From CNN's Carol Costello:
Imagine a 2012 presidential race that pits Barack Obama against Herman Cain, hey, anything is possible. Many political talking heads pooh-pooh the polls. They claim Cain is just "flavor of the week."
Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia calls Cain a "place holder" for voters unhappy with the rest of the GOP field.
But something about Cain resonates with people. He's a self-made man who makes no excuses for high black unemployment.
"I don't think racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way," Cain said.
He's also a personable guy saying things like, "I would bring a sense of humor to the White House, because America's too uptight."
Cain also has, what sounds like, a simple solution to our economic woes. It's his signature "9-9-9" plan. It would throw out the current tax code, and replace it with a 9 percent income flat tax, a 9 percent sales tax, and a 9 percent business flat tax.
Many economists say the 9-9-9 plan would hurt poor people and retailers. Regardless, 9-9-9 is catchy – as is Herman Cain.
Talk Back: Why is Herman Cain surging in the polls?
Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on our program.