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Looks like Herman Cain‘s 15 minutes of political fame are up.
The former Godfathers Pizza CEO, reeling from multiple charges of sexual harassment and hobbled by gaffes, dropped to third place in the latest USA/Today Gallup poll — joining an ever-growing list of short-term frontrunners who rose to the top tier and then dropped into the political dung heap of obscurity.
The poll shows Gingrich with 22 percent support from Republican and independents, Romney at 21 percent and Cain dropping five points to 16 percent.
“Cain’s fame game is over,” says GOP strategist Ron White. “He will be in single digits by the end of the month.”
A senior GOP aide for the Republican National Committee predicts Gingrich’s tenure at the top will be as short as the only flash-in-the-pan contenders.
“Newt’s mouth will do him in,” the aide told Capitol Hill Blue Sunday. “It always does.”
Gingrich appeared well on his way to fulfilling that prediction. At a roundtable discussion sponsored by a right-wing Christian group Saturday night, he said this about the Occupy Wall Street protestors:
All of the occupy movements start with the premise that we all owe them everything. The take over a public park they didn’t pay for; To go nearby to go to bathrooms they didn’t pay for; to beg for food from places they didn’t pay for; to instruct those who go to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously proclaim that they are the paradigms of virtue for which we owe everything. Now that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to assert something as simple as saying to them, “Go get a job right after you take a bath.”