Herman Cain’s magical campaign secret

Herman Cain (photo by Gage Skidmore)

I caught literally two minutes of Rush this morning, but I heard him say something very important, which I’ll summarize here to the best of my abilities:  Herman Cain succeeded in Florida because he’s the only Republican primary candidate relentlessly attacking Obama.  The others are so busy with their internecine warfare that they’ve dropped the ball.  Voters care much less about Perry’s this, Romney’s that, or Santorum’s nothing at all, than they do about what the Democrats are doing to this country.  Cain is the only person who seems to understand that fact and to be using the primary to answer voter concerns.

I think Rush is right.  (Isn’t he always?)

What do you think?

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  • christina41

    I will be the one to say it. Herman Cain is the only one who can relentlessly attack Obama without being called a racist.

  • Lauren K.

    Go Herman.  I’ve been following him since 2008.  I watched him speak at CPAC and he talked about his family and how they succeeded because they worked hard.  The epitome of the American Dream.  If he makes it to the CA primary, he has my vote.    

  • neocon hippie

    I haven’t been following the race much, but if this is what Cain is doing, great!
    OT: Many of my lefty friends are all psyched about the ongoing protest on Wall Street. But I haven’t read a word about it in the entire conservosphere. What do you think about it and do you have any idea why it’s received so little attention thus far?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Neocon Hippie:  Zombie did a photo essay on it, and the chief message that I got was it was a bust.  No matter how excited the core Leftists get, it was silly and ill-attended. 

  • 94Corvette

    So many of the others are what I call “yes, but. . . . ” candidates.  Herman Cain is not.  I cannot think of a conservative issue that he is wobbly on and that is reassuring.  He is also straightforward and has integrity.  When asked a question a couple of months ago about the Mideast, he didn’t know the answer but he didn’t bs about it either.  He did his homework and though not an expert, he knows where to go for advice.  I can see him putting together a cabinet of really capable experts.  Maybe, just maybe he is going to break out.

  • Mike Devx

    He’s not only focused on Obama, he’s doing it as an enthusiastic “Happy Warrior” a la Reagan.  He wants to get in there and solve the problems!  He’s champing at the bit, ready to go.  He also has that crowd charisma factor where people simply respond to him.

    On the other hand, he’s not suffering the slings and arrows of constant attacks against him (not yet). As with all of the candidates (and as with *all* of us) Herman Cain has his weaknesses.  I’m hoping that people will view him positively even knowing that he, like us all, isn’t perfect.  But he’s more than good enough!

    I’m beginning to think that he, as the GOP candidate, would have a significant coat-tail effect in helping conservatives win seats in the House and the Senate, and that is a major factor in my personal decision on who I am going to support.  In this last debate his responses seemed more presidential as well, whatever the factors are that make such responses “presidential”.  So this charismatic speaker may also be able to seize the bully pulpit on the campaign trail and in the presidency, and be effectively inspirational.  That’s another major factor for me in choosing my candidate.

  • neocon hippie

    Zombie did the photo essay on a demonstration here in San Francisco a couple Saturdays ago. What’s happening now is on Wall Street, has been going on for some time, and the lefties are all up in arms about supposed police brutality. They’re also pleased as punch that Noam Chomsky and Cornel West have made appearances.


    He is unencumbered by political baggage and doesn’t owe party favors giving Cain the luxury of calling a spade a spade (and no, that’s not a racist comment). I just meant that he can call bull sh*t  BULL SH*T  and not poop!

  • bizcor

    I liked Herman Cain when I met him. I liked what he said and I liked the way he thought. I have met him twice and heard him speak a third time and each time he impressed me. I must admit I didn’t think he had much of a chance. Today he has been the topic of much discussion not just on the TV but out in the street. There are some polls that actually have him ahead.

    Today I had lunch at one of my favorite little restaurants and the proprietor asked me what I thought of Mr. Cain. What I said is what I have told everyone since I met Mr. Cain. I really like him but…..I don’t think he has much of a chance. No one did until the results of the Florida straw poll were released. Mr. Cain has driven home the 9 9 9 plan. My friend asked me to explain it. If you haven’t been to his website to read about his plan I suggest you do. There is one omission on his resume that raised my curiosity though. He doesn’t list his time on the Kansas City Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

    Many pundits are suggesting that Mr. Cain’s win in Florida was simply a result of the growing anti-Perry sentiment. That may be true but the Florida straw poll results have made people stop and pay attention to Herman Cain. This may be the traction he needed to reach the highest office in the land. Here we have a man who climbed to the top through hard work and determination. Could there have been some affirmative action that helped him get there? Perhaps, however, he does not appear to harbor a grudge like the O-Man does. Nope, he simply says you want it you have to work for it. He isn’t playing the race card, he isn’t promising free money to the down trodden. He is showing by example what hard work and determination can do.
    We will see my friends, we will see. It wouldn’t bother me in the least to see Herman Cain become President of the United States. Mr. Cain has said more than once he isn’t politically correct. He would have no problem calling the President a liar. I believe he would run circles around “The Community Organizer in Chief” in a debate and the race card would be completely removed from the debate were he to become the nominee.

