The PJ Tatler

Georgia Republicans fired up about Herman Cain

Georgia has two candidates for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but only one seems to be jazzing up the home state crowd.

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss gave a shout out to both Georgia natives. “We’ve got Newt Gingrich,” he said, which earned a whistle of approval from one member of the audience.

When Chambliss added, “We’ve got Herman Cain,” loud whoops, cheers and applause were heard.

Among convention goers, Gingrich was more of a secondary thought. “We’re very excited to see Cain — and of course, Newt,” said Deborah McCord, a Columbia County delegate.

Cain has a quality about him that makes him dangerous and effective: He can speak about business success in a way that connects to audiences and to national policy. He is an effective speaker and debater because he has lived a compelling personal success story in both his professional and private lives. He is also not a professional politician, but speaks more effectively and convincingly than most who have spent their entire adult lives in or around politics.

In my mind, every conservative owes Herman Cain serious consideration for the nomination. There are gaps and potential questions on his foreign policy acumen, but the campaign will force him to weigh in on those eventually.