When looking at presidential possibilities, two questions should come to a voter’s mind: who do you want to be president and who ensures that the other team’s guy isn’t president. As a centrist Democrat, I want Obama and if someone from the other side became president with a snap of my fingers, it would be Jon Huntsman. Note: I don’t have magic fingers.
From my standpoint, the nuttiest GOP candidate would help make Obama a second term president and hardhead far Right conservatives are careening down that path. Thanks. Gov. Mitt Romney is presidential and decent enough to centrists and that is the reason the GOP doesn’t want to pick him.
The GOP candidates who could easily take the White House are Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain. Really. Huntsman is a GOP version of President Obama and therefore is polling two points above Ron Artest and me.
If Herman Cain gets all of the conservative voters in November 2012, he goes over the top with your mamma’s vote. Some older Blacks quietly feel that President Obama, a wonderful person, isn’t scarred and hard enough to hang in the rough and tumble world of politics. It’s painful from them to see such a nice young man get punched day in and day out. “Lord, get that fellow out of there before his heart grows dark like Jimmy Carter.” Others feel that the nation doesn’t deserve Obama and I understand their point.
If we look at Herman Cain, we see someone who is self-made, older and rich—old rich dudes can cut loose because they are already paid. Cain is a southerner and a Morehouse product. He can say anything he wants but down inside Cain is a Baptist brother from the dirty South. Obama was raised in nice places by nice people but Cain and every Black son of the old South is seasoned and hard on some level. I can’t believe that Cain recently said that he is American first, Black second and conservative third.
If Cain adjusted his message a bit by getting Shay and some of the other Black moderates and conservatives who write on the Booker Rising blog in his ear, he should secure 20% of the Black vote—half from those who want him in the White House and half from those who want Obama bashing to end. Hell, the First Lady might vote for Cain because she is tired of folks dumping on her man.
How do you balance a Cain ticket with Obama-like smoothness, public executive experience and international knowledge? Cain/Huntsman sounds mighty interesting. Black Georgians should vote in the GOP primary with this post in mind.