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Best Reason for holding Florida’s Straw Poll/Presidency 5: The rise of the Herminator

Best Reason for holding Florida’s Straw Poll/Presidency 5

Do you remember “Presidency 5?” It was a Lollapalooza for GOP politics in Florida a year ago, beginning with a Fox News/Google debate and an all-day CPAC convention. But the big news came right before the three-day clambake ended, when it was revealed that former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain had pulled off a stunning upset in the straw poll over Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who was at that time considered a contender. Forget the fact that less than 500 people participated in the poll. All of a sudden Cain was a player. That is, until a number of women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment in his days at the National Restaurant Association. No matter. The man who didn’t know of the “right to return” for the Palestinians will be cashing checks for the rest of his public career appearing at GOP events, as well as mocking himself on Comedy Central.