In two issues now, Time Magazine has omitted Herman Cain from pages devoted to the GOP presidential field. Despite formally announcing his candidacy last month and widely being perceived as winning the first GOP debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Cain is nowhere to be found in the Time features. Even if Time were dismissive of Cain’s candidacy, he should still be included.
They can’t say that Cain is too much of a long shot. In the first set of odds, Halperin put Michele Bachmann at 1,000-to-1. (The best odds in order were to Romney, Huckabee, Daniels, Pawlenty, Huntsman, Gingrich, and Palin, second to last at 60 to 1.) In the second set, Huckabee and Daniels were removed from the list, and Santorum (at 500 to 1) and Ron Paul (at 2,000 to 1) were added. Bachmann was still at 1,000 to 1. Halperin also added “Mystery Candidate” — but named those (Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, and Jeb Bush.)
The fact that Time included folks who have either not yet announced that they are running–Bachmann–or flat-out denied that they will run–Christie–or should not run because of perceptional problems with name recognition–Bush–but not a candidate who has announced and made the media rounds already … it’s telling. And while I certainly think that Herman Cain has some work to do, NewsBusters is right — Time and Mark Halperin have some ‘splainin to do.