Herman Cain's Unlikely Rise to the Top

Friday, October 14, 2011

Talk show host and conservative Herman Cain (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

Is America ready for the first black Republican president? That's a question being asked following the surge in popularity of GOP candidate Herman Cain. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Cain beating Mitt Romney with 27 percent to Romney's 21 in the Republican primary. Cain refuses to believe he is the latest GOP "flavor of the week" and has not shied away from talking about race during the campaign.

Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com and Ron Christie is a Republican strategist and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.

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Farai Chideya and Ron Christie

Comments [1]

Jessie Darling from Manhattan

From my study of what consistently gets credit for great economic recoveries, the American electorate and media both consistently recognize the same thing.

What is credited with causing recoveries is consistently outlandish political rhetoric. Apparently which rhetoric it is doesn't matter much, since leaders pointing in any direction when the "ship of state" happens to bounce on the waves of change in a fortunate way, get the credit. What seems to matter to us is that our politicians keep us well entertained with "urban myths" than that is what controls our future.

At least, the pop-story lines are the hands down favorite causes of change, judging from what all the media, like this program, focuses their attention on. There's no scientific evidence that our ability to respond to how the environment itself is changing is given any credit at all.

Oct. 14 2011 07:42 AM

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