ MNHawk on October 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

No, he didn’t. Only his “spiritual advisor” Jeremiah Wright was thrown under the bus (after initially defending him).

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

…After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time! (he has had over 9 jobs)…

Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.

CynicalOptimist on October 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

NYT headlines: Cain, can’t hold down a job…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Btw: My ‘order’ remains: Perry, Newt, Cain…hold my nose.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Btw: My ‘order’ remains: Perry, Newt, Cain…hold my nose.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I hope and pray it’s nominee Perry at the end of the day. However I’m not as opposed to Cain as I was a couple of weeks ago. Still not sure about 999 and don’t like his comments against Perry but he’s better than Romney that’s for sure.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Not a bad way to put it, I like it…except move Cain to the front…even with his word fumbles…for now.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

That is a bummer..But I’m sure it will still be going when you get home..:)

PS..Rehaersal this early??..Wow..Good luck..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

In Lubbock you either are for Perry or Paul…and my Cubbies will win the WS before I support the Ronulan.
i’ll vote for any of my top 3 willingly.
Romney I’m liking less and less the more I learn about him.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Just asking. I would prefer Bolton or West as VP.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

..of the two: LtCol West. I believe that Cain will be the VP selection (if he is not the nominee) however and I’m very excited about that.

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

I hope and pray it’s nominee Perry at the end of the day.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Hope and change.

haner on October 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

annoyinglittleyankeetwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

And you say you want to be a Texan now?

Say it with me…G_O_ R_A_N_G_E_R_S_!

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Our concert is in early December with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Besides the usual Christmas fluff we’re singing Bach’s ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme(Wake ye maids! hark, strikes the hour)…in German.
I haven’t sung in German since high school. Fun fun. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

It should be a excellent World Series…:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Sounds like a pretty big production..I wish you and all the best wishes in performing..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Why are we still talking about Perry? He can’t even complete a coherent sentence in a debate format. This guy has no chance of beating Obama in the general.

It’s between Romney and Cain and Romney will likely end up with the nomination.

OKCubsFan on October 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

They gave us a taste of it last year. Lets get this year.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Say it with me…G_O_ R_A_N_G_E_R_S_!

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Since the Rangers will be playing the my Cubbies evil arch rivals-the St. Louis DEADbirds-I’ll shout it from the rooftops.
GO RANGERS!
All together now:
ain’t gonna fly no more(no more)
ain’t gonna fly no more.
Poor widdle birdies gonna get their wings clipped-
and they ain’t gonna fly no more!
*to the tune of ‘ain’t gonna rain no more’.. i used to sing ‘my’ version when I’d walk by Busch Park(home of the Cardinals) during the St. Louis half-marathon.*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

It should be very competitive..At least 6 games..I could see 7 games also..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

It should be a excellent World Series…:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Kill. The. Birds.
*I lived in St. Louis the LAST time the Deads were in the WS. My 36th birthday was the day before they won it…and…well…lets just say that i wasn’t playing nice with the natives. LoL*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Bad annoyinglittletwerp, bad! I can see where the moniker came from now.

It should be very competitive..At least 6 games..I could see 7 games also..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I’m goin’ Rangers in five…win it at home.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I hear you..:)

PS..Does Dubya get to throw out a first pitch this time?..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Last election cycle, different time, different election…Rudy and Huck were leading the pack, looked like a shoo-in for Rudy, than Fred caught on fire, and you know the rest of the story…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Fred!

:’(

29Victor on October 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

However, only a third of Republicans have made up their minds as to how they’ll cast their vote:

Good. Let it play out and make sure your choice is thoroughly vetted.

Basilsbest on October 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

PS..Does Dubya get to throw out a first pitch this time?..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

It oughta’ happen. The kid whose dad died going for a ball got to through one out in the playoffs. They ought to bring him back too.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

I agree..That would be cool..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Bad annoyinglittletwerp, bad! I can see where the moniker came from now.

It should be very competitive..At least 6 games..I could see 7 games also..:)

Dire Straits on October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I’m goin’ Rangers in five…win it at home.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Hey-I’m supporting the Rangers! I’m a sweet little angel.
*bats eyes*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

If Perry drops, Cain blows Romney out of the water.

That has got to scare the daylights out of MittInc.

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

And that guarantees Obozo another four years…

stacman on October 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

..oh noes! So what will we do about Obama’s TWO SCOTUS nominees?

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Amen to that! For anyone considering staying at home, please think about the fact that we have several elderly folks on the Supreme Court. There will be openings in the next presidential term. If Obama gets to load the S.C. with more liberals, then we are toast. I don’t want Romney either, but if he somehow wins I will hold my nose and vote for him. This country cannot take Obama with a liberal-loaded Supreme Court. We must get someone in who will appoint conservatives. And even a Sandra Day O’Conner is better than Kagen or Sotomayor. The Supreme Court should be a vital consideration in this election.

squeek71 on October 17, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Almost two thirds of Republicans describe themselves as either extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in 2012 (38% and 26%, respectively),

Now we need to get those 64% enthusiastic about voting for one candidate!

