More Calls For Holder To Resign + Fast and Furious Smoking Guns

Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller reports on the growing drumbeat for Holder to step down:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end. At least eight members of Congress have now called on Holder to resign over the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, John Mica of Florida, Quico Canseco of Texas and Gus Bilirakis of Florida each told The Daily Caller on Thursday that they believe Holder should step down now. The number of members of Congress calling for Holder to end his career in government because of Fast and Furious is now eight, a number which has doubled in one day.

Previously, Republican Reps. Joe Walsh of Illinois, Raul Labrador of Idaho, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Paul Gosar of Arizona called on Holder to resign.

A spokesperson for Mica, a powerful congressman who serves on the House oversight committee and chairs the House Transportation Committee, told TheDC that he “thinks Attorney General Holder should resign, for more than just the Fast and Furious operation mishandling.”

Congressman Allen West is also on record saying Obama should fire Holder, or he should step down. Michele Bachmann said Holder “should resign if the facts are what they appear to be.”

The collectivist vermin at Media Mutters are handling this news about as well as you’d expect – by going after the DC reporter, Matthew Boyle:

… because Boyle is a hack, this is an indication that Holder’s “tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end,” because the number of members of Congress calling for his resignation “has doubled in one day.” How the fact that relatively low-level Republican members of Congress don’t support him would lead to him leaving the administration is left unsaid.


As we previously noted, Fox devoted nearly four times more evening coverage to a Republican congressman’s call for a special counsel to investigate Holder than they gave to Senate Democrats who called for one to investigate Bush AG Alberto Gonzales. It will be interesting to see how much time they decide to give to Boyle’s non-story.

What they fail to mention is how much coverage the rest of the MSM wasted on the Gonzales non-story. Mary Chastain of Big Government checked into it and was impressed:

I went on the websites for CNN, FOX News, CBS News, New York Times, and ABC News (MSNBC & NBC didn’t give me results past 2011) and searched “Alberto Gonzalez.” Click on the links and you’ll see the many hits that came up! The MSM was all over this story. Seven US attorneys were fired on December 7, 2006 without much explanation. Some may have been fired to influence ongoing political corruption or any voter fraud investigations mainly for not going after investigations that could harm Democrat politicians. Mr. Gonzalez always made himself available to answer questions and turned over every single document he could. No wrong doing was found. But Democrats were going full force at him, demanding his resignation or firing. He finally resigned along with others over this scandal. Was Mr. Gonzalez innocent? Maybe, maybe not, but at least his controversies didn’t result in the death of an ATF agent in Mexico.

Maybe Fox News didn’t  join the pig pile on Attorney General Gonzales because he did nothing wrong?

I looked at the other MSM websites and couldn’t find anything on their main page. It’s sad to say I’m not shocked at all despite this being a big deal. I’d say Fast & Furious is a bigger deal than Solyndra and The New Black Panther Party. I woke up this morning (October 4) and still nothing on the front pages. I decided to search their websites.

NOTHING on CNN. NOTHING at MSNBC. Actually a search for “Eric Holder” provided articles about how Bush also approved gun transfers. They are REALLY desperate. “Look Bush did it so Obama can too!”An article at ABC News wasn’t published until 2:55AM. Not much came up at The New York Times!

My question is why was the MSM so eager to cover everything about Alberto Gonzalez but are staying as far away as possible from Eric Holder’s Fast & Furious scandal?

Shut up, that’s why. Plus, Matthew Boyle is a hack.
Oh, and Eric Holder is as clean and pure as the wind driven snow. He’s got an Inspector General checking into this, by the way. She’ll get to the bottom of this whole thing, I’m sure.
The Obama administration has nothing to hide – nothing at all.
In other F & F news….

In 1996, Obama filled out a candidate questionnaire while running for the Illinois state Senate, in which he supported state initiatives banning the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns, and the ownership of “assault weapons.”

While a state senator in Illinois in 2004, he voted against Senate Bill 2165, which asserted a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions with handguns despite local ordinances. The bill passed 38-20, with Obama voting against the right for citizens to defend themselves in their own homes.

