My thoughts today turn to Genesis 4:15, the original Cain, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman and surprisingly Charlie Ward, Jr. From Sunday School, we remember that Cain killed his brother Abel and we joked “what did Eve do after Abel died…she raised Cain.” Seriously, I asked the Sunday school teacher (a high school student) “who was Cain concerned about killing him if Adam, Eve and Cain were the only people on earth and who in time did Cain marry?”
Genesis 4:15 And Jehovah said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him.
Herman Cain shouldn’t feel the wrath of the GOP if this mess about him is true. As quiet as it is kept, they should have vetted him better and he served his purpose. In 1988, Senator Al Gore ran for president to increase awareness on global warming. Herman Cain’s chief reasons for entering the presidential race were to highlight problems with the arcane tax code and anti-business governmental policies. He did that.
If half of the allegations about Cain are true, Reverend Cain should reread Genesis 4:13 where Cain said to God “my punishment is greater than I can bear.” Well, the original Cain should have thought about that before he killed his brother and Herman Cain should have thought about that before he stepped onto the presidential stage. Why do you think those other fellows chose not to run?
I see parallels between Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward and Jon Huntsman. Ward was the best college football player in the nation and a Christian athlete who was undrafted by the N.F.L. Pro scouts didn’t think he was tall enough at quarterback to see receivers over tall linemen. Jon Huntsman could receive half of the centrist vote if his fellow conservatives could see pass their primary season. Charlie Ward wasn’t vengeful about his slighting as he resorted to Plan B by having a successful career in the N.B.A.
Jon Huntsman should have a similar Plan B that involves using open state primaries as mini-general elections. He could show GOP voters that he is the Republican who Democrats find most reasonable. Of course, red meat Republicans are vengeful at Huntsman because he was patriotic enough to accept President Obama’s request for him to serve as our nation’s ambassador to China.
Huntsman’s plan to put it all on the line in New Hampshire would be better if he spent some time courting moderate and centrist voters in South Carolina and other southern states. If Newt Gingrich is the GOP nominee, Huntsman’s coolness could be the perfect counterbalance. So, maybe Huntsman’s Plan B is the vice presidency. I know he would be better received on southern college campuses than any other GOP candidate and he could actually get more votes for non-GOPers than GOPers–that would be wild.