by Jason Johnson, Chief Political Correspondent
Who Is Herman Cain?
Everybody is trying to figure out who the real Herman Cain is. Slowly, but surely reports about his past are coming to the forefront. One of the little known aspects of his past is that Cain ran for the Republican nomination for Georgia Senate in 2004 and lost – but did produce a series of commercials worth taking a look at. Dave Weigel on Slate.com finds a treasure trove of old Cain ads on-line demonstrating his conservative roots, a precursor to his 9-9-9 plan and his folksy charm that seems to have captured the hearts of the fickle Republican primary electorate. The real question: does any of this mean that he’s going to have something else to say past his 9-9-9 plan? We’ll find out soon.
Occupy Wall Street Polls Show….Nothing?
As the Occupy Wall Street movement moves into its second month, polls are slowly starting to trickle out that get a grasp on what the majority of the U.S. public thinks about the movement. The response is mixed at best.
A recent poll of a 1,000 voters by the Hill newspaper reports that the majority of the public believes that the Occupy Wall Street movement will actually hurt Democrats more than Republicans, and a slight majority of the public still blames Washington more for the nation’s economic troubles than Wall Street Bankers. Now as with all polls, if you dig a little deeper it seems as if independents are more inclined to blame Wall Street and perhaps give Washington a bit of a breather, but it’s likely that those numbers will change. Not that any of this matters to the White House right now. The Obama campaign team and various Democratic organizations are already using the protests to create some hard-hitting commercials to knock off freshmen Republicans in Congress. The ads are good, but I still question if Obama’s going to be able to make that stick on Mitt Romney, who doesn’t come across as an evil heartless banker.
The Ides of March Left Me Wondering
Finally got around to seeing “The Ides of March” this past weekend with Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Richard Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and just about everyone else who probably deserves an Oscar and hasn’t received one yet.
It’s a very interesting, if not overly dramatic film based on the play “Farragut North” which, if it’s not loosely based on the name of that very busy Metro subway stop on K Street in Washington, D.C., then is really loosely based on the 2004 Democratic campaign of Howard Dean.
While the acting is outstanding and will likely get Clooney some type of nod for best directing or best impression of a Howard Dean/Barack Obama hybrid on screen, the film itself leaves any politically inclined person with a lot of unnecessary questions. Decisions are made that don’t make sense, even in the world of politics, and in the end you wonder if anything has really changed or if we’re just expected to believe that politics is professionally shady (in addition to being a snake pit morally). Either way, it’s one of the better political films to come out in awhile so it’s worth your 12 bucks. Just understand that the film is just a few steps above a quality direct to HBO film.