With so many conservatives questioning the relevancy of Herman Cain, it is important to ask – Why is he topping so many polls? What happened to Rick Perry?
Two words: Sarah Palin. Want a different set of two words? Crony Capitalism.
Sarah Palin’s Crony Capitalism Speech
With one speech, Sarah Palin demonstrated once again that she is the closest thing to a spokesperson that the Tea Party has. In doing so, she gave voice to the frustration we all feel at sending our own congressman back to office again and again, and expecting different results. Washington is corrupted, and we need to deal with it.
With one speech, Sarah Palin cut the legs out from underneath Rick Perry’s campaign. He never knew what hit him.
Which is strange to consider, because Perry was supposed to be the Tea Party alternative to Mitt Romney, RINO.
The Perry camp is blaming lackluster debate performances, but that was not it. The Tea Party does not pick candidates from debates. The Tea Party picks candidates based on whether a candidate will fight for Tea Party values. Without mentioning him by name, Palin connected Perry to crony capitalism, and it was over for his campaign.
So, count Perry out. What about the others? Tim Pawlenty lacks spine. Michele Bachmann blew it when she embraced the fraud about autism linked to vaccinations. Ron Paul remains a major flake. Santorum, Johnson, and Huntsman have never been serious contenders.
So, as legitimate challengers to Romney, that leaves Newt Gingrich, who is on the rise because of all this, and Herman Cain.
Newt is playing the campaign a lot smarter now, obviously experience counts, but in the long run he already burned his bridges with the Tea Party. He may not be a crony capitalist, but he sure is a politician. Which means he won’t satisfy the base, and can’t win the nomination.
So, in my opinion, it falls to Herman Cain as the last man standing to go against Romney.
Who will win between them is still a tough prediction. Romney is experienced with a better organization. But Cain has the Tea Party.
In a few months, this will all be decided. If Cain wins, political analysts will eventually trace it all back to a single speech by Sarah Palin.