HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney laugh during the Republican Presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Political Junkie

The State Of The GOP Field

This week's Political Junkie column focuses on the state of the Republican presidential field, and why the current fixation on Herman Cain is not likely to last.

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Herman Cain (right) speaks as Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11.

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Business executive Herman Cain, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a debate Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2011) in New Hampshire.

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