Yes, it is still nearly a year before the first primaries and caucuses of the 2012 presidential election; does anyone else remember when that was considered a long time? But these days, if you want to be considered a serious candidate for the presidency, you have to throw your hat in the ring at least a year in advance. And often candidates run for longer than that; Mitt Romney never really stopped running after 2008, and people have been talking about Sarah Palin as a candidate ever since she appeared on the national scene as John McCain’s running mate.
Therefore the press is now talking about the race, and throwing out a series of straw polls long before we get to the polls that really matter – the ones done in voting booths. Because we haven’t heard of any Democrats challenging Barack Obama for the nomination, so far all the attention has been on the Republican possibilities. Palin and Romney are mentioned most often, and they’ve won the straw polls to this date, but while I would probably vote for either one of them in November, Palin hasn’t officially announced she’s running yet, and I doubt either could beat a charismatic Democrat like Obama.
There is a candidate that I feel has a better chance of winning, and that’s Herman Cain. If you haven’t heard of him, don’t be surprised. He’s currently a talk show host, but his show doesn’t play in hundreds of cities like Rush Limbaugh; when I heard him, he mainly acted as a substitute for Neal Boortz. For those who didn’t read my message from July 26, 2010, here is why I like Herman Cain:
1. He stands for the same values that I do, which include being a fine Christian.
2. Unlike Obama, he has real executive experience. Cain has run several companies and gotten them out of trouble, including being the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and a vice president for Burger King. Since the biggest issue we’re facing right now is fixing the economy, his skills are just what we need at this time.
3. In recent years, the Democrats have been playing the race card to the hilt. Well, they can’t do that against an intelligent black opponent like Cain. In fact, I’ve been wanting to see the Republicans nominate a black conservative candidate since the 1990s, because that would cause the Democratic Party to tear itself asunder!
So far Cain has gotten little attention; in fact, the latest straw poll I saw listed eight choices, and Cain wasn’t one of them. I also hear that he made a speech at a Tea Party rally in Wisconsin yesterday, but the media didn’t even notice. Therefore if he does well in the primaries, we’ll call him a stealth candidate. On Friday, February 11, he made a speech at the CPAC convention. Here it is; may you find it as inspiring as I did.