Sunday, November 13, 2011

What does Herman Cain Gain by going to Tonight's Packer Game?

The decisions Mark Block has been making as Herman Cain's campaign manager are nothing short of astonishing, and today is a perfect example of just how far this guy is in over his head.

For starters, Cain is spending the day in Wisconsin. There aren't really many good reasons why Cain should be doing this, since Wisconsin has moved its presidential primary make to April and will not likely play much of a role in deciding the GOP nomination. Nevertheless, fund-raising is a good reason. From the MJS:
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is coming to Milwaukee for a lunch fundraiser Monday at the Milwaukee Athletic Club.

People can attend a VIP reception with Cain at the club at 758 N. Broadway from 11:30 a.m. to noon for $999. The general reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. is $500.
OK, fine: that makes sense. Mark Block is from Wisconsin and it would only be reasonable that Block taps into his own local network of donors for his candidate. This seems to me to be a perfectly reasonable use of time and campaign resources ... but then Block scheduled an editorial meeting with the Journal-Sentinel that, predictably, did not go well:
With his basic challenge convincing sympathetic Republicans that he's a plausible president, this doesn't help:

Journal Sentinel: So you agree with President Obama on Libya or not?
Cain: Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, I know I didn’t agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – no, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with on what? … Here’s what I would have – I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is and I’m sure that our intelligence people have some of that information. Based upon who made up that opposition – based upon who made up that opposition, might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated. Secondly, no, I did not agree with Qadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. So something would have had to be – I would have supported many of the things they did in order to help stop that. It’s not a simple yes-no, because there are different pieces and I would have gone about assessing the situation differently, which might have caused us to end up in the same place. But where I think more could have been done was, what’s the nature of the opposition?
Check out Smith's link for the video.

So what's Cain going to do the rest of the day? Fly down to Iowa and shake some hands? Nope. Move on to New Hampshire to cover his bases there? Negative. He's going to Green Bay to watch the Packers game.
After the lunch, Cain is traveling to Green Bay to attend a Green Bay Packers tailgate party at 1141 Lombardi Access Road, two blocks west of Lambeau Field, in Green Bay from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Both events are hosted by Friends of Herman Cain Inc.
Unless I'm missing something, doesn't hosting a tailgate party for a bunch of people who will not likely have any impact on the election seem like a poor use of a candidate's time and resources? Why would Block arrange a meeting with the Journal-Sentinel, which is primarily a regional newspaper that only people in Wisconsin read, people that, again, will not likely play much of a role in deciding the GOP nomination? The only only thing that will turn anything Cain says to the MJS into national news is if he screws up. The risk is exponentially higher than the potential reward.

To make matters worse, Cain came out in support of collective bargaining for public employees, which isn't going to win him any new conservative fans, especially doing so on the eve that Democrats launch their recall of Scott Walker.

I'm half expecting Block and Cain to one day to look at each other and nod during a televised interview before one of them says, "And ... scene!" Then they would sit in director's chairs and explain to the country how the whole campaign was some kind of deconstruction of the modern American political blah blah blah. But I don't think that moment's coming.

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