I have to admit, I really was lusting for the fat man. I understand Chris Christie’s reasons for not running, it makes sense to have “Fixed one of the most broken states in the union” on your resume so in that regard, good luck with that. But now I feel like I’m running out of time and will have to settle with taking my sister to the prom, yuck.
What is a conservative to do? I was not this apathetic the last time around. McCain was not my first (or second) choice, but I figured he paid his dues, sacrificed more for this country then most, and deserved his shot. I got no such sentiments this time around and have to wonder, which of these turds will polish up the nicest with the least amount of work. Since we have to support someone and frankly, it’s more fun to back a candidate then meekly say ,”I’ll back who ever the GOP puts up”, I’m looking more closely at this bag of ho humers.
Which leads me to something I read on the American Spectator site today, listing nine reasons Herman Cain should get the nod:
Let us assume that the field bidding to be the Republican standard bearer in 2012 will not expand. Let us assume also that neither New Jersey Governor Chris Christie nor Sarah Palin will throw their hat into the ring. Let us further assume that neither Mike Huckabee nor Paul Ryan is having second thoughts. In which case, Mitt Romney is still the frontrunner. Yet conservatives appear no more prepared to embrace him now than they were in 2008. Rick Perry hasn’t proved a viable alternative and Michele Bachmann’s fifteen minutes is up. Over the past week or so, with straw poll triumphs in Florida and Illinois, Herman Cain has begun to strike the right chord with Republican voters and has seen his poll numbers rise.
Go over the nine reasons yourself.
Concerning number 7, although true to a degree, Herman took a hit in my mind by rehashing and fomenting some angst within the ranks re: Perry and the racist rock. This is such a no issue that I fully expected Cain to shuck the whole thing off as another left wing attempt to throw the racist blanket over an opponent. But Cain bit, and bit hard, troubling.
But back to the list. All these are feathers in his cap. He is a babe in the woods wrt how government works, but lately I find that as not such a big deal. He will have advisers to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, character and integrity is what I’m looking for, I think he has that.
Cain is one of those guys that you can’t help but like. He optimizes the American Dream, and has the bonafides to point a finger at people and say proudly ,”I did it, you can too”.
A few months ago Cain went on The Factor, and looked terrible doing it. O’Reilly, who I believe genuinely likes Cain, threw him some slow pitches, and Cain whiffed them all. At that point I dismissed him as not being ready for prime time, I’m re thinking that.
Oh, and I really like his 9-9-9 plan, it will never happen, but what a good idea.
Cain strikes me as a smart guy and a fast study, he will need both to sway folks into thinking he is up to the job. I hope he is studying his ass off and boning up on the particulars. He does not need to show me much for me to back him, but some competency in foreign affairs, entitlement spending, education, economics, and getting America productive again, is necessary, he needs to show me that he can debate Obama effectively and can inspire. Come on Herman, spring for dinner and a movie and I just might give it up.