Southern Politics

We in Gwinnett know about as well as anyone that everything is in constant motion, and that change is part of the process. We’ve seen major change for the last 60 years in Gwinnett.

The race for the presidency on the Republican side is certainly constantly changing each day. First one candidate will seem ahead, then another will move into a key position, about this time another candidate will get into the race, then another sounds like he or she may withdraw, and about that time, some event occurs which seems to change everything again. Whew!

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A Georgian is the most recent benefit of this change, as Herman’s Cain’s bid for the nomination takes on new luster after two recent primaries. The biggest win was in Florida, where Cain scored a surprising statewide victory. That was followed by a victory in the second largest county in Georgia, none other than Gwinnett. What is significant about both victories for Cain, a black candidate, is that they are taking place in areas where the Republican Party is basically composed of white voters.

Cain’s messages seems to vault over the traditional stance of any black candidates, who in recent years have been the darlings of the Democratic Party. Cain’s performance is impressive primarily because he’s seeking to convince a party that has not been a major benefactor of the black voting bloc in recent elections, and he’s scoring victories. In effect, Cain doesn’t sound like the traditional black candidate, promoting social issues, as much as his message takes on more distinct business-focused approach that has always been a hallmark of the Grand Old Party.

Meanwhile, other so-called Republican front runners find themselves having difficulty in getting traction. With the other candidates not gaining a strong foothold, Cain seems to have a well planned program to keep moving forward, without a stumbling block being faced so far. His plan hasn’t faced major disruptions, and his popularity seems to be mounting. While it has not appeared to have peaked, Cain’s appeal seems to move onward?

So therefore, with no front runner emerging from the wealth of well known Republican candidates, how about this Cain fellow? Going head-to-head against President Obama, is this the way for the Republican Party to regain the office of the president? It makes you wonder.

Right now, it would appear that Herman Cain at best would be considered a long shot to gain the Republican nomination. He is clearly not the overall favorite of the Grand Old Party backroomers. But he may be able to bring the party together far better than any candidate with right wing backing. Nominating someone from the any fringe of any party will only ensure another Democratic victory. Cain’s appeal is that he is in the middle of political philosophy.

The Republican race for the nomination is constantly changing. Is Herman Cain the person who can bring the Republican party together, and offer an effective challenge to President Obama? It remains a long shot, but looks more and more that way.

Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack is a native Georgian and veteran newspaperman. He published the weekly Wayne County Press for 12 years; was for 13 years the vice president and general manager of Gwinnett Daily News, and for 13 years was associate publisher of the Gwinnett section of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He now publishes, in retirement, Web sites on Gwinnett County,, and Georgia news,