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Herman Cain is for Real

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The media loves to pick their candidate early on which is why Americans will more than likely get a late glimpse at someone who could become a real game changer in the race for the White House in 2012.

Herman Cain, a relatively unknown political talk-show host from Atlanta is slowly becoming one of the more famous names among the Tea Party. He has appeared in several dozen events nationwide, but what makes Cain so appealing among members of the Republican Party is his solid business experience, his strong positions on core-conservative beliefs, and his proud Christian faith.

Cain, a cancer survivor and former CEO of Godfathers Pizza, brings a refreshing, no-nonsense, and unscripted approach to the debate, which could add some much needed talent to a growing list of “expected” candidates.

And his experience as a successful CEO could rival the one-time business mogul Mitt Romney.

Nevertheless, Cain is not the typical scripted politician typically showcased on the national level.

For example, he recently told the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) that he felt as though President Obama was intentionally leaving out the phrase,” endowed by their creator” during a recitation of the Declaration of Independence.

Cain is striking big on matters of the economy, since the biggest driving force behind the popularity of the Tea Party movement has been the idea that the current administration is expanding the size of the federal government at an uncontrollable rate.

Cain’s message of limited government, reducing the size of entitlements, and his promise to repeal “Obamacare” is already sticking. He recently won a Tea Party Patriots straw poll, as well as an online reader survey conducted by the popular conservative blog RedState.com.

His staunch support among those who favor a limited government is gaining traction. In fact, Mr. Cain’s strategy up until this point parallels that of Senator Rand Paul when he was then candidate Rand Paul. Paul used a variety of Tea Party appearances to bolster his own image among the grassroots faithful. This ultimately led to his defining victory in the Kentucky senate race.

Of course, the power of the Tea Party continues to evolve as each election cycle passes, which could dramatically alter each state’s primary selection of candidates. This particular type of scenario could help a candidate like Mr. Cain in a ground game.

Many political strategists believe that while Cain must build up his name recognition in order to compete, his foundation among fiscal conservatives could be the golden ticket to victory. In yet another election year in which the economy will rank as the number one issue, Cain could position himself as the black conservative anti-Obama.

Remember, the mid-term elections last year saw an unprecedented rise in black GOP candidates all across America. If Cain delivers a strong showing in Iowa he will excite black conservatives in many southern primaries such as South Carolina.

Should Mike Huckabee decide to sit out the 2012 election, Cain will have substantial support among southern conservatives given his Georgia background which could play well into strategic positioning. Huckabee knew early on that the southern primaries were important and, like the former Arkansas governor, Mr. Cain has a significant background as a Baptist minister and champion of Christian causes.

Can you imagine the media’s race card knee-jerk reaction to a Herman Cain versus Barack Obama general election matchup? If Mr. Cain can acquire the unofficial endorsement from the Tea Party early on he will shake up the entire election cycle.

America needs to get ready, for Herman Cain.

Ashley Stinnett lives in West Virginia, where he serves as an adjunct college instructor, writer, media and public relations consultant, public speaker, volunteer for various conservative organizations, and a civilian recruiter for the NRA. He is registered with the Associated Press, and is a nationally syndicated columnist with The North Star National. He is the author of the new book, “Grasping Appalachian Conservatism: How Not To Be Mistaken For A Latte Liberal.”

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