From time to time I like to sit back, relax, and try to take the "big picture" view of a topic, and analyze it with my impeccable logic. This time my Logic Alert was triggered by the "surprising" surge of Herman Cain.
I follow the political scene, but mostly I try to put myself in the shoes (not literally - ugh!) of the majority of Americans who might end up voting on Election Day. Having studied people throughout my life, I have come to the realization that the way people react to Political candidates has nothing to do with logic or the candidate's competency. It has everything to do with the voter's "indoctrination" and visceral reaction. Bear in mind that I will be referring to the General Public, not the cadre of Political Aficionados.
Let me illustrate. In the last Presidential Elections, which candidate was the MOST competent? Oh, by now you can't even remember all the candidates, but you will have to agree that probably the least competent candidate, judging by most criteria, was Barack Obama. Yet he was elected. Why? It was "indoctrination" and visceral reaction.
The American people have lived through the Civil Rights movement, and although the members of the non-white population have gained the freedoms, rights and acceptance as part of a homogeneous society through the efforts of the American majority, still we are constantly berated by "activists" that we are Racist. Accusations coming from activists with a vested interest in maintaining this mental attitude (due to the fact that this is their sole Raison d'être). This constant drumbeat has impinged on our subconscious.
So when the last elections came around and a charismatic "African American" candidate came to the fore, the voters "reacted". No need to check qualifications, because if we are African Americans then he is one of us, and if we are Caucasian, then we want to prove that we are not Racists. Indoctrination and visceral reaction.
So what does this have to do with the success and rise of Herman Cain? O.K., let's continue.
Since the last Presidential Elections, the American Public has had buyer's remorse regarding Barack Obama. They realize that they have been had and would like to rectify their mistake. But how can we do this? If we are Democrats, there will be no other Democrat candidate in 2012, so let's see if the other Party has someone we can vote for without "guilt". If we are Conservatives or Republicans, then we have a plethora of able and competent candidates to select from, but... but... but, we have to choose someone to run against Barack Obama. We don't want to be accused of being Racists.
Indoctrination and visceral reaction kicks in. Wait, there is Herman Cain. He is certainly competent (unlike Obama), and nobody can call me a Racist. Herman is my Man. Cain will be able.
As a postscript I would like to add that as far as I am concerned, most of the Republican candidates are worthy of the Presidency, and although the candidate of my choice is not among the current crop, I will be happy to vote for anybody on the ballot who is NOT Barack Obama.