Although comedian, actor and radio talk show host Dennis Miller made no secret tha he was fond of Herman Cain’s presidential candidacy, he had not endorsed him. Until now.
Today Miller used his nationally aired radio program to officially endorse Herman Cain for the Republican nomination for President. Click here to listen to clip. In addition to that, Miller is slated to headline a fundraiser for Cain in Los Angeles.
Earlier in the day, there there were a serious of Twitters from bothCain and Miller that went as follows;
Whether Miller’s endorsement of Herman Cain is a sign that others will now be confident enough to publicly declare their support for what has been cosidered a longshot campaign , is not fully known yet. But one certainty is that Cain’s big victory by a wide margin in Saturday’s Florida Republican presidential straw poll, has put Cain on the map and established him as a contender.
Many see Cain’s straw poll victory as a sign of disatissfaction with the political establishment of both major Parties. From this consultant’s point of view, that is true. However, the fact that people would use Herman Cain to send this signal says much about Herman Cain himself. In the recent straw poll, Cain won more votes than the second and third places, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney did. Such a vote total is based not just on sending a message, many of those votes went his way because many of those people also believe in Herman Cain. They believe that he can at the very least bring some of the common sense to Washington, D.C. that the political establishment lacks.
What Herman Cain now needs to do is convince establishment voters that he is more than a vessel being used to signal disatisfaction. He must demonstrate that he is not just the flavor of the day. Not long ago Mchele Bachmann was the flavor of the day when she won the Iowa straw poll. That got her as far as a dead last finish in Florida’s straw poll.
In addition to having to detail his policies on everything and be prepared to defend them against the scrutiny that his new success will bring, he could also use the support of an established politician, especially one that is respected and appreciated within the TEA movement. Such an opportunity might be in the making with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who recently indicated that she will be endorsing a person with business experience. Such a comment could play in to the theme that mitt Romney is attaching to his own candidacy, but it could also be a reference to Herman Cain who has never held elected office but has successfully run several private sector interests and associations.
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