Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Herman Cain for President

The Naked Dollar supports Herman Cain for president.

The others are wanting, and we all know why. But it isn't simply that Cain is the last conservative standing: I really, really like this guy. He's the opposite of Rick Perry. the more you know him, the more highly you think of him. And I have friends who know him personally who tell me he's the real deal.

I think Cain's ideas are spot on, and he articulates them brilliantly. I love the fact he came from nothing and achieved so much, but none of it on the back of racial preferences. He has fantastic private sector experience. He ran the Kansas City Fed. He has a degree in math and a masters in computer science. No dummy.

But more than that, he is the personification of the American Dream, and it's something he believes in to his core. He even won the Horatio Alger Award.

He has never held an elective office. So? You want another career politician? Cain has run things, big companies. This should translate well into running the executive branch, certainly better than some senator who's run a staff of thirty. He understands the economy and that government can't create jobs, only destroy them.

He has no foreign policy experience, that's true. But neither did Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama. The majority of our presidents have had no foreign policy experience. You trust that you're electing someone with intelligence who will figure it out. I have few doubts about Cain on this score.

Can he win the nomination? Yes. Conservatives have flirted with Bachmann and Perry and are largely dismissing them. Few will get comfortable with Romney. I haven't. That leaves Cain.

But here's the thing. Cain has the highest positive intensity score of any candidate by a wide margin. It's apparently the highest ever measured by Gallup. You can read about it here. His only issue is low name recognition, but the data suggest that as he becomes better known, his support will continue to grow. Just today, Cain pulled even with Romney in a national poll.

Can he beat Obama? Hell, yes. Obama enters the race in a weaker position than almost any incumbent in a century. He is hemorrhaging support from every quarter, and the economy won't recover in time to bail him out (because his own policies are keeping it down). And Cain will eat into the only strong support that Obama still has: the black vote.


  1. Will the Tea Party support him?

    Is he conservative enough, without crossing over to the likes of Pallin?

  2. The white girls will flirt with the black boy and even do more than that but they ain't about to marry him.

  3. Watch him on WSJ -

    Very strong. Run Herman, Run!

  4. It’s funny, but people I talk to all mention Cain as a great VP candidate. I ask them why not President, and they either don’t have an answer or say because he’s never been elected before.

    He doesn’t strike me as a guy who has too many skeletons in the closet, or who will get flustered by the scrutiny of being a frontrunner. I was holding out in case Christie decided to run, but I agree that Cain is the best of the current candidates, and, if he stands up to the vetting process over the next few weeks, he should run right over Obama.

  5. Well and actually I think his experience with the Federal Reserve actually IS a kind of government experience, or at the very least regulatory/bureaucratic experience.

    I myself have decided, now that Palin is not running, to support a man who, though has not totally turned a state government around or faced down corrupt plutocrats, most certainly is a truly great American, and he is the same man you are speaking of.

    @gillopezpadro: Frankly, I'm looking forward to the Palin-slanderers STFUing until the if and when of her reentering politics. Please don't disappoint me.

    @RA: They will when they see Romney waiting for them...

    @JPR: I agree. The best one though is when people suggest he be Perry's VP candidate - those two hate each other! When you consider that Cain is a literal rocket scientist (missile balistics, US Navy), something tells me that you make him Perry's VP and Air Force One mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic...

  6. @Jeremy Janson-Watch and learn. He will finish behind Ron Paul and Rick Perry.

  7. @RA: Not this time bud. It ain't 2008 - people have skin in the game now. As the old Atlanta motto goes, "too busy to hate." In the off chance that Romney does win though I'm giving up on this country - it obviously doesn't love itself enough to live.

  8. Fraid not. A little case of white guilt which will go away in a little while. You can't take back America by electing another one.