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Echoing Fallows, I think the new Herman Cain ad is actually kind of brilliant. It is amazing to me, given the momentum this guy has, that he seems so unserious about securing the nomination:


Well-connected GOP operatives in New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina say they see little or no evidence of Cain's campaign in those key early primary states, and some are even unable to name who is leading his localized efforts just a little more than two months before voters are expected to cast the first ballots. 

"There is no sense of a tangible organization that you can point to," says Rich Killion, an uncommitted GOP strategist in New Hampshire, who's unsure of the location of Cain's Granite State base of operations, or even if there is one. "If you said, 'Rich, tell me who is running the effort here?' I could not even give you that person." Matt Murphy, Cain's original state director, resigned in June.

I'm taking Herman Cain at his word, that he's in this for more than speaking fees and book sales.
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