I think we’ve known all along that the GOP primary race would come down to Romney vs. not-Romney. I have been a bit surprised at how difficult finding the not-Romney would be. At various times the not-Romney has been Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and now Herman Cain. I’m probably one of the few people who think Herman Cain would be a more viable candidate for the GOP than Mitt Romney. After all, Mitt Romney is the poster boy for the 1% and I think that will figure large in the race.
At least Herman Cain is kind of fun, personality-wise. The ridiculousness I refer to is Herman Cain’s status as frontrunner because of his 9-9-9 plan.
Who would have thought that a movement that called themselves “Taxed Enough Already” the TEA party would support a plan that would raise taxes on themselves A LOT.
Or that the party who said our biggest economic problem is the size of the deficit would support a plan that would blow up the deficit A LOT.
Mitt Romney is still the most plausible candidate for the Republicans. But, as David Frum said:
If Romney becomes the GOP nominee, it will prove that the Tea Party project was an abject failure, and that the momentum of 2010 was only temporary.
If Herman Cain becomes the GOP nominee, it will prove the Tea Party project was an abject failure with no core principles at all, either.
Here’s Herman Cain signing “Imagine There’s No Pizza.”