Time and again throughout his career, including at the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia and the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Obama betrayed an interest in closing down “unscrupulous gun dealers.” He created and believed in a boogeyman, a vile caricature of the small businessmen he decided were scapegoats for the problem of inner city violence. This, even though he knew criminals used straw purchasers that acquired the bulk of firearms in crime.

Most damningly, Obama was a director of the far-left Joyce Foundation from 1996-2004, when the group plotted to undermine the Second Amendment:

During Obama’s tenure, the Joyce Foundation board planned and implemented a program targeting the Supreme Court. The work began five years into Obama’s directorship, when the Foundation had experience in turning its millions into anti-gun “grassroots” organizations, but none at converting cash into legal scholarship.

The plan’s objective was bold: the judicial obliteration of the Second Amendment.

Joyce’s directors found a vulnerable point. When judges cannot rely upon past decisions, they sometimes turn to law review articles. Law reviews are impartial, and famed for meticulous cite-checking. They are also produced on a shoestring. Authors of articles receive no compensation; editors are law students who work for a tiny stipend.

The plot ultimately failed, but the die was cast; Obama showed his intent to undermine U.S. gun laws, whether ethically or otherwise.

Fast forward to near midnight, December 2010, in the desert in Arizona north of the Mexican border. Shot through the abdomen during a firefight with Mexican bandits, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dies in Peck Canyon. Four suspects are arrested while a fifth evades capture. At least two AK-pattern rifles found at the crime scene are traced back to Operation Fast and Furious.

In January of 2011, ATF whistleblowers came forward and exposed the multi-agency plot, a conspiracy that involved the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and State. More than 2,020 firearms had been “walked” from gun shops acting under orders from ATF agents through a network of straw purchasers known to the Department of Justice to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious is just one of ten alleged gun-walking operations run by the federal government in five states that may have run tens of thousands of weapons to narco-terrorists.

Read the whole thing. The only conclusion you can draw is……that’s right – Bob Owens is a hack.


YouTube: Sec. Hillary Clinton: State Department unaware of ‘Fast & Furious’

October 27, 2011 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified that the State Department was not notified by the Department of Justice in regards to the failed gun trafficking program, ‘Fast and Furios’.

She knows nothing.


Friday Free-For-All: President Robespierre

NY Daily News: Credits: Marcus Santos for News

A must read from start to finish: Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: President Robespierre:

It is certainly safe to wonder if the reason for Daryl Hannah’s reticence with Hannity, Roseanne Barr’s fury at Celebrity Networth and Alec Baldwin’s non-denial denial about the accuracy of his net worth is directly tied to the reptilian section of their brain that has begun to flash a warning light, however dimly.

If Hannah, Baldwin and Barr in fact are siding with people who have

a) aimed their anger at people of wealth,
b) marched on the homes of some of these wealthy people,
c) have freely admitted to having no problem with violence directed against people of wealth, and
d) are receiving open support from American Nazis and Communists…

— somewhere the lessons of what happened to the wealthy in the French Revolution or at the hands of the Nazis and Communists have been lost.

Mr. Baldwin surely does not wish to see these people camped out on his lawn in Amagansett in the Hamptons. Ms. Hannah, her income affording her a dwelling in the remoteness of the Rocky Mountains, would not be thrilled to see herself surrounded and harassed at home either. One can only imagine the greeting these people would get when Roseanne realizes they are now on her reportedly 46-acre doorstep in Hawaii looking to personally redistribute her $80 million. (Ms. Barr, according to public records, purchased her Hawaiian property with what was listed as her aptly named “Big Bucks Trust.”)

This said, who quite deliberately is taking the lead in playing with this kind of political fire?

Who is pinning a Scarlet Letter on fellow Americans as like Hannah, Baldwin and Barr as “millionaires and billionaires” — exhuming the language of the French Revolution? Who has disinterred what Mises called the “hysterical hatred of capitalism” that was the philosophical underpinning of the German National Socialist Labor Party? The latter a 20th century nightmare that Mises describes as based on “the purest and most consistent manifestation of the anti-capitalistic and socialistic spirit of our age.”

