As recently as this month, I posted on the meteoric rise of Herman Cain. This post here is notable for two reasons. First, of course, it is very, very rare that I will mention one of my prior posts that I wrote earlier in the same month. On average, with only one or two posts a month on various topics, it’s like actually watching lightning strike by referencing another same month post. I probably haven’t done that in nearly two years. Second, it goes to show how quickly a candidate can fall into ill-repute in a matter of weeks. Yes folks, less than three weeks ago, we were looking at King Cain, the GOP frontrunner rivaling Mitt Romney. Now, King Cain has been thoroughly dogged by yet another alleged mistress. Maybe Herman Cain is the Tiger Woods of politics?
Herman Cain supporters no doubt need only point to Ginger White and say: consider the source. She has filed a sexual harassment claim with her employer about ten years ago, declared bankruptcy, has been evicted numerous times, had a restraining order against her for stalking, and sued for libel and defamation. Surely Herman Cain could do better. That said, the Cain Train is likely derailed and (I believe) unlikely to get back on the political fast track for this presidential election.
In the meantime, the new guy on top: unlikely Newt Gingrich. One can only wonder if he will be the next one up on the chopping block. Think: wack-a-mole.
In the meantime, I leave you with this gem from Jon Stewart. I would embed this if I could figure out how, but in the meantime, click the link and watch. It’s only five minutes.
Much hay has been made over Obama’s low poll numbers. The July Gallop poll suggests that a generic Republican can beat Obama. But is this really the case? For as much as people are dissatisfied with Obama’s promised “change,” I’m not sure that “one-term presidency” is in the cards. The problem for the GOP is that there isn’t a candidate that anyone particularly likes. Yesterday, Perry launched negative ads against Romney. Last month, Ron Paul launched a negative ad against Perry. Cain picked some obscure issue about Perry’s ranch from about thirty years ago and made headlines. Welcome to the GOP circular firing squad. The quest for a candidate almost seems like a gang initiation. To join, the potential invitee is thrown a blanket party. Surviving that, the members rally behind the beat up and bruised candidate. Love hurts. And this is looking to be a very painful election process.
Any significant swings GOP debate tonight only mark the fluidity of the race. At the very least, Perry will be worth watching. He was heralded as the cat’s meow when he first announced his candidacy, and then he tried to debate. And then conservatives took a look at his immigration policy. Amazingly, virtually all the popularity Perry lost, Herman Cain gained. Herman Cain, has his own issues. Jon Stewart makes well sure that everyone knows about those too. While most people are not enthused with Romney, he only needs to focus on not pulling a Howard Dean. I also wouldn’t joke about being unemployed either.
Listening to the radio on the way in to work today, one disenfranchised voter from New Hampshire didn’t really feel a whole lot of excitement toward any of the candidates. With primary voters decidedly undecided, one is left to wonder whether the eventually GOP candidate will be received as enthusiastically as Sarah Palin.