I saw Herman Cain speak for the first time at the South Carolina debate on May 5th, and I tweeted that night:
Ok, that’s a minimalist compliment at best, but I sent him a campaign contribution the next day, and I’ve been following him ever since. Classifying every comment about him with “He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, but…” but he was still my guy.
He lost some of his mojo when people started criticizing his lack of foreign policy knowledge, but instead of arguing or giving up, he hit the books. Surrounded himself with smart men instead of yes men, and learned what he needed to know, went to Israel and met with more smart people — and came back with better answers. If he wins the nomination, it will be for his proven ability to save a sinking ship (which is what America is right now), but a president needs to know more. And Cain gets that.
When Perry got in, he staggered a little again in the debates, but I think that was mostly frustration that Perry and Romney were getting all of the questions. I was glad to see that he was back in fighting mode for the Tampa debate last week. And then Orlando? Holy mackerel. Not only did he get the most standing ovations, but he was the only one who didn’t get booed. :o)
I laughed when Chris Wallace explained the 9-9-9 plan. It’s nice to hear it come from someone else’s mouth. Should have known that was a good sign. Sent another campaign contribution on Friday, by the way. And yesterday:
Still not sure he has snowball’s chance in… Florida of winning the nomination, but he’s on the right track. Congratulations, Herman Cain — and keep going!