Looking to “experts” – How Herman Cain can revive his campaign for the GOP nomination [Reader Post]


UPDATE: Given the speed of the Internet, this post, which was written Monday morning, might just be ancient by Tuesday. If the most recent accusation has merit, my guy here is toast. (It should be easy enough to demonstrate as 13 years is a lot of time and there must be records…) It it doesn’t have merit, I’m still open to the Cain nomination.

Herman Cain is the only person in the GOP field who has significant experience running a private company from the perspective of an operator. Yes, Mitt Romney has significant experience in business, but for the most part his experience is as a consultant or an investor rather than as an operator. When I say operator I’m talking about being in charge of making payroll, worrying about regulators – local, state and national – setting policy and executing, all while inspiring employees to succeed and earning a profit. Those are the kinds of things that Herman Cain has done – more than once. He revived a moribund Philadelphia Burger King unit with 400 floundering stores. He slashed the fat from a money losing Godfather’s Pizza chain and returned it to profitability… and eventually bought the company himself.

As an operator Cain was on the front lines of the single biggest threat to the economic health of the United States today: Government regulation. As such, Cain understands exactly what needs to be done to free up the nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. Of course he’s also led a major national organization, the National Restaurant Association, sat on the board of Fortune 500 companies like Nabisco and Whirlpool and spent seven years serving in various capacities (including Chairman of the Board) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Cain’s hands on experience actually running businesses and his oft articulated dedication to a constitutionally limited government make him the best choice amongst the current GOP lineup to lead the country out of its economic malaise. Not to forget 9-9-9 as well. Unfortunately for him however, while paring back government to spur innovation, investment and prosperity is the single most important job of the next president, it’s not the whole job. As such I have two main concerns about Herman Cain today.

Firstly I’m troubled by his lack of big picture thinking on foreign affairs and national defense. From his “listen to the experts” approach to Iraq and Afghanistan to his apparent confusion about Obama’s Libya policy to his lack of clarity the Palestinian “Right of Return”, one is not left with a feeling of great confidence. I might suggest however that the “out of his league” impression he leaves might not necessarily be fatal. Given that the next president’s single biggest priority must be a “laser focus” on reviving the American economy, having someone comfortable in international affairs is not a priority. But having someone competent with a strong team is. A coherent policy on foreign affairs is vitally important in a global economy. At the same time, with an ever changing cast of rouge characters around the world, national security must be an integral part of the foreign policy equation. As such, Mr. Cain could ameliorate the reservations many have about his international relations aptitude and skillset by immediately recruiting John Bolton to lead his foreign policy team and giving him a supporting cast made up of people like Max Boot and Dinesh D’Souza.

I’ve never believed that a presidential candidate needs to know the names of every leader and would-be leader in every country around the world. They must however have (and articulate) a relatively clear general approach to foreign affairs and have a basic familiarity with the major issues of the time. By harnessing such a clear thinking, well respected and no nonsense champion like Bolton to drive his foreign and defense policies, Cain would in one decisive moment demonstrate his intent to field a serious foreign policy team that would implement a robust and American centric (as opposed to an international or global centric) foreign policy that would both comfort allies and put enemies on notice. A John Bolton led team would immediately give voters confidence that while Cain may be weak on the specifics, he understands the importance of foreign affairs and defense policy to the job he is seeking and signal his administration’s intent to give them the level of attention and resources they deserve.

The second concern with Cain has to do with the harassment accusations. As I wrote at the time, I doubt the veracity of the charges. My concern however is that given more than a week’s notice the campaign seemed to be so unprepared once the issue became public. A week’s notice and they seemed befuddled. That falls on Mark Block, Cain’s campaign manager. As does his setting up of the disastrous interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a couple of weeks later. Together these two self inflicted wounds may have sunk the Cain campaign. As such, if the campaign is going to find its footing again Mr. Cain should replace Mr. Block, or at a minimum partner him with someone like Dana Perino who’s better attuned to the what a presidential candidate should and shouldn’t be doing and saying out on the campaign trail. Loyalty is laudable, but when that loyalty endangers the raison d’être of the endeavor in the first place, it becomes a liability. The greatest thanks Mr. Cain could pay Mr. Block’s efforts would be to become President Cain rather than candidate Icarus who fell from the sky without ever achieving his objective.

Mr. Cain frequently talks about looking to “experts” on a wide variety of issues. Certainly a multitude of said experts are necessary to lead a nation of 300 million people, administer multi trillion dollar budgets and operate in an international arena of constantly shifting alliances and relationships. Candidate Cain asks the American people to have confidence in his ability to draw on the expertise and skills of others to supplement his knowledge and experience. He could earn that confidence reaching out and harnessing the skills of such experts today to help him become President Cain. If he can’t engage experts now, to help him revive his campaign and help him win the presidency in the first place, we’re probably better off not seeing how the policy would have been implemented once he entered the Oval Office.

