Currently hanging in there for the Republican presidential nomination is Herman Cain. Though he recently won the straw poll at the Conservative Leadership Conference, his popularity among Republicans appears to be diminishing.
While Cain officially opened his Iowa Campaign office this week, a poll from Quinnipiac University gauging support for Republican presidential nomination contenders finds that the Cain craze is fizzing out.
Mitt Romney holds first with 25 percent, Michele Bachmann is second at 14 percent (a month ago she had 6 percent in the Quinnipiac poll) and even the undeclared candidates Rick Perry and Sarah Palin are in double digits.
But where is Cain? The Georgia business executive comes in where Bachmann did a month ago, at 6 percent. After being in the hunt for the nomination longer than most, he is now ahead Tim Pawlenty. The former governor of Minnesota, thanks to miscues and lost opportunities, has fallen in public and awareness and support.
A few media outlets say that Cain remains a true contender for the Republican nomination, and current polls do differ on the status of his voter appeal. Cain could get a boost from more attention to his bigger-than-black persona.
What evidently works well for Cain, according to past apexes of his popularity, is his ability to confront African American voting patterns. His ability to attract white Republican voters may, in fact, rest in his ability to call out Democratic African American voters.
But here’s Cain’s problem — his mainstream appeal.
Doing the political dance required of every GOP political hopeful — shaking hands, kissing babies and attending conservative functions — provides scant opportunity for Cain to bust loose with criticism of the African American liberal alliance.
Yet Herman Cain in full is what the media need to see if the candidate is catapult his campaign back into double-digit polling numbers. Without it, his run for president may end as a story with no sizzle, just fizz.