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Well, we're "suspending" things for now ...

Posted By: Rebecca Burns · 12/7/2011 4:53:00 PM

After careful consideration, talking it over with our families, consulting our advisers, and pondering the wisdom of the Pokemon movies, we've reached the conclusion that it's time to "suspend" this blog.

Don't get us wrong, our fascination with Atlanta's own Hermain Cain is not going to fade away. We just need some time to reflect, regroup, and watch as the next chapter in the Herminator story unfolds.

In the meantime, we're turning our short-term lens on the latest lead contender in the surprising 2012 race, the onetime gentleman from Georgia and GOP stalwart: Newt Gingrich.

>> Check out the latest in our new blog, Eye on Newt

Dispatching Cain in 103 tweets

Posted By: Rebecca Burns · 12/5/2011 4:01:00 PM

This weekend, Atlanta magazine contributor Charles Bethea took on an assignment from another magazine.  (It's okay. We understand — really. Our feelings aren't hurt.) He live-tweeted the Cain "suspension" announcement in 103 pithy little dispatches, then put it all together in a piece for GQ's politics blog.

Writes Bethea on the blog:

When it was over, a love song—one of the best ever, in this journalist's opinion—began to play: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." A beautiful way to end anything: a love affair, a long drive, a campaign. But the song did not belong to Herman and Gloria Cain, who stood smiling (with relief?) behind her husband. Nor did it belong to Herman Cain and his few remaining supporters. His campaign hadn't chosen it. A fat man in a red sweater hired to DJ the event that day, who worked a Rick Perry rally last ...

Into the memory hole with Newt

Posted By: Andisheh Nouraee · 12/5/2011 9:12:00 AM

Last night I watched the first part of a documentary about the Great Depression. The story of irrational exuberance, poor governance, market fetishism, and sleazy banking that led up to the October 1929 market crash might as well have been the story of 2007 and 2008.  The main difference was that people in 1929 seemed to dress better than we do.

I mention this because it's important when commenting about any political issue never to underestimate the ability of the general public to forget important things. People make the same mistakes repeatedly because they forget.

Just because economists and historians loudly noted eerie parallels between the 2000s fake economic boom and the 1920 fake economic boom doesn't mean the general public heard it or cared if they did hear it. I'm a writer with an interest in history and politics. It is literally my job to remember. If you're a ...

Into the Eye of Newt

Posted By: Andisheh Nouraee · 12/2/2011 1:17:00 PM

As Herman Cain's performance art project/campaign goes the way of last night's pizza box, this blog is shifting its attention to Georgia's other big political gift to the current presidential campaign: Newton Leroy Gingrich.

The Emory graduate, West Georgia College professor, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives is opening up a big lead in the national polls for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Although Gingrich has the political background to be considered a serious candidate (whatever serious even means anymore), campaign watchers have long dismissed his campaign the same way they did Cain's—as a bid to get free TV time to promote his various consulting/book-writing/lobbying efforts. After all, he only now opened a campaign office  in Iowa. And in case you forget or missed it, his campaign staff quit en masse in June because they thought he was less-than-serious about the campaign (and also because many of them wanted ...

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