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7. Herman Cain


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Herman Cain was, for quite a while in 2012, my favorite candidate in the GOP field. The man has excellent communication abilities, well beyond that of Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry. Furthermore, he was a candidate with real ideas about what he’d like to do with the office of the presidency, had he achieved it … which is more than the last couple GOP nominees can claim. His 9-9-9 Plan wasn’t necessarily as appealing as various flat tax or fair tax plans, but at least it was an original idea.

Herman CainFurthermore, he’s already been vetted by his previous campaign. We know where the weaknesses lay and what they are and there ought to be no new surprises with him. That’s always a plus.

Cain is not a professional politician but primarily holds a lot of private sector experience and, best of all, we know his stances on issues. He grades out favorably in that respect. That is seen as a hindrance by some, and it’s partly why he’s only at number seven on my list.

The biggest deficit with Cain, though, is age. He’ll be 70 in late 2015. which would make him older than Hillary Clinton by two years. Since many are already questioning Hillary’s age-appropriateness, it’s only fair to question it for a man two years older than her.

That said, Ronald Reagan was 69 when he was sworn in to his first term, and he turned out all right. That said, Cain would be 71 by the time he’d be sworn in as president, assuming he won, and that’s getting up there.

I fear that Cain’s best chance came and went in 2012. When he allowed trumped-up harassment charges drive him from the race, I fear he may have closed the book on his best and last chance to secure the nomination. It’s too bad, too, because I think he’d do quite well with the office, had he ever achieved it.

Still, you never can tell. If Cain runs and if he catches fire, he still has a strong upside. Pair him with a younger conservative like Bobby Jindal, and you never know…

Now GOP racist for supporting a black candidate

You know, Democrats are like collection agencies; they never really leave you alone, ever.

For ages, Democrats claimed the GOP was racist for being “too white.” Then they were racist for not supporting their own black candidates like the moderate General Colin Powell. And now that an genuine conservative black candidate is emerging in the form of Herman Cain, who is the apparent front runner in most areas nationwide for the GOP presidential nomination, have Dems backed off their racism claims against the GOP?

Perish the thought.

Now, we’re racist because we do support a black candidate for president.

Dem strategist Karen Finney blathered on like so recently on MSNBC:

One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.

She’s joined in similar sentiment by Democratic Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who uttered this hate-speech recently:

I think when [members of the Tea Party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and…so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive.

Wow… and here I thought Herman Cain was garnering support because of his specific policy solutions, such as his 9-9-9 plan on simplifying the tax code as a first step toward a Fair Tax system. Or that he’s a red-blooded conservative with solid ideas on what he’s do if elected to change the course of this country’s economy. Or maybe even that he is a guy who’s well-qualified for his leadership in the private sector as well as the public sector, even though he’s never run for elective office and can therefore run as a Washington outsider ready to reform government.

Nah, none of that counts. It’s just our racism again. I should have known. Thanks, liberals.

Cain is able

Following the Western GOP Debate earlier this week, the verdict is in: Herman Cain is no flash-in-the-pan candidate, but has won a second straight presidential preference straw poll, this time in Nevada. Cain garnered 31 percent of those polls, compared to 29 percent for Mitt Romney and 20 percent for Newt Gingrich.

Perry, who drew frequent boos from the Las Vegas audience earlier this week, managed only 4 percent. Even Ron Paul won 10 percent there.

The debate victory, which most observers gave to Cain or Romney, was reflected in the poll results. As Perry continues to struggle, and Gingrich is far less popular nationwide than the Nevada result indicates, it appears that the conservative and Tea Party factions have finally found a candidate they can agree on; Cain is appearing to solidify himself as the “anyone but Romney” candidate.

Will that be enough to win the nomination? That depends on who supporters of former conservative and Tea Party darlings like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, migrate to after those candidates drop out of the race. Cain would seem the most natural choice.

Can Cain beat Obama? You know what? I bet a Cuban cigar he can. I think he’s the candidate Obama is least eager to face.

Schultz reveals racism of the left

Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” has revealed the virulent racist streak that runs through liberalism but is rarely talked about or criticized by the appropriate groups, purely because racists like Schultz hold the “proper” political views in the eyes of the Rainbow Coalition, the NAACP, and other liberal special interest groups.

On recent broadcasts, Schultz has bloviated about how black Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is pandering to “white Republicans out there who don’t like black folks.” That would be quite a trick, if that were even possible.

Schultz’ comment exposes the left’s overconfidence in their foothold among black voters. Even with the nation’s first black president in the White House, Schultz apparently believes it’s okay to play the race card and accuse a party that currently favors Cain over Mitt Romney, of racism.

