Unless I missed the meeting at which a series of primaries and caucuses was replaced by a single nationwide election, national polls that show Herman Cain leading the GOP presidential field aren't particularly significant.
A Quinnipiac survey placing Cain atop the Ohio polls is a bit more salient…
Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has jumped to the front of the line among GOP presidential contenders with 28 percent support among Ohio Republicans. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is second with 23 percent, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry is almost at the bottom of the pile with 4 percent.
Cain leads a three-man race with 40 percent, followed by Romney at 33 percent and Perry at 10 percent.
But such measures pale in importance to the most vital question undecided voters must answer. No, not "Who is best equipped to lead a crippled and increasingly unfair economy out of its doldrums?" Certainly not "Who has the right vision for American foreign policy in a multi-polar world?" The question is, "Who would you most like to join you for dinner?"
According to the Clarus poll released Tuesday, 29% of self-described registered Republicans say they would like to dine with Cain, the businessman, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 22%, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 17% and all the other candidates in single digits.
"This result is a good indication of Cain's personal likeability," said Ron Faucheux, president and chief analyst of Clarus Research Group. "Although it may just be an indication that Americans like pizza."
Congratulations, America. If this question is as accurate a guide to Election Day behavior as the "who would you rather have a beer with" query was in 2000 and 2004, we're well on our way to having pizza with President Cain and invading Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.
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