    As I have said before I have been standing back, going to all the events that I can and evaluating each candidate on his or her own merit. Some say to me that I am just waiting for the winner. To that I say I fooey. I am vetting these people to the wheat from the chaff.
    Bizcor from New Hampshire weighing in on what I have been seeing hearing and doing.

  • bizcor

    seprate the wheat from the chaff

  • bizcor

    I obviously need an editor


    I liked Herman Cain when I met him. I liked what he said and I liked the way he thought.
    So, who/what do you trust.- your first instincts or the pundits, rhetorically asking? My real question to one and all…
    Do the pundits color our opinions.  I certainly sense that the GOP was and is still dismissive of the Tea Party.  November 2010 election results would not have been on the “R” side if it were not for dogged persistence of “We the people.” I don’t like being taken for granted and a good part of this election cycle is about that isn’t it. The GOP made a lot of us hold our nose in 2008 and I won’t do it again.

  • Gringo

    He is unencumbered by political baggage and doesn’t owe party favors giving Cain the luxury of calling a spade a spade (and no, that’s not a racist comment).
    Which reminds of something from my high school years. A well-intentioned liberal history teacher – is there any other kind?- used the expression “lets call a spade a spade” when we were having some sort of discussion about race relations (Which he preferred doing than having to prepare a lecture on the subject: AP Ancient  & Medieval History).  Some people found that funny. 
    With Bolton as VP or Secretary of State?

  • Rick Z

    If there’s one thing Reagan’s ascendancy taught me, it was to ignore the conventional wisdom of the collective punditry. Remember how gleeful the Carter people and their media allies were when the “Gipper” won the GOP nomination, and how much they looked forward to taking down that “amiable dunce”/dangerous crackpot?

    Personally, at this point in the campaign, I consider myself a “Wet Paper Bag” Republican. I would gladly vote for a wet paper bag if one was on the ballot running against the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  


    Two pleasures from junior high through high school – playing ‘spades’ (card game obviously) and Sam Spade, detective.
    We had no discussions regarding race relations, but I distinctly recall that I had to reprimand a teacher for failing to include the Holocaust in a WWII history class. Needless to say, she wasn’t pleased  or prepared with a 15 year old standing up and explaining, that it was not something that could be over-looked or not included. I think she gave me a two-minute rant time-slot and side-lined me with, “Miss Sadie, you can go to the Vice Principal’s office now.”   “Delighted” I said, “nothing to learn in this class.”
    Oops…guess I had three pleasures … calling a spade a spade when I see it 😉

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Sadie, I see that your sharp tongued mischiefness has not decremented with time.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What do I think?

    I think people need to hammer the Left into submission and break their back, that’s what I think. I don’t particularly care what methods they use to do it, either.

    Politics isn’t what unites humans. Vengeance, fury, anger, rage, despair, and hope are what unites humans.


  • Rick Z

    You know what’s best of all? To crush our enemies — See them driven before us, and to hear the lamentation of their women–metaphorically speaking, of course.

  • suek

    I agree with Christina41 – Cain’s the only one who can come right out and criticize Obama without triggering the “RACIST” chant from the lefties. Although he’s been called a racist as well…! how’s that for bizarre!

    Reminds me of “what’sername” who used to come here and call us all racists because we weren’t mentally black (like she was). That’s so confusing to me – I never did figure it out…what would satisfy them? As far as I can tell, nothing short of giving them everything and reducing our caucasian selves to slavery status would work. Maybe not even that – since we would still have the knowledge upper hand in many cases. The fact of the matter is that many blacks have learned to hate themselves – they don’t have that pride of accomplishment that they need to instill their self worth. And that’s what Cain _does_ have. He’s _earned_ his way – nobody handed it to him. He doesn’t apologize to anybody for his existence.

    And about that “Let’s call a spade a spade”…it’s funny – in the 60s the Army was doing the racial sensitivity thing, and my husband got called out when he said that. They said it was racist. He responded that obviously they weren’t familiar with the hand tools. There are spades and there are shovels. They’re not the same tool. Shows how far we’ve come from hard labor as a commonality. People don’t even know the right names for various tools. (though I must admit to total ignorance in many fields of physical labor myself. My monthly Harbor Freight sale sheet is a source of wonderment – what _do_ they use all those different machines to do?)

