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Herman Cain suspends campaign (Reader Poll)

Herman Cain suspends campaign (Reader Poll)

Herman Cain just announced that he is suspending his campaign.

“As false accusations against me continued, they have sidetracked and distracted my ability to present solutions to the American people.”

“Because of these false and unproved accusations it has paid and had a tremendous painful” effect on my family.

The false allegations have been spun “so as to create a cloud of doubt over me and my family … that spin hurts, it hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions.”

“Those false and unproved allegations are not true.”

“I am at peace with my God.  I am at peace with my wife, and she is at peace with me…. and I am at peace with myself.”

“Becoming president was Plan A … as of today …. I am suspending presidential campaign.”

“I am not going to be silenced and I’m not going away…. Today launching … to promote transfer of power out of Washington … 999 campaign … energy independence….” etc.

Will be making endorsement soon.

Running for president “a dirty game.”

“I will never apologize for the greatness of the United States of America”

UPDATE: Politico reacts to Cain announcement.

Reader Poll — Did Herman Cain make the right decision in suspending his campaign? (Poll open until Noon Sunday)


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So… can we expect a parade of women who now accuse Newt And Mitt of sexual harassment in the next few days?

    JEBurke in reply to Sanddog. | December 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Newt has married all his mistresses!

    kobayashi in reply to Sanddog. | December 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Nah, all the white candiates are going to get the usual white racist treatment. Only candidate who ever beat Obama was a real “African-American”. That meant they pulled out the old Dem-KKK turn of the century ‘Caught eyeballin a Blonde White Woman” routine, which is meaningless with a white guy. Cains economics and Obamacare views appealed to a lot of ‘conservative voters’ – He wouldn’t have survived Obamacare and I think of him as the only candidate I could be confident of repealing it. Here’s the Florida Obamacare case and the Mark Levin interesting read is page 68 to 78 of 78 pages. Florida “Vinson” Obamacare decision

    Cain’s sin was “What Do We Do when the Conservative Candidate is a real “African-American” and we can’t use “Race and Racism” as an issue?”

First Sarah Palin and now Herman Cain, and they’re both going to be out there helping to end the entrenched greed in DC.

Btw, I’ve been hearing that Romney’s camp is behind a lot of the political nastiness. Has anyone else heard that?

    spartan in reply to Kitty. | December 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    You mean it wasn’t Perry?

    I think we are figuring out why Romney was not liked by the other GOP candidates in 2008.
    I am not sorry in the least to see Cain gone. He took multiple unwarranted and cheap shots at Perry. Now, he bemoans ‘a dirty game’. Palin is tough but graceful. She has great political instincts and would have been a great contender. Cain was/is bull personified.

    ThomasD in reply to Kitty. | December 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Romney’s is the only campaign with the combined money and boots on the ground to conduct this kind of deep background oppo, although I would not be surprised if the Chicago stuff was fed to them from Axelrod connected people.

    Perry doesn’t have that kind of reach.

      Cowboy Curtis in reply to ThomasD. | December 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Actually, it doesn’t seem to have been very deep at all. This is one of the benefits of having a candidate who has been through campaigns- all the skeletons have already been found (found and re-buried if your a democrat, however). Even if it’d just been a state legislature race, the sexual harassment settlements would have been discovered. And if the affair story is true (it seems clear at least some of it is), that most likely would have as well.

    Sanddog in reply to Kitty. | December 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Apparently, Matt Towery alleged that on the Boortz show the other day. He claims he personally heard Mitt’s staffers talking about how they brought Cain down.

      spartan in reply to Sanddog. | December 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      If that is true, it shows Romney has incredible arrogance or no political IQ.
      There was nothing to really fear about Cain. He had little to no organization in IA and other early states. I know supporters here in GA were beginning to cool on him a month ago. Romney can only win the nomination by a plurality. This means, he should have wanted all the non-Romney candidates to continue to split the non-Romney vote.

      I do not doubt Romney being the culprit. I am pretty sure when Cain was pointing fingers at Perry, I had posted here that Romney was a more likely target of the leaks; especially since most of the information was released via the WaPo and their friends at the Politico. Jen Rubin is basically a Romney spokesperson. I thought it was unusual that these folks kept their sources quiet. If it were Perry, they would have thrown him under the bus.

      Romney is very nuanced but he is not a bright man. I look forward to the day he gets hoisted on his own petard. Make no mistake, I will not miss Cain. But, Romney is the worst candidate the GOP can foist on America. The folks who run National Review are betraying the legacy of William F Buckley.

