Herman Cain’s presidential campaign has created a fascinating scenario for southern voters. Since folks are digging his simple, straight-forward style, I will break it down straight, no chaser.
Romney vs. Obama: The White House is prepping for Romney because he is the candidate, as a former moderate, who would be most attractive to centrist voters. His downside to conservatives is that he is a traditional Chamber of Commerce establishment guy without dirt under his nails.
Newt Gingrich vs. Obama: Newt is as smart as President Obama and fully prepared to govern but the GOP base sees him as a nerdy professor. I like the idea of a Georgian in the W.H. to protect our regional interests.
Rick Perry vs. Obama: While the media is insinuating that Rick isn’t ready, we must remember that he governs the planet of Texas, a state that was once a republic and a state which has the world’s 14th largest GDP. We should never sleep on a Texan with power and funding.
Cain vs. Obama: First, see the Georgian comment under Newt’s section. Georgian Cain must have been raised on Coke, peaches and peanuts like me. Cain is a real southern conservative. In his senate race, he was to the political right of Senator Isakson. Southern conservatives want leaders who are just like them– leaders who shoot from the hip and cast a big shadow like John Wayne. Herman Cain and Rick Perry fit that image.
Summary: 10,000 Maniacs isn’t a political convention but a cool band that wrote “Candy That Everyone Wants.” The 10K maniacs who will be at the GOP National Convention will be manic for a red meat Republican like Herman Cain when Romaine lettuce Romney would be a select the Center would find more appetizing in November. Oh yeah, the Far Right does not care what the GOP establishment or the Center wants because they think they have the numbers.
It’s like a kid in the candy store and parents should let a kid have all the candy he wants once then watch him get sick. As Natalie Merchant and the 10,000 Maniacs sang, “Give ‘em want they want.” I want a Georgian to be president if not Obama; so, I am a Democrat who will be voting for Cain or Newt in the GOP primary since Jon Huntsman will be long gone by then.
Herman Cain is like candy to my Tea Party friends and they swear they have the numbers to win the general election with him. As southern kids say, I “double dog dare” you all to put Cain up against Obama.
Centrists and moderates in the South (whose primary vote would be otherwise wasted) should vote in the GOP Primary and give them what they want. If Cain became president, regular folks would know that they need to get their “blank” together because it will officially be survival of the fittest. Guess what, it’s survival of the fittest NOW but the Democrat leaders are too soft to admit it. The Piss and Vinegar conservatives might actually be healthy for the nation….like a drill sergeant.
Democrats voting for any Republican isn’t approved by the D.N.C. but my father is dead so nobody tells me what to do (except the police.)