Would Cain have been considered as a serious nominee pre Obama?
I don't think he's being used duie to his race, but he is a sign that, post Obama, race is now less of an issue, which is of course a good thing. Also, the vast majority of black people, statistically vote democrat, so matter if the candidate is black or white. It's always happened. I doubt Cain standing against Obama would change that, though maybe it result result in 'some' changes to how that demographic vote who knows?
At this point I think Romney is favorite to win the nomination. Newt and Cain have the potential to win, but both have a problem appealing to women voters, and the majority of voters are women.
Or is it just tokenism? Or am I being too cynical?
It could be, but I think it relates more to their desperation to leave no stone unturned in efforts to find a candiate who:
1) Is capable of beating Obama
2) Is not Mitt Romney
Unfortunately, while Cain rather refreshingly doesn't really that Stepford style robotic, safe political talk, polls seem to suggest he'd have his work cut out to beat Obama.
The party appeared to be failing in the search for the anyone but Romney search. He may be captain flip-flop, but he's been there and done that, so no scandals are going to come out about him, and he's playing it safe, just waiting for the other candidates to implode.
From what I've seen of Cain, I don't think you are being cynical.
If they are, they're failing miserably.
Quite a few "of the black vote" like Ron Paul as a candidate.
The GOP wants him to secure the black, anti-woman, anti-latino, pro-sexual harassment voters in America. I guess he has at least one vote--Clarence Thomas!
I would like to see a country where there isn't a vote based on RACE rather based on the competency of the people running.
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