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Raising Cain in poll results

Posted: October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm  |  Updated: October 12, 2011 - 2:04pm

Two sets of national polls collided last week, with Rasmussen showing that a generic Republican presidential candidate beating President Obama, 47-41, and CBS showing a tie at the top of the GOP herd between Mitt Romney and Herman Cain.

Funny, though, that a CBS News reporter followed the numbers of the latter poll with a comment that it showed how strong Romney is running against Rick Perry.

Huh? Hello, there's another candidate in there. The story here isn't where Romney is showing in the polls relative to Perry; it's where Cain is relative to where he started.

You can tell, at least, that he's arrived: The far left is starting to foam at the mouth about Cain, even going so far as to call him racist.

How? Because he's black, see. And as such, by being a Republican, he's giving cover Republican and Tea Party racism.

No, doesn't make sense to me, either. Maybe that's because I failed to fry my brain with recreational pharmaceuticals in college.

I'm not a huge fan of any of the candidates, but I like Cain and I like Ron Paul. I'd love to think either of them has a chance against the major media favorites like Perry and Romney, but I'm realistic enough not to put any bets on it.

Heck, I'm just intrigued to know that I've met two of this year's candidates, the two from Georgia: Cain and Newt Gingrich. Cain has even been to my office, stopping by for a chat back when he ran for the Senate.

He's a fascinating guy. And I'm pretty sure he'd make a better president than the current White House occupant, but that isn't setting the bar very high.

Lacrosse growing

Registration started this week on youth lacrosse clinics to be held at Columbia County's Patriots Park.

The clinics are for boys and girls ages 8-12, and are being put on by the Augusta Lacrosse Association. It costs $50 per child, and all participants get a stick.

This is in addition to the youth lacrosse programs already being run by the Family Y. Both will provide a natural feeder for the county's high school lacrosse program.

My middle daughter, Ellie, played on Lakeside's first girls team, and my youngest, Annie, played two years before joint enrollment college classes got in the way. Now at Valdosta State, Ellie started the school's lacrosse club team.

It's a great sport, but it's a much bigger deal up north than here. Northern refugees who've moved here are helping spread its appeal. As a result, it's been growing significantly across Georgia in spite of the already strained school athletic budgets. Hopefully other area high schools will start teams; the best way to make that happen is for younger kids to get involved through the recreation or Family Y programs.

Call (706) 863-7523 to sign your kid up.

(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimesonline.com, or call 706-863-6165, extension 106. Follow at twitter.com/barrypaschal.)

 

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