Just who is leading the charge against people like Daryl Hannah, Alec Baldwin and Roseanne Barr? Who intends to make people like these three actors campaign issues in 2012?

Yes indeed.


It’s on.Twitpic: @adamsbaldwin Adam, check this flier that was dropped from a wall street office building in chicago on the OWS morons!

Gateway Pundit: FINALLY, the Left Has Found Their Marine Hero: Scott Olsen …Update: Olsen Is Founder of Marine Hatesite:

Finally, after all of the years of hatred and bile the far left has spewed at the US military, they finally have a former military member they can support — Scott Olsen.

Scott was shot in the head while rioting in Oakland on Wednesday night. After years and years of hating the US and its military the left finally has a veteran to celebrate.
Congratulations loons.


UPDATE: It figures. Olsen is the founder of I Hate the Marine

Verum Serum has more: Iraq War Veteran Injured at OWS Oakland Founder of

Update: There are some pictures of interesting foliage and other paraphernalia on his Flickr account. Go figure: the guy being held up as a war hero by OWS is a pot smoker who hates the Marines.

Then there is this:

I was talking to my 1stsgt regarding a pending adsep since i had been accused of using cocaine.  Anyway, when we were done talking, he used as a parting greeting “stay marine”.  He clearly didn’t think that one through.  It was no secret that I couldn’t wait to get out and on top of that, the MC was trying to kick me out.  I was going to bust his balls over it, but I went and took a nap instead.

The #Occupy leaders would like to see more injuries like Olsen’s because to their addled minds, it’s good for the movement.

Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: #Occupy Movement Using Human Shields To Evoke Sympathy From The Public:

Like I’ve been saying…it’s been obvious since the beginning, this “peaceful” movement was all about provoking the police into violent confrontations. To the left-wing limbic brain, this is a great way to win sympathy.

Joel Pollak presented a strong  case for this at Big Government:

Push youngest/oldest to the front lines….This is a battle over images, not just over the park.

– Charles Lenchner, Occupy Wall Street activist, Oct. 13, 2011

If the police overreact (as they are likely to) and we take the blows, and it is recorded, it will go worldwide and further tremendously galvanize the movement.

– Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace organizer, Oct. 13, 2011.

Keep reading.


Windsor Mann, American Spectator: Why Liberals Love Halloween:

4. Ask, and ye shall receive. On Halloween, all you have to do to get free goodies is knock on a door. In other words, all you have to do to get other people’s stuff is ask for it, and these people will happily give it to you out of social obligation. Halloween is welfare without the paperwork.

Downside: Most Halloween goodies come wrapped in paper or plastic, which environmentally unconscious people will turn into litter.


Michelle Malkin: Shredding Kathleen Sebelius:

If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case. Instead, it’s a non-story in the Washington press. Nothing to see here. Move along.

On Monday, a district judge in the Sunflower State suspended court proceedings in a high-profile criminal case against the abortion racketeers of Planned Parenthood. World Magazine, a Christian news publication, reported on new bombshell court filings showing that Kansas health officials “shredded documents related to felony charges the abortion giant faces.” World Magazine reported: “The health department failed to disclose that fact for six years, until it was forced to do so in the current felony case over whether it manufactured client records.”

The records are at the heart of the fraud case against Planned Parenthood. Kansas health bureaucrats now shrug that the destruction of these key documents — which they sheepishly admitted had “certain idiosyncrasies” — was “routine.” Who oversaw the agency accused of destroying the evidence six years ago? Sebelius.


This is just so, so special:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Judiciary Committee in written testimonysubmitted Wednesday that illegal aliens taken into custody by local law enforcement and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be given a phone number to call if they believe their civil rights have been violated.

The phone number will be provided on a form that will include directions on how to file a complaint in six different languages.


Washington Times: Full story of SEAL mission in question:

After reading Gen. Colt’s executive summary, a longtime special-operations officer still questioned the need for the mission.

The source said immediate-reaction forces are typically used if things are going very badly. In this case, the Rangers were not in danger of being defeated, had secured the objective compound and taken detainees, as the Apaches hunted the remaining Taliban.

“The report does not address the ongoing use of the CH-47 that was never meant for hot-LZs and the combat roles we have used it in for the last decade,” the officer said. “It does not address why a CH-47 was used in lieu of a MH-47. It might have had the same outcome, but the MH-47s are somewhat better.

“The report was what I expected. Likely a well-meaning analysis based on misunderstanding, the use of SOF as well as wanting to protect the families from thinking their men died stupidly. I still think they died stupidly and never should have been used in this capacity.”

Seton Motley is everywhere, these days – PJ Tatler, now?:Super Committee Reminder: Feds Increased Spending by 29% in Last Four Years:

So when the Democrat members of the Super Committee propose $1.3 trillion in new taxes – they are woefully missing the point, and the true solution.

And that solution is: Stop Spending.  In fact, dramatic cuts are in order.

Stop looking for/counting on new sources of government money – especially silly when they are one-time-only in nature (like, say, spectrum auctions.  Which are a great idea spectrum-wise – but are a terrible idea deficit/debt-wise).

It is not a lack of government money problem.


Doug Ross has more bad news for Romney(care): State treasurer of MA absolutely shreds RomneyCare, which “has nearly bankrupted the state” and is surviving solely because of federal aid:

The level of economic illiteracy required to believe that a one-sized-fits-all, individually-mandated, government-controlled health care system could somehow succeed is really quite stunning. Which says a lot about Mitt Romney’s belief in free enterprise and the market system.

“If President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistake of the health insurance reform here in Massachusetts on a national level, they will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years,” Cahill said in a press conference in his office.

[T]he state’s health insurance law…Cahill said, “has nearly bankrupted the state.”

Keep reading…


BREAKING: PJ Media Finds Gunwalker’s ‘Unreachable’ Man in the White House:

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is investigating to what extent the White House was aware of — or involved in — the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal.

The committee recently requested to speak with former White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. According to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, the Obama administration answered:

O’Reilly is on assignment for the State Department in Iraq and unavailable.

Through a tip, PJ Media learned that Kevin O’Reilly was unexpectedly named director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau for Iraq (INL-Iraq). Long-time INL-Iraq employee Virginia Ramadan had been expected to get the position — many were quite surprised when she did not.

The previous occupants of the Director, INL-Iraq position — Joe Manso and Francisco Palmieri — were not considered “unreachable” to press or government access. A quick internet search reveals Palmieri, while director, attended a media event on August 23, 2010.

On October 21, PJ Media reporter Patrick Richardson called the number for Office of the Director, INL-Iraq:

1-240-553-0581, ext. 3275

Richardson reached a voicemail message confirming that it was indeed the correct number. He left a message that was not returned.


Freedom’s Lighthouse: CNN’s John King Lectures Jason Mattera for His Ambush of Vice-President Joe Biden – Video 10/26/11

Here is video of CNN’s John King scolding Human Events Editor Jason Mattera for his pointed questioning of Vice-President Joe Biden recently, that took place in the Hart Senate Office Building. Mattera was reportedly wearing his media badge, and asked Biden for a photo before asking him pointedly about his recent comments that “rape” and other crimes would increase if Obama’s “Jobs Plan” was not passed by Congress.

Video: Issa and Gowdy Discuss Janet Napolitano’s Testimony on The Lou Dobbs Show

In case you missed it, I posted Big Sis’s unhelpful and testy testimony before the Judiciary Committee, yesterday, here.

Congressmen Issa and Gowdy talked about it, last night, on the Lou Dobbs Show, where Dobbs classified her as almost a “hostile witness”… Issa says he’s going to hold her to her promise to answer questions (she wasn’t prepared to answer in her testimony) in writing, and he vows to continue to investigate until he finds out who in the government is culpable for the criminal gunwalking.

The first segment of the video deals with another story I posted, yesterday: Border Agent Sent To Prison For “Violating Rights” of Drug Smuggler:

Hat tip: Sipsey Street Irregulars

Video:Boehner Says House GOP Agrees With Obama – ‘We Can’t Wait’ for Jobs (So SENATE Should Act)

The President and Vice President have been touring  the country pushing Obama’s non starter of a jobs bill, accusing the Republican Congress of “having no plan”, not caring  about the unemployed, not caring if rapes and murders go up, etc, and House Speaker, John Boehner wants the message to go out, that, yes, Republicans do care and do have a plan. And he went after Obama for circumventing Congress for his continued abuse of E/Os on the Laura Ingraham show, this morning.

Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Legal Reform Summit, Wednesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner highlighted the ‘forgotten 15’ bipartisan jobs bills that have passed the House but are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.

The House Republicans’ abysmally low approval rating, suggests that Obama’s lying demagoguery has been working, and the Republicans have a messaging problem. But I don’t know what more they could do….

Republicans met with reporters on Tuesday to get their message out, ABC reported:

House Speaker John Boehner told reporters today that he agrees with President Obama’s catchy new slogan ”We Can’t Wait,” and encouraged Senate Democrats to take action on 15 measures languishing in the upper chamber that he says would help get the unemployed back to work.

“The president says we can’t afford to wait,” the Ohio Republican said. “Well guess what? I agree with the president. We’ve got 15 bills that are sitting over in the United States Senate. After we finish this week, there’ll be 16 bills sitting over in the United States Senate waiting for action.

“It’s time for the Senate to work with the House, to work with the president, to help find common ground to move our economy forward and get the American people back to work.”

While “American families and small businesses continue to struggle in this economy,” Boehner added, House Republicans continue to seek common ground with the president “so that we can create a better environment for job creation in our country.”

As of this morning, the number of bills passed had increased to 16, Boehner told  Laura Ingraham on her show, today.


Regarding Obama’s promise to go around Congress on his jobs plan, John Boehner told Laura Ingraham that, “I thought we were a nation of laws and our country was governed by our Constitution.

He went on to note that Article I gives Congress the power of the purse, and the President has powers under under Article II, “so we’re keeping a close eye on the administration  to make sure they’re following the law and following the Constitution.”

Laura asked Boehner whether the President was acting around his constitutional parameters.

He said he had great concerns that Obama may be violating those parameters and exceeding his authority.

“There is an appropriations process under control here, we do have the ability to limit their use of funds to bring this administration to heel.”

He went on to lambaste the President for basically giving up on the economy, American people, and  deciding to quit governing and spend his entire next 14 months campaigning.


Speaking of Obama’s profuse campaigning, WHD reports: Obama Fundraising Tastes Great, But Less Filling:

The president last week took a three-day bus tour through the key battleground states of North Carolina and Virginia. While supposedly a trip to promote his jobs plan, many saw the barnstorming as an obvious de facto campaign swing.

According CBS Radio News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama has staged 60 campaign fundraisers this year compared to only 28 by Bush by this time in 2003.

And yet, Obama in the first two quarters of his campaign – the second and third quarters of the year – has raised $86.2 million for his campaign compared to $104.2 million for Bush in inflation-adjusted dollars. Bush’s nominal total was $84.5 million.

See Also:

The Right Scoop: Full Speech and Q&A: Paul Ryan’s Speech at  Heritage:

Paul Ryan’s speech is called “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division“. It’s a great speech as Ryan seeks to dispel this idea of class warfare and the social welfare state and to reinvigorate the idea of the opportunity society. I’ve divided the speech from the Q&A and they are both below. The full text of his speech can be found here.


Video: Big Sis On The Hot Seat For Fast and Furious

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss her department’s border security and immigration enforcement records at the House Judiciary Committee. Chairman of the Committee on House Oversight and Reform,  Darrell Issa, stopped in to ask some questions:

Issa: “You have two dead agents that worked for you, one North of the border – one South of the border – particularly in the case of Brian Terry – he was gunned down with two weapons from Fast and Furious… it has been months and you tell me that you weren’t doing it (her own investigation) because of an IG investigation. Let’s go through a few questions….”

Napolitano: (raising her voice) “Wait just a minute, wait a minute…..That insinuation is not accurate.”

Issa offered to have the transcript read back to her.

