Herman Cain may not be able to salvage his campaign after issuing a notice that he is reconsidering his run. Nothing says you have skeletons in your closet more than jumping in front of the closet door and shouting “Ok, I’m done!” when people get close to it. And it’s truly a shame. Whether or not the accusations are legitimate, so far there is no credible evidence that they are.
Ginger White adds to the list of financially troubled, gold digging, sue happy women from Cain’s corporate past who have been bankrupt, sued their work place for frivolous sexual harassment claims, and of course have failed to provide any evidence of the alleged misconduct. Her husband said her claims “wouldn’t surprise me, either way”. If you’ve worked in the corporate world, haven’t you known that person that you decided right away you better leave your office door open when he or she comes in to protect yourself?
The mountain of accusations has come down to one woman, without even a hotel receipt to show for it, claiming that Cain grabbed her crotch in a car while taking her back to her room, one woman who claims Cain dared say she was as tall as his wife, and a woman with no money and several eviction notices who Cain thought was a friend, but who also has had about a month now of hearing why the other accusers might be financially motivated because of book deals. I mean, imagine how much she could sell her autographed book she got form Cain that says something about friends being friends forever and everything else being bonuses? We all know what that means. He might as well have said “had a great time being friends with benefits”.
So suddenly every mainstream newspaper in America is reporting Cain’s affair like the black and white tabloids say that aliens exist. The only problem is, Cain is getting ready to put electric, barbed wire fences up all around area 51.
Herman Cain has not been impressive in his handling of things like this, but let’s face it. He is an amateur when it comes to smear politics. He can’t even do it himself. The poor guy has been nothing but respectful to most of his opponents, with the one exception being when he rashly called out Rick Perry and his former staffers for kickstarting the story since only they knew those sexual harassment claims existed. So Cain’s decision to hold off and see if things blow over or not could just be a rank amateurish blunder.
That said, my evaluation is that Herman Cain may choose to continue, but the continuation will be short lived. He has contributed a lot to this election process, but at this point his blunders have just made him a distraction from the main event. If I had to predict, I would say that Cain will drop out, and will endorse the person who ends up becoming the GOP candidate. Shortly after dropping out, the affair stories will quickly evaporate leaving only his most staunchest supporters and detractors wondering if they were ever actually true.
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