Not to be crude about it, but Herman Cain is full of shit. His 9-9-9 plan is idiotic, simplistic and, frankly, naive. Of course, those words could be used to describe his campaign, as well as those who support him. Whoever those 100 or so people are.
I am thrilled daily by watching this GOP group of contenders go up and down, in and out. It's kinda like "Groundhog Day." Every morning I wake up and Barrack Obama is the president. Each day, a GOP candidate does something different to become the "front-runner." Then, I wake up the next day and Barrack Obama is the president and a GOP candidate does something different to become the "front-runner" but everyone else is exactly the same.
Just this past week, Shecky Palin, Rudy "a noun, a verb and 9/11" Giuliani and Chris "Michelin Man" Christie all decided not to run. Now, if someone could tell Sir I Do of Newt, Mormon #2 Jon Huntsman, Michele "Batshit" Bachmann, crazy Senator Rand Paul's crazier Congressman father Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer and Rick "you belong in a" Santorum how foolish a way they're spending their time.
That leaves Mormon #1 Mitt Romney and the Rev. Gov. Rick Perry. Oooh, I'm scared. Simply put, Romney has a "religious" problem and Perry has an obliviousness problem.
Again, "ooh, we're so scared."
The late, great Molly Ivins, the official patron saint of this blog, used to write at length about the weak powers held by the governor of Texas. Essentially, the governor of Texas is much like the Queen of England. For example, in Texas, the lieutenant governor puts forth the state budget.
Still, the Rev. Gov. Perry has been able to put his footprints all over the great nation of Texas. He's been governor since Shrub (thanks again, Molly) resigned to accept a Supreme Court appointment to the presidency. Under the Rev. Gov. Perry, Texas has the largest percentage of children uninsured, the state has created the largest amount of jobs in the country over the past 2 years, but most of those are either government jobs or jobs paying at or below the minimum wage.
"Governor Good-Hair," from Molly again, in many ways is George Bush, if he was Texan. Calling George W. Bush Texan is about like calling David Ortis a Yankee. Perry wants a Constitutional Amendment for social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. He has joked around with the concept of succession and calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Perry also disputes global warming. After Texas set a record in 2011 for the hottest summer anywhere, ever, in the lower 48 states, Perry said that comments by President Obama that linked the resulting wildfires to climate change were "outrageous."
As for Romney, he never met a side he couldn't support. He used money from the federal government that he would have to return if not used to create the model for the Barrack Obama healthcare reform. He's against it now. He's been pro-choice but now he's pro-life. He initially opposed same-sex marriage as governor of Massachusetts but later advocated for equal benefits.
And, there's the Mormon question. True, the Church of Jesus Christ does accept the Bible as one of their sacred texts. The other is of course The Book of Mormon. It presented itself in a language no one has ever heard of on gold plates that no one else has ever seen. Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young kept trying to find a Utopia. They wound up in Utah, in what is as close to a religious state as any in the country.
I want to know what Romney believes. I'm not one that generally gives a whit about the religiosity of the President. Unless he's a member of a cult and I haven't heard anything yet about the Mormon Church that makes me think it's not a cult.