Do I mind that Mitch is out in 2012? No. Even though I understand that he’s a stellar government executive, with some good (although not great) conservative chops, I could not like him. I would have voted for him on the ABO (Anyone But Obama) principle, but I wouldn’t have liked it.
Of course, 2012 is not helped by Krauthammer, a respected conservative commentator, essentially calling Cain a joke. As it is, I’m hearing from more and more people — blog friends and people I talk to in the real world — who are impressed by Cain’s life experience, his personality, his skill set and his ethics. While he may not have worked in government, his executive experience far exceeds that of past candidates, such as Obama, Kerry or McCain.