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Oh Herman, we’ll miss ya. If only you had a (D) behind your name, then all these allegations would simply be positive resume padding.

One step closer to the establishment getting what it wants…

Herman needs to give it up–he has no chance.

Cain just had a conference call.
He said:

“I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.”

Now, as a church member, I too, (and hubby, too) have given goods and money to people down on their luck.
Many times.
I have given some of them work as well.

But IF I had been an elected person, I would have been careful not to be alone with anyone of either sex that I had helped.
Cain was NOT an elected person, remember.

Cain’s wife will make or break him now.
IF she stands by him he should be OK.
(Hillary did that and it worked, even though what Bill did was MUCH worse.)

Whether the allegations are real, partially real, or completely false will not matter anymore…The mans name has been pulled thru the mud and then some…He’s boned regardless of whether he is innocent or not…I’m not saying that’s right but I do believe it to be the real world…

I probably shouldn’t mention his name, but Ron Paul also had his own business and had to deal with government regulation. Being a doctor and owning his own practice, albeit a rather small practuce, also gives him business experience. To say Cain is the only candidate with serious business experience, while giving a small mention to Romney and excluding Paul, is not exactly true. ‘Unconventional’ (to say the least) foreign policy ideas aside, the fact is Paul actually had a much more honorable job – he was delivering new life into the world and doing everything in his power to ensure the health of a mother and child.
As for Cain, no one really knows how well he did in his business because all the p&l statements are sealed. I want to see those statements before I assess just how good he was at being CEO. I’m a vetting crazy person now – I want to know everything – and do not want a repeat of 2008 when an usurper managed to win the presidency.

What I don’t understand is why one episode of adultery (granted, quite an extended one if the accusations are true) is somehow a mortal wound for Cain’s campaign, while two admitted cases are somehow no obstacle to Gingrich. The mind of the typical voter is a mysterious black box to me.

Herman Cain may or may not be serially lecherous. JFK certainly was. William Jefferson Clinton was in fact a rapist. Mr. Cain will now not be the 45th President. This outcome is entirely due to two factors: MSM bias and conservative standards. If the MSM didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all. Conservatives have a deep enough bench that we don;t have to bet our standards on one personality. We have more than one Not-Obama. I happen to think the most effective Not-Obama will be the debate team champion. That’s Newt, anyway. Let’s roll.

“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”


What I don’t understand is why one episode of adultery (granted, quite an extended one if the accusations are true) is somehow a mortal wound for Cain’s campaign, while two admitted cases are somehow no obstacle to Gingrich.

I think that another factor is, Cain’s honesty is being called into question. I am a big Cain fan and think 9-9-9 is inspired. However, I have doubts…I lean toward him having told us the truth, but I have to admit to have a 5% doubt in my own mind.

One thing that Citizen Cain had going for him, he was not like the other politicians. The media has managed to throw enough mud on that to take away his likeability and his complete separation from the other candidates.

The worst thing here, is not that Cain had an affair, but that he has potentially lied to the American people about it. Obviously, I realize that we do not know at this time whether he did or not.

It is sad for America.

I think the idea of him hooking up with Dana Perino and John Bolton are inspired suggestions.

@Gary Kukis:
I wanna hook up with Dana Perino. 🙂

Unfortunately, Cain is done. I would have weathered all the bimbo eruptions out because I truly like him. But the screw up on Libya interview and then no-showing for the Union Ledger interview, those did it for me. A lot of people have been telling him to get a grasp on foreign policy. No one cares if he knows the name of the king of uzuzuzbekistan, but he should have an opinion on the operations currently being carried out by the US. He needs to fire his people and bring in some seasoned pros, but I’m afraid he waited too long.

I never liked Herman Cain mainly because I don’t trust bankers, but the way he has been treated by the media is shameful. By the way did y’all know that his 9-9-9 plan may have come straight out of “SimCity“? Or that he might have quoted a “pokeman” movie?

If y’all want to support someone who is HONEST and has Americas best interests at heart watch this comparison.


I never liked Herman Cain mainly because I don’t trust bankers

This is so silly! Anyone who is a part of a legal profession is not good or bad simply because of being in that profession–and I even include lawyers and politicians in this. There are good and bad people and every manner of people in between, but just because someone becomes a banker (in one of his incarnations) doesn’t suddenly make him untrustworthy or evil. That is one of the reasons this “occupy” movement is so dumb; they have picked a profession to demonize.

