Republicans Love Herman Cain, But Not in That Way

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DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 22:  Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain speaks to a gathering of conservative Christians at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on October 22, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum are scheduled to speak at the event, all hoping to gain support of the roughly 1000 in attendance in front of the January 3, 2012 Iowa caucus.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 22: Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain speaks to a gathering of conservative Christians at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on October 22, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum are scheduled to speak at the event, all hoping to gain support of the roughly 1000 in attendance in front of the January 3, 2012 Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Photo: Scott Olson/2011 Getty Images

I've been saying that Herman Cain's support in the polls does not reflect a desire to nominate him for president but simply a way of sticking a finger in the eye of President Obama and his (imagined) use of the race card. If you want some really strong evidence, check out this report from a focus group of Ohio Republicans:

“Do you think this person could be president of the United States?” he asked. “Is anybody willing to raise your hand and say, ‘I would be comfortable if he became the next president of the United States?’ ”

Not a hand went up.

This is from a group that loves Cain. They just don't love him in a president kind of way.