A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers to weigh in on who they though would emerge as serious dark-horse candidates in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination. One of the names I volunteered was Herman Cain (the other was Michele Bachmann). According to some new polling out today, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO has already left the runway. As reported by Political Wire:
Pizza mogul Herman Cain had some surprisingly good polling news for his Republican presidential bid this week: He's at 8% in a new Gallup poll, 10% in a new CNN poll and 11% in the latest InsiderAdvantage poll. It's even better considering there is no real frontrunner in the race.
Whether these numbers hold up remains to be seen, especially with the prospect of big names like Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin, and Rick Perry now eyeballing the race. But much like Mike Huckabee in 2008, Cain's personality is going to be an electoral lubricant in the months to come. Like Claire and Jonah Goldberg, I have my doubts about Cain on substance. Nor do I consider him a likely prospect for the nomination. But in a field where the wide variety of candidates may prevent the emergence of a breakout front-runner, a relative unknown who's already breaking into the double digits seven months before the first votes are cast should not be scoffed at.