The ONLY Candidate Who Can fill Huckabee Void

Mike Huckabee’s departure, left many wondering who will fill the void left by the charismatic former governor of Arkansas, whose popularity with social conservatives had him at or near the top of the early polls of possible  GOP presidential candidates.

There is only one person who can do that and then some.  His name is Herman Cain.

Who is Herman Cain?  That was the question people were asking before the first GOP presidential debate on May 5 in South Carolina.

Cain, not only won the debate, if the truth is known, he mopped the floor with his four opponents.

It’s early.  Very few people watched that debate but, mark my words, Cain will win every debate that follows in much the same way Mike Huckabee did in the run-up to the 2008 election.

In the 2008 race, it took a while for media elite and political insiders to acknowledge Huckabee as a serious candidate but eventually his wit, straight talk and overwhelming charm propelled him into the first tier and split the conservative vote, which denied well-heeled Mitt Romney the nomination.

There are two other people who could fill the charisma gap left by Huckabee: former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and outspoken Minn. Rep. Michele Backmann.  The former is unlikely to run and has a tendency to dance around issues she should be knocking out of the park by now.  The latter, though direct and media savvy, often makes verbal gaffs and is thin on leadership experience.

Mitt Romney has a RomneyCare problem that will not go away.  A businessman with much to offer a nation in big financial trouble, he is as exciting as cold oatmeal.

Newt Gingrich, though a charismatic leader, is liberal on environmental issues and has a commercial with Nancy Pelosi touting the dangers of global warming to prove it.  If his serial marriages don’t trip him up, his  thoughtless, over-the-top remarks about the Ryan budget should put him out of the race.

Rick Santorum hurt himself in 2004, by helping to reelect liberal Penn. Sen. Arlen Specter instead of backing conservative Rep. Pat Toomey and has been considered suspect by conservatives ever since.

Ron Paul is seen as weak on defense and despite his reasoned approach to the role of government is still a “niche” candidate.

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, has called for a truce on social issues.  Something Huck would never do.

Pawlenty, despite his bad start, is a true conservative who has been man enough to say his decision to back “cap and trade” policies was a big mistake.  Voters like that.  Nevertheless, he does not have the ability to excite a crowd the way Huckabee can.

Cain not only has that ability, he is a “true believer,” who is rock solid on the moral issues.  He also is rock solid on the economic issues, an area where Huckabee is weak.

Cain is best known as the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza but he has a business resume that is second to none.  His is a true American success story.   The son of a chauffeur and a cleaner earned a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, then worked full-time in ballistics for the Navy while earning a master’s in computer science from Purdue.

Cain was a business analyst for Coca-Cola, the world largest beverage company.  He served as a vice president for Pillsbury and Burger King, working his way up to those positions by taking on the companies’ failing subsidiaries and franchises and turning them around.

He also served as CEO of the National Restaurant Association and was a director and then chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  In the first debate over nationalized  health care, Cain took on President Clinton and won that debate.

No, Cain has not held public office but he has been around the political barn before.  In 2004, he ran for a  U.S. Senate seat in Georgia and came in second in the primary to the GOP’s hand-picked candidate, then-Congressman Johnny Isakson.   By his own admission, Cain was slow getting into that race and that is why he is expected to formally kick off his campaign at an Atlanta rally this Saturday.

Cain is more Reaganesque than Huckabeeesque.  These men were governors before becoming president.  Nevertheless, Cain has more business experience then both put together and that is what is desperately lacking in Washington.

Cain, a columnist, has spent the last couple of years spreading his ideas across the country and speaking to any group that will listen to his common sense approach to governing.  You will get to know this man and you will like him.  I guarantee it.

6 thoughts on “The ONLY Candidate Who Can fill Huckabee Void

  1. i will vote for herman cain in a heartbeat. i absolutely love this man’s positions on everything. he is inspiring & passionate. mr. cain is the one who cares about the downtrodden, not pres. obama. mr. cain wants to free the poor, show them how to live. pres. obama wants to keep the poor imprisoned, a natural, captive, voting block, addicted to government dollars. herman cain can be the reagan we are looking for.


  2. Jane, you are right that the Republican ticket is full of good people, but lacking in a super star.

    My prediction is that there will be a republican nominee who few are talking about today. He will have led a state as governor that has created more jobs during his tenure than all other states combined. His state has maintained a balanced budget. He has served as governor of the state longer than any past governor.

    Of course it is Texas to the rescue, again, producing the winning candidate, Governor Rick Perry.


  3. I attended the NRA Convention in Pittsburgh in April. This was my fifth NRA convention. The speeches are great. I had never heard of Herman Cain before. I was bowled over by his blunt talk. He doesn’t pull any punches. He has great conservative ideas, and he is a good speaker. I think he was the #1 favorite of the audience at the NRA convention.


  4. Aha, Billy’s and my favorite among all. I hope this non-politician can get his message out there. He’ll have to overcome the moderate party leaders. Can he do it? Will the T-party back him? Can he get the approval of Independents? All necessary for a Republican win! Where do we sign on!


  5. To be brief in my response to subject article – Herman Cain – YES – YES- YES- YES! To me he is the BEST!

    Marge Silveira

    P.S. After additional thought I think either Michele Bachman or Congressman Ryan should be VP. Michele is a tax lawyer and could be assigned the task of
    straightening out our stupid tax structure.


  6. Yes,vote for Cain. I was impressed on how well he debated, not afraid to speak his mind. We need a candidate who will tackle issues speak out and meet the press head on. MORE of CAIN PLEASE


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