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Rick Perry's Strategy Does Not Require "Destroying" Anyone
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Robert "The Other" McCain writes in HotAir.com Sunday that Perry's "prime directive" is to destroy Herman Cain. The Other McCain could not be more wrong. Herman Cain has risen in the polls, as Rick Perry's poll numbers have plummeted, because Cain is seen as the glamour candidate of the moment that is Not Mitt Romney.
Cain is more than that, though. Cain is likeable, and even among Perry supporters like myself, admired. Besides that, if you ask my wife, the chicks dig him.
You cannot "destroy" a candidate that is so adorable that the chicks dig him.
Nor can you "destroy" a candidate that blew open the doors, laying the groundwork for the to-be-announced Perry "Cut, Balance and Grow" economic plan. Steve Forbes, in endorsing Rick Perry for president Sunday, noted that even with the sales tax in Cain's 9-9-9 plan, "that people loved the idea of the simplification of this horrific tax code."
Perry's immediate task is to do what Perry is doing right now: Provide a compelling reason to vote for Rick Perry. His jobs and energy plan released last week was one step in that direction. Tuesday's flat tax plan announcement is another.
These are Perry's building blocks; something that had Perry really meant to run for president by March 2011 would have already been complete. He's suffering from a late start.
Late start or no, Perry is putting a formidable organization in place. Every day, RickPerry.org announces the formation of another state's ground team. Team Perry even has people on the ground in Puerto Rico! Perry has a ground game ongoing in Iowa that is recruiting an Iowa Caucus "Strike Team" for the big push from Dec. 27 until Caucus day on Jan. 3, 2012.
When in business, I have learned, your best productivity comes from concentrating on executing your own plan rather than worrying about what the competitor is doing.
Usually, your competitor is more insecure about their prospects competing with you than you are competing with them. Confidence comes from your own accomplishments, not from tearing down the other side.
Perry has great people working for his campaign, and an excellent A-list of economic advisers like Steve Forbes, John Taylor (Stanford), John Cogan (Stanford, Hoover Institute), and David Malpass. These advantages would not happen if Perry was not executing a good game plan to get the nomination. It will also allow Perry to better perfect his economic plan. Case in point: Concentrate on the simplicity of a flat tax and get rid of the regressive sales tax. Get rid, too, of giving future U.S. Congresses another taxing revenue stream that the sales tax provides.
But speaking of the other side, The Other McCain posted this video of the head of Herman Cain's Iowa operation. I found it humorous, so for your entertainment only, here's the scoop. Cain's paid staff in Iowa numbers only four, and the meager 3,000 square foot Cain campaign office in West Des Moines is empty while everyone is working from home, virtually:
I am not too sure about the Cain organization. More power to them if the volunteer from home phone bank tactic really works. I know from experience with cold calling that working alone while getting hung up on and dealing with irate folks who have already been push-polled by the other candidates to death is hard, arduous work. Cold calling in a group that is physically together helps to keep the entire team motivated.
Regardless of how Cain's pajama army in Iowa are doing as cold calling warriors, Perry's success does not come from "destroying" anyone. It comes from the hard work of successfully executing the Perry plan.
Expect to see more and more results as the days count closer to Iowa's Jan. 3 caucus date.
In the meantime, I will keep you up-to-date on how my wife and the chicks are digging Rick Perry.
Speaking of chicks digging you, did anyone catch George Will's announcement that in Mitt Romney, "Republicans have finally found their Michael Dukakis"? Mr. Will gave the chuckle of the day. See it here:
Picture credit: BigJournalism.com.
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