Yes, that’s right. The Herman Cain, the one-time Republican frontrunner you totally forgot about, is ready for a comeback and apparently he hasn’t lost the quixotic touch that made his short-lived, absurdist presidential campaign so fun to watch.Sources familiar with Cain and his staff tell Business Insider that Cain has totally given up on endorsing one of his former Republican rivals after none of the candidates would agree to support his signature 9-9-9 tax plan.
It’s a characteristically strange choice that seems to waste what little political capital Cain has left after his inglorious exit from the 2012 race. While the support of his grassroots fanbase must be tempting, no candidate in their right mind would ever let Cain co-opt their campaign message in exchange for an endorsement.
Unsurprisingly, Cain and his team don’t see it that way. Now, sources say, Cain and his right-hand man Mark Block (the smoking guy) have been quietly plotting another way back into the spotlight, flying in Tea Party leaders and GOP operatives for meetings over the past few weeks to strategize about how to best put Cain back on the political map in time for the 2012 primary season.
One source said Block has made it clear that their aim is to “take the wind” out of the Iowa caucuses, and relaunch the former pizza titan as a kingmaker in the 2012 presidential race.
According to that source, the new comeback strategy centres around the formation of a SuperPAC and an educational nonprofit, both of which will promote the 9-9-9 tax plan, and lend support candidates who endorse the plan.
Cain hinted that he had something up his sleeve in an email to supporters today:
“I know many of you were disappointed when I chose to suspend my presidential campaign I was disappointed, too. But make no mistake, the mission remains even if I am not seeking the position,” he wrote. “I will soon be announcing a major new initiative. This is a crusade so critical to the long term health of our American economy that we simply must prevail.”
Cain added that he will officially announce the new initiative on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show next Wednesday, which is, incidentally, the day after the New Hampshire primaries. Until then, he will tease the announcement with daily media appearances and an early preview of his new website, virtually guaranteeing himself airtime during the first week of Republican primary voting.
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