My late grandmother used to say: “They’re smart, but they’re still stupid.” I find that adage apropos pursuant to the political zeitgeist of today.
The problem with the program hosts and media and the beltway illuminati whose lead everyone else follows is that they associate and reason with mirror images of themselves. They have no idea who we “the American people” really are. They will deny what I’m saying, but they’ve long forgotten what life was like outside the cloistered Martha’s Vineyard bubble they now live in. And that’s for the ones who had a clue to begin with.
Their neighborhood’s idea of occupational diversity is driving a different color BMW X5 and/or S Class than their neighbor. It’s also the reason why we hear them and their guests ostensibly saying the same things, even if phrased differently. Which is why, I argue, we should listen circumspectly.
When you listen to them talk, they’ve got the political race all figured out. “Romney’s got the money,” they say. “He’s got the organization, he understands business, and he’s created jobs.” According to their models, hell would need to freeze over for Romney not to get the nomination. So, armed with talking points and their cocktail reasoning, they presume to have the answers.
Romney’s winning the nomination may make the Karl Rove /George Bush factions of the party happy – but if that scenario plays out it will only be because Republican voters held their collective noses and bought the lie that Romney is the only one who can beat Obama. The tea-party people are neither fooled nor taken in by Romney. And quite frankly, the thought held by many in the media and Republican hierarchy – that the Romney campaign would be a coronation walk – is as scurrilous to us as were the hateful screeds that Rove, Charles Krauthammer and John McCain’s daughter made about Sarah Palin.
Rove and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus may want Romney – but if the Party were smart, they’d be on bent knees with crucifixes, rosaries, or whatever, praying that Herman Cain would win. Herman’s winning may not be the death knell, but it would deal the left a blow from which they and their minions would never fully recover. It would change the face of conservative politics and elections for the foreseeable future.
More importantly, Herman Cain has the opportunity not to just win in a way that destroys the cookie-cutter campaign models. It’s precisely because Cain’s model doesn’t require raising the monies and having the nationwide organization that he has a chance to empower the people in a way not witnessed in modern history. I’m betting that one or more of the political geniuses thought about that, but dismissed it as impossible. Impossible, because they’re too smart to realize that they and their polls don’t know what the American people think. They only know what their mirror images tell them we think.
Herman is leading, and it’s not because he’s the flavor of the week. It’s because what he is saying and doing resonates with the people, and many of us believe it was doing so before the Florida debate that supposedly ignited his campaign. The dichotomy between Cain and the other candidates is night and day. Respected economic minds are supporting his 9-9-9 plan.
He speaks from the core of his being. His detractors have to come up with new phrases and political verbiage to define him. Their problem, in the final analysis, is they’re married to the old way of doing things. There is a synecdoche of the Constitution to the people and between opportunity and the person that is clearly understood in Cain’s message. His speeches don’t come across as canned or contrived. He’s not saying what he thinks we want to hear – he’s saying what needs to be said.
I believe if Cain is able to get the nomination, Obama’s war chest of money won’t spare him a crushing defeat. And just as important, he will end the hold race-mongers have over the minds of many. Cain is a man of the people – he’s a throwback to leaders of old. He is voicing heterodoxy different from the phony politically correct meliorism of others. He doesn’t stumble and stutter when not in front of a teleprompter.
A Cain victory would make it clear who has held people back – specifically blacks. There won’t be any questions about his citizenship, his love for country, or socialist associations. His first lady will be one who understands her role and the importance of the office her husband holds. It won’t have taken her entire life to be proud of her/our country. Her husband will not have to reinvent himself. Cain knows who he is and what he believes, and he doesn’t have to lie and obfuscate, because his interests are in the best interest of the people.
It’s up to those who believe that Herman Cain can lead this nation to step up. People need to tell theirs friends, colleagues, relatives and co-workers that Cain is for real. It’s also important for those who believe Herman can lead this nation to ignore those who are busy pointing out that he cannot win because he doesn’t have money or campaign offices in every town and city.