I wonder if the Herman Cain camp knew when they were drafting the 9-9-9 Plan that it would catch on the way it has. I’m certain they thought it was “catchy”, but I wonder if they actually saw it as a path that could ultimately lead their candidate to the front of the pack? Forget that, could they have even dreamed of other candidates trying to “copy” it?
I know they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but was the 3-number thing really the most creative model they could have landed on?
For what it’s worth, I guess it worked. It got my attention. Had it not called upon the Herman Cain plan, I probably would have dismissed it like I have Santorum’s campaign for much of the primary race to this point. Seeing a 0-0-0 plan, I felt almost compelled to see if he was talking about “zero” taxes across the board.
Can’t say I was all that surprised to find out – he was not…
What they are talking about with the oh-so-creative 0-0-0 plan is this…
- 0 taxes on the repatriation of overseas assets
- 0 taxes on domestic manufacturing
- 0 regulations – as in eliminating the entirety of the Obama Administration’s regulatory scheme
Santorum unveiled his new plan at the Values Voters Summit Friday – a venue where each of the major presidential contenders will also spend time this weekend. I thought the decision to talk “economics” there – for Santorum – was a good one. If he has a “problem” with his candidacy, it’s most certainly not his positions on social issues – at least not with conservatives. Using part of his time to discuss how social and economic issues go hand-in-hand is a good approach for the long-shot candidate. I’m just not certain that the effort will produce the desired results.
As I’ve said here before, I’ve been more than impressed with Santorum throughout this campaign. I came in with “zero” expectations and thought his chance of winning the nomination was well… “zero.” I still believe his chances have only minimally improved, but he has more than impressed me in the debates. I think this 0-0-0 angle is lame, shamefully un-creative, and probably too little too late; but with the way this race has been going, he’s only an implosion away from being a front-runner. Writing anyone in this field off for dead is not a step I’m willing to take.