I’d expect nothing less. “Despite calls for [Mark] Block to leave the campaign from Tom Tancredo, a former Cain staffer, and conservative pundits . . . Cain’s team says they will stick with Block.”
Nothing surprising here: “Private polling shared with The Associated Press shows Cain’s support in Iowa has declined since last month. Internal polls of likely Republican caucus-goers showed Cain’s support consistent with the Des Moines Register’s poll in late October, which showed him narrowly leading in the state with 23 percent. The private polls showed Cain still in double digits in Iowa, but markedly lower.”
Nothing worse than a professor of neurobiology commenting on your debate performance. “ ‘Once [Perry] missed naming the department of energy the first time, the stress of that event strongly impaired the neural mechanisms of memory retrieval,’ says John Guzowski, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California at Irvine. ‘There is a fine line between the amount of stress that is good for memory and that which is bad for memory.’ ” (h/t Ben Smith)
Nothing quite so annoying as not being able to find all the accusers, you know? “The attorney for a woman who accused presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990s said Thursday his client is not prepared to hold a news conference about the allegations until all the other reported victims agree to join her. . . . Another accuser, Sharon Bialek, has agreed to attend a joint news conference with [Karen] Kraushaar, but without the participation of all the alleged victims, Kraushaar doesn’t want to proceed, [attorney Joel] Bennett told reporters.”
Nothing to be gained by refusing to comply with a lawful subpoena, I guess. “The White House agreed Thursday to provide House lawmakers with internal communications related to the $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee, Republicans said. The agreement comes a week after Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative panel subpoenaed the White House for all internal communications on Solyndra, the solar panel maker that filed for bankruptcy in September. The deadline for producing the requested documents was Thursday.”
Nothing like loyalty in politics. “Rick Perry’s embarrassing flub at last night’s presidential debate in Michigan likely signals the end of the campaign, one of his key Iowa supporters said this morning. ‘Oh, my God, it was just horrible. Just horrible,’ said Hamilton County GOP Chairman Mark Greenfield, who has endorsed Perry. ‘I felt very bad for him. It happens. But it shouldn’t happen when you run for president. It was very embarrassing for everyone.’ ” C’mon, man!
Nothing in the supercommittee can’t be undone by Congress. “Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are part of a larger effort to protect the defense budget from the “sequestration” mechanism, which would automatically be activated if the supercommittee fails to agree by Thanksgiving on $1.2 trillion of discretionary spending cuts over 10 years. They sent a letter last week to the Pentagon asking for a detailed analysis of the consequences for the military if the trigger is pulled. . . . McCain said he would introduce and support a law to undo the Budget Control Act of 2011, which codified the deal to raise the debt ceiling. ‘We’ll do everything we can to prevent [the trigger] being implemented,’ McCain said. ‘You can’t bind future Congresses.’ ”
Nothing like running out the clock. “Every tick of that campaign clock, meantime, is sweet to Romney. No one has made a convincing case for why he should not be the nominee. His rivals seem to be losing ground, not gaining.”