Skip to comments.Herman Cain, the Howard Dean candidate of the 2012 presidential race?
Posted on 10/31/2011 4:56:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Is Herman Cain the Howard Dean candidate of the 2012 Republican race for president?
Joe Trippi, who ran Deans unsuccessful presidential campaign in the 2004 Democratic primary, says its not hard to see the similarities between the type of candidate Dean was for Democrats and Cain is this year for Republicans.
This thing is the same as 2004, Trippi said in an interview with The Daily Caller. Youve got the Democratic establishment in 2004 and youve got the grassroots of the party wanting something different than what the establishments feeding them.
If Dean, the former governor of Vermont, played the role of the outsider in the 2004 race, Cain, the former Godfathers CEO, is playing a similar role this year in the GOP primary, he said.
Its the same thing here with Herman Cain, he said. You got a guy who doesnt believe that the current establishment answers in Romney are the right way to go and hes a guy who no one thought had a chance and has taken it on.
Like Dean did by energizing the liberal grassroots of the Democratic Party, Cain has shocked observers with the support of conservatives, going from long shot at the beginning of the campaign to apparent frontrunner today. A Des Moines Register poll of Iowa voters this weekend has Cain leading the pack of Republicans running for president.
But Cain, he said, will face the same problems faced by Dean, who went on to lose the Democratic primary in 2004 to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry: the question of whether he can win an general election when the number one goal of the primary voters is to oust the incumbent of the opposite party
What they love about Howard Dean is hes directly taking on George Bush and hes got a backbone that they think their party has been missing and hes standing up for stuff they believe in on the left that none of these other guys will talk about, Trippi said of the 2004 race.
The problem is they keep saying repeatedly that Howard Dean doesnt beat George Bush in any polls, that Kerry does that, he said. So their problem is, I love this guy because he takes George Bush on, but damnit, I want to beat George Bush. I dont just want to go to rallies and cheer. I want to beat him. That isnt enough. If we cant beat him, cheering doesnt do any good.
Cain may ultimately face the same problem. Fast forward 2012, Trippi said. The tea party despises Obama, is in horrible fear of his re-election and what it would do to the country. Like Democrats eventually rallied around Kerry, Republicans may go with the safer bet, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he said.
The only similarity I see is that both have four letters in their last name.
Howard Dean is and was a freakin’ moron. Cain on the other hand is a rocket scientist. No comparison.
They sometimes look alike...but they aren't the same thing.
Lot of drive by comments, not reading the article to find out that this is not the Howard Dean “scream” comparison - but the anti establishment grass roots comparison - in other words, mostly complimentary.
OK, Kerry lost. See what happens when you depress enthusiasm? Had Dean an implanted surge protector, he might have won. Gulp!
Funny, I never thought of Herman Cain as stark, raving, mad.
Ah, Dean was and is a screeching loon with absolutely nothing but Marxism to offer.
And, compared to Cain’s business experience, Dean is a zero.
Another propaganda piece offered up by Romney(care)/Perry winkle cabal and/or the demrats. Daily Mail is simply the water carrier. This piece of fiction will now be dutifully picked up by The Usurping Masrxist Onada’s propaganda organs here in the US.
Looks like Romney is the modern Kerry.
Both destined to lose.
Kerry lost. What does that tell you?
The reason the Left is desperate to shut him up is not so much their fear of his winning as it is their fear of an articulate black man with a national stage espousing the Conservative cause.
Of course, the best Dean ever did in any poll was an asterisk.
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