I’m surprised I haven’t heard it yet, but I’ll hear it soon enough, “The Republicans are just hyping Herman Cain so the Tea Party doesn’t look racist.”
There will also be the similar, “Oh, now the GOP throws a black candidate to try and out-black Obama.”
CNN ran an excellent analysis of the rise of Cain, a relatively historic mainstream black conservative candidate.
It is interesting that Cain has already taken the time to assert himself as the “blacker” of the two candidates as this article points out.
Cain has slowly earned his right wing stripes among values voters and his 9-9-9 policy, while not foolproof, does have some appeal to fiscal conservatives given the low, flat-tax rate.
With another GOP debate looming tonight, there is a somewhat uncomfortable question that hasn’t really been asked yet, can a black Republican really get elected?
That leads to the secondary question, if he does, can we put to bed some of this talk about the Republicans and Tea Partiers in particular, being racist?
The second question is easier: there is nothing inherently racist about either the Tea Party or the Republican Party. In fact, part of the reason for Cain’s rise is the Tea Party’s
hatred distaste for Mitt Romney. While the polls have deemed Romney exceedingly electable, he’s not a true conservative.
Cain is and Tea Partiers appreciate that.
Would he have higher poll numbers if he were white? Maybe. Maybe not. We have no way of truly knowing.
We know that Republicans and conservatives hate soon-to-be-former President Obama. In fact, the majority of America has lost faith in Obama and believe his policies are destined to fail.
As a conservative, you hope that means plenty of people will vote for a Republican candidate no matter who it is.
Doesn’t that make Cain an even more appealing choice?
What will be interesting is to see how African-American and other minority voters respond to the former pizza giant.
Cain has said more than once that minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been brainwashed into believing they had to vote Democrat, had to vote for big government because they needed government help to survive.
Given that disproportionate number of people currently living in poverty from minority backgrounds, it may be fair to assume that since their well-being hasn’t improved since Obama took office,working-class minority voters would find Cain a satisfactory alternative.
Furthermore, it may assuage the “white guilt” of so many white voters who proudly voted for Obama (also ameliorating their concerns to not appear racist), then watched his presidency go up in flames if they have another minority candidate to vote for.
Oh, and did I mentioned Cain has steadily gotten better during debates, actually has some good ideas and has some experience in business outside of the financial sector (unlike Romney. Trust me, there’s a huge difference).
The 9-9-9 plan isn’t perfect, but the lower base taxes coupled with the sales tax is aimed at taxing wealth not just income. Unfortunately adding a tax to the books just gives the government something to raise, so it isn’t without flaws, but the guy has a plan.
Kudos to him for having the
balls intestinal fortitude to put one forward. Obama has been in office three years (and campaigned for what seemed like three before that) yet still has no real long-term plan for addressing income inequality and our tax system.
The question I originally asked was could Herman Cain, as a black conservative, win an election? Well, Republicans hold an overwhelming majority in the most historically racist parts of the country if there is some concern about that.
If he loses votes it will be in those states, but when the alternative is another minority, what is a racist voter to do? Stay home?
A low turn-out favors Cain given the intensity of Tea Party support and their propensity for getting out for the vote. Maybe a few racist voters simply sit this one out, there are plenty of true-blue (well red) conservatives who will vote for Cain in southern states.
If the red states stay red, Cain can absolutely take purple states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri.
The current support received by Cain indicates that race is not a factor given his rise as a candidate is taking place in a race where his opponent is also a minority.
Furthermore, Cain’s current lead is over a host of other stuffy white people, the same kinds of faces who have run for president in America for more than 200 years.
Elected Cain doesn’t mean America is post-racial or even less racist than it was three years ago. Race relations haven’t changed much since America elected its first black president.
Electing Herman Cain would give America the chance to have its first ever successful black president. That sounds like change we can all believe in.