Herman Cain makes sense on some things, but I’m still not enthusiastic about paying a 9% national sales tax. He still has some ‘splainin’ to do…

Steve Z on October 17, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Mitt can’t promise Perry the veep job

With Perry polling 6% in Iowa and 2% in NH I dont think Perry is part of the conversation. Ron Paul has better numbers than that.

hanzblinx on October 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

RICKY BLAGO PERRYCH IS TOAST:

2% IN New Hampshire
6% In Iowa
3th Place in South Carolina
3% in Florida

Falz on October 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

If Perry drops, Cain blows Romney out of the water.

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Not according to Rasmussen. The other day he polled a 2-man Romney vs. Cain race, and Cain led by 1 point.

Jon0815 on October 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

And that guarantees Obozo another four years…

stacman on October 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Because….Obama has done such a fine job on the economy? Because he gets 95% of the black vote, ooops, maybe now just 70%, which was all that McCain needed to win…because Obama’s energy program is so strong, because people want to keep not working? You think he can out debate Cain?
Sorry pal, I don’t buy into what the MSM tells me…right now it is Cain 43% and Obama 41%…and Cain isn’t through.

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Not according to Rasmussen. The other day he polled a 2-man Romney vs. Cain race, and Cain led by 1 point.

Jon0815 on October 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Look again….43 vs. 41, Cain…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Look again….43 vs. 41, Cain…

right2bright on October 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

That’s Cain vs. Obama. not Cain vs. Romney.

Jon0815 on October 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

The President’s advisors clearly think this is going to be a turnout election like ’04 as evidenced by the President’s comfortable turn to his home away from home on the Left.

As long as the GOP nominee doesn’t make any massive mistakes, I think it will be tough for the President to pivot to the center, since he is trying to create enthusiasm among his base.

If journalists and many special interest groups applied their principles in the same way as during the Bush Administration, the President would be in the mid-30′s for job approval.

According to the journalists who made plenty of front page space during the Bush Administration for the casualty count in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush’s unpopularity globally, and, Code Pink protests that interrupted sessions of Congress (probably a good think to prevent more damage).

I guess the President’s political party means more than the “progressive” principles that journalists and special interest groups hold so dear.

sDs61678 on October 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Almost two thirds of Republicans describe themselves as either extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in 2012

THIS is the proof that GOP voters aren’t going to sit at home if their candidate isn’t the nominee. So we will have to beat the bushes to find those who are now threatening to do so.

csdeven on October 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

..oh noes! So what will we do about Obama’s TWO SCOTUS nominees?

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

That doesn’t matter to his type. They want to watch the country burn.

csdeven on October 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

only one third of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say their minds are made up. …

But 100% of THOSE guys are VOTING REPUBLICAN. Whoever he is.

tree hugging sister on October 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM

And you say you want to be a Texan now?

Say it with me…G_O_ R_A_N_G_E_R_S_!

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Combining political junkyism with Baseball junkyism could lead you to be all alone at parties.

GO CARDS

KW64 on October 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

If Romney is the nominee, my enthusiasm goes to zero point zero zero.

As in: stayin’ home.

Bat Chain Puller on October 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Even if you can’t stomach voting for Romney, you still need to get out and vote for your favorite conservatives running for the House and/or Senate and/or state and local elections. Retaking the Senate and solidifying the Republican hold on the House are just as important as beating The One. Just leave the line for President blank.

Kevin71 on October 18, 2011 at 3:18 AM

With Perry polling 6% in Iowa and 2% in NH I dont think Perry is part of the conversation. Ron Paul has better numbers than that.

hanzblinx on October 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Not that this is a good analogy, but what kind of numbers was Biden pulling before he was selected as VP in the last election? Perry is great on the stump and can fund-raise with the best of them.

Kevin71 on October 18, 2011 at 3:23 AM

Cain: A stalking horse for Romney aimed directly at Perry. Well played.

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Based on the polls (and Perry’s incompetence in attacking Romney given multiple occasions to do so) it’s more like

Perry: A stacking horse for Romney aimed directly at Cain. Well played.

BKennedy on October 18, 2011 at 4:18 AM

That should be a stalking horse. I guess I’m having a Rick Perry moment.

BKennedy on October 18, 2011 at 4:18 AM

That’s Cain vs. Obama. not Cain vs. Romney.

Jon0815 on October 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

With all due respect, it’s pretty easy to get those two confused.

VelvetElvis on October 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM

GO CAIN!!!

Because the country needs more than “Nice Hair” vs “Nice Pants”!!!

Let’s GET REAL!!!

landlines on October 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM