And how does it raise Cain?
The third party way is a stinker in American politics and Ron Paul just can’t shake it from his garments. Even as a Republican he still has Nader syndrome. The media does not like him. The other day on NPR Neil Conan just shot down the town herald, a crier for Paul the founding father and a media shut-out. There’s a tension in the air right now that might give this complaint some room to make a tear, but the establishment won’t have him. That’s why, to the nonbelievers, Paul’s campaign is a perpetual flatulator. For instance he won the conservative “value voters poll,” (check out the user comments) and apparently some other “interesting” straw polls, but the establishment shakes him off or rushes to the cold air at the bottom of the room (heat rises you know) when he comes up in a discussion.
Why is Herman Cain getting a lot of media hot flashes, because he won a poll too? Herman Cain doesn’t even have a functional ground campaign nor have establishment support. Paul has long term supporters here in Iowa. Cain, since his moment of rising, has been focusing on selling his books and thinking that strategy would get him third in Iowa. It might, but most likely won’t, he’s siphoning the fumes of the Perry redeemer who pretty much exploded like a gas can in direct sunlight or debate spotlights. But here’s a bit of fluff from The National Journal about Cain and what his supporters are enthusiastic about:
“Here in Florida we realize he’s a person, he’s not a politician, and he’s turned a lot of businesses around,” said Sandy Russo, who was in line at The Villages book-signing. “I don’t know why it’s such an absurd idea that a businessman should be president when the economy looks like it does.”
And this gemmulation of insight:
“I think Barack Obama has actually done Herman Cain a lot of good, because he’s woken up a lot of people who were busy working, ordinary Americans who were trying to provide for their families,” he said. “So I think people can really relate with the fact that Herman Cain’s never held public office before, and I think he’s extremely electable.”
I think Sharon Osborne said it best in 2008, about the everyman candidate. And, to put on my elitist hat…never mind.
Exactly what does this mean, in reference to Obama? Wasn’t the narrative that BO had little experience, and that Sarah Palin had more experience than a wee little community organizer by managing less than a magazine rack in her giant bureaucracy of Wasilla? And back to the first quote, how is it that the government became equal to a business? It’s not. It’s just not that simple…right? I mean what do people imagine a government is, is it even imaginable? Isn’t that the problem today? Doesn’t government have a people-feeling to it, kind of like going to the Post Office feeling, right? Or have we lost that? Does it feel like an Apple Store? It’s a business, is that what government feels like?
Since when is civic space to be thought only in terms of making a pizza chain profitable or as something run by a CEO? Perhaps there is a relation to Obama afterall. The story behind Obama 2008 was not the many people thinking he was Jesus part 2 (or part 1—I am flexible here) it has to do with the campaign’s management and structure but also the candidate that was obviously much more intelligent than the president at the time (or so they thought, but Bush policies seem to stick around, much like a bad fart). (Oh and Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan is obviously code for the number of the beast, so he needs to turn that around.) At any rate their ground game was amazing, they pulled out the win not because Obama kicked some tires in Newton—but because they thought about the rules of the party nomination process and the role of delegates at every level, unlike the Clinton camp. They never bought into the essentialism of Obama, they understood the mission, they were smart. Obama 2008 ran like a Fortune 500, a big old business with all of the corporate discipline needed to win and a candidate that had a way cool demeanor. Any successful candidate has to do this, so, who’s the uber-capitalist Dr. Paul fans? If you want to win, you got to go corporate-like in this world and Ron Paul is more like a 60’s radical, he thinks like that, and nobody likes thinkers in politics (or so it seems). So the story is about how the campaign grows, what technology it uses, like Obama 2012—and for those Dr. Paul fans, BO 2012 is giving C.A.R.N.I.V.O.R.E. tips on how to control the world.
In some sense it’s true that citizens buy pizza, and some of them work in pizza places. And it’s less true that Godfathers Pizza serves a quality product, if put in contrast to Totinos Party Pizzas, then we are in the nuances of scale and I stand corrected. After the pot-party pizza seems like an intuitive solution to your craving. And as the well-meaning Dr. Paul folks watch their candidate get dissed over and over again I can’t help but wonder when someone will report on the Paul support in Iowa. It’s clearly more real than Cain’s easy cheese.
What was I thinking?, oh yes, how the media judges a campaign. They judge it by how the organization grows just like any bank decides whether or not it will loan a business money—if it can prove its capacity for growth, for good old progress even if it isn’t needed. Herman Cain is only growing his book sales. It’s really a waste of time to focus on his campaign, the logic of capitalism has long since soiled the “movement” into a moving of capital, and what it meant, this figure of the politician has nothing to do with the reality of a corporation. The Perry camp sucked up 17 million recently, because he’s an establishment player, Cain is far too outside—it’s about building a machine with vested money and interests. It’s only a bit of flash that Romney has to compete with as he tries to assemble a foreign policy team and Huntsman thinks the double Mormon veep spot probably won’t get him anywhere, anytime soon.
At the end of the day, there’s a few extra stinkers to go around, and it’s the sound that usually interests us or catches our attention, and that’s the most temporary effect.
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