On the drive back home yesterday, I was scanning the radio waves, and ran across a Cain interview at Sean Hannity. I'm not much of a Hannity fan, but I stuck around to listen to Can. He's very impressive.
The problem with the debate, he said, was not that the other candidates pig piled on him. Rather, it's that the format only allowed 60 second answers. He has a serious program with 9-9-9, and one minute doesn't give enough time to do more than sound bites. Hannity told him OK, take as much time to explain it.
And Cain did, in depth. He took probably 5 minutes on why the business depreciation tax implications of his plan will spur job growth. As I listened, my thought was there's nobody else running who understands this. Romney and Bachman would understand depreciation, but only from a financial model perspective. They don't have the background to see how it could energize the jobs market.
I'm not necessarily convinced about Cain's plan - I think that it's a truism that corporations collect taxes, they don't pay them.
But I am utterly convinced that Cain is no dummy, and may in fact be the smartest guy running. His vision is big, radical stuff. It's aiming to fix something that is clearly broken. It convinced me to go download his plan and read the details.
This guy might have what it takes.