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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Cain considers dropping Presidential bid

Herman Cain

Beleaguered, scandal-tinged GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain is “reassessing” his campaign and may drop out of the crowded Republican field, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

While top campaign aides deny the “reassessment” may result in withdrawal, sources close to the Cain campaign say paid staff are already on the phone seeking jobs elsewhere.

“There’s a funeral wake atmosphere here right now,” said one Cain campaign staff member. “We’re on a death watch.”

Cain, already hobbled by multiple accusations of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, now faces accusations of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman.

As has happened with past accusations, Cain and his aides sent mixed signals.  While his attorney issued statements saying the matter involved “consenting adults” and was not a matter for public discussion, Cain issued flat denials and said his lawyer would answer the charges with specific information.

The latest sexual controversy comes on the heels of gaffes and memory lapses by the candidates in interviews and appearances.

Whatever happens in the Cain campaign, it is destined to go down in political history as a textbook case on how not to run for President.

Writes Jonathan Martin on Politico, which first brought Cain’s history of sexual harassment to light:

Herman Cain is in the midst of “reassessing” whether to continue his 2012 bid, but its legacy is already settled: His campaign will go down as one of the most hapless and bumbling operations in modern presidential politics, setting a new standard for how to turn damaging press coverage into something far worse.

The botched responses to allegations of marital infidelity, sexual impropriety and his own gaffes — not to mention the puzzling strategic decisions — have, in the eyes of many veteran strategists, reached record levels of ineptitude.


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6 thoughts on “Cain considers dropping Presidential bid”

  1. The circus goes on and on and on. More than ever, as I look at the sorry set of Republican “rivals” on the other side, I am THANKFUL to have Barack Obama as President, and as a viable candidate for re-election. Mr. Obama: your heart, your values, and your basic decency are all in the right place. But…your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate…..when we failed to provide you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead, you are saddled with a don’t-tax-the-1%-do-nothing Congress that battles you at every turn, while the people suffer. God, they don’t EVEN let you pass your own appointments. It’s not Tea-publican gridlock – it’s Tea-publican sabotage. it’s Tea-publican treason….while the 99% BLEEDS. And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. These people have no shame…or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. Grandma gets her meager Social Security check, and they call it “socialism”. Give me a break! (and Grandma too!) Thankfully, with Occupy Wall Street, America has found its voice: a voice that reminds us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter. Not “corporations are people-people” , but REAL people! Tea-publicans want even more tax-break-corporate-welfare-loopholes….while companies send our jobs overseas, and wish that we’d go away too, as they buy every politician in sight. They talk about “welfare queens”, but hey, if these guys don’t have enough mistresses, I can hook them up with a few gorgeous -and rich!- oil companies. It would be a perfect blind date, except for the fact that they’re ALREADY in bed with them :-). But instead of talking about less government , and more corporate welfare, and more painful cuts to those who can LEAST afford it…, Occupy is a voice that demands a government that WORKS, a government that works FOR ALL OF US, not just for a favored few,…not just for the rich. It’s a voice that comes up from the grassroots, and lifts us up in turn: because it insists that this land IS our land…and that we WANT IT BACK! And most importantly, it’s a voice that will help us re-elect the President AND give him a more progressive Congress to work with. Mr. Obama: I wish you well. You STILL give us hope.

  2. Is there no end to the hypocrisy within the candidates who are running for the party of family values?

    I’ve worked with thousands of people who have put their hearts and souls into working campaigns from a city council seat all the way to the White House and had to deal with the tragedy of a horrible defeat and the joy of a glorious win. I love the competition and the game itself.

    There have been many times when I became attracted to my candidate and the entire group who put in the time and emotions necessary for any campaign. To make it sexual would have been a violation of my own commitment.

    Why is it that among Republicans running for office on the premise that they will promote family values as a top priority and then slip away with some woman, not his chosen wife? In the age of television, I bring an added asset in that I know how my candidates will look to the camera. I often plant a body hug and a feather cheek kiss for my own final seal and take joy in watching them score in their numbers. If they lose, then another candidate will be found and we can start all over. I separate my work and pleasure just as my candidates should separate their church and state.

    I know the emotional investment that is made behind a candidate but I do not understand the religious right so easily able to bypass their personal commitments.

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