Herman Cain: I’ll make an “unconventional” endorsement two days before South Carolina votes

posted at 4:35 pm on January 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

The primary’s on Saturday the 21st. He’s promising to endorse on Thursday the 19th at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which happens to be hosting a presidential debate that same day. He’s timing it for maximum impact, in other words, right down to his choice of which primary to target: As a Georgia native, he might have a bit more sway over voters in SC than he would have had over Iowans, assuming he has any sway left over anyon.

Question: Who would value his endorsement the most? Perry’s desperate for positive buzz of any kind but Cain’s already ruled him and Ron Paul out. Huntsman would kill for some southern cred before the big vote but he’s guaranteed to be a longshot in SC. Why waste an endorsement on him if you’re Cain? The choice is between Romney, whom he endorsed four years ago, Santorum, and his buddy Newt. If he backs Romney, he gets the thanks of a likely nominee and possible future president for giving him a shot of grassroots appeal before the big vote. If he backs Santorum and Santorum pulls the upset, he gets to say he played conservative kingmaker (rightly or wrongly). Same is true if he backs Newt and Newt ends up edging out Santorum, and Newt would be especially grateful both for Cain’s vote of confidence and for the loyal friendship. I assume he’ll end up going with Romney, just because that’s his best bet to maximize leverage for his new “movement” going forward.

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

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Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to endorse Herman Cain. He’s jumping back in!

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Herman Cain to propose a pact of non-aggression between Godfather’s and Domino’s against Pizza Hut.

Jeddite on January 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to do it while cheating on his wife.

Red Cloud on January 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to endorse Sarah Palin. That would be unconventional.

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

It means his endorsement is for sale to the person who can help him pay off campaign debt, and promise him a spot in their administration.

portlandon on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

He’ll sing it?

aquaviva on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I don’t think his endorsement will mean much to any voters at this point.

NextGenerationVoters on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I really hate this kind of crap.

MTLassen on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

Exit answer: Maybe he’s getting inspiration from Palin.

WisRich on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Red Cloud on January 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Dude! LOL!!!

aquaviva on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He endorses “none of the above” because they all stink.

JPeterman on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

The name is going to be spelled out with anchovies on a pizza.

whatcat on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

He’ll sing it?

aquaviva on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Bingo!

WisRich on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Mr. Cain is gonna endorse the white guy…Bet on it!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

He’s going to endorse Herman Cain

Ha! You took the words right out of my mouth..er keyboard.

bluealice on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The contest will essentially be over by January 19th. It doesn’t matter if Cain endorses anyone. He is irrelevant to the process.

BocaJuniors on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

Unconventional

JohnGalt23 on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

You know who else uses the word unconventional a lot? Maybe Herbie will be really unconventional with his endorsement and throw his support behind her…

steebo77 on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Big whoop.

Philly on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

oooh…i’m on pins and needles herman!!!!

GhoulAid on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’ll hit on the candidate’s wife?

lorien1973 on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

He’s going to endorse Herman Cain. He’s jumping back in!

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I could live with that.

The Rogue Tomato on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He will deliver a pizza to the campaign headquarters of the person he endorses?

I think though it means he will endorse someone not currently running.

NotCoach on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Maybe you have to buy a new book to find out?

El_Terrible on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

He’s going to endorse Herman Cain. He’s jumping back in!

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

/agree

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to forget who he was going to endorse and defer to Newt to provide the answer for him.

Doughboy on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I anticipate a Romney endorsement, or possibly a Newt endorsement.

vegconservative on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

Going to announce he will be Newt’s VP and Monica Lewinsky will be their under secretary.

hanzblinx on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I liked Herman Cain, but this reality show teasing the audience crap has gotta go. I’m sick of it, and it says a lot about the state of the nation.

Yeah, I get it. Tease the audience to stir up potential interest and intrigue………..and it has been done so many times by politicians and entertainers of all stripes……….really it just annoys the heck out of me.

JB-STLMO on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Going to announce he will be Newt’s VP and Monica Lewinsky will be their under secretary.

hanzblinx on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

/bwhahahahahahaha!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

JohnGalt23 on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Okay. I LMAO!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

un·con·ven·tion·al/ˌənkənˈvenSHənl/
Adjective:
Not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed: “his unconventional approach to life”.

Red Cloud on January 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I (random Hot Gas reader) will be making a special unconventional announcement in 3 days. All of you comment readers @ Hot Gas, make sure you tune in. You are really really going to be surprised.

JB-STLMO on January 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I think that Cain will only endorse the candidates that PLEDGE to work for the 9-9-9 plan.

He said today on Hannity that legislators will either pledge to work for the 9-9-9 plan OR Cain’s new revolution (or whatever it’s called) will work against them. Either for us, or against us.

I assume he will apply that to the Republican nominees and endorsement/s.

nottakingsides on January 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I don’t think his endorsement will mean much to any voters at this point.

NextGenerationVoters on January 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Agree. And I don’t think the remaining candidates want anything to do with his endorsement if you ask me. Running for the presidency with a mistress barely tucked away in your closet. That’s unconventional right there. Swindler.