@Kitty: By attempting to destroy them, the political class has made Cain and Palin “more powerful than they can imagine”.

Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit

I pray Cain’s attorney is digging deep, nothing would make me happier than egg on the MSM’s face. What a shame this is considering how little we know about the President.

    ThomasD in reply to Moe4. | December 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Doesn’t really matter at this point. The damage (to Cain and to the primary process) is done. The left would like nothing more than the self-fragging on the right to continue.

I feel like we’ve given in to political terrorists.

I really liked Cain. I saw him in person with a relatively small crowd, and I was impressed. I liked his no nonsense business background (planning and performance metrics — when was the last time you heard those two words in the same sentence with the federal government?); his humor and passion; his story of living the American dream; his charisma; and his clear connection to conservative principles.

BUT — too many allegations of sexual impropriety to ignore. Something happened, it wasn’t very nice, and Cain was less than truthful about it. Game over.

It’s a pity. He set politics, conservatism, and – sorry to say this – his race back many years. Bad deal all the way ’round.

The multiple, unsubstantiated allegations levied against him are not the issue; although, he is correct to describe them as a distraction.

He needs to prove his mettle. He should start his political career as a mayor, governor, etc. His private executive experience is insufficient to support his candidacy.

That said, he demonstrates an integrity when he recognizes the larger picture. He may not be our next president, but he is certainly qualified for another position in our government, perhaps as secretary of commerce or similar.

    Valerie in reply to n.n. | December 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, good grief. BO got his two political seats handed to him by others, and via dirty tricks, compiling no list of accomplishments, anywhere, and you want to impose some special punch list for everyone else?

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Valerie. | December 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      It is precisely because one so unqualified and inept as Obama has attained the White House that we’d do well to expect *some* experience in elected office from a presidential candidate.

      I felt the same way about Herman Cain – great man, great story, but president? Hmmmm. This is not a knock on Cain. There are a lot of truly great Americans who ought not be president.

I liked Herman,and am sorry to see him go. I believe he was smeared. I hope the women who spoke out got alot of Obama money, as he has alot more to spend.

My guess is that Cain’s fundraising in the past 2 weeks has started to dry up and now he’s behind the curve at a crucial point. Without a continual influx of money, campaigns wither and die, and drying up now is particularly bad because the quarterly financial reports are just about due.

My further guess is that Cain will be announcing a Newt Gingrich endorsement very shortly, in order to drive his remaining followers to Newt rather than to have them disperse to all the candidates. Cain putting his support to Gingrich can effectively push the nomination to Gingrich, especially in Iowa (flat-tax vs. fairtax & ag subsidies) and South Carolina (Illegal Immigration, Nuclear Power, Tax Reform & Gun Control). New Hampshire is closer, but Gingrich support there seems to be a rising tide at this point anyway.

If Gingrich wins Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida the other candidates are effectively done. The money will dry up but from the most entrenched supporters. Yes, you’ll see a lot of establishment ‘Jennifer Rubens’ who will say “I’ll never vote for Newt” and the Media will play them up trying to keep Romney (Obama’s preferred opponent) alive, but the donators will see the writing on the wall and fall into line.

Regarding choice of language by Cain: Why do Presidential candidates “suspend” their campaign? I suppose that he is already on the primary ballot and can’t be removed, but effectively he is ending his presidential campaign. Why not just come out and say it?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Chuck Skinner. | December 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    “Why do Presidential candidates “suspend” their campaign?”

    Because of the legal definition of ‘suspend’ versus ‘end’. Suspension keeps him eligible for federal campaign matching funds to pay off likely campaign debts.

I meant to hit undecided and had a hand tremor, see that it went to no.
so vote is off by one at least

I voted yes. The accusations were unfair, and didn’t have to be fatal, but Cain’s responses have been pure amateur hour. A more seasoned politician would have been more adept at rebutting the smears.

So very disappointed. Another victim of the political/media smear experts. I hope he exposes who was behind this. Maybe we can hope for a VP spot?

Donald Douglas | December 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

He shoulda kept fightin’!

Video: ‘Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign’.

Cowboy Curtis | December 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Do most of you think he did not have an affair with the woman, or do you just think the press made the whole thing up?

Honest question.

    I think the press took a non-affair and made it into a sexual affair and they did it with glee.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | December 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Can’t know without more information, but the serial nature of the sexual harrassment charges followed by the longterm affair charges felt an awful lot like operatives with a plan throwing more and more mud until the target went down. First one allegation comes, with not much harm to Cain. So, here comes another, with some harm to Cain, but no knockout punch. Then comes the alleged affair accusation which finally got Cain to quit. It didn’t seem to roll out in any organic, genune way, as it would were it true. It did roll out just like a smear campaign would though.

