Herman Cain and GOP
Herman Cain officially announced he was running as a Republican for the 2012 presidential race. Already he’s meeting resistance from the GOP establishment. He is catching criticism from the likes of Tim Pawlenty and Karl Rove, who are dismissing his campaign as “entertainment.” Mr. Cain is the former Deputy Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and CEO of Godfathers Pizza.
While Herman Cain is wildly popular in many conservative circles, he is being dismissed by establishment conservative pols. This is not surprising given the backlash at having an incumbent Black president and the acrimony surrounding Michael Steele's departure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee [RNC].
Ironically, Herman Cain is now the front runner ahead of Mitt Romney in Zogby poll released May 23, 2011! Romney who was presumed to be the Republican front runner will face stiff competition in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The question is, will Herman Cain’s race be a factor. To the rank and file Republicans, it appears not to be the case.
In aforementioned Zogby poll, Romney has a higher favor-ability rating than he had in 2008. Only 9% of those polled said that would not vote for Romney under any circumstances as opposed to 27% who previously said they would never vote for Romney.
The implosion of Newt Gingrich's candidacy was big news this week. His exit from the campaign has opened up the field for those vying for the Republican nod. His statement in a recent interview regarding, social engineering from the right and radicalism cost him dearly. His rebuke of Paul Ryan’s budget deficit reduction plan came back to bite Gingrich in big way. So much for the intellectual force of the Republican party.
Herman Cain on the other hand appears to be enjoying somewhat of a honeymoon with the party faithful. He officially announced his campaign in Atlanta this past weekend to a partisan crowd who enthusiastically welcomed the news of Herman Cain’s candidacy. As we draw closer to the primaries and the 2012 election all sorts of things can happen. All it takes is one mis-step or gaffe that can cause a campaign to crash and burn; just ask Newt!
Herman Cain’s brand of pragmatism, steeped in his brand of pull yourself up by your bootstraps is very attractive to the conservative base of the Republican base. The real question is, will it translate into enough votes for Herman Cain to win the Republican nomination? The fat lady is yet to sing; we’ll just have to wait and see.