RepubChica on January 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to appear in a Cabaret with 999 pole dancers and endorse Viagra.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yeah, I get it. Tease the audience to stir up potential interest and intrigue………..and it has been done so many times by politicians and entertainers of all stripes……….really it just annoys the heck out of me.

JB-STLMO on January 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

…but you are going to watch anyway.

Egfrow on January 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

He’ll go with Newt and promise to do “something” unconventional in campaigning for him.

You establishment types beware. It’s NOT over yet.

golfmann on January 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

1) We already know that he wants to be sec of defense. So whoever promises that to him gets his endorsement. It’s the fill-in-the-blank endorsement.

2) The 9-9-9 endorsement. He splits his endorsement three ways among Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich. But none for Perry, Paul, or Huntsman.

beatcanvas on January 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

He’ll endorse Ginger White’s smokin a$$!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’s going to give a lot money to the candidate that sleeps with him the most.

cool breeze on January 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The name is going to be spelled out with anchovies on a pizza.

whatcat on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Ha! Love that one.

RepubChica on January 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

He’s going to promote a book during the endorsement, while singing and doing a Subway commercial for three different $9 sub sandwiches.

There will juggling and he will ride a unicycle. I laughed. I cried. I threw up a little.
/

WhatNot on January 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Unconventional endorsement for Trump.

Fletch54 on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Pappa Johns for Prez and Pappa Murphy’s for Veep

ConservativePartyNow on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I fear we will all feel like Ralphie, after getting his long coveted Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring, after hearing Cains’, “unconventional” endorsement!

ellifint on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Does he arrange for free toppings if his choice wins?

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

NGV….Glad to see you hanging in here. We need some young people that are concerned with the way our Country is going. It can get a little rough on some blogs, but you can learn alot….

Barred on January 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

He’ll endorse whoever can eat the most Godfather’s pizzas at one sitting, which is of course Newt.

playblu on January 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Well since there are no women left in the race, I guess it would be “unconventional”

Shain1611 on January 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

He should announce the name of his endorsee at precisely 9:09 and 9 seconds.

Jon0815 on January 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Milk it Herm, baby, milk it!

Why can’t this dope just make his stupid endorsement and get it over with?

Pork-Chop on January 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I fear we will all feel like Ralphie, after getting his long coveted Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring, after hearing Cains’, “unconventional” endorsement!

ellifint on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

He’s going to write his endorsement on his johnson and unveil it. Then, he’s going to blame us for misunderstanding his innocent gesture.

Sugar Land on January 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Cain will endorse Newt, he wants some tips from a 2 time cheater.

redguy on January 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I am calling the Romney Campaign. Free pizza during the Super Bowl if the R’s sweep!*

WIN WITH MITT!

This isn’t much worse than both parties have been doing….

*Certain restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’ll re-introduce the Alvin Green action figure and give him the nod.

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

JohnGalt23 on January 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Thanks I needed that.

gbear on January 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

If he does not sue his accusers in court for slander then, well, his input is meaningless.

This horse should quit trying to get up.

HopeHeFails on January 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Just heard 999 on Hannity.
Turning into Clown Cain, and teasing us like Sarah.
I think a couple of you are right…think he’s gonna sing!
How unconventional can he get? Have the women he was unconventionally supposed to have harrased…announce who he will endorse?

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

unconventional = without pants

Valkyriepundit on January 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Sugar Land on January 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Laughing/Ashamed/Laughing/Ashamed/Laughing…
:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I hope Patrick does a poll on this one.

Unconventional endorsement for Trump.

Fletch54 on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

You maybe right.

batterup on January 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’ll endorse Newt’s wife?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

He certainly went the unconventional route of going on MSNBC to announce this unconventional announcement.

Roymunson on January 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

The name is going to be spelled out with anchovies on a pizza.

whatcat on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Hahahaha…Lovin’ it!

mom29js on January 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

By “unconventional,” he may simply mean that he will work the gullible psychographic for book sales as his primary endeavour and pin a endorsement to the self-promotion somehow, as if his benediction were the donkey’s tail in a children’s game.

Or maybe he proposing to make a Libya speech as part of his endorsement?

kunegetikos on January 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Has Herman Cain provided any new clarifying information about the woman who alleged a 13-year affair with him or pretending like it never happened? If he’s pretending like it never happened and he was in fact involved in an affair while running for President, I don’t trust the guy and who cares who he endorses.

apocalypse on January 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

He’s going to appear in a Cabaret with 999 pole dancers and endorse Viagra.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

NOW THAT’S FUNNY…

RedInMD on January 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I fear we will all feel like Ralphie, after getting his long coveted Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring, after hearing Cains’, “unconventional” endorsement!

ellifint on January 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

A crummy commercial? Son of a b!tch!

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Is Cain really so egotistical that he thinks people are waiting with bated breath for his endorsement? Wow.

DRayRaven on January 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If he doesn’t endorse within 30 minutes, it’s free.

angryed on January 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

As a voter who was formerly in favor of Cain – I really don’t care who he endorses.

