In a thread about the Republican primary the other day, one of you wrote that part of Cain’s appeal is that he didn’t seem like an asshole the way the other Republican candidates did. I was skeptical, but I’m coming around to thinking that’s part of it. As much as I hate to link to a Politico puff piece, I was struck by how much his colleagues at the Kansas City Fed branch liked him personally.
This is not a reason for any rational person to vote for him. In 2000, voters, prodded heavily by the Village, almost elected George W. Bush largely on the nice guy/like to have a beer with him angle. The 999 plan would be disastrous and is so transparently silly that even the Village is skeptical of it (admittedly, they might not be if Cain had better VSP credentials, let’s see what happens if Greg Mankiw and Douglas Holtz-Eakin get behind it).
Honestly, I do think there’s a racial component to this. Can you imagine how fucked Cain would be politically if there were pictures of him playing with money like a entitled jerk? He wouldn’t be where he was if he didn’t come across as likable to many people.
The point is probably moot, since Cain has no chance if he sits out all the early states as he is planning to do, but I think it means he may be less of a flavor of the month than Trump and Perry were.