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11-15-2011, 01:17 PM
Ron Paul Running Second to Herman Cain in Iowa: What the Deuce?
By DJ Pangburn Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In a Bloomberg News poll, Herman Cain is leading in Iowa, followed by Ron Paul—how is a pizza man being taken seriously by Iowans.

Polling data from Bloomberg News indicates that there is a dead heat amongst Republican candidates. Herman Cain at 20 percent, Ron Paul at 19 percent, Mitt Romney at 18 percent and Newt Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely Iowa caucus attendees.

How is that Cain, with his slap-dash, Looney Tunes style, media troubles and concentration on other states further along in the primary season, is polling so high in Iowa?

None of it makes sense. This might have been what Andre Breton, Louis Aragon and Phillipe Souppault had imagined when they broke away from Dada to become Surrealists. Some deep psychological, unknowable fissure seems to have erupted in the Republican consciousness to elevate Cain beyond mere joke.

The quick answer might be that Iowa Republican voters are as mental as the rest of the U.S. population that’s considering this field of Republican candidates. This, however, is really a cheeky suggestion. Something else must be at play to explain Iowa’s strong support of Cain, who has two events scheduled today in Iowa.

As ABC News writes, “[Cain's] campaign has not yet released a list of public events for his visit to Iowa but on his last bus tour, Cain was able to drum up sizable crowds at five events across the state in only two days.”

Then again, Cain is very clearly a Tea Party darling and his conservative bona fides outweigh Romney’s, who, despite his pro-business approach, remains in the minds of Tea Partiers a Massachussetts politician who compromised with that state’s socialist-liberals and helped construct “Obamacare.”

Ron Paul, on the other hand, draws his support from a fanbase that reaches beyond party but also approaches the definition of a cult in many ways. And, yet, he is a far more interesting politic thinker, not to mention legislator, than Herman Cain. His views are scattered across the ideological spectrum, though Paul would probably dismiss this, as would his followers, by saying that the philosophy has its origins purely in what the Constitution allows.

That 40% of likely caucus attendees support either Cain or Paul over Romney and the rest of the field would appear to be troubling for the other candidates, but remember: This is the state that found Mike Huckabee an attractive, substantive Republican candidate in the 2008 Republican caucuses. Huckabee was also a Tea Party darling of sorts. Mitt Romney placed second and John McCain—the eventual Republican candidate for president—placed a distant fourth.

Proof that conservative Iowans don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

11-15-2011, 01:21 PM
I know, right?

Everyone knows Cain doesn't have a prayer in Iowa....

like the picture, though: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ronpaul.jpg

11-15-2011, 06:41 PM
let's pinch ourselves. yep. this is for real.