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

You’ll have to buy his book to find out! Conveniently, the book comes out two days before South Carolina’s primary…

Sorry guys. But anyone who believed this guy for a second got sold a bill of goods. He’s a huckster who got in the race to sell some books.

The man is on staff at a chuch more liberal than Obama’s Rev. Wright’s chuch.

Claudin on January 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Is Cain really so egotistical that he thinks people are waiting with bated breath for his endorsement? Wow.

DRayRaven on January 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I had fish for lunch – so my breath is baited…..

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Who would want his endorsement?

Y-not on January 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

He’s going to endorse Uzbeki-Beki Huntsman!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Well the most unconventional thing would be for him to endorse Obama.

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The name is going to be spelled out with anchovies on a pizza.

whatcat on January 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Now THAT would give you baited breath while waiting for it….

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

After weeks of looking over all the candidate’s qualifications, he will announce he is picking the one with the hottest wife.

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

Meat-Lover’s Ovaltine

alexwest on January 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

After weeks of looking over all the candidate’s qualifications, he will announce he is picking the one with the hottest wife.

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

That would be Tom Brady – oh wait – he’s not running is he?

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’ll endorse himself as an independent.

Ugh.

Key West Reader on January 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

He’s going to endorse Uzbeki-Beki Huntsman!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I thought that guy’s name was Randy Hunklestein.

Key West Reader on January 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Another “Look at me!” moment.

Valiant on January 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Key West Reader on January 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Oooh, I never thought of that. I’ll be blaming you if that happens. :)

p.s. hee-hee I will be a lost soul when Huntsman goes away.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Cain was a bright light in providing bold solutions for the significant issues facing this country, tax policy, economy, jobs and entitlement reforms. Even though he is no longer in the running he understands that those issues don’t just go away and in Tea Party fashion is trying to build grassroots enthusiasm for effective change. In today’s sound byte/AHAD/ADD world getting people’s attention long enough for true policy reforms and the commitment to make it happen is almost impossible. Look how TV America has allowed the country to spiral into the toilet as long as big brother takes care of us. The clown in office went viral with promises of hope and change and instead we got nope and chains. At least Herman is trying to make a difference, though not as nominee but a citizen. The last sentence is a bit naive, sure, and most of the comments were funny, but I think his thoughts and policy propositions are worthy of consideration.

smitty41 on January 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

He’ll pop out of a giant cardboard pizza box.

lea on January 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Palin.

Dan Pet on January 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Unconventional? Maybe he won’t tell his wife who he endorsed for 13 years?

Look Polish on January 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

What does he mean by “unconventional”?

He’ll endorse Victoria Gotti

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Exit question: What does he mean by “unconventional”?

Sa-rah! Sa-rah! Sa-rah!

JavelinaBomb on January 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

smitty41 on January 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hmmm….You and I seem to be the odd ones out. Because I still love the man! He is unconventional, and innovative, we small business owners in AZ love his 999 plan….so? He likes a little drama!?! He does get attention that way tho!

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

He’ll pop out of a giant cardboard pizza box.

lea on January 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

and the giant cardboard box will have a big fra-gee-lay sign on it

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 5:38 PM

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I think Cain, Perry and Bachmann should head to redemption island, the winner takes on the nominee at the convention :))

smitty41 on January 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

smitty41 on January 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

LOL! Wouldn’t that be funny! And maybe come up with *unconventional* ways to combat the MSM!

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I think that Cain will only endorse the candidates that PLEDGE to work for the 9-9-9 plan.

He said today on Hannity that legislators will either pledge to work for the 9-9-9 plan OR Cain’s new revolution (or whatever it’s called) will work against them. Either for us, or against us.

I assume he will apply that to the Republican nominees and endorsement/s.

nottakingsides on January 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I think you’re right.
At this point its a joke imo. Come on Herm..you could just make a few appearances in support of the person of your choice……but nooooo you have to “stunt” it..make it your own schtick. “I’ll endorse you if you endorse me” Thats just plain dumb. That would put everyone on the campaign trail with the responsibility of explaining every single spitball question as to how exactly 999 would work, and end up on every comedy show with a foolish sound bite.
After Cain encounters with the tactics of the press…he doesn’t understand this??
Go away. You’re not helping.

I’ll bet Gingrich is crapping his pants worrying about getting the stink-rag of a Cain endorsement hung on his shoulder.
Worse than McCain’s “Hey!…I like this guy….he’s just like me!” endorsement.

Mimzey on January 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I liked Cain.
He’s out of the running.
He still wants it to be about him.
He’s not running.

Mimzey on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I assume he will apply that to the Republican nominees and endorsement/s.

nottakingsides on January 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I heard Cain on Hannity too but the way I understood it was that he was going to ask those in congress and those running for congress. When Hannity asked him about the nominees Cain said that if they supported his 999 plan, it would help with a FUTURE endorsement. I personally don’t think Cain is going to actually endorse a nominee yet- just some sort of idea/plan….

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I think Cain, Perry and Bachmann should head to redemption island, the winner takes on the nominee at the convention :))

smitty41 on January 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I’m with Smitty, if you add Palin to the mix!

Fallon on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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