    I was fine with Cain until I heard him speak on foreign affairs and policy. It is no sin to not have a grasp on every aspect of governance. It is a sin to be totally unprepared on a major topic for debate, particularly the debate which focused specifically on foreign policy. Although for different reasons, Cain’s foreign policy scared me as much as does Ron Paul’s. I was souring on Cain prior to the harrassment/affair allegations.

    Honestly,theJourno-listic manner in which Cain was condemned we will never truthfully know what happened which is why this Journo-listic practice is so damaging to the democratic process. The man was accused without evidence and for that he was hanged.

    Now that Cain is dead, the Journo-listers will get back to manufacturing stories about Perry’s Racist Rock.

I’m upset that the DNK (Dem Nat’l Klan) won. Those scum who will cover for the likes of Edwards, Jackson, Mfume, et al, just kept the plantation stray down. Cain didn’t really have a chance after he repeatedly displayed his total lack of interest in foreign policy. The smear on Cain was a vendetta, and the message to all conservative minority candidates is unambiguous.

    syn in reply to JerryB. | December 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    With President Obama in office maintaining a foreign policy of deceit and lies what American-candidate or otherwise-can honestly speak about foreign policy?

    The only person who can honestly speak about foreign policy is the person who defeats Obama, is sworn into office and can look at how much damage Obama has done to America’s foreign policy.

[…] “RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IS A DIRTY GAME:” Herman Cain suspends campaign. […]

Without offering any opinion on whether I think Mr. Cain is guilty of what is alleged of him, I still have to wonder, did he not think his past life was going to be subjected to intense scrutiny, and not in a friendly way? I wondered the same about Mr. Edwards last time around. Do these folks really think all their past indiscretions aren’t going to be dug up?

Both Ms. Clinton and Mr. Obama (or at least their campaign advisers) seemed to operate on the presumption that their pasts were going to be subject to such treatment. I can surmise that from the fact that their campaigns took special pains to seal off whatever they could well before they got their campaigns underway. Mr. Obama has been in office nearly three years and we still have no record of his college activities and achievements, same with Ms. Clinton.

Do these other people really think that their political enemies aren’t going to unleash a small army of investigators to turn over the smallest details of their lives? Did Mr. Edwards really think that his indiscretion with what’s-her-name was going to be held like a national secret? Did Mr. Cain really think that the harassment case while at NRA was magically going to remain invisible?

I’m asking out of curiosity, not enmity towards Mr. Cain – he was my favourite of the lot and I’m disappointed that he’s fizzled out so soon.

    JEBurke in reply to martin.hale. | December 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Considering how many pols have crashed and burned due to past or current sexual escapades, the answer must be, yes, each one thinks he is different — special, really — and won’t get tripped up.

Congratualtions Politico and the liberal media, you’re doing your best to protect your man Obama.

First they did this to Hillary in 2008, once she was gone out of the primaries, then on to Mccain/Palin, then the Tea Party, now Herman Cain (and he does deserve a lot of blame if he thought none of these allegations would come out), next it will be Newt, and then whoever the republican nominee is.

I saw the post about Politico’s website dive. Well, I was someone who read Politico pretty regularly its a piece of trash, they NEVER went after Obama’s reszko connections, Rev Wright, nothing. Like I said A PIECE OF TRASH, right up there with MSDNC (many of Politico’s former employees are now MSDNC employees, like Chuckie Toad), and oh yea, I’m a recovering democrat saying this.

CONGRATULATIONS POLITICO. Now, on to the next political republican target, eh?

As for Cain, I truely feel sorry for his lovely wife, who seems like such a nice lady and the rest of his family, unfortunately Cain didn’t know the rules, if you are a minority and a conservative, the liberal mainstream press will not protect you, if you are a liberal, hell yea, they will coddle you, lie for you, cover for you, everything.

and excellent post:

part of the article:
“Herman Cain has not been blameless in this entire episode. But certainly Herman Cain has been subjected in the past few weeks to more investigation and speculation than Barack Obama has ever endured. Meanwhile the Fast and Furious Friday document dumps continue without much Big Media attention. And that’s why (Chutzbama indeed!) Barack Obama can go on a 17 day vacation to Hawaii this Christmas secure in the knowledge that Big Media is on watch protecting him.

Herman Cain has ended his campaign but there is little to cheer in this episode. If there is any good news it is the report that Politico’s readership has taken a dive (in Politicospeak “readership numbers are flaccid”.) The Professor is correct to write that Politico is following in the dirt path down of MSNBC.

