Skip to comments.(Herman) Cain Cooks Up GOP Excitment
Posted on 06/06/2011 12:52:16 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
MANCHESTER, N.H. Michele Bachmann was campaigning just north of here, the Sarah Palin tour was rumored to be arriving soon, and Mitt Romney was on his way to announce his entry into the presidential race.
Yet here was another voter swooning for Herman Cain.
I watched you at the Republican debate, and I have to be honest, Id never heard of you, but ever since then ... said Nathan Lyons, 29, his voice trailing off wistfully. You say it like it is.
Joan Silvernail, 68, shook Cains hand, then turned to her husband. Its his enthusiasm, she said. Wasnt that what we felt with Ronald Reagan, his enthusiasm?
Those not frequenting tea party rallies or the living rooms and coffee shops of New Hampshire and Iowa might dismiss Cain, a talk radio host and former chief executive of Godfathers Pizza, as a frivolous candidate the pizza guy, as some call the former Omahan.
But there are signs of what Cain, in his booming baritone, calls Old Man Mo Momentum!
A Gallup poll whose results were released last week showed Cain with the highest voter intensity score of any Republican presidential contender far higher than Palin, a former governor of Alaska, or Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts. Cains name recognition was at 37 percent and had risen 16 points since March.
Many pundits and voters declared him the winner of the first Republican debate last month. And he won the straw polls at the Tea Party Patriots convention in February and the Conservative Values Conference in Iowa in March.
Cain captivates with his talk radio certainty, his pulpit cadences and what he describes as his common-sense business solutions that make it sound as though solving the nations debt crisis is as simple as streamlining the number of pizza toppings, as he did to improve performance at Godfathers.
His rags-to-riches personal story and his talk of an empowerment agenda appeals to voters who believe that the federal budget has been corrupted by a culture of entitlement that no longer values sweat equity. As a black conservative, he appeals to tea party supporters who are angry at being tagged racists for their disagreements with the nations first black president. And in a country increasingly sour on Washington, his lack of political experience has become a calling card.
Tea party people love him, said Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots. Hes not a senator or a governor. Hes just a mister.
Cain has built up loyalty in the early primary states simply by showing up earlier than other candidates this visit to New Hampshire was his 13th.
Tom Keane, a school board member, state representative and selectman from Bow, N.H., said he was asked to endorse Tim Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, and worked for Romney in the past. But he turned out twice in one day to see Cain and, like many, spoke about him rapturously. Keane praised his background and his ability to think analytically.
All this is pulling me toward him in a way Im not pulled toward other candidates, he said. All good candidates, but Im not pulled toward them.
You hear people talk about the other candidates as just suits, Keane said. You cant say that about Herman Cain. I want somebody whos going to energize the party. A suit wont do that.
Cain, 65, grew up poor in Georgia, and his father worked three jobs to finally buy a house for his family. Cain worked his way through Morehouse College and received a masters degree from Purdue University before becoming a vice president at Pillsbury.
Advised by the companys president that he had to take a different route if he wanted to be a president of a company himself, Cain quit and entered the Burger King training program, where potential executives are trained from the grill up, working as Whopper floppers and cleaning bathrooms. Soon he was in charge of his region, and within a couple of years Pillsbury asked him to help turn around the Godfathers chain.
Cain moved to Omaha in 1986 to run Godfathers Pizza for Pillsbury Co. In 1988, he led a management buyout of Godfathers, becoming its chairman and chief executive officer. He left the CEO position in 1996 to head the National Restaurant Association and moved from Omaha to Atlanta in 2000.
He became a folk hero among Republicans in 1994, when he challenged President Bill Clinton on his health care legislation during a televised town-hall-style meeting: If Im forced to do this, what will I tell all those people whose jobs Im forced to eliminate?
He ran for the Senate in Georgia in 2004, coming in second in the Republican primary ahead of a more seasoned politician, and parlayed his success into a career as a talk radio host.
Karl Rove and other Republican notables have dismissed Cain as little more than a good personal narrative. Cain dismisses them.
They dont get it, he said. There is a big disconnect between the quote unquote establishment and regular folks. The people on the ground get it.
The center of his platform is the so-called fair tax, a 23 percent consumption tax that would replace the federal income tax.
