But in the meantime, to say that those supporters are disappointed is an understatement.
Many of those who have come to support Herman Cain are a part of the newly reinvigorated civic minded group of individuals who come from the TEA movement. They are people who had been turned off by politics and tuned it out. Until President Obama tried to deliver on his promise to reform America. Obama’s attempts to control every aspect of our lives from how much a private business can pay us, where a private business can do business, where we get our healthcare from and when we can get it, to the air that we breathe and the food that we eat, have alarmed these dissatisfied Americans so much that they came to realize that the direction our leaders try to take our nation in can not be ignored or allowed.
These people are not like politics and do not like politicians. They are reform minded and want dramatic changes in the process and policies of our federal government and they do not trust the establishment any more.
Then came Herman Cain. An independent, successful businessman, who has challenged the establishment and tried to provide the solutions that the establishment can’t or won’t.
Between his fascinating and poignant personal story, his oratory skills, homespun style, common sense thinking, and anti-establishmentarian tendencies, Cain captured the imaginations and hopes of these people. And while he did not always rise to the occasion, he did offer the promise of a change from business as usual. It helped him win the hearts and minds of many of these Americans and now that the Cain train was forced off the tracks, they are left angry at a process that dashed their hopes and they are left searching for a new leader to pin their hopes on.
Immediate reaction to the Cain announcement seems to indicate that Cain’s support will continue to overwhelmingly go to Newt Gingrich.
A sampling of the reactions to Cain development are expressed by messages sent to White and through white Hose 2012. In an open letter that one Cain supporter, J.C. Stephens, sent to Mr. Cain through White House 2012, he writes;
I knew last night there was an update to come today about the campaign. The thought that you might stop your bid for the White House did cross my mind for a moment but I thought you would be able to fight through to the end.
I do understand and praise you for putting your wife and family first . I am however greatly saddened that you have made this decision.
I believe you are a man of character and just what we’ve needed for this country since Ronald Reagan.
I don’t know what more to say other than I hope you will return to the race for President and go on to the White House in 2012.
Marji states to White House 2012 readers;
People…do you not remember..we had a President of the Unite States look the people in the eye and Lie, lie, lie….”I did not have……..”. The news did nothing…this man they are trying to put him on the cross. I wonder how much she got paid to ruin this man’s life. When are you going to wake-up!!! The news people are doing the voting for you so they can get the one in the White House now re-elected. Obama does not care for us or our country…he is selling us down the drain for pennies….Look..look at what is around him…the company he keeps!!! Wake-up and pray….the greatest country on earth and he hates it.
In another open letter to Herman Cain, Nina Flora writes;
I just want to express my deep concern for you, your wife and your family. I for one just do not believe the allegations and do hope you as you said recently get to the bottom of this. It is so sad that a person can say whatever they desire to defame a person’s character, hurt the family and just walk away with no proof. I always thought the person being accused had a right of confronting their accusers, I do also realize when in the position you were in that there is not time to do all this and “run for president” I am so very disappointed in our leaders “plural”. We have now people in our country in leadership who have no honesty, integrity, and loyalty to our loved country. I admire your desire to make some badly needed changes and do wish you all the best and our prayers.I know this was a plan to destroy you. You are in my prayers.
Nina is now leaning towards Newt Gingrich but tells us she likes Rick Santorum because she thinks he is particularly honest Nina says” I think Newt is very smart and actually does care for our country, he is a strong personality capable of standing up for us, his past does not bother me..if a person changes..they change and have a right to acceptance” She adds ” but just wait , if he becomes the Republican candidate, they will crucify him just like Cain and Sarah Palin” Nina goes on to tell us;
“I am sorry that Cain was maligned…but that is also part of the problem..just wait and see who is the upcoming candidate and see what liberals, MSNBC, CBS and all the liberal media do next to ruin them..These medias are simply evil and vindictive and want their “bosses” the liberals and all other anti-american entities to be in control.”
An appreciative Steve Moran of California, shows some fighting spirit with some enthusiastic encouragement of Mr. Cain’s new mission;
Amen! Thank you for pressing forward Mr. Cain to represent “We the People” and to clear your good name. You are a true patriot and I pray that you are in the Cabinet of the new Republican administration in January 2013 to help to briskly cleanse Obama’s anti-constitutionial corruption, to eradicate his heretical socialist policies, and to, once again, restore America to the hill top so that her exceptional, unflickering shining light may unapologetically beam brightly for all the world to see in 2013, and for many generations to come. God bless and stay the course.
When asked where he will go from here Steve tells us he has has not yet decided who will now support but stated that is leaning towards Newt Gingrich because he is “largely aligned with Mr. Cain on the salient issues vital to the re-establishment of de facto conservatism in America.” Mr. Moran also tells us that who Herman Cain endorses will totally influence who his vote goes to though. “I value Mr. Cain’s opinion immensely, and his future endorsement will have a profound effect on the candidate that I support”, said Moran.
He adds “I had hoped that they [Gingrich and Cain] would run together as President and Vice President, with either in either position”
As for those who just a day ago were Herman Cain’s rivals for the nomination, reaction to the end of Cain’s campaign is somber in tone but filled with praise for the former presidential candidate.
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson released the following statement;
“I have no doubt Herman Cain will remain a significant voice in the dialogue about the many important issues we face. His rejection of business-as-usual in Washington has been a valuable part of this campaign, and clearly resonates with a great many Americans. I wish him the best.”
Newt Gingrich tweeted the following message;
“I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend and I know he will continue to be a powerful voice for years to come.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry stated;
“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.”
Others like Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Jon Huntsman have also issued their well wishes and commended Herman Cain on what all agree was a job well done. And a job well done it was. One of his most significant accomplishments was his courage and ability to force the rest of the Republican to all agree on making tax reform a major staple of their campaigns and in turn a major issue on the American political agenda.
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