Opinion: Another One Bites the Dust

If you want a lesson in the ups-and-downs of the modern politician’s life, just type “Herman Cain” into Google News. Two weeks ago, Cain was riding high: top of the polls and all over the news, the “Yes we Cain!” fever seemingly sweeping him to glory.

A week ago, that fever suddenly turned terminal. Out of nowhere, the greatest specter in any male political candidate’s nightmares- allegations of sexual misconduct- has wiped away Cain’s widespread support. At writing, polls show him dropping to third, with significant numbers of Republican women stating that they would not vote for a man accused of sexual harassment.

The rise- and fall- of the “Cain 2012” campaign demonstrates the inability of Republicans to find a viable candidate.

“It is the actions and behavior of the media that have been the biggest surprise,” Cain stated in one public appearance.  Furthermore, he has has stated that he will not comment on the allegations.

And thus died the Herman Cain campaign. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Seriously, is Cain going to be able to recover? I certainly don’t think so. In the Republican straw poll in President Obama’s home state of Illinois Cain lost to, of all people, Ron Paul. (Note to Republicans: you know you’ve lost when Ron Paul outpolls you.)

Are the Republicans ever going to get their act together? All of their front-liners are gone: Michelle Bachmann (dropped because of sheer nuttiness) and Rick Perry (he named his ranch what?!) have had their horror stories both public- and private hit the airwaves.

It’s looking more and more like Mitt Romney may well capture the Republic primary, if only by default. In a race between Romney and Paul- or, as I like to say, race between Boring vs. Crazy- Romney will inevitably come out on top. But what, may I ask, will happen in the general election?

Short answer: Democrats, get out your bunting and bumper stickers- Obama’s getting a second term.

Put simply, Romney does not match up strongly against President Obama. Romney, a fine speaker in his own right, does not posses the charisma nor the oratorical skills that helped Obama win the presidency in 2008.

In addition, Romney faces the “Kennedy Question”: are voters willing to look past religious affiliation? Frankly, I hope so, but nothing is certain- especially not in such a contentious Presidential race.

Add to these two factors Obama’s track record of swaying moderates from both sides of the aisle, and the outcome seems certain: unless the Republicans can find a real candidate, and fast, Obama will earn a second term.

And what’s so wrong with that?

— Sebastian Bates, World News Correspondent

Posted by on November 15, 2011. Filed under Op-Ed. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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