In the latest Fox News Poll Herman Cain has surged to the number one position, and he is even starting to edge in front of the GOP’s favorite son Mitt Romney in Iowa. Now just a few weeks ago, this scenario would have been inconceivable to almost everyone…except maybe Herman.
There are many things that fascinate me about the Cain phenomena. He is frank, clear on his positions, firm in his refusal to take cheap shots at his opponents, and an electrifying speaker. He is fresh, non-political, and genuinely honest about areas in which he will need to develop his expertise. As refreshing as all this is however, it is his “belief” in the possible that is most fascinating.
Herman Cain truly believes that he can be President of the United States of America! Even though the odds have been strongly stacked against him, he has remained steadfastly in the fight, winking wryly at all his detractors. He has a vision for this nation and truly believes that he can beat the odds and win!
Now some people may confuse this belief with ego. Yes…I am sure Mr. Cain is an extremely confident person and requires little self-esteem counseling, but what we see in him is not the typical self-promoting narcissism of the average politician. To the contrary, it is a genuine, almost selfless, belief in America.
When I look at the other candidates I am overwhelmed with the impression that they feel that they “should” be President. When I listen to Romney I hear a smoothly polished politician who sees the White House as his next achievement. It is almost as if he is more focused on the office than the objective. To the contrary, when I look at Cain I see a certain innocent, yet determined, optimism that I have not seen since Ronald Reagan. It is an optimism unblemished by years of political gamesmanship and compromise. It is the look of someone who sees the Presidency as the means…not the ends. He is not being driven by an office, but by a vision for America – and it is powerful.
Like Reagan, Cain believes in the boundless potential of our nation and its people, and this is what is driving him forward against the odds. He is not bound by the limitations and labels that others have placed upon him, and the American people are taking notice by the millions. Make no mistake, Herman Cain is not surging in the polls because he is perfect. He is rising is the polls because he truly believes in what “we the people” can do..not the government, and this belief is giving Americans a new type of hope – hope in themselves.