Unlike Bruce, I never backed Herman Cain‘s presidential bid. I did appreciate his charisma and his ability to articulate the conservative economic message, particularly while offering his experience creating jobs in the private sector, a leader who helped businesses become financially sound.
And as an outsider in a year when people are becoming increasingly disenchanted with Washington, Herman Cain had, for a moment, a strong appeal.
But, he wasn’t prepared for the hostile media that all surging Republicans face. Nor could he flesh out his ideas on a great variety of issues, foreign and domestic. Beyond his 9-9-9 plan, he lacked a bold plan for comprehensive reform — which Washington desperately needs.
His appeal, in short, was his charisma — his ability to articulate the conservative message — and his outsider status. But, he couldn’t build on that.
As he withdraws, Patricia Murphy of the Daily Beast asks, “Where are Jeb Bush and Chris Christie when their party needs them?”
My question exactly.