by LZ Granderson, CNN.com
It seems fitting that Herman Cain has surged into the top tier of the GOP candidates just as "Celebrity Apprentice" announces its new cast for the upcoming season.
I suspect a year from now the two will be one.
After all, reality TV is at its best when there's a villain we can't take our eyes off of, and over the past two weeks, can you think of anyone who one has benefited more from playing the bad guy than Cain? Back in August he received less than 10% of the Iowa straw poll vote. At the beginning of September, he was still near the bottom in the polls. Now he's a front-runner.
How'd he do it?
By imitating Omarosa -- the villain from the first season of "The Apprentice," who has since made a career out of being bad on reality TV.