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Herman Cain is still leading the Republican field – his lead over Mitt Romney in the new New York Times poll is within the margin of error. But you have to wonder – again – how serious Cain is with a new ad like this. That’s Cain aide Mark Block, puffing a cigarette while an unsmiling Cain slowly breaks into a laugh. How bizarre.

 

Why doesn’t President Obama get more credit for keeping the country safe? That’s the subject of Roger Simon’s column today in Politico and we’ll get into it tonight.

 

Also, Rick Perry’s relaunch. He unveils his flat tax plan today and promises to step up his attacks on Mitt Romney. He also says the birther issue should be kept alive because it’s “fun.”

 

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