Republicans are between a rock and a hard place. Mitt Romney, who should be a front-runner is being brushed aside for just about anyone else. I don’t know if it is his positions or what I consider the real truth – he is a Mormon. Mormons still make people nervous, perhaps because the Church is growing rapidly, and makes several demands on being self-supporting, disciplined (no tea, coffee or illegal drugs), tithing, fasting and service work. This is not a “feel-good” church, but a place dedicated to thoughtful prayer that expects active members to make meaningful contributions in and out of the Church.
For me, this brings to mind when JFK ran for office, not that any of the candidates are as charismatic as Kennedy, but because his Roman Catholicism was raised as a political issue. I can still recall as a little girl, being asked by another child in dance class if I “was a Christian or a Catholic?”
As for Herman Cain, all I know about him so far is his 9-9-9 plan, which makes for a great soundbite if nothing else. I don’t see that becoming a viable solution, since changing the tax code seems to be a larger issue than messing with the future of Social Security. The other thing I know definitely about him is that he is black. I think this could be a real game-changer for the Republicans. It would effectively cancel out the arguement for voting on race. Can you imagine a presidential race that has two black candidates? It would make it the voting about the issues we face as a country.
I will be watching the rest of the Republican debates with great interest. I am sure President Obama will as well.