He has been accused of offering only slim details on foreign policy; during the debate last month, he could not say what his plan was for Afghanistan, and in a recent television appearance he looked uncharacteristically uncertain when asked about the right of return. He says now that had the interviewer said the Palestinian right of return, he would have understood. And on Afghanistan, he says he would come up with a plan once he could read the intelligence reports available to a president.
I never made a Whopper before, he said, but I learned.
Cain is a salesman campaigner; he asks everyones name even a woman who directs him to the restroom and then refers back to them as he answers questions. He seems to be having a very good time, tossing his head back as he laughs, which is frequently, a deep rumble rising to a pitched giggle. At a lunch with restaurateurs, he sipped chardonnay and casually deconstructed a lobster BLT.
He recalled his chief of staff telling him as he walked out to the debate last month: Herman, you dont have to be perfect. Just be Herman.
Thats what I think connects with people, Herman being Herman, he said. And you notice, Herman enjoys life I can smile, I can have a sense of humor, Im being Herman.
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If Sarah doesn’t enter he’s the man I’m voting for because I’m tired of the good ole’ boy “suits” who are in it for themselves and the rewards from their puppetmasters. Cain doesn’t need no rewards as he’s always been a self-made MAN.
The RIGHT kind of people!
(Liberals, Communists, Freeloaders, Obama-Worshippers, MSM-toadies, Enemies of the Constitution, Atheists......)
My sentiments exactly. I would vote for either of them in half a heavy heartbeat, and would be absolutely ecstatic if they were both on the ticket.
I am for her, of course, in a New York Minute (over Patrice Lumumba Obongo) if she is awarded the GOP Presidential Nomination in 2012.
born December 13, 1945 in Memphis, TN (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Luther Cain Jr., born March 16, 1925 in TN, died March 29, 1982 in Atlanta, GA
Lenora Davis, born July 27, 1925 in GA, died August 20, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Herman Cain is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!
Really? I haven’t seen any of them attack him. He’s been a good boy so far - no threat to anyone.
Yes, and it’s why they’ve made him the “unmentionable” one. Cain has had cancer and is in total remission, thank God. He’s got nothing to gain from this except his belief in doing his duty toward God and country. He’s a good man and I’ll vote for him in a heart-beat though my first choice remains Sarah Palin. They’re both terrific leaders so don’t know if either would want the VP spot...love them both.
“My sentiments exactly. I would vote for either of them in half a heavy heartbeat, and would be absolutely ecstatic if they were both on the ticket.”
I honestly didn’t read this post before I posted my more recent one. We’re in sync. :)
Which is the polar opposite of that idiot imposter Kenyan in the White House right now, the fraud who sits at the very levers of power, driving our beloved country and economy into the ditch. Obongo does not love the American People nor trust them; they have to be "controlled" and "governed" from on high, from his band of merry know-it-all bureaucrats who couldn't park their bicycles straight.
But that's OK, its a free country, and FR is a free forum.
I have the highest respect for you personally, pnsn.
And you are most welcome here, PLEASE DO KEEP BUMPING THESE THREADS TO THE TOP and giving them max visibility!!! ;-)
God Bless you, Christian Brother (or sister as the case may be). Welcome again!
Very well put bronxville. They wont be able to ignore him for long, though. He is really one of the top tier excellent candidates out of a couple of good choices this year.
| Winning rule in 2012: Direct political attack on Obama!
Hopefully Zer0's massive incompetence will move more non-blacks to vote against him in 2012. We'll see.
The values and virtues of America are still there, and can be contrasted with the socialist welfare state and it's message of tax and plunder.
Any normal American, regardless of color, should naturally gravitate toward the message of individual liberty, freedom and responsibility.
Let's try limited government.
|Countdown until Obama leaves Office: 593 days as of June 6, 2011.|
You haven’t really been listening to him, now then, have you?
Yep. Job number one as a true conservative, is definitely to direct fire first and foremost on Obama (and not other conservatives in the GOP race).
Politically and rhetorically speaking of course. (per previous)
Oh, I’d say this specific individual knows all about him. I sometimes wonder if he/she/it doesn’t really belong on a Demonrat site as the hate which eminates is unparelled and I’ve got the posts to prove it. No one speaks quite like this individual other than radical leftists.
late hour - please forgive spelling errors.
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