Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top 5 Reasons Why Herman Cain Will NOT Win the GOP Nomination

Can we just take a time out for a minute and come back to reality?  Now I know it is the media's job to run with the sensation of the week, but can we stop acting as if Herman Cain has any real chance whatsoever of becoming the 2012 Republican candidate for President?  Please.  A while ago we did a post on why everybody -- especially those on the Left -- needed to stop feeding the troll known as Sarah Palin because it was obvious that she was not going to be running for president and, therefore, was/is completely irrelevant to our political discourse.  Similarly, the time has come for us to once again shoot the deuces to yet another character who is receiving way way way too much serious discussion by the mainstream media: Herman Cain.  So he rose up in a few polls among GOP contenders...AND?  Who hasn't risen up in the polls among GOP contenders?  How many times does the GOP poll have to cry wolf before you cats start to wise up?  Nevertheless, here are 5 tried and true reasons on why we can all go on about our business and let Herman Cain go back to selling 9 pizzas with 9 toppings for 9 bucks.


#5. He's Black.
Let's just get the obvious out of the way first.  In the 157 year history of the Republican party, the Republicans have never nominated a Black man for President.  Just because the Democrats have nominated  a Black guy is no reason to believe that the Republicans will follow suit.   Moreover, the election of President Obama has shown us unequivocally that race is still at the forefront of the minds of far too many Americans; the country is having a hard enough time dealing with the notion that it rises and falls under 1 Black President - now you want to make them deal with 2?  Critically, Cain's statements and positions constantly rub the Black Community the wrong way.  Lest we forget, Obama did not win the white vote in 2008.  He lost it 55 to 45 to McCain.  The only reason why candidate Obama is now known as President Obama is because the Black and Latino vote put him over the top.  To the extent Cain keeps pissing off the Black and Brown communities, he is shooting himself in both feet.

#4. He Can't Speak the King's English
A deep country accent is one thing, but when you combined that with a fundamental misapplication of the English language that spells disaster.  We can't have this jive turkey representing the free world talking about "I was po before I was poor."  And before anybody sounds the "elitist" alarm, I'll be the first one to say - yes I use the slang word "po" to describe my upbringing quite often because we were, in fact, "po" growing up.  But let's get clear on a few things.  First of all, I'm not running for President.  Second of all, if I'm saying "po" 9 times out of 10 I'm not talking to a predominantly White audience who does not use the same slang that we use in the Black community.  One of the first rules in public speaking is to know your audience; Cain must have been absent that day.

#3. He Has Zero Infrastructure In Primary States
Getting down to the nuts and bolts of the 2012 election itself, Cain has raised relatively little money compared to his fellow GOP contenders.  As a result, he has very little infrastructure on the ground in any of the key primary states.  This is especially critical in caucus states like Iowa and Nevada where organizing local voters is everything.

#2. 9-9-9 Won't Work
By now you've likely heard of Cain's "999" plan: a 9% personal income tax, a 9% corporate tax, and a 9% national sales tax.  Aside from the plan's questionable math, the reason why it won't carry Cain to the White House is because it is extremely unpopular among BOTH progressives and conservatives alike.  Progressives hate it because it significantly reduces the tax burden on the wealthy and shifts it to the poor and middle class who, as consumers, will feel the biggest pinch from the proposed federal sales tax.  Conservatives don't like it because it introduces a brand new tax into the federal government's arsenal that can (and in all likelihood probably will) be raised on Americans in the future.  And now a report is beginning to make headlines that, less than a year ago, Herman Cain wrote an article where he stated the following:
The worst idea is a proposed national sales tax, which is a disguised VAT (Value Added Tax) on top of everything we already pay in federal taxes...a national retail sales tax, on top of all the confusing and unfair taxes we have today, is insane!  It gives the out-of-control bureaucrats and politicians in denial one more tool to lie, deceive, manipulate and destroy this country.  Herman Cain, November 22, 2010
So in the infamous rambling words of Rick Perry...Cain "was before [a national sales tax] before he was before it."

#1. He is Fatally Ignorant About Federal Office 
Since his introduction into the 2012 race, Cain has displayed a fundamental misunderstanding not only about how the federal government works, but about who it represents.  He has stated publicly that he would not appoint Muslims to his cabinet or to the bench as judges if he were elected President.  He has told the unemployed that if they are not rich then it's their own fault.  And he's also said he would put up a large 20 foot electrified fence along the boarder between the U.S. and Mexico.  And when he is called on these and other similar examples of ignorance, in a most un-presidential manner, he becomes defensive and claims to be "misunderstood" or "just kidding."  But in today's 24/7 news media cycle, it's only a matter of time before one too many of these statements causes irreparable harm to Cain's campaign.
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