The chattering class loves this new poll showing Herman Cain ahead of Mitt Romney because it is a chance to keep a rapidly telescoping race and rising sense of inevitability at bay.
Over at InTrade this morning, where the money and the bets are real, Romney remains a rising, prohibitive favorite with a 66% probability of being the nominee, with Rick Perry in second place slightly above 10%, and Herman Cain in third place at just under 10%. This market gets the reality here: Governor Perry has money, but no plan; Herman Cain has a plan, but no money. (And 9-9-9 and Team Cain is taking fire from Rick Santorum who knows his path to the new #2.) The Washington Post used the “i” word this morning, which is the second inside-the-Beltway spotting in two days of this most ought-after word in race.
The pro-Obama MSM and various backers of various “not Romneys” are pushing the meme that Romney has a ceiling and that the GOP won’t rally to him. As an ardent McCain opponent in 2008 who threw in the moment it was over, this is bosh. The nominee –Romney, Perry, Cain or Santorum– will get the enthusiastic support of a country exhausted by Obama’s first term and terrified of a second.
Best clue of them all: Axelord, Prince of the Chicagolands, declares that Mitt Romney is “a hypocrite, an ideological shape-shifter, lapsed pro-choice moderate, political cyborg and the man ‘carrying [Herbert] Hoover’s tattered banner.'”
More than a year from the voting…how desperate is Axe alone with his numbers, watching his creation crumble under the weight of office, a president increasingly spurned by his own party and unmasked as hopelessly in over his head and reverting in real time to the Alinskyite organizer that was the foundation for his dream.
Romney-Obama, with a Rubio-Cuomo undercard. The first AEIOU campaign!