Raising (Herman) Cain

by Datechguy | May 6th, 2011

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Raising (Herman) Cain

I only caught parts of yesterday’s debate in SC but Frank Luntz’s focus group caught the whole thing and they decided that Stacy McCain was right.

This result should not sur­prise any­one who has actu­ally met and talked to Her­man Cain. Cain is a per­son who is never been afraid to speak directly. One thing you often find with peo­ple who have sur­vived can­cer is they are less likely to be shaken by other things. There is noth­ing like fac­ing death to put things into actual perspective.

As I type this (6:19 a.m. EST) Mr. Cain has just appeared on Fox and Friends. The Key answer he gave was his state­ment that it serves no pur­pose to release the Bin Laden photos.

The clips from the debate were sig­nif­i­cant, the rea­son why he didn’t sup­port Rom­ney this time (Rom­ney Lost) was a great line.

Stephen Green liked Cain while drunk while Steve Foley enjoyed Cain while sober show­ing Her­man has crossover appeal.

Also on the Minor­ity Report (and Red­State) fmaid­ment names the win­ners and losers:

Tonight’s big winner?

Her­man Cain.

The loser(s)?

Gary John­son and every can­di­date who didn’t attend.

Why did Her­man Cain win? Because the “front-​runners” weren’t there. He got his mes­sage out. He made a good impres­sion (Fox’s focus group had sev­eral peo­ple say he made the most sense and that his busi­ness back­ground really showed through). While oth­ers stayed away, Cain showed peo­ple he was a seri­ous can­di­date. He proved he could hold his own with the estab­lished, pol­ished politicos.

Actu­ally Rom­ney is very smart to not show up, the last thing he needs is to be on stage next to Her­man Cain and have a direct con­tract with him with­out a Palin, Bach­mann and Newt to con­trast him­self with.

MSNBC’s only com­ment on yesterday’s debate was about Huck not being there, they totally ignored it, of course they did, how can you paint repub­li­cans as a bunch of racists when a Black Busi­ness­man is win­ning the debate and get­ting applause from the GOP? Can’t have that can we?

Cain’s win means that if I am cor­rect about Palin run­ning there will be at least three strong can­di­dates with high appeal to social con­ser­v­a­tives (Palin, Bach­mann and Cain) all run­ning at the same time. Do the math:

(Social Conservatives+Tea Party) /​(Sarah Palin+Michelle Bach­mann + Her­man Cain) = Rom­ney wins in early primaries

This is the math that got us John McCain in 2008. If it doesn’t scare you it ought to.

Update: Jazz Shaw has a dif­fer­ent, but not unrea­son­able take

if we absolutely must pick win­ners and losers in these things, in the most unsur­pris­ing con­clu­sion of all time I’d say round one went to T-​Paw. But if Cain can keep turn­ing in per­for­mances like that con­sis­tently, the rest of the pack may need to start keep­ing an eye over their shoulders.

It’s a lot more respect­ful than the unsur­pris­ing snark from the Frum Forum.

Update 2: Doug at Out­side the belt­way calls it the Clash of the Pyg­mies, I’m sure many an explorer laughed at “pyg­mies” right up until they got a spear in their gut. Some­how that right wing out­fit CBS news has the same conclusion

I only caught parts of yesterday’s debate in SC but Frank Luntz’s focus group caught the whole thing and they decided that Stacy McCain was right.

This result should not surprise anyone who has actually met and talked to Herman Cain. Cain is a person who is never been afraid to speak directly. One thing you often find with people who have survived cancer is they are less likely to be shaken by other things. There is nothing like facing death to put things into actual perspective.

As I type this (6:19 a.m. EST) Mr. Cain has just appeared on Fox and Friends. The Key answer he gave was his statement that it serves no purpose to release the Bin Laden photos.

The clips from the debate were significant, the reason why he didn’t support Romney this time (Romney Lost) was a great line.

Stephen Green liked Cain while drunk while Steve Foley enjoyed Cain while sober showing Herman has crossover appeal.

Also on the Minority Report (and RedState) fmaidment names the winners and losers:

Tonight’s big winner?

Herman Cain.

The loser(s)?

Gary Johnson and every candidate who didn’t attend.

Why did Herman Cain win? Because the “front-runners” weren’t there. He got his message out. He made a good impression (Fox’s focus group had several people say he made the most sense and that his business background really showed through). While others stayed away, Cain showed people he was a serious candidate. He proved he could hold his own with the established, polished politicos.

Actually Romney is very smart to not show up, the last thing he needs is to be on stage next to Herman Cain and have a direct contract with him without a Palin, Bachmann and Newt to contrast himself with.

MSNBC’s only comment on yesterday’s debate was about Huck not being there, they totally ignored it, of course they did, how can you paint republicans as a bunch of racists when a Black Businessman is winning the debate and getting applause from the GOP? Can’t have that can we?

Cain’s win means that if I am correct about Palin running there will be at least three strong candidates with high appeal to social conservatives (Palin, Bachmann and Cain) all running at the same time. Do the math:

(Social Conservatives+Tea Party) / (Sarah Palin+Michelle Bachmann + Herman Cain) = Romney wins in early primaries

This is the math that got us John McCain in 2008. If it doesn’t scare you it ought to.

Update: Jazz Shaw has a different, but not unreasonable take

if we absolutely must pick winners and losers in these things, in the most unsurprising conclusion of all time I’d say round one went to T-Paw. But if Cain can keep turning in performances like that consistently, the rest of the pack may need to start keeping an eye over their shoulders.

It’s a lot more respectful than the unsurprising snark from the Frum Forum.

Update 2: Doug at Outside the beltway calls it the Clash of the Pygmies, I’m sure many an explorer laughed at “pygmies” right up until they got a spear in their gut. Somehow that right wing outfit CBS news has the same conclusion

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