A force to be reckoned with, Herman Cain, who has been surging in the polls, is a self-made man. From what I’ve read, he once again shone in Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate.

Cain, who has frequently been attacked in underhanded ways this campaign, sustained more attacks his week from name-calling critics including Harry Bellafonte Jr.

Herman Cain does not deny the existence of racism, but seems to believe that, though the playing field may be unequal, the biggest single determinant of success in an individual’s life is that individual’s actions. Surely little is more threatening to those who trade in anger and victimhood than this totally self-made businessman and statesman who no doubt encountered as many obstacles as anyone but has made phenomenal choices – including the choice to stay positive.

His stellar blaze across the political firmament has prompted me to learn more about him. A graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in math, Cain also has an M.A. in computer science from Purdue University, obtained while working full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Navy. After graduate school, Cain left the Navy to work for Coca-Cola Corporation as a computer systems analyst. Shortly afterward he moved to Minneapolis to join Pillsbury Corporation as director of business analysis and eventually, following success in that job, was assigned to take the reigns of Burger King, a Pillsbury subsidiary, where he managed 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership, that area went within three years from Burger King’s least to most profitable region, prompting Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather’s Pizza, where he continued to get stellar results as a manager and, along with COO Ronald Gartlan, bought the chain in 1988.

Corporations do not appoint people to serve as CEO and turn around their company unless the board believes that those people can get stellar results”“and Cain can.

What a man!