National pollster Zogby reports today that Herman Cain has jumped from nearly unknown on the national front to the #2 spot, just three percentage points behind the popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Cain, a businessman and talk show host, seems to have impressed some Republican voters with his performance at last week’s South Carolina Republican presidential debate. He receives 14% when GOP voters are asked whom they would vote for if the primary were held today. That places him second to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has said he will not run, but has been the frontrunner in three previous IBOPE Zogby interactive polls (November 2010 and January and March 2011.)
I like Chris Christie’s no-bull, plain-spoken conservatism, and seriously entertained the thought of Christie as a presidential contender for 2012 until he made it pretty clear that he will not run in 2012. I still wouldn’t count him out as an acceptable candidate (especially compared with some of the unacceptable RINOs like Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, or showboat Donald Trump), but I have since learned of some disturbing acceptance of “cap and trade” global warming tax schemes by Christie in his own state, a reticence to fight ObamaCare, and too much goodwill for the Ground Zero Victory Mosque in New York City.
I also learned today via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that last week the State Republicans’ 29th Annual Spring Gala in Washington state chose Herman Cain in their straw poll.
Out of all the contenders who have put their hat in the ring or have made it clear that they will, I believe Herman Cain is the most consistently conservative–and conservative values are what we need to steer our nation away from the rocks that are looming large. He doesn’t have much in the way of government experience (not necessarily a bad thing), but he does have experience in the private sector helping struggling companies get back on their feet. He did it with a chain of Burger Kings, and he did it later as CEO of the once-ailing Godfather’s Pizza corporation. Cain has had a radio talk show, a weekly column, and has been a favorite speaker at many Tea Party events over the past couple of years.
The “mainstream” media desperately wants us to think that Barack Obama has already won the 2012 election, that Republicans should just give up now because the Obamessiah is unbeatable (in their minds). But with a good conservative candidate like Herman Cain launching to near the top of the polls, there is renewed hope that not only can a Republican win, but a real Republican can win.