I’m telling you, the GOP primary race is more fun than any reality show I’ve watched in a long time. The stars of my short commentary tonight are Texas Governor Rick Perry and pizza king and motivational speaker Herman Cain.
This week, old Rick Perry decided to go birther or so say the liberal MSM. It started with stupid comments made in Parade magazine and then he doubled down in an interview with John Harwood of CNBC.
Perry says “it’s fun to poke at him a little bit”. Look at his demeanor during the interview. Smiling, having a good old time. Believe me, Rick Perry is no birther. Rick Perry is a frat boy ass-clown. Rick Perry was the kid in school who would look at some poor kid whose pants didn’t reach his ankles and yell “hey Charlie, the flood is over.” Your basic dumb-ass bully. Anyone who truly gets upset over this latest twist is taking Perry way too seriously. Perry is not a serious man. He’s a good ole boy who shoots coyotes in the face.
Speaking of faces, the face of the week has got to be that of Herman Cain who has just released what I declare to be the best damn campaign ad ever.
The ad consists of a testimonial by Cain’s chief of staff, Mark Block. And what a great friggin’ spokesperson he is. Take Mitt Romney’s clean-shaven, polished, rehearsed, moneyed facade and bust it to shreds with a man who looks like he hasn’t slept in a while. A guy you just met for a business meeting at the local bar, not the country club. And then, to prove the ultimate street cred, the dude puffs a cig and exhales into the camera. No politically correct stuff here folks. This guy is real. This guy is America. And so is Herman Cain … and then the pièce de résistance, as the background singer declares “I am America”, we see Herman slowly, and I mean very slowly, give us that knowing smile. That smile speaks volumes. It could be saying “I KNOW you love me.” Or perhaps, “I’m leading in the polls, bet ya didn’t expect THAT did ya?” Or simply “I’m gonna be the next President of the United States of America and screw Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan.”
America is basically a simple country. Most of us just want to go to work, make a decent living, provide for our families and enjoy our communities. We’ve not big fans of nuance. One reason why Sarah Palin captured the country’s imagination for a short time was her down home simplicity. She didn’t have to read the New York Times (or any other paper actually) to still have a valid opinion. Everyday Americans identify with that. Herman Cain is Sarah Palin without the mean streak. I discovered recently that even his “if you can’t find a job blame yourself” comment, which on its face sounds heartless is based on his motivational speaking gigs where he encourages self-sufficiency and a can-do attitude. You can get a taste of Cain, the motivator at his web site “The Hermanator Experience“.
Now let’s not sugar coat Cain’s problems. He is inconsistent on lots of issues, from abortion to immigration policy. He is proudly ignorant of foreign policy. His tax policy was elegant in its simplicity and deadly in its effect on the middle class and the poor. But even when he equivocates, as he did in his abortion interview with John Stossel, he equivocates with conviction. You cannot help but like this guy. And interestingly, while Barack Obama inspired millions with the promise of a glass ceiling being broken, he was never particularly warm or likeable. The truth is, Obama does come off as elite. Cain does not.
Normally, I’d look at all of Cain’s weaknesses, as detailed by political guru Karl Rove, and I’d dismiss Cain without a second thought. But I’m telling you, that slow smile shows balls! Herman Cain may be smiling all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue.