Governor Romneycare is, or was, the establishment Republican nominee. When his campaign turned out to be dead on arrival, Rick Perry was the emergency backup establishment republican nominee. But Herman Cain now leads 28% to 17%
Herman Cain has from the beginning been the main Republican Republican nominee. Back in May I said “It is a long, long way to the 2012 presidential elections, but they are Herman Cain’s to lose.” They still are.
It has often been said that social security is the third rail of US politics. Touch it, and you die. But this has more to do with establishment protectiveness of social security, that public attitudes. Observe that the number two candidate for republican presidential nominee has touched it, and the leading candidate appears to be sitting on it.
Herman Cain keeps saying that we should go to the Chilean retirement system. He could have said the Singaporean system, or the Australian system, both of which are variants on the Chilean model, but no, he chose Chile as the exemplar.
The core benefit of the Chilean model is that old folks do not become tax consumers, so tend to vote for secure private property rights.