October 9, 2011

One of the reasons I’ve liked Herman Cain right from the start is his unflappability; you may not always like what he has to say, but he’s obviously a man with ideas and a persona that makes people stand up and take notice. There are too many politicians – the one in the White House stands at the top of the list – that couch all of their agenda in talking points and partisan shots instead of just coming out and saying what it is you believe. I have to think the American public ought be smart enough (note i didn’t say they were smart enough, just that they ought to be) to hear what one has to say, listen to your proposals in an unvarnished fashion, and make their decision one way or the other. I can handle the truth. What I can’t handle is obfiscation and incessent talking points.

But I digress.

To understand just how far Herman Cain has come as a candidate, just listen to this interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. How a guy can keep his composure while being accused of being a racist and a coward – that’s exactly what O’Donnell was calling Cain – is truly something to behold. Lots of people in the conserrvative blogosphere are wondering why Cain would subject himself to such an obviously over-the-top partisan grilling; I believe this is exactly the kind of thing GOP candidates ought to be doing if they want to be the last man standing in the arena under the hot lights of national scrutiny.

I only wish Barack Obama had been subject to the same kind of scrutiny during his campaign for President back in 2008; this country might have been a whole lot better off (not to mention being presided over by President Hillary Clinton).

But I digress.

At any rate, check out the interview for yourself. Herman Cain has come a long way in the last few months. He’s a quick learner, and people on the Republican side of the aisle are just now starting to pay attention. Does Cain have the money, organization, and steadfastness to survive the Republican primaries and become the party’s nominee for President in 2012? It’s far too early to say, but the way he kept his composure during O’Donnells’ overtly hostile (and in my view, totally unprofessional) interview shows he’s come a long, long way.

Cain also did a nice job at this weekend’s Values Voters Summit – a speech definitely worth listening to. Very inspirational. Without any Tele-PrompTer, BTW…

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