The best Super Bowl tweets from politicos.

So the Super Bowl ended in soul-crushing ineffectiveness for Patriots fans and giddy elation for the Giants faithful - but in your rush to stuff your face with the most delicious Super Bowl treats you may have missed some of these top tweets.

For example, only one major GOP candidate even laid his support behind one of the contenders - and Newt Gingrich came through with the right pick. (He was echoed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.)

Twitter blew up with that epic Clint Eastwood commercial about Detroit and American automakers - and Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director, pointed out the obvious politics of the situation.

But the real winner of the night had to have been rogue GOP contender Buddy Roemer, who even got a Herman Cain dig in.

Oh, and don’t forget about the competing news event: the final counts from the Nevada caucuses…

Did you see any great political tweets from Super Bowl land? Send them to us or let us know about ‘em here.

FOX News signaling interest in signing Herman Cain?

Remember when everyone thought Herman Cain’s presidential campaign was really just an elaborate audition to get his own show on FOX News? Looks like it may have worked. From The New York Times:

Fox News is publicly signaling an interest in hiring Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate whose loose-lipped conservative talk always seemed perfectly suited for a cable television round table.

“He is interesting,” Bill Shine, Fox News’s executive vice president for programming said in response to an e-mail inquiring whether the network had any interest in bringing the former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive on as a contributor.

Mr. Shine noted that while “there is nothing in the works,” Mr. Cain will continue to appear on Fox as a guest, which he did most recently on Thursday evening. These were Fox News’s first public comments on Mr. Cain’s possible future with the network.

Herman Cain is out: Who will he endorse?

In announcing that he’s suspending his presidential campaign just now, Herman Cain also said that he will endorse a candidate in the near future.

So: which candidate will the Hermanator endorse? Our money is on Newt Gingrich. As we’ve written before, polls show that most Cain supporters already list Gingrich as their second choice.

Tellingly, Gingrich has already put out a statement praising Cain as he exits the race:

"Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come."

In fact, Gingrich has notably gone out of his way to make nice with Cain throughout this campaign, saying repeatedly he would consider Cain as a vice presidential pick, and even holding a lovefest friendly “Lincoln Douglas style debate” with Cain last month in which the candidates lobbed softballs at each other.

It would be, as many observers have noted, somewhat ironic for Gingrich to be the beneficiary of another candidate dropping out over an extramarital affair (Gingrich has had his own, ahem, problems in this arena). But that’s politics.

"It’s a dirty, dirty game."
— Herman Cain, commenting on the state of presidential politics, in announcing that he’s suspending his presidential campaign.


That photo Herman Cain is using on his newly unveiled “Women for Cain” site? Of course it’s a stock photo. And of course, someone on the internet already found it

Thanks, @delrayser. I believe you are today’s #FF.

Dave Weigel said it best:


Political cartoon of the day…


Political cartoon of the day…

What campaign ads say about the candidates

With just a little over a month to go before the voting begins, we’re starting to see more ads by the GOP candidates. Mitt Romney has recently released two ads in New Hampshire - the first, hitting President Obama on the economy, drew criticism for taking an Obama quote completely out of context. The second is a positive (if somewhat bland) ad about Romney’s business experience and the need to cut spending. 

EDIT: News hit earlier this morning that Mitt Romney is going up with ads on the economy in Iowa as well.

Which got us thinking: if there’s one thing that seems to encapsulate the problems with Romney’s candidacy, it’s his ads. They’re not bad. They just somehow lack personality - they don’t give you any intrinsic sense of who he really is.

This was true for Romney throughout the 2008 cycle. Decoder recently went back and watched a whole bunch of 2007-2008 ads from the Republican candidates, and our main takeaway was this: Romney got creamed in the ad wars.

The undisputed, hands-down winner for best GOP ads in 2008 was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Remember the hilarious Chuck Norris ad? (“My plan to secure the border? Two words: Chuck Norris.”) Or the folksy subliminal-cross-over-his-shoulder Christmas ad? Pure brilliance.

The runner-up for best ads that year was clearly John McCain. While McCain’s ads didn’t have quite the entertainment value of Huckabee’s, McCain used the footage of his POW experience in Vietnam incredibly effectively. And frankly, since his ads seemed more presidential than Huckabee’s, they may have been better in ways that counted most.

Either way, Romney’s ads seemed lame and uninspiring by comparison. He also went negative more than anyone else.

Interestingly, while the whole point of ads is to manufacture an (admittedly artificial) image of the candidate, they often still tend to reveal something genuine. Watch enough of them, and you do begin to get a feel for who these candidates are - for better or worse. So far this year, we’ve had the Rick Perry ad where he left out the word “is” (they couldn’t get a better take than that?). And the Perry ad where he calls himself "a doer, not a talker." And of course, Herman Cain’s weirdest-ever web ad featuring his campaign manager smoking a cigarette.

Starting Friday, Cain will begin airing a new ad in Iowa, which somehow strikes us as classic Cain. It’s got a strong economic message, a touch of humor (“this is baad”), and of course, the “I Am America” theme song (though we confess we can’t listen to that song anymore without picturing Stephen Colbert jamming away).

Since Romney has only recently begun spending money on ads, we suppose he may release some better ones in the weeks to come. But based on his track record last time, we sort of doubt it. We’re just waiting to see what Newt Gingrich comes up with.

Want more?

  • Check out nearly all the candidate ads to date (most of which have been web-only) in this fabulous archive courtesy of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University .

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"Maybe the Democrats want Newt Gingrich to win the nomination so they can then go after his personal life. But they need to knock me out now. That’s just a hypothesis."
— Herman Cain, on Fox News earlier today, speculating about why his alleged extramarital affair has generated more media coverage than the affairs that ended Newt Gingrich’s first two marriages.

This is Herman Cain’s middle-school-civics-class understanding of foreign policy.

America’s foreign policy, two/three words at a time.


This is Herman Cain’s middle-school-civics-class understanding of foreign policy.

America’s foreign policy, two/three words at a time.

Cain defiant, says he is “not deterred”

Herman Cain sent an email to supporters tonight seeking to quell reports that his campaign’s demise may be imminent. In it, he calls Ginger White’s claim of a 13-year extramarital affair with him “completely false” and says he is “not deterred” (though he acknowledges that recent events have “taken a toll” on him). 

And Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, emphatically told ABC News in an interview tonight that “there’s no way he’s dropping out.” 

Here’s the Cain email:

Dear Patriots and Supporters,

As you probably heard yesterday, a troubled Atlanta business woman used national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story about a 13 year affair with me. I am writing you today to assure you that this woman’s story is completely false.

I do know Ms. White. I have helped her financially at times over the past few years, just as I have helped many friends and acquaintances throughout the years. I thought Ms. White was a friend in need of a supportive hand to better her life.

Ms. White has made it apparent that she was abusing the friendship.

But now I am asking for your friendship. I am also asking for your prayers and support. This is a trying time for my family, my campaign, and for me. It is also a trying time for our country as we are all distracted from the truly important issues facing our nation.

This evening I have an important speaking engagement at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where I will be outlining my foreign policy and national security plan. While recent events have taken a toll on me, the people in the audience this evening will not know it. I will deliver my message with vigor and enthusiasm.

Let me assure you, I am not deterred. America’s future is too important. We will continue on this journey to make America great once again.

Thank you and God bless.

Herman Cain

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