Based on recent polls, Herman Cain is next to Romney in the race. This blows my mind, he's a pizza man! I am not trying to mean about this but he has absolutely no executive experience.
Also, his 9-9-9 or technically, 9.1-9.1-9.1 plan sounds more the a large pizza and free drink special then it does an economic plan.
The reason why Cain, I believe came up with this plan is not because it truly believes it works but to give his campaign focus, to prove he has a solid strategy. It does sound catchy and it makes him a brand. I admit this is good campaigning.
The 9-9-9 plans stands for the percentage of 3 kinds of taxes. A 9% individual income tax, a 9% corporate tax, and a 9% national sales tax.
His intention was to completely toss out our current tax codes that is disabling businesses from growing and holding back out economy.
To release the plan right before the debate was a very bad idea. Everyone during the October 18th debate was targeting the 9-9-9 plan.
Surprisingly enough, people are behind him. I think what may be appealing about him is also his problem. He is not a politician. On one hand that is bad because it shows he is not experienced. I am not sure if he even has a clue as to how to run things.
On the other hand, politicians are constantly scrutinized for being how they are, sneaky, and unable to get things done because they are caught up in politics. Maybe the reason why Cain is so popular is because he seems to be an outsider to that whole cat fight.
I remember in a debate weeks ago, there was a question he was answering about his qualifications, and he said something like "I'll tell you how government works, it doesn't work". He said it in context of how he was never a part of it, as in he was never part of a dysfunctional system.
Every candidate if they are running a good campaign get through by having a really strong central message and defines their image. During Obama's campaign it was about change. He was completely different from all the other candidates and the current president which made him stand out.
He was not part of the posse that got us into our economic troubles. He was a newcomer with a fresh perspective, and one that was not clouded by dirt and corruption that politics brings with it often times.
This is what made him so appealing and somehow it seems Herman Cain is using the same strategy but in a different way. He wants to seems different in the he is not in politics, but in problem solving, business problem solving and growth.
Mitt Romney also has a similar central message except, he is a political figure. Romney central messages is that he is a business man and using that viewpoint, he has the best approach at solving our economic problems.
I hope Herman Cain get nominated though, not because he is good, but because he would stand no chance again Obama.