Herman Cain

The rest of the republican field is now acting as if Herman Cain is the man to beat, acting as if he is now the front runner for Republican candidate and president, which makes him the front runner for the moment, though it is a long way to go to the 2012 presidential elections.

I suspect this may be charisma envy. Obama has a lot of charisma, so Republicans are looking for someone with charisma. Herman Cain has more charisma than Obama, and more charisma than the rest of the republican field put together, though he is not as smart as the rest of the republican field, nor even as smart as the Obamessiah. Still, if you, unlike Obama, are not proposing to micromanage America, how much smarts do you need?

Does he have character, something that the Obamessiah conspicuously lacks? The democrats and the rest of the republican field are now putting his life under examination, so I suppose we shall soon learn about his character, or lack thereof.

It is a long, long way to the 2012 presidential elections, but they are Herman Cain’s to lose. A short while ago, the republicans had no candidate. Now they have a potential candidate and a plausible winner.

It will be an odd sight if in the 2012 presidential elections, we have two black candidates, one of them noticeably less bright than past presidents, and the other noticeably less bright than that. But if Herman Cain sticks to the program he is running on in the primaries, running on the American dream and American exceptionalism, he will be less bad than any recent president.

However, if he gets the nomination, he will probably swerve left, as the rest of the Tea Party has.

4 Responses to “Herman Cain”

  1. Alrenous says:

    First I’ve heard of him.

    It sounds like the charisma thing is relevant.

    But I’m betting it’s a play against Ron Paul. The critical factors are: top Rpubs think Cain can ensure Paul’s defeat, and Cain is less anti-establishment than Paul. The strategy is to fake it until they make it.

    I like making predictions on pure gut instinct. It’s fun to see how well I do. Cheaper than roulette, too. As a bonus, it helps me structure further information.

    • jim says:

      But I’m betting it’s a play against Ron Paul.

      The party establishment does not like early front runners. If you get an early front runner, hard for the guy whose turn it is to position himself as Mister Inevitable. So I suspect he is the genuine article – a natural.

      • Alrenous says:

        Ah, indeed.

        Though there’s a small chance they’ve wised up and realized that Mister Inevitable should jump the queue himself.

  2. herman cain says:

    “Of course, Cain still doesn’t get it. Like he said he will address all these charges at a press conference tomorrow at Hooters.” –Jay Leno “A Fox reporter asked Herman Cain if he’d ever had to pay anyone money to settle a sexual harassment claim. Herman Cain: ‘Outside of the Restaurant Association, absolutely not.'” –Jon Stewart

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