If the GOP actually were as racist as Schultz suggests, Cain would’t be surging right now, regardless of the fact that he has presented what is consistently the most solid and conservative political message of any candidate running.

Schultz also railed against Senator Jim DeMint, whom Cain has mentioned as a potential running mate if he wins the nomination. Yet those comments aren’t even worth wasting virtual space on. Maybe Schultz simply needs to be sent a bunch of Christmas Cards to cheer him up.

Perry will consider a 2012 run?

In one of the best bits of news conservatives have heard in a while, Tea Party-friendly Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is loud and outspoken about opposing Federal overreaching of the Enumerated Powers clause of the Constitution, has finally admitted he will consider a 2012 run for the White House.

He’d being much needed star quality to a GOP field awash in too many RINOs and lesser names. And if he sticks to his pro-Constitutional guns and somehow gains the party nomination and the White House, there’s a chance the US could return to the sort of Constitutional limits on federal power that haven’t been seen since prior to the days of FDR.

Heck, if Perry’s in, I’ll start printing posters for his campaign now. Aside from Herman Cain, Perry would become my immediate favorite for the top job in the nation’s government.

Perry-Bachmann sound good to anyone? How about Perry-Cain?

Mitch says No to 2012

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, hyped by the White House and the liberal media — never a good sign — as the GOP’s best hope, has decided to bow out of a 2012 bid for the White House. While Daniels has earned a fair amount of credibility as a budget cutter, some question his conservative credentials, especially amid the “strange new respect” Daniels has earned from the Obama White House and the liberal media of late.

While he may come by his reputation unfairly, Daniels bowing out actually increases the chances of a more reliable conservative winning the nomination; the most prominent RINOs still in the race are Mitt Romney and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Of those who have declared, the clear favorite for my money – at the moment – is Herman Cain. He’s the best speech giver and public speaker, and has a wide resume in both government work and the private sector, and has succeeded pretty much at every step along the way.

Newt Gingrich’s time is passed; his expiration date arrived when he attacked the Paul Ryan budget and coined the term “right-wing social engineering.” Might not be a RINO yet, but he’s certainly a RINO-in-training.

Gary Johnson has no chance, and neither do Fred Karger, Tom Miller, Tim Pawlenty, Vern Weunsche.

Who’s left? Rick Santorum doesn’t fire me up; Ron Paul does, but not in a good way. And Mitt Romney is a RINO, and the last thing I want to see is another John McCain fiasco.

So who’s left?

Plenty of promising conservatives, that’s for sure.

There’s Michele Bachmann, who is more likely to end up as someone else’s running mate. There’s John Bolton, who would bring a lot of needed honesty and foreign policy experience. And there’s a dark-horse move to draft Texas Governor Rick Perry, which wouldn’t be a half-bad idea.

I’m less than interested in Charlie Crist and Lindsay Graham. And Jon Huntsman is a nobody.

And then there’s Sarah Palin, who could be the best of them all … except for Herman Caine.

So here’s my list, in order of preference, at the moment, for the top of the GOP ticket.

1. Herman Cain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Rick Perry
4. Michele Bachmann
5. John Bolton

All of those in my Top 5 are far more conservative than Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich and Santorum. I’d vote for any one of those five over President Obama in a hot second. But especially Cain.

And the future looks bright for the GOP. Here are some names to keep in mind for 2016, 2020 and beyond: Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Jan Brewer, Nikki Haley, Susanna Martinez, and Mary Fallin. They are all powerful conservatives and the political equivalent of unlocked cell phones.

Herman Cain firebrands his way into the ring

Herman Cain, a popular columnist, businessman, political activist and talk-radio host has formed an exploratory committee to gauge interest in a possible 2012 run at the GOP presidential nomination. Cain, no shrinking violet, is an outspoken conservative who launched his potential campaign by saying the liberal media is “scared a real black man” might run against President Obama.

I wouldn’t want to take out a personal loan against Cain’s appeal, but as he’s held no elected office before, I’d gauge his 2012 changes to be, well, not as strong as many others. At least not for the top of the ticket.

However, if some other strong conservative GOP candidate came along and teamed up with Cain as a running mate? His public speaking skills and no-nonsense style could make him particularly effective. Just imagine the conundrum the Democrats would find themselves in if they faced the prospect of a Palin-Cain ticket in 2012, or even a Walker-Cain ticket, Christie-Cain ticket, or Rubio-Cain ticket. Even a Bachmann-Cain ticket holds potential appeal.

With Cain’s oratorical skills and his masterful understanding of conservative principles, he’s make anyone an effective apologist for the GOP cause.

Not only would the conservative value of such tickets stand several notches above 2008’s McCain-Palin ticket, but I just can’t imagine Joe Biden even wanting to risk a debate with him.