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Herman Cain to Drop Out of Presidential Race

So far he hasn’t said so.  But he will.

I wrote a while back that Herman Cain could “Stick a Pizza Slice in it” because he was done.  That was based on his supreme lack of knowledge on the issues on which he was opining…er…trying to keep straight the talking points his handlers had inserted into his head.  And long before the string of 3 (or is it 4) women claimed Cain had “been inappropriate” with them when he was head of the restaurant lobbying group (and at least 1, or maybe 2, had settlements, which certainly suggests these women weren’t simply making this stuff up).

Oh, and now there is the woman claiming to have had a 13-year affair.

No, Cain was toast long before any of that stuff.  Since the initial revelations (but not including even this last one), Cain’s poll numbers have plummeted.  With the last one, i.e., the 13-year affair, I suspect his poll numbers would evaporate…given the whole holier-than-thou attitude of the tea party that elevated him to this ridiculous idea that he could actually be president.

So now it seems that now Herman Cain is “reassessing” his candidacy.  Huh? “Reassessing?”  No one admits to “reassessing” their candidacy publicly.  They might do it in private, but to admit it in public is like putting on a big sign that says “I’m toast.”

Which, of course, he is.  Even the conservative tea party fanatics that invented the fantasy of his candidacy are abandoning him.

Which could also be bad news for Mitt Romney.  And good news for Newt Gingrich.

November 29, 2011 - Posted by | 2012, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tea Party | , , , , , , ,


  1. Glad to see PGH posting again. As you may know, I’m absolutely no Cain fan, but I’m not sure if these allegations should be taken seriously, despite the settlements (it can be cheaper to settle than to fight it out in court).

    Most interesting, though, is Cain’s “reassessing” statement. Wow. I can see him backing out and endorsing Newt Gingrich, perhaps very soon. Not good for Romney and Paul supporters, but Newt has little money and organization, can he really compete with Romney and Paul, despite his good polling? Will this latest bubble last through the early states, or will he melt in the spotlight like so many others?

    Comment by Matthew M. | November 29, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yeah, it’s been tough to find the time. And was out of access for a while. As for Cain, I’m not big on running with accusations that haven’t been proven so generally avoid them. They are only mentioned because it is apparently the reason for his “reassessment.”

    I’m not sure a Cain endorsement would benefit whoever he endorses. Basically he’s tainted goods. That said, Gingrich, and perhaps to a lesser extent Perry, would gain from not having someone siphon off the tea party votes. And the tea party had already starting shifting to Gingrich because, well, because he is the only one left after the tea party has hopped from one savior to another. The fact that they think Gingrich could fit that bill is just another example of the lack of critical thinking. But hey, the better Gingrich does the harder it will be for Romney, which should make the Democrats happy.

    Gingrich doesn’t actually have much campaign money, having focused his fundraising on filling his own pockets for years. He also has no ground game in any state, so even if he gets a rush of funds he’ll have to spend it all in Iowa and New Hampshire and have nothing left to get voters to the polls everywhere else. Romney knows all of this and isn’t too worried. In fact, he sees that the never-ending string of tea party nut jobs flaming out has actually given him a shot at winning Iowa. So he’s been (more or less) quietly moving resources there to see if he can give a death blow to any of the others who think they can ride a win. If Romney wins Iowa its all over and the tea party will have to decide if they will become even bigger hypocrites by voting for someone they have been actively despising.

    Comment by politicalgumhockey | November 29, 2011 | Reply

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