In watching the process for nomination for the GOP presidential candidacy play out, an interesting question emerges - could Herman Cain really have a chance to run against Barack Obama for the highest office in the land?
Put aside, for a minute the inanities of some of Cain's statements ('I'm blacker than Barack Obama'; Two-thirds of blacks have been brainwashed', the foolish 'pledge' not to raise taxes under any circumstances, etc.), he does have a compelling narrative and he has a platform that goes beyond the banal talking points of the other candidates. Herman Cain is not simply regurgitating TEA party angst riddled rhetoric. Nor is he ladling out fear laded pablum. Argue with his gimmicky 9-9-9 economic strategy all you want, its simple (or simplistic), its memorable and he explains it without alienating people.
Cain appears to be succeeding where African-American Republicans have failed in the past - when it comes to a presidential run. He has made himself attractive to and is being taken seriously (by various degrees)by that has grown less and less diverse and is making fewer and fewer attempts at becoming so.