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Herman Cain: Mine. Mine. Mine

Herman Cain has used charisma, and the seductive power of simplicity, to become a front-runner. But what exactly is he running for?

Last week the leaders of the Arizona Republican Party had to scramble when they suddenly realized, along with everyone else in politics, that Herman Cain was the new Republican front-runner. Cain was due to headline an Oct. 17 fundraiser at a Phoenix hotel. Then the world saw him dominate a Presidential debate and discovered his 9-9-9 tax plan. After that, a hotel would no longer do. The event was moved down the street to the Phoenix Convention Center, and still sold out.

Confident and beaming, Cain delivered a thunderous 40-minute oration that had the feel of a tent revival and repeatedly returned to his 9-9-9 plan. Although usually identified as the former chief executive officer of Godfather’s Pizza or the onetime chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Cain’s ardent professional passion during the last decade and a half has been motivational speaking and book publishing, and his address was brisk with problem-solving knowhow offered up in simple, easy steps.