Herman Cain’s Campaign — Where Did All The Sizzle Go?

Herman Cain’s Campaign — Where Did All The Sizzle Go?


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.


  1. What attracts voters of all political leanings is his common sense approach to problem solving. Focus on the right problem. Surround yourself with the best people and make a decision based on the facts. He also attracts both voters that knew an Obama presidency was going to be a disaster and those that have come to the realization after the fact.

    Herman Cain can attack President Obama's failed policies without being called a racist (The left calls him a self-hating black and Uncle Tom instead.) The main stream media don't want to give him coverage because they see him as a threat to their chosen candidate.

    Where is the sizzle of the Herman Cain campaign? It's in the 150,000 Facebook fans, nearly 50,000 Twitter followers, 200,000 people who have signed up to volunteer via his website, his Gallup Poll leading positive intensity numbers, his strong polling numbers in early primary caucus states. I could go on but you get the point.

  2. This author`s assessment of how GOP voters are taking to Cain is all wrong. Every week Herman Cain becomes more popular than the week before. His "sizzle" as the author puts it was his appearance at the South Carolina debate but the media on both the right and the left have focused their attention on Michele Bachmann so she has had the stage of late. Cain is continuing to stick to his game plan and is still a player in Iowa and nationally. A few outlier polls show him losing steam but the samples for those polls are extremely small. Dont count Cain out.