This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House by Herman Cain. I enjoyed this book and wish it were longer so that I could evaluate Herman Cain more fully. He certainly is self-confident, and based on his business career, I would agree that he has good reason. He managed to succeed in business starting from a much lower starting point than Mitt Romney did.
Having said that, I still believe that he is neither ready nor qualified for the US Presidency. He advocates simple solutions to complex problems; simple solutions that may not work but resonate with voters who want solutions they can understand with minimal effort. The book was published in October, 2011, but there is no mention, not one word, in the book of his 999 plan. That tells me that 999 is a very recent innovation, I think a gimmick to gather attention.
Cain supports the Constitution, but he also threatens revolution at the same time. He opposes safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare. The main features of Obamacare have not yet been implemented, yet he labels the law a failure. Like others on the Right, he also labels programs he opposes as socialism, without saying what socialism is.
I think that the Cain campaign will be with us for some time to come, since so many in the GOP are reluctant to support Mitt Romney. Will the GOP actually nominate Herman Cain for President? Not if they are serious about defeating Barack Obama. But then the GOP nominated Goldwater in 1964 and Dole in 1996 with little expectation that either man could win. Some believe that Cain will have difficulty raising money, but the Koch brothers are much richer than Romney.
- Herman Cain Ramps Up, Builds More Aggressive Campaign (usnews.com)
- Herman Cain: The Fed Years (slate.com)
- Does Herman Cain really have a chance? (cbsnews.com)
- Herman Cain: Make My Day (devil67712.wordpress.com)