Napolitano: “No, it’s the insinuation, I’m objecting to…

Issa: For three months, you had a dead Border Patrol agent and there was no IG investigation. What did you do between December and February to find out about Fast and Furious? … People on the ground knew those were Fast and Furious weapons found at the scene within hours. It wasn’t something that wasn’t known. It was known at the time.”

Napolitano:”I think your insinuation. …”

Issa: “Ma’am please answer the question. Please don’t talk in terms of insinuation.”

His main questions were, “what did you do in between December and February of 2011,  to discover further the conditions around his death? And aren’t you here today, furious that the Justice Dept not ATF – the Justice Dept – kept from you the knowledge of  Fast and Furious for this entire period of time, when you had an agent –  dead?”

She answered that her number one concern was making sure that those responsible for Agent Terry’s death were brought to justice.

Oversight Watchdog Trey Gowdy (R-SC) also pressed  Napolitano on her agency’s involvement – and her role in – Operation Fast and Furious.

Oversight Watchdog Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) blasted Napolitano for her agency’s lack of interest in Operation Fast and Furious, even after two border agents were slain.

Shockingly enough, she still maintains that the border is more secure now than it’s ever been.


Tina Korbe at Hot Air: Rep. Joe Walsh to Eric Holder: You better resign immediately, buddy

… the most memorable portion of the letter came, not at the beginning, when Walsh lambasted Holder’s understanding of his job, nor at the end, when he called for Holder’s resignation. It came in the middle, when Walsh delved into the seemingly-obvious-but-not-yet-confirmed motivation for the program.

I can still remember the howls of outrage when Bush’s Atty General Alberto Gonzales fired a few attorneys. If I remember right, there was no body count associated with that “scandal”.

Hat tip: Sipsey Street Irregulars

Linked by Michelle Malkin and Doug Ross, and Noisy Room, thanks!


Attention GOP Establishment: Herman Cain Is The Frontrunner, Now – Not Romney

The results of the latest Poll:  IBOPE Zogby Poll: Cain Trounces Romney in Head-to-Head Matchup:

Herman Cain trumps Mitt Romney in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, a new IBOPE Zogby Interactive survey finds, and he continues to lead the GOP field, although his numbers have slightly declined.

The interactive poll, conducted from Oct. 18-21, shows Romney leading Rick Perry and Ron Paul in separate head-to-head matchups. The survey also finds the endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie having no positive impact for Romney from GOP voters, but it does lead 34% to have a less favorable opinion of Christie compared to 10% being more favorable toward him.

Candidate %
Cain 63%
Romney 29%
I would not vote 4%
Not sure 5%

A Rocky Mountain Poll in Arizona also has Cain edging ahead of Romney 25% to 24%.

According to the survey, 25% of Arizona Republicans say if the state’s primary were held today, they would vote for Cain, a businessman, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and radio talk show host, with 24% saying they would back Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who’s making his second bid for the White House. Cain’s one point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error.

Scott Wheeler explained the Cain surge at The Washington Times:

All over the country, I have had numerous people tell me over the past several months that if they could pick anyone out of the Re publican field to be president, it would be Herman Cain. Then they follow it up with this caveat: “But since he can’t win, I’m going with” so-and-so. (Insert the name of any other Republican here.)

Daniel Henninger wrote about similar observations in the Sept. 29 edition of the Wall Street Journal: “You hear the same thing said about Herman Cain all the time: Herman Cain has some really interesting ideas, but… .

“I love Herman Cain, but… .

“But what?

“But he can’t win.

“Why not?

“At best, the answer has to do with that cloudy word ‘electability.’ Or that Mr. Cain has never held elected political office,” Mr. Henninger writes.

But something happened in September that changed everything. After the Republican candidates debate in Orlando, Fla., in which many saw Mr. Cain as the winner, and the Florida straw poll that followed, which Mr. Cain won, people across the nation started seeing for the first time that their first choice to be president really had a chance of winning – a possibility the Republican base hasn’t seen for a long, long time.

As soon as people who were already predisposed to like him, saw that he actually had a chance, they jumped on board the Cain-train.

Gallup reported yesterday: Cain Catching Up With GOP Rivals in Recognition.

