How, the wonder, can a man with limited political experience, an ethically-challenged campaign chairman and constantly shifting positions even be in contention for the nomination.
But it has been that kind of political season and the GOP political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that they are worried.
“Herman Cain is a symbol for where this party is headed,” says one veteran GOP political consultant, who asked not to be identified. “He represents the kind of chaos that has gripped the nation and the Republican party.”
Another is furious.
“We have a shot at Obama,” he says. “But Herman Cain is not the man to do it.”
In normal political times, a novice with as many skeletons as Cain would be dismissed quickly by the pundits and the voters.
These, however, are far from normal political times. The same political environment has propelled flakes like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann into campaign celebrities along with firebrand Rick Perry, whose came and went as a frontrunner in the blink of an eye.
Yet all the hoopla surrounding earlier frontrunners and now Cain overlooks one simple fact: Not one vote has yet been case in a single primary. The voters have not spoken and voters are a fickle bunch.
At this point in earlier GOP campaign seasons, lawyer-turned-actor-turned Senator-turned actor Fred Thompson led many polls as the Republican pretender to the Presidential throne.
At this point in earlier campaign seasons, Rudy Guiliani was the man to beat.
The prosecution rests.
Republicans are so desperate for a candidate to beat Barack Obama that they are willing to consider anyone — literally anyone — as a candidate.
Perhaps they think it will take a black candidate to defeat a black president — even a black multimillionaire with strong ties to the right-wing cabal run by the billionaire Koch brothers.
Like the tea party, Cain is not what he seems and that fact alone should be enough to scare most voters who tried the unknown with Obama in 2008 and now suffer buyers’ remorse.
Republicans not only want an alternative to Obama they appear to want one to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner to many.
Romney may win the nomination but let’s remember that the voters have the final say and they have not yet spoken.
Until they do, all this speculation, fret and worry is little more than hyperbole.