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May 18, 2011

Rising Cain: Fringe Candidate Not So Fringe In Latest Tracking Poll

Via Hot Air, racist conservatives engage in the ultimate expression of tokenism by rallying to Cain.

It's insidious -- using a black man to keep the black man down.

I love insidious.

For the first time in my life, I'm proud to be an American.

This month’s tracking poll asked only three questions: “Who would be your top pick for president?”; “Who would be your second choice for president?”; and “Who do you think is the most electable in 2012?”

...

Cain jumped to the top of the pack in terms of electability, taking 13 percent of the vote in the tracking poll, compared to the mere 3 percent he got last time. That puts him right behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – ever the favorite, even though he says he won’t run — who attracted 19 percent of the vote and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who gets 17 percent, a slight drop from the last poll.

Cain beats Romney as respondents’ top pick for president – netting 15 percent of the vote, an increase of 10 percentage points from the last poll. As a second choice, he ties Christie for the largest percentage of the vote – 11 percent – just ahead of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, and a significant increase from the 5 percent he got in the last poll.

There other news in the link: As you expected, Trump's share of the most electable designation (he was still polled for) dropped from 15% to 6%.

Cain seems to have just scooped all of that up. I think maybe the Trump voters were a bloc of "I want to vote Republican, but I don't like any of these guys" people, and after they also decided they didn't like Trump, they went to Cain.

Oddly, Newt Gingrich actually got a tiny bump in support, but this poll was conducted May 12-14, so his latest misadventures are not reflected there. Pawlenty also got a small bump, so I guess his debate appearance, and slowly growing acceptance as a real candidate, is helping some.

I'm still not on Team Cain. I'm a little worried that he doesn't have any government experience. I'm also a little worried that he had a bout with cancer, though I don't know how much people weigh such things in making decisions.

But most importantly -- I'm a racist, and I know this, because David Gregory told me so.

So, what I'm looking for from Cain is three things:

1, I want him to prove to me he's fluent with real policy details, not just broad themes.

2, I need to know he's healthy.

And,

3, I need him to be some other race. I will not insist on "White," but I refuse to go lower than "Dominican." That's my drop-dead position on race. I will meet him halfway, but only halfway.



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