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Herman Cain, GOP man May not Be a Flash in the Pan…

October 30, 2011 by  
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( GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s win in the Iowa straw poll is more disturbing proof that his candidacy may not be the flash in the pan that many think. Cain added to his string of straw polls wins by barely nudging out presumptive GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll. The poll which has measured the GOP and Democratic Caucus candidate preferences of Iowa voters since the 1980s has proven credible and is carefully watched by political observers. It was the only poll to show that then Democratic presidential contender Obama had a substantial lead over party rivals Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. But the far more intriguing thing about Herman Cain’s candidacy is the consistency of the poll numbers.

He has been either at the top or near the top as a favorite among GOP voters for weeks. He has not been the proverbial flash in the pan that recent GOP  presidential candidates have been. That is the candidates burst on the scene, announce their candidacy with much fanfare, get a blast of media attention, create a momentary public buzz, and then fade quickly into the sunset. That pattern has been plainly evident in the candidacies of Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry. They announced their candidacies with much fanfare, got a quick surge, and then when they make the inevitable gaffes, inanities, and goofball pronouncements, set against the intense glare of the media, they fade faster than the sun in an Arctic night. But Herman Cain hasn’t.

The reasons go beyond just the media and GOP voter fascination with the novelty of an African-American conservative tossing out pithy and in some case outrageously quotable sound bites. Herman Cain is politically serviceable in several ways. He is the runaway pick of GOP ultra conservatives and Tea Party leaders and followers. This appears to refute the knock that they are nothing more than a pack of unreconstructed bigots that can’t stomach the thought of a black man in the White House. He is an outsider. The maverick, politically unconnected, noble citizen politician always grabs media and public fascination. It’s even more appealing at a time when much of the public loathes and abhors most politicians, and regards Congress somewhere between a used car salesman and a dentist.

Herman Cain has played hard on that loathing and disgust and never tires of reminding that he is not a politician, has held no office, and will manage government as if it was a corporation, and bring good business sense, management and efficiency to solve all problems. The notion of the man on the white horse riding into Washington, turning government on its head and chasing the army of corporate and fat cat lobbyists, flaks, and deal makers packing from the political temple in mad flight played well in 2008 with the Obama candidacy. It worked, and Herman Cain took obvious note. Herman Cain’s adroit stoke of the basest of social conservative rage on immigration, abortion, religion, gun ownership, and most importantly primitive laissez faire shred of the safety net and barebones federal government has aroused their passions to a fever pitch.

Herman Cain’s added value is that he’s the most effective among the pack of GOP presidential contenders in posing as the ABR (that’s anybody but Romney) alternative. The Iowa poll reconfirmed that Romney has what’s charitably called “serious vulnerabilities” meaning that ultra conservative don’t like him and what they perceive he represents. These are the voters that are the most likely to vote in the official Iowa GOP Caucus in January and they say that they are three times more likely to back Herman Cain over Romney. As a side note, with Perry fumbling and bumbling on the campaign trail and with his ultra-conservative credentials slightly frayed or at best suspect, Herman Cain even has value as the anti-Perry Christian conservative surrogate.

GOP mainstream leaders, hard-nosed GOP political operatives, and the big gun financial donors have so far treated the Herman Cain candidacy as a fun and games, amusing, sideshow act that will fade into the dust when it comes time for the serious voting. That may well prove to be the case. Herman Cain certainly has shown very little interest in doing the hard politicking in the key early make or break primary states, has raised a relative bare pittance of campaign monies, and has no national organization to speak of. But at this stage of the political game that’s less important than revving up a disjointed, disgruntled, and dismayed GOP party faithful. Herman Cain is the right guy for that. And that alone guarantees him a lot more shelf life than people think or want to believe he has.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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6 Responses to “Herman Cain, GOP man May not Be a Flash in the Pan…”
  1. Marque-Anthony says:

    Herman Cain was head of the Federal Resrve in Kansas.
    He is however in no way qualified to be President of the United States.
    My concern is not his conservatism, my concern is his morality.
    He appears to really think the Caucasian community has accepted him.
    He even had multiplke affairs with Caucasian women.
    And the one women who was not white had the last name WHITE, ironic.
    Morality is my concern regarding Herman Cain
    Is there anybody who can run for President and yet have morality and integrity and honor?

  2. If the board at Morehouse College were smart and wise they would appoint Herman Cain as President for six years!

  3. get real says:

    Yeah, I see what you mean, Cain raised $15 million over the weekend by smoozing the one percent.

  4. Nicholas says:

    It has been about 7 months since I asked to discuss Herman Cain’s character and his thoughts concerning everyday people. The events leading up to him suspending his campaign, has answered the question about his character. Blame yourself.

  5. Nicholas says:

    Now that we know the intelligence, accomplishments and salesmanship of Herman Cain, can anyone discuss his character and what his thoughts are pertaining to the majority of working people in this Democratic system of government. It seems to me he is comfortable working with and for Major Corporations selling technology or junk food to the world.

  6. Maggie says:

    Just in case most of you do not know the intelligence of the man known as Herman Cain. Not that it may make no difference to you, but this is truthful. Mr. Cain has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathmatics: Master’s
    degree in Computer Science: Mathematician for the NAVY, working on missile ballistics, making him a rocket scientist: Computer systems analyst for Coca Cola: he was the VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the Computer world, being in charge of infornation systems for a Major Corporation.) There are so many other accomplishments, but this should give you the answer, “has he ever been a Leader in any business? Think so? We all know hs is not a Politician, maybe that is what we need?

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