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GOP insiders feel the pain of Cain

Republican presidential insiders continue to watch former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain while waiting and hoping he will self-destruct like other flash-in-the-pan GOP presidential contenders. How, the wonder, can a man with limited political experience, an ethically-challenged campaign chairman and constantly shifting positions even be in contention for the nomination. But it has been that kind of political season and the GOP political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that they are worried. “Herman Cain is a symbol for where this party is headed,” says one veteran GOP political consultant, who asked not to be identified.  “He represents the kind of
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Cain’s campaign boss has questionable, criminal past

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain is basing his campaign hopes on a chain-smoking, rule-breaking political operative once banned from running campaigns and who has a history of stiffing creditors and not paying his taxes. Mark Block, twice busted for drunk driving, faced a tax warrant from the Internal Revenue Service, narrowly avoided foreclosure on his home and violated election laws by coordinating a Wisconsin judge’s campaign with a special interest group. Election officials in Wisconsin banned Block from political campaigns for three years and fined him $15,000 after he pulled that stunt. Block returned to politics and started playing his
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Many 2008 Obama donors say ‘no way’ this time

President Barack Obama rode into office in 2008 by building a record-busting list of small and large donors who funded his campaign with cash. But many of those donors have closed their checkbooks for the 2012 Presidential race. “I gave him money in 2008 but I won’t give him a dime this time around,” says Cheryl Wilson of Blacksburg, Virginia. Wilson is among thousands of individual donors who say Obama isn’t the President he promised to be. “I had never given to a candidate before,” says Sam Thomas of Marysville, Ohio.  “I may never give to another one again. If
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Obama turns to ‘executive orders’ to bypass Congress

President Barack Obama is turning to executive orders to do a political end run around Congress to try and jumpstart his stalled jobs program and promote other economic initiatives. And political insiders say the moves are more political theater than economic reality. “Any economic policy benefits are, at best, small but there are political bonuses for the president,” Don Halloway, a former Republican staff member of the House Budget Committee, tells Capitol Hill Blue. White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer confirmed that Obama will bypass Congress by issuing executive orders to launch economic initiatives. “The President will use these tools
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Georgia went after Herman Cain for unpaid taxes

Republican Presidential contender Herman Cain may claim to have the answer to America’s tax problems but he has problems when it comes to paying what he owes. Public records show Cain failed to pay income taxes to the State of Georgia in 2006 and the state went after him for it, filing a lein in 2008 for $8,558.46 in unpaid assessments. Cain, the former Godfathers Pizza CEO and a multimillionaire, claims the whole deal was just “an oversight” and came while he was battling cancer. Cain’s campaign calls the whole affair an example of “overaggressive tax enforcement” and says it
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Bachmann’s campaign chaos: ‘Rude, unprofessional, dishonest’

Michelle Bachmann‘s fading campaign for President continues to self-destruct. Her New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse last week and have now released a statement saying the campaign is “unprofessional” and “dishonest.” The problems that “Team-NH” had was with the national campaign stafff, not Bachmann herself but the statement makes it clear that the campaign is in chaos. Said the statement: The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-­NH was rude,unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel. But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire
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Is Herman Cain ready for the big leagues?

Who is the real Herman Cain? That’s a question haunting the current Republican flavor of the month in the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes. Like others who preceded him as a brief contender to the front runner mantle, Cain is withering under the spotlight of national scrutiny as more and more of his contradictions, misstatements and outright flubs emerge. Cain said he opposes laws banning abortion because the government “shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.”  That didn’t sit well with the right-wing that is looking for somebody,
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Republican plan for 2012: Stall economic recovery

Republican party strategists hoping to hold on to control of the House, take over the Senate and recapture the White House have a simple plan for 2012:  Keep the nation’s economy in chaos and hope the fallout dooms President Barack Obama‘s re-election and takes other Democrats down with him. GOP strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that keeping the nation in economic despair helps Republicans and is the best election ploy for the party. “It’s a risky strategy because some polls show voters blaming Republicans as much as Democrats and in some cases more,” says one GOP operative who asked not
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Democrats dream of an election without Obama

Frustrated and anxious Democrats grumble privately that their party’s prospects for 2012 would be “much improved” without President Barack Obama on the ticket and some are saying they won’t be contributing to his re-election campaign or campaigning for him next year. “I’ve had it. Obama is a failure to America and to the principles of the Democratic party,” says longtime activist Betty Ackerman of Chicago — Obama’s home town. “I wish he would pull a Lyndon and step down,” she added, referring to President Lyndon Johnson‘s decision not to seek re-election in the 1968 campaign. In private meetings at the
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Doom and gloom dominate Obama White House

The Obama White House is in disarray, hamstrung by internal strife, bogged down with mixed messages and stalled by a general lack of direction. Even President Barack Obama‘s signature health care reform is on life support, eaten away by segments that aren’t working. The administration’s decision last week to scrap a long-term health care insurance program — a key part of the Obama package — signals growing concern inside the White House that things just aren’t working out the way they hoped. “The Obama White House is in trouble, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic political operative Gary Northridge.
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