  • jj

    It’s interesting to watch this process as the republican “establishment” gets ready to do what it wants – as opposed to what we want – and shoots itself in the foot yet again.
    What I thought were the best, most nearly cogent, and eminently sensible answers in the first debate came from – much to my surprise – Huntsman.  Gingrich was right there with him, neck-and-neck.  They both got the best audience reactions because they both gave the best answers.  It did absolutely nothing for them.
    The second time out, Huntsman was somewhat less good, Gingrich gave the clearest and most lucid answers, and Cain began to come into his own.  And it did the three of them no good, Perry was the headline.  Gingrich and Cain were clearly the thinkers in the room, they delivered the best answers, and they got nothing for it.
    The most recent one, resulting in Cain’s win in Florida, I’m sure came as a gigantic – and not particularly welcome – surprise to the “establishment.”  They are willing to give a sort of half-hearted nod to Perry for a few minutes as a token conservative, but they’ve already decided that somehow or other Romney’s going to win.
    Get ready for that, folks – our candidate is going to be old Butch Hair-wax, and there isn’t much we can do about it.  The republican establishment does not want a conservative anywhere near this race, because their thinking remains around the bar in the nineteenth hole at the country-club in 1958.  They don’t want anybody to the right of Nelson Rockefeller, and that’s it.  And they’ll make it happen, just like they made the entirely worthless McCain happen, and the entirely worthless Dole happen.  Nobody was for either one of them, but somehow or other they magically got the nomination.
    It’ll happen here, too, so make your minds up to it right now, and get ready to support Candidate Mitt.  (Which is also why I opine that there will indeed be three parties in this country before long.  What the republican establishment hasn’t yet figured out is: the third party will be them.  They think we’;re all kidding, or posturing, or something, and will eventually grow up and start voting for candidates who “can win,” as opposed to those who actually represent our beliefs.)

  • Mike Devx

    jj says in  20:
    It’s interesting to watch this process as the republican “establishment” gets ready to do what it wants – as opposed to what we want – and shoots itself in the foot yet again. […] they’ll make it happen, just like they made the entirely worthless McCain happen, and the entirely worthless Dole happen.  Nobody was for either one of them, but somehow or other they magically got the nomination. [… Therefore] there will indeed be three parties in this country before long.  What the republican establishment hasn’t yet figured out is: the third party will be them.

     Harry Reid thinks the Tea Party – and everything its people believe in – are temporary and will go away.  He and the GOP establishment agree on one thing: Americans want an ever-increasing government to guide them and control them.  A government that always expands, forever and forever.   The only difference between them is who our masters are:  Democrats with a liberal flavor or Republicans with a conservative flavor.  Theirs or ours, but ever-expanding government either way.

    If we are to be permanent, we’ll either end up having to purge the big-government people from the GOP eventually, or change their minds, or if the efforts fail, then, yes, split and go third party, declare war on the GOP establishment and then destroy the GOP and salt their earth and bid them good riddance, becoming the new second party in American politics.  This can only happen if there is in fact a big shift in the American populace to genuinely believe that less government is better than more.  If that shift happens, can the GOP establishment actually CHANGE?  I do not think so; they will have to be replaced.


  • jj

    I think it’s possible.  The blueprint’s there, it’s happened before.  You need a strong leader, possessed of some eloquence, who can make the case that the old is gone, and it’s time for something new.
    Everybody forgets – if they ever knew it, it certainly isn’t taught – about Lincoln the politician.   Abraham Lincoln was somewhat more than a solemn gloomy cuss who spoke only in iambic pentameter, a tear forever at the corner of his eye – the result, no doubt, of being followed around by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir endlessly humming The Battle Hymn of the Republic everywhere the poor bugger went.  That’s the official Lincoln, warm, gentle, kindly, shy, modest – the whole fantasy.
    The real Lincoln was rather different.  He was cold, he was reflective, he was deliberate, he was brilliant – and he no intimates in his private life except when he was young – and that ended when he went to the White House.  The one intimate that he did have in his life was his law partner as a youth, William Herndon.  For eighteen years they were close friends as well as colleagues; they traveled the circuit together in Illinois, they shared an office in Springfield.  They got rich together – which everybody also forgets or is never taught.  Herndon wrote:  “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”  Also:  “He was the most continuous and severest thinker in America.  He read but little and that for an end.  Politics was his Heaven.”  And when he got to the gold ring, Herndon never saw him again.
    He was a nut-cutting politician, who played politics as a blood sport.  And before he rendered the White House fit for his own occupation, Lincoln and his crew got together and croaked the Whig party, which had been around for the entire four score and seven years.  He did it ruthlessly, thoroughly, and permanently: the Whigs were wiped as clean off the earth as Tyrannosaurus Rex.  In 1846 Lincoln was a Whig congressman.  Within a decade he had decided that he – and the world – was done with the Whigs, and he torpedoed them from inside.
    So there’s a blueprint.  It’s been done before.  But it won’t be any of the seven dwarfs currently on the stage who do it.  Just possibly – you need a microscope to see the possibility – it might be Cain, at least in thought.  He doesn’t possess the eloquence, but you can always he can hire that.
    But don’t say it can’t happen, because it can, and it has.  All it takes is some hard-eyed political bean-counters to come to the conclusion that there are as many or more of them still inside the tent who’d rather be elsewhere than there are happily in it.  And I think the message from Florida to the establishment republicans is that they’re beginning to rub right up against that.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Purge the GOP. Replace with loyalists. Done.

     What’s so difficult?