Yesterday morning, I saw a link to an ad for rising Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on FB. I clicked on it and it was so bizzare I thought it must be a hoax. It only had about 300 hits too. Today it has nearly 400,000. The ad shows Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block, talking about Cain and the campaign somewhat haltingly and then smoking a cigarette at the end. No, make that relishing a cigarette. Then there is a weird/creepy shot of Herman Cain turning towards the camera in extreme closeup.
Well, believe it or not, the ad is real. And many are calling it the worst political ad of all time. You can listen to Herman Cain himself on a radio show explain the whole thing, though he seems somewhat surprised by it too. But basically, his message is that he is going to be who he is and his campaign manager is going to be who he is....a guy who loves smoking on camera. Whether or not this is a saavy strategy to get people to vote for him, it is certainly getting his message out there. And now, according to a new CBS poll, Cain has taken the lead over Romney by 4 points.