Herman Cain appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and had one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in a candidate since Bill Clinton honked out God Bless the Child on the Arsenio Hall show or Fred Thompson announced his candidacy on Leno’s show. I say that not because I’ve been one of Cain’s most ardent fans even before he announced his candidacy, but because he really did light up the crowd. The Right Scoop has the full video of his segment or you can just watch a couple of the segments at NBC’s site (the latter two videos auto-start with an annoying commercial, so be warned).
Jay Cost wrote an interesting piece for the Weekly Standard in which he called Herman Cain a “game changer”. I don’t think most folks who follow politics for a living understand just what a strong Cain candidacy really can accomplish. Though I despise racial politics, it’s clear that a strong black candidate who gives voice to conservative and traditional principles is a powerful antidote to Barack Obama’s airy hopenchangitude or the throbbing-vein anger of grievance mongers like Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton. Likewise, his optimistic vision for the country is entirely different from the backbiting attacks the rest of the GOP field have launched at each other. As I wrote on Twitter a few days ago, he is the only candidate who has consistently (and, I would argue, effectively) attacked President Obama’s policies while offering an easily-understood but detailed plan of his own.
Even if Cain doesn’t win the nomination, he has shown the eventual nominee how to grab America’s attention and imagination.
And now, links!
- Hugo Chavez’ kidney condition may be worse than reports indicated. If true, we need to be ready. It’s hard to throw a quality “Good Bye, You Tyrannical Creep” party on short notice.
- You say “po-tay-to”; I say “po-tah-to”. You say “Wyoming”; President Obama’s re-election team says “Colorado”. Let’s all the whole administration off!
- No texts for you! At least not in Maryland, where Democratic legislators want to make it illegal to do much else but sit in your car quietly and ruminate on their magnificence.
- Duane Lester has hit another one out of the park with this excellent (and large) infographic that compares Herman Cain to President Not Able.
- When Warren Buffet turns on the Buffet Tax, you know it’s a loser.
- If you occasionally need a hit from an over-the-counter inhaler, you should stock up as soon as possible. If the EPA gets its way, you won’t be able to buy one. And why does our government want to deprive you of affordable inhalers? It rhymes with “Schmobal Schmorming”
- Science has spoken. The catchiest pop song of all time is Queen’s We Are the Champions, a song I hate with the blazing passion of a thousand Rigel-sized stars.
- I love pictures of the sun. I may have mentioned that once or twice hereabouts.