The fact that Herman Cain leads in the national polls for the GOP Nomination will be a funny footnote six months from now. Cain is basically the Morry Taylor of this cycle. Don’t know “The Grizz” as he was nicknamed in the 1996 GOP nomination contest? He was a business man who thought he could spend a lot of money in untraditional ways and with the nomination. He, like Cain, was known for his lack of political correctness.
The difference is Morry never was a factor like Cain is today. This is mostly due to the internet age. The tea party wing/extreme right wing base of the party is looking for an alternative to Mitt Romney. It was Trump, he didn’t run. It was Bachmann, but then a better option seemed to come along in Rick Perry. Turns out Rick can’t debate so now they have turned to Herman Cain.
So can Cain take advantage? The answer is no. First off, he isn’t even running a Presidential campaign. Last night he was in Tennessee. Why? No clue, Tennessee is a non-factor in the GOP nomination contest. Its primary is on March 6th, two whole months after the Iowa caucus. Cain ought to be in Iowa, because the only way Mitt Romney does not win the nomination is if someone other than Mitt Romney wins Iowa. He doesn’t have advisors, and he seems to take pride in the fact that he has no foreign policy. His 9-9-9 plan? It has at best with it a very small idea of who it will help and who it will hurt. Personally, I think he just likes the number 9 and taxes because its less than 10, the number typically associated with tithing and the church.
All this leads to the fact that Cain has built the foundation of his campaign on something that looks more like a book tour. It’s not a firm foundation (though he is the best candidate to sing the classic hymn of a similar name). So now he has had this rise and repeating the benefits. That will not last long though because the winds will come and shake upon his house and the house will fall like a house of cards. It looks the best for Mitt, who has built an unsexy but solid base. If Cain wants to have any chance, get your butt to Iowa for the next two months. Otherwise all we have here is a glorified book tour.