Rich Lowrie – the economic adviser behind Herman Cain's now famous 9-9-9 tax plan – says Mr. Cain wasn't really forced out of the race by allegations of sexual misconduct, but rather by his campaign's failure to effectively court a key group of Republicans, "the scale-tippers." Mr. Lowrie also predicts that Mr. Cain's political career isn't finished; together they're plotting "Chapter Two."
First about Mr. Lowrie: One of the many unconventional parts of Cain's campaign was the way its staffers, ordinarily behind-the-scenes types, became minor celebrities. Chief-of-Staff Mark Block was infamously shown smoking in a campaign ad, and Mr. Cain very publicly credited Mr. Lowrie as the brains behind his catchy 9-9-9 tax plan (which called for a flat 9% individual income tax, 9% corporate tax rate, and 9% national sales taxes).
The 9-9-9 plan became one of the campaign's most popular features. It invigorated the Republican base ("9-9-9" became a popular chant) and helped propel Mr. Cain from single digits to the head of the pack. (Of course Mr. Cain's populist style, strong debate skills, religiosity, entrepreneurial background, and outsider status certainly helped too.)