Herman Cain is sitting out the rooster fight going on between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Instead, he is putting his brand out there, first with his 9-9-9 plan and now an ad featuring his Chief of Staff Mark Block. The zinger is Block is smoking during the ad and blows smoke at the end. Wow. Seeing politicians smoke has become a no-no. Look at how hard President Obama tried to quit. (I don’t know if he still does and don’t mind either way – I’m not kissing him).
The Marlboro Man, Johnny Carson and countless movies show smoking. Our current policy of banning smokers even from some outdoor spaces is really too much government, even for me. I think we all know smoking has risks – hence the nickname, coffin nails – but it is a legal product. Herman Cain is finding his feet early. Romney has to deal with the side issues of his faith and policy changes and squabble with Perry, who comes across as an ill-prepared speaker and a blowhard.
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