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The Cain Train Comes To A Screeching Halt

December 5, 2011 2 comments

The news coming out of the Herman Cain camp is that the one-time Republican front runner has decided to “suspend” his campaign.  For all intents and purposes, suspending your campaign is the same as ending your campaign.  Stick a fork in him.  Herman Cain is done!

Few could have probably predicted this a couple of months ago when Cain shot to the lead in polls for the Republican nomination but his campaign quickly derailed under the weight of allegations of sexual misconduct and carrying on a 13-year marital affair.

Current front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney quickly set up meetings with Cain in order to try to woo support.  Cain ultimately announced that he was endorsing Gingrich but it remains to be seen if Cain supporters will back Gingrich as well.

Where Herman Cain the politician goes from here remains unclear.  I think history will ultimately recognize Cain as a successful business person but also someone who wasn’t quite cut out for the bright lights of politics.  Cain’s candidacy started out promisingly enough but ultimately got derailed because he wasn’t able to keep his hands to himself!

What say you?  Are you disappointed that Herman Cain dropped out of the race or do you think it was his time to go?  Feel free to comment below.

Herman Cain Presidential Campaign All But Over

December 2, 2011 13 comments

The fat lady may not have officially started singing yet but she’s definitely in the back tuning up.

We may be down to the last few days of the Herman Cain for President campaign.  Cain, once the front-runner for the Republican nomination, has been saddled in recent weeks with political gaffes ranging from extramarital affairs, inappropriate conduct and confusing statements on foreign policy.

The latest and perhaps final blow came yesterday when the Cain campaign announced that it was “reassessing” Cain’s run for the presidency.  It’s not terribly surprising considering that the Republican Party has been distancing itself from Cain in light of the sexual abuse allegations.  News media organizations similarly have been jumping off the bandwagon.

I originally supported the idea that Cain should be allowed to continue his campaign in light of the unproven allegations against him.  But now it appears that the sheer weight of the bad news that’s been piling up may push Cain to drop out altogether.

I think the time is right.  He’s clearly heading in the wrong direction in the polls and is very unlikely to recover.  It’s kind of a shame because I believe Cain is a fairly engaging guy and his 9-9-9 plan at least had generated some discussion of alternative revenue plans.  I don’t think I’ll miss him though.  He never was the best qualified candidate for President.

What say you?  Is now the right time for Herman Cain to drop out of the race?  Feel free to comment below.

Herman Cain: The new Tiger Woods?

November 29, 2011 6 comments

Just when it seemed like the sexual harrassment allegations against Herman Cain were starting to simmer down……….he’s BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!

In case you haven’t read the story, Ginger White, a businesswoman from Atlanta, claims that she and Cain carried on a 13-year extramarital affair that ended only when Cain started his run toward the presidency.  Cain, of course, has denied that anything happened.

I don’t know if any of it is true or not but this gal’s story seems believable.  She’s not making wild accusations or claims of a love child or anything.  She simply says that she knew it was wrong but it was just simple fun.  Plus, she’s handed over phone records that seem to show that she and Cain regularly traded phone calls and text messages.

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Herman Cain Should NOT Withdraw From The Presidential Race

November 14, 2011 1 comment

A lot has been made of Herman Cain and what he may or may not have done with a handful of female coworkers from his time at the National Restaurant Association.  Although there’s a lot of confusion between what he said and what she said there’s one idea regarding this whole situation that I remain firmly behind – Herman Cain should absolutely NOT withdraw from the presidential race.

That’s not to say that I support Cain or his candidacy.  In fact, I think at best he’s about the third best qualified Republican candidate (and probably lower if I think about it).  But the one thing he said in the recent Michigan debate was absolutely right.

The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations.

For as much you may or may not like Herman Cain, the verdict on him can not be the result of he said, she said and watercooler gossip.  It needs to be tried legally (if it even comes to that).  Anybody can come out with an accusation to damage someone’s credibility.  But until something substantial can be proven he needs to be able to continue on towards the White House.

Karen Kraushaar Becomes Second Accuser To Go Public As Cain Continues Denials

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Karen Kraushaar, who worked at the National Restaurant Association with Herman Cain, follows in the steps of Sharon Bialek in going public with details of her sexual harrassment claims at the hands of the current Republican presidential candidate.

Cain for his part has continued to deny that any of these incidents ever took place.  What’s perhaps more interesting is that while Cain called Kraushaar’s claim “baseless”, records show that the NRA paid her a $30,000 settlement to close the case on her original claims.

Cain continues to say that he won’t be deterred but public opinion is starting to turn against him and this is going to end up costing him the election.

Sharon Bialek: Herman Cain “put his hand on my leg under my skirt”

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Herman Cain is in deeper trouble now!

In a press conference earlier today, Sharon Bialek, the fourth of the presidential candidate’s sexual harrassment accusers and the first to go public, offers details of her encounter with the former head of the National Restaurant Association.

After dinner, the two were sitting in his car when she claimed he “suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals” and moved her head toward his crotch.

“I was surprised and shocked, and I said, what are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend,” Bialek recalled saying. “This is not what I came here for.”

Bialak claimed that when she protested, Cain replied, “You want a job, right?

She told reporters Cain backed off after she asked him to stop, and he drove her back to her hotel.

This latest accusation obviously doesn’t paint the Republican front-runner in a very positive light.  Especially during a time when his popularity is showing signs of waning.  For their part, the Cain camp continues to deny all accusations but the damage may already be done in the court of public opinion.

If it’s one person, you may be able to dismiss it.  When it’s four accusers and they start talking, it’s becomes a pattern.  A pattern that could ultimately cost Cain the Republican nomination.

Herman Cain’s Popularity Starting to Take a Hit

November 6, 2011 1 comment

A Reuters poll just released is showing that the popularity of leading Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain is starting to drop.

The poll is showing that his favorable rating has drop 9 points since last week in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

I think this could be the beginning of the end of the Herman Cain for President campaign. Once the decline in popularity starts to pick up speed (just ask Rick Perry), it can be really difficult to turn it back around.

I’m a little disappointed. His 9-9-9 plan was at least mildly intriguing and I think he’d be a more interesting candidate than Mitt Romney. He could still conceivably turn things around but I won’t be holding my breath.

I guess the lesson learned here is to always keep your hands to yourself!