Not wanting to selfish, we need to remember that there are numerous other candidates for public office who deserve as much of a chance as Rick Perry to prove they are unfit to represent the population. Herman Cain is dangerous due to his past as a Federal Reserve chairman, not much more. I could care less about his indiscressions in his private life.
Herman Cain is probably going to be leaving the campaign trail soon.
He is telling his people he is "reassessing" his campaign because of these allegations, which he categorically denies:
"Obviously, you're all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday," Cain began, his voice somber. "First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn't the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship."
"That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment," he continued. "As you know, during the summer we had to make some reassessments based upon our financial situation. We were able to hang in there; we reassessed the situation and kept on going. We also did a reassessment after the Iowa straw poll and we made another reassessment after the Florida straw poll. When the previous two accusations, false accusations, came about, we made another assessment. The way we handled those was, we continued on with our schedule. We made an assessment about what was going to happen to our support. But our supporters, and even some folks that we didn't have as supporters, they stood with us, and they showed it not only in terms of their verbal support, they showed it in terms of their dollars."
"Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people's minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth," Cain said.
I'd put money down right now that he's dropping out soon.
I remember listening to Neal Boortz one morning while I was working and he had Herman on. It was before the campaign even started. Boortz matter of factly asked him, "You really want to do this?"
Herman said, "Yes. Yes I do."
I wonder if he truly understood what was about to broadside him. I can't imagine he knew how bad the campaign would get, or what was really required of him.
Some have dismissed this campaign as a book tour that grew legs. If so, it is the most self destructive book tour in the history of literature.
In the end, the Cain Train was derailed not but the sexual allegations made by women in Cain's past, but his inability to form lucid foreign policy positions based on a basic understanding of the issues. He refused to recognize his weaknesses, both personally and in his campaign, and make the necessary changes.
If these women had no come forward, I still think the Cain Train would have broken down. The sad part is, it didn't have to. He could have easily salvaged the campaign with a little effort put into learning the basics.