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Joshua Green

Cain’s 9-9-9 plan

PHOENIX

IF HERMAN Cain achieves nothing else, he has disproved the old maxim, “Democrats fall in love, and Republicans fall in line.’’ The next six months may well be a tedious slog toward the inevitable coronation of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. But on Monday night, most of the 1,200 conservatives gathered at a Republican Party fundraiser that Cain headlined were as smitten with the former pizza magnate, and new front-runner, as the dreamiest liberal ever was with Howard Dean or Barack Obama.

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