The Professor is also smart to note that the JournoListers have taken an increased interest in someone new[t], now that they have finished off the black man in the race. Yup Newt Gingrich is the new target of the Obama protecting activist base of JournoListers.

To his credit Newt Gingrich has repeatedly warned the other Republican candidates that their enemy is not one another. As we have warned since 2007 the enemy for anyone not actively worshiping Obama is Big Media and the Big Media Party.

The Big Media Party has its own agenda and candidates. The Big Media Party is not, as Big Media “personalities” propagandize, an equal opportunity abuser. The Big Media Party is not about news or “opinion”. The Big Media Party is an activist advocacy apparatus which distorts our politics in more harmful ways than the loathed “big money” fundraisers and lobbyists.

The Big Media Party disposed of Herman Cain today and the very bad news for Newt Gingrich (who will likely inherit the bulk of Cain’s support) is that they are now free to target free-fire zone Newt Gingrich. After Newt is Mitt, Huntsman, whoever is not Obama. “

    alex in reply to alex. | December 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t agree with this part of that post:
    ” the very bad news for Newt Gingrich (who will likely inherit the bulk of Cain’s support) is that they are now free to target free-fire zone Newt Gingrich. After Newt is Mitt, Huntsman, whoever is not Obama. “”

    Gingrich is a big boy, he doesn’t seem to have a glass jaw, he can take it as well as dish it out, and dish out very hard and very bluntly.

Herman Cain fooling around pales in comparison to the allegations that Barack Obama, while a married man and a senator, did cocaine and gay sex with Larry Sinclair in a limousine.

Honestly, it wasn’t the allegations – or ‘smears’ – that turned me away from Cain.

The guy simply wasn’t prepared policy-wise.

Go back and read some of his statements. Listen to some of his answers. I’d venture to guess most of the readers on this blog could accurately answer some of the simple foreign policy questions and positions he was asked to explain. Yet, he couldn’t. On several occasions.

Did the press do a hatchet job on him? Yep. Is part of it his own fault for how he handled it? Yes, again.

But set aside all of that, stop making excuses and painting him as a victim. He just wasn’t ready for prime time.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to jimg. | December 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I too was troubled by Cains statements on foreign policy. But assume that he made exactly the same statements policy but the campaign waged against him by Politico, et al (which included many useful idiots who support other candidiates and were only too willing to pile on) based on still unproven allegations never occurred. Would Cain still have suspended his campaign?

    Clearly, the answer is no. That means that Cain IS a victim and pointing it out is not “making excuses.”

    Are you really willing to accept and excuse what you acknowledge was a “hatchet job” because you think Cain was unqualified? If so, I have news for you – every Republican candidate, including the one(s) you support, is “not ready for prime time” in the eyes of the liberal media and those who support other GOP candidates – and you are giving them carte blanche to use the hatchet on your candidate next.

I think that what really frosts me is comparing the treatment of Herman Cain to the treatment of John Edwards. The press knew damn well the John Edwards was involved in a long-term affair, but they clamped down on it. Not only did they clamp down on it, but there was an entire news cycle where the lead story of the day was that one of the Presidential candidates was involved in a sex scandal, but the press refused to name that candidate. With Democrats, it’s always an incredibly delicate situation, and there must be 100% proof, preferably an admission by the politician, before the press will even cover it at all. With Republicans, the first whiff of a rumor gets splashed across the front pages.

I’d like to think that Politico’s sinking popularity is the result of their smear campaign against Cain. I’m sure as hell never linking to one of their stories again.

This didn’t end his campaign. His weakness on foreign policy did. 999 was bold and perhaps a good starting point, but we’ll never know. The video of the Libya interview was what made me hop off the Cain train. We’ve all seen what happens when a rank amateur attempts to steer relations with other nations. Cain would certainly be better than Obama–like not bowing to foreign heads of state, interrupting other nations’ anthems, and waving at the camera like a four-year-old–but we need someone with some command of basic geography, history, and current events.

Cain handled this whole mess poorly. That just shows he is not ready for prime time. He never seemed up on history or current events any more than obama. I was never a fan of his but deplored the treatment the media gave him.

I doubt very much that Cain would have garnered a majority of black votes. Blacks are glued to the dim party because of the freebies they are given. They will never desert that party until that party is dead. Hopefully, not long now.

think what has always bothered me the most is how so many are ok with what has happened because they thought he was a weak candidate anyway.
the truth did not seem to matter.

that bugs the hell out of me.

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