I have been following the Republican Presidential candidates debates with a great deal of interest. I have been charmed and disappointed a few times and I was beginning to think that Mitt Romney was Mr Inevitable. I actually voted for Mitt Romney in the 2008 Florida Primary, so I was thinking it was something I could live with. He’s not everything I hope for, but he seems very smart, prepared, and he’s NOT Barack Obama. Yet, there are things that bother me, and I would get off the Romney bus if I found a more compelling candidate who could also WIN.
I am familiar with Herman Cain. I like him a lot, but I did not consider him early in the process because of the win-ability issue. I did not take him seriously. But, with each new poll, it seems that he is getting a response from potential voters that now makes him a real contender. Of course, other contenders have been abandoned by the likely voters who have answered these polls. What would it take to give him the staying power he would need to be the eventual nominee?
Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney have all failed the smell test with conservatives. Bachmann seemed like a lightweight. Perry seemed soft on illegal immigration. Paul seems like a flake on foreign policy. Romney has a record of supporting big government health care and Global Warming initiatives. Can Herman Cain maintain his high approval with an electorate that wants a winner that they can believe in?
Cain is getting a close look from more people than ever. The key for him will be how Independents warm up to him. A recent Rasmussen poll showed him as a 2 point winner over Obama. If he keeps making the sale to more an more Americans, then win-ability will no longer be a problem.
I am going to keep watching, and right now I am more open minded about the real possibility of a President Cain.