Herman Cain won Saturday's straw poll in Florida. The Florida straw poll has successfully predicted the Republican nominee in several past election cycles, but none with so many candidates as we have now. And those previous polls mostly picked what we call the "next-in-line" Republican, the one waiting his turn in the wings.
This time we have no next in line. We have nine candidates, none of whom has caught fire. That in part explains the results for Herman Cain. Do we want another untested, inexperienced president?
Liberals have so infiltrated government that it is increasingly difficult to get the policies of a conservative president enacted. It would take a supermajority in the Senate and this or a larger majority in the House to do it, along with a sympathetic Supreme Court. Plus, Americans don't like quick change. They want a president to prove himself and his policies before granting him more power to change.
Republicans have a problem and they'd better fix it pretty soon. What do they believe and who best exemplifies those beliefs?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: September 27, 2011