Cain is known believe me.
Name recognition among Republicans
Palin - 96%
Cain - 29%
No, Cain is not well known enough to make a case that he’s the top Republican.
It really isn’t “famous”. Trump was “famous”. The candidate needs to be of a stature that he or she can stand up there and say “I am the top Republican” and it could be believed by many.
“If Herman Cain is the top Republican, how come I only vaguely know who he is, and I had no idea who he was a year ago” is what the people who would keep Cain from winning would say.
I’m not saying to Cain, or any of these “not top” candidates, not to run. If you want to become President, you have to get famous somehow. And running for President in the present helps you win in the future.
Cain I think does have the resume to take the top RINO spot from Romney and Gingrich. That’s where any possibility of victory comes in. Palin romps, or begins the romp, almost everyone else drops out, but Cain can be antiPalin instead of Romney or Gingrich (or any of the unknowns that no one at all cares about). And Ron Paul could keep going as well if he chose to do so. In a 3 way race, with Palin, Paul, Cain, Palin would likely just zoom through. But some awful collapse, some scandal, some outstandingly major blunder could possibly derail Palin at just the right time to benefit Cain and or Paul.