James Pethokoukis describes the event this way:
Sexual harassment scandal? That’s so two hours ago. Republican presidential contender Herman Cain gave a bravura performance at the National Press Club this afternoon where he explained his 9-9-9 plan, dismissed those Politico allegations … and sang a gospel hymn.
In addition to being melodious, Cain was funny and thoroughly at ease in front of a packed room of media. This was a high stakes moment for Team Cain, and their candidate seemed to thrive on it. Is he still fuzzy on policy details, including those of his signature tax plan? Pretty much. But that may not matter to Republican voters who see Cain as an authentically conservative, inspirational figure with a record of private sector achievement.
And singing gospel right in the belly of the Washington beast in front of the hated MSM? For many conservatives, it doesn’t get much better than that. Many political pros don’t take Cain’s polling performance seriously and believe Mitt Romney a virtual lock at this point. But something weird is happening in the GOP race. Cain has caught fire with a post-modern political campaign built on powerful personality, viral videos and a big, bold idea.