|Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain|
News out of Illinois this weekend is that Cain won the Midwest Tea Party Convention held in Illinois with over 75% of the vote. This was only a week after Cain won the Florida Straw Poll, beating out Perry (2nd) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (3rd).
It appears that Perry and Bachmann's slipping in the polls has benefited Cain, who is now show as tied for second with Perry with 17% in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday. After weeks of being second place, Perry's declining fortunes have put Romney back in the lead at 25%.
I have long said that the Republican candidate left standing who is not named Romney will be the GOP nominee. I figured that would be Perry. While I still think the Texas Governor has time to regain his footing, he appears to be still stumbling.
The irony is that with all the talk about the Tea Party members being racist, they appear to have coalesced behind the only African-American Republican candidate in the race. The election of 2012 could feature two African-American candidates as major party nominees.
Whenever one points out true racists wouldn't support a black man for President, the response from the liberals is that Herman Cain is not really black because he is a conservative. That argument though undercuts the claim that the motivation behind the Tea Party is race instead of politics. It is insulting to think African-Americans must be monolithic when it comes to their views or they are no longer allowed to consider themselves as black.
There are undoubtedly some racist Tea Party members, just like there are racist Democrats and racist Republicans. But it's time to can the nonsense of apply the broad sweeping racist label to a movement of people whose motivation, right or wrong, is obviously politics and not race.