Cain is a former business executive who appears "in his element" before audiences. This is an advantage no doubt gleaned from his latest talk radio experience.
The Republican field needs to "take shape" soon, because of the dual realities of fundraising for a compressed primary season and the ballot access requirements in many states which often require a "ground operation" in place by the autumn of 2011. New York is one such state.
Meanwhile, the incumbent President's "1967" disaster -- or a Machiavellian ploy -- could be the hoped-for impetus for some progressive activists, greatly disappointed in the Obama presidency from the left, to attract the previously-unthinkable: a primary challenge within the Democratic Party against a sitting President.
Eric Dixon is a New York election lawyer, political strategist and independent energy consultant.