Updated: December 1, 2011 8:27AM
Is the Herminator here to stay? Or is Herman Cain just a flash in the pizza pan?
In just a few weeks, Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has vaulted to the top of the Republican lineup for the 2012 presidential campaign.
He has no political background, has never served in government and is plagued by a trail of his own verbal missteps and poor judgment calls. Yet Cain remains a top player in the presidential sweepstakes.
Last week, a CBS/New York Times survey of Republican primary voters reported that Cain led the eight-candidate field with 25 percent of the vote. The survey, taken Oct. 19-24, put Cain 4 percentage points ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The political prognosticators are stumped. The Washington wags are wondering.
Is Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan catching fire, though it’s just a smooch letter to the rich and an insult to the poor?
Is this plain-talking outsider with a throw-all-the-bums out mantra capturing the imagination of voters — from the Tea Partiers to the Occupiers?
Are Republicans so enamored of the idea of a black man in the White House that they crave one of their own?
No, no and not.
Buy your Herman Cain Halloween mask today. Tomorrow, they’ll be going for 2 cents on eBay.
I’ll concede that the Herminator has provided some welcome entertainment on the 2012 campaign trail. And the fact that Cain is still afloat speaks volumes about the GOP’s lackluster presidential lineup.
Is Herman Cain truly “able?”
While chatting with a voter at a diner in New Hampshire, a leading primary state, Cain “appeared unaware that New Hampshire does not have a sales tax,” ABC News reported on Oct. 12.
In recent weeks, Cain has spent most of time in the South — on a tour promoting his new memoir, This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.
Former Cain campaign staffers say his operation is unfocused, disorganized and chaotic. “We couldn’t get an answer on anything. Everything was fly by the seat of your pants,” one told the New York Times.
My favorite Cain flub: At a Tea Party rally in Tennessee, Cain offered up a simple plan for securing America’s border: An electrified fence.
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’ ”
(He helpfully added that the sign would be written in both English and Spanish).
He later said he was joking.
Mind you, the opposition researchers haven’t even started to dig out Cain’s skeletons.
On his “Journey to the White House,” the Herminator still has a lot of wood to chop.