Herman Cain Could Be the Right Man for the Job

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 08:26 AM

By Jedediah Bila

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In last night’s CNN debate, Herman Cain once again defined himself as a businessman, not a politician, declaring in his introduction that “I solve problems for a living.”

Cain has continued to rise significantly in the polls. Monday’s Rasmussen Reports survey showed him with a 43-41 percent lead over President Obama and a Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll reflected Cain’s eight-point lead in Iowa over the next favorite in line, Mitt Romney. Combine that with Saturday’s win in the tea party South Carolina straw poll, and it becomes abundantly clear that Cain has made big strides this election season.

It is to be expected that folks on the left will step up their attacks on Cain if his success continues. He is an accomplished businessman with solid executive experience. He achieved high-ranking positions in several companies due to his ambition, leadership skills, and embrace of difficult challenges.

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He took Godfather’s Pizza from a place of near bankruptcy to one of profitability in a mere 14 months. And since his entrance onto the election stage, he has put forth a specific economic plan and taken on President Obama’s class-warfare driven policies without the political correctness so many of us have come to detest.

You can bet your bottom dollar that Cain’s proven record of business success scares the heck out of far-left ideologues whose policies — crafted in some of our country’s finest ivory towers — are completely antithetical to a pro-growth agenda. Nothing is more frightening to pretentious left-wing elitists than plain old common sense, delivered in a package that talks and acts like a regular person, just like you and me. Put a solid resume of business-world success behind that common sense, and you will find those leftists becoming particularly uncomfortable.

Cain most certainly has some challenges to overcome. And much like all the candidates, some things to prove to the American people before he earns their votes. He will need to inspire confidence with respect to his foreign policy agenda, will need to prove that he can deliver specifics on matters of national security in the same manner that he delivers them with regard to his 9-9-9 economic plan.

He will need to further articulate that 9-9-9 plan to Americans, as it continues to face both support and critique from analysts across the spectrum. He will need to be consistent in his responses to all issues of domestic and foreign policy importance, as consistency aligns itself in the hearts and minds of Americans with reliability and a commitment to principle. Mastering those things is all part of his job as a presidential candidate, and voters will soon find out if he is up for the tasks at hand.

There is another big challenge that Cain will face, and it too will increase if his favorability with voters increases. Regardless of his ability to articulate specificity, inspire confidence, and win over voters with his 9-9-9 plan, some members of the GOP establishment won’t be comfortable with a Washington outsider taking the lead.

They will argue that his lack of political experience makes him a no-go (you know, because politicians have been serving us so well). They will claim that he’s not trustworthy due to his lack of a political record (while they continue to support candidates whose records reek of political inconsistency on a multitude of issues, and should hence inspire little to no trust).

I have long argued that in order to defeat Barack Obama in 2012, we need a GOP candidate who is as close to his opposite as possible. The best vehicle to take on Obama’s arrogance, big-government mandates, crony capitalism, and abysmal economic record is a GOP candidate who exemplifies the opposite.

Whether or not Herman Cain is the right man for the job remains to be seen. However, when members of the GOP establishment ask me if I am seriously looking into a candidate with no real political experience, my answer is a great big yes. A down-to-earth, successful business leader who prioritizes free-market solutions is certainly a stark contrast to our current campaigner-in-chief.

And the fact that he has been detached from the D.C. business-as-usual machine earns him some extra credit in my book.

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