 Herman Cain is now recognized by 78% of Republicans nationwide, marking a gain of 28 percentage points since September and 57 points since March. This is the largest gain in recognition for any GOP presidential candidate Gallup has tracked this year, and puts him roughly on par with the other major candidates

Regardless of whether Cain ends up winning the Republican presidential nomination, he has accomplished the remarkable feat of moving from being relatively unknown among members of his own party nationwide to being recognized by almost 8 in 10.

Republicans have been relatively enthusiastic in their evaluations of Cain all year, and his Positive Intensity Scores for five weeks straight have topped the list. Cain’s score is down to 30 this week from 34 last week, but it remains more than twice as high as that of any other Republican tested.


About Three-Quarters of Republicans Who Know Cain View Him Favorably

Cain is in the enviable position of having the highest percentage of overall favorable opinions among Republicans and the lowest percentage of overall unfavorable opinions. Almost three-quarters have a broadly favorable view of Cain, and 16% have an unfavorable view. Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry are viewed unfavorably by 24% to 29% of Republicans who recognize them. Bachmann, Paul, and Huntsman are all viewed unfavorably by more than a third of Republicans who know them.

One reason for Cain’s increase in name recognition would be internet buzz created by campaign ads like “The Smoking man”

A perplexed New York Magazine wrote a post analyzing the ad:  Five Theories About the Bizarre New Herman Cain Campaign Ad:

4. The smoking scene was another way to signal that Cain is not your normal, focus-grouped, politically correct politician. His chief of staff will smoke a cigarette like he’s a rogue cop in a film noir, and he doesn’t care if the anti-tobacco groups or the liberal nanny-staters whine about it.

3. Herman Cain is trying to appeal to people like Mark Block. He’s white, he has a mustache, he has a Midwestern accent, and yes, he smokes cigarettes. In short, he looks and sounds like someone from the SNLDa Bears sketches. And he believes in Herman Cain. Come on in, working class Republicans — the water’s fine!

(He kinda reminded me of Father Guido Sarducci.)

I think this reason is closest to the mark:

2. The smoking scene guaranteed that the ad would become viral. The Cain campaign knew that the mainstream media would throw a hissy fit over the inclusion of cigarette in a campaign ad, and they were 100 percent correct! Look — we’re talking about it right now!

As tipster Charles B. notes, once voters know him, they like him. And they are looking for any excuse not to vote for Romney.

Tina Korbe said at Hot Air commenting on his new radio ad:

 Sheesh! No matter what he says, he sounds friendly saying it. A conservative in the cheerful mode of Ronald Reagan, indeed.

Ding ding ding!


Okay, not to be a turd in my own punchbowl, but some Tweeps put me to some (not so great for Cain) knowledge:

Via National Review: Romney Leads in Iowa, N.H., S.C., and Fla.

The leads in SC and Iowa are within the margin of error. Cain clearly has some work to do in FL, (and he is), and we all know he won’t win in NH, so no need to worry about that.

The nationwide polling trend has been surging in Cain’s direction, and barring some unforeseen gaffetastophe – it will continue to do so.

Check out these latest polls:

Hermantum: “100% Pro-Life” Cain Leading In The Polls

Cain Leads New Ohio Poll; Close to Romney in Nevada; Perry Fading Away

Fox News Poll: GOP Primary Voters Get on the Cain Train


Romney receives the KISS OF DEATH:

Romney Secures McCain Endorsement


This should help Cain on the foreign policy front:

FP:Exclusive: Inside Herman Cain’s new foreign policy team


Rush Limbaugh had a message to the GOP establishment, today:

“The circumstances that led to that landslide defeat for Democrats in 2010 have not changed. There is no reason for the Tea Party to have dissipated. There is no reason for the Tea Party to have lost energy and they haven’t, but every effort is being made to make people think so. That the Tea Party was a one-election-wonder and now they are back to their mom and pop stores and they had their one little fling with politics and now its over and the Tea Party doesn’t exist. That’s wishful thinking, but it isn’t the case; and so the days of Conservative Republicans…. settling are over.”

Hat tip: Charles B.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!