I’ve gone over the reasons why 9-9-9 is inspired, but one of the chief ones is, the tax is so low that very few people are going to try to get out of it. Furthermore, it would not be cost efficient to hire lawyers with such a low percentage. Secondly, this pulls money from those who are being paid under the table, because nearly everyone spends money. Thirdly, this pulls in taxes from nearly everyone. It is absolutely wrong for 50% of our country to not pay taxes.

@Gary Kukis:
Politicians and Bankers and Lawyers oh my! Hi there Gary, funny you should bring up the other two professions I most despise. Don’t get me wrong I know that there are good people in all these professions, I know and like several of my local political representatives and have coffee with them routinely, my banker runs a small hometown bank that has four branches and is strictly intrastate, my lawyer and I routinely see each other out in the woods as we share a lease. But my friend there is a big difference between my banker whose bank IS 100% solvent and Herman Cain who chaired a branch of the Federal Reserve, a private bank that can only dream of being solvent.

Now you also say that the OWS movement is dumb, that is debatable. Guys like this and this make some valid points. Whereas this is just embarrassing and weird. I do think that overall most of the OWS protesters are there for the sex, drugs and the “experience” of the protest.

I missed your reasons on why you feel 9-9-9 is inspired, but I fear opening another source of revenue for the Government and that is exactly what one of those 9’s is. The government doesn’t need a VAT tax, the Constitution already provides for the collection of excise taxes (which is similar to a VAT but is different, see here) and opening yet another stream of revenue is the wrong thing to do. Now Gary you also say that you think it’s wrong for half of the people not to pay taxes, I am going to assume that you are referring to the income tax, if I am wrong please forgive me. I think it is wrong for any man to be taxed on fruit of his labor. Our founders allowed for the government to be financed through Direct taxes, duties, imposts and excise taxes the progressive income tax must be eliminated because it is the redistribution of wealth. I think everyone should have some skin in the game and that everyone should pay the same amount, just as the framers intended.


I do think that overall most of the OWS protesters are there for the sex, drugs and the “experience” of the protest.

The TEA party got rid of the jerks who tried to infiltrate them.

I think it is wrong for any man to be taxed on fruit of his labor.

Do I detect a Ron Paul supporter?

I think everyone should have some skin in the game and that everyone should pay the same amount, just as the framers intended.

I agree completely; hence, 9-9-9.

The income tax was passed as a constitutional amendment by lying politicians who claimed, “Not to worry; we are just taxing the very very rich a teeny tiny amount.”

@Gary Kukis:

Gary I am also affiliated with my local Tea Party, the point is that both movements are protesting the same thing. The Tea party blames government for the most part where OWS mainly blames large corporations. The problem is crony capitalism, the ins. industry wrote Obama’s healthcare bill, banking regulators come from the banking industry and are rehired after they serve as regulators. It’s two sides of the same coin. Yes the Tea party was much better at policing itself than the OWS folks but on the whole it’s the same argument.

Am I a Ron Paul supporter? I prefer to think that both Dr. Paul and I support the same ideals. For instance this idea by TJ …”A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.”

So who do you support….Newt? The man who sat with Princess Pelosi on the Global warming love seat? The man who was for carbon taxes before he was against them? The man who wants us to emulate Singapore concerning drug usage. Tthe man who enthusiastically recommends Alvin Toffler’s book The Third Wave in which Toffler addresses a letter to our founders saying “The system of government you fashioned, including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented – a democracy for the 21st century..”. Tthe man who supported NAFTA, GATT and the WTO? Is that your candidate of choice? Or do you prefer Romney?

So you have no problem with opening a completely new stream of revenue for the government and you expect this same government to honor its word to keep that stream at 9%? Don’t be silly, once the government institutes a VAT tax it will continue to raise the percentage it collects.

The 16th Amendment was never properly ratified Bill Benson proves this in his excellent book “The Law That Never Was” , in fact NO amendment after the 13th has been properly ratified but that’s another story.

@Nan G, Cain is now officially toast. Ms. Cain never heard of this “friend”, nor knew about him giving her cash.

Cain said he did give Ginger White money, but, on the advice of counsel, he said, he refused to say how much.

And, he acknowledged, “My wife did not know about it, and that was the revelation. My wife found out about it when she went public with it.”

Not only didn’t his wife not know about the financial assistance, he said, but she also “did not know we were friends until she (White) came out with this story.

“My wife now knows,” Cain said. “My wife and I have talked about it and I have explained it to her. My wife understands that I’m a soft-hearted giving person.”

He said his wife “is comfortable with the explanation that I told her.”

Cain said that in retrospect he should have told his wife about his friendship with White sooner, “but retrospect doesn’t necessarily change what’s going on now.”

Yeeahhh… cash assistance to female ‘friends’ without your wife knowing. That really does not look innocent. I still wonder about the apparent double standard in re: Newt, but I think that the simplest explanation is that his affairs are old news, so people just don’t think about them as much.