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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cain Endorses Gingrich, Sausage Grinders

Citing bold ideas and the former Speaker's patriotism, Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich yesterday. It was an interesting endorsement, to say the least. When explaining his reasoning, Cain waxed poetic on Gingrich's commitment to country and a certain household appliance.

"There are many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot," Cain reasoned. "Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas and I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder. I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he is going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America."

The sausage grinder could not be reached for comment.

I'm skeptical of Cain's impact at this point. Though he did win the Florida Straw Poll back in September, the former Godfather Pizza CEO saw his numbers collapse across the board by the end of December, when he became the first of the Final Eight Republicans to withdraw.

Still, Gingrich could use all the help he can get. The latest Florida polls now show that Mitt Romney has solidified and maintained about an 8-point lead across the board in the polls. Of the last six polls taken in the last four days, Romney holds between a 7- and 9-point lead in all of them. One can't help but think that their consistency reveals their accuracy. Barring a major shake up in the next two days, we can fully expect that Romney wins by 7 to 10 points on Tuesday. And remember, only six days ago, Gingrich was sporting a lead after his South Carolina triumph.

Thus, with his Thursday debate a miserable failure, yesterday we saw Gingrich return to the only reason Romney never had the nomination wrapped up in the first place. Gingrich insisted he was the true conservative who can defeat President Obama in November: "We have to have a conservative," he explained, "Otherwise we're going to be as frustrated with the Republican as we were with the Democrat." In other words, according to Gingrich, nominating Romney will hover dangerously close to four more years of the Presisident.

Will the reminder work? Or is the conservative base resigned to a Romney nomination? I'll have a Florida Primary Preview tomorrow. We'll look at the latest developments of these two candidacies, and see what, if anything, Rick Santorum has left in the tank.

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