Matt Towery

Make no mistake about it. Both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich know exactly what they are doing. They are, collectively -- with Cain's significant increase in the polls and Gingrich's slow but steady rise -- working to ensure that a conservative agenda, even a somewhat rebellious agenda, is in place regardless of who is the nominee of the GOP.

Cain is a brilliant businessman. Trust me; I know him well. What he lacks in knowledge of government he more than makes up for in business acumen. He could easily damage most of his fellow GOP contenders with one simple question: "Tell me, what is a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet?" Save Mitt Romney, most would muddle their way through an answer.

Gingrich knows more about government -- and in particular how to force a leaning-liberal president to accept concepts such as a balanced budget -- than all of the candidates put together. When Rep. Michele Bachmann talks about her "experience" with dealing with liberal Democrats, those in the know cringe. Try shutting down a government, being called the "Grinch" and becoming the "Dr. Evil" of your party, as did Gingrich, just to force a president to balance the budget and end outrageous spending.

Oh, yes, this thing is as rigged as it can be. Cain is the guy with personality and huge business experience, and Gingrich is the only candidate to have served in a position in which he was two heartbeats away from the presidency. Cain called Gingrich "brilliant" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Gingrich has nothing but glowing words for Cain.

Why did both of these candidates serve as either a guest or a substitute talk show host for Neal Boortz on his nationally acclaimed radio show based out of WSB in Atlanta? Do you think they might have the same general philosophy as Boortz, who in turn is close friends with another conservative icon, Fox News' Sean Hannity? The answer is yes.

Think about their campaign strategies. Both Cain and Gingrich have been relying heavily on the political debates to lift their positions in the GOP race. Neither has a crack, well-paid staff. Yet Cain now leads in polls, including the most recent Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage national survey. And Gingrich very quietly has received the endorsements of at least three major tea party organizations in the past week.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery