Herman Cain’s polling averages are still almost as high as Bachmann, Huntsman and Perry put together. The problem is that unlike past shooting stars, he’s never run a campaign. He’s in debt, he’s in trouble and he’s going to be asked about everything but what he wants to talk about.
Cain’s decision was to go out before he sank to the bottom. He’s the name everyone cares about at the moment. He may have a few weeks of notoriety left, plus and endorsement that could help settle his campaign debt. I don’t see this as a betrayal of his supporters. If he kept going, it would be as an “embattled” campaign where every event he went to was under a “cloud of suspicion” or a “shadow of doubt.”
People love fighters, but some of the most famous ones met terrible fates. Sometimes voters spend too much some on one savior. Hillary Clinton can’t save us, Sarah Palin can’t save us. We can save us. The message we send by voting against Barack Obama is not that we love his opponent, but that he’s fired. The message of 2010 was a mass firing, where Barney Frank and others are forced into retirement in the following election.
Obama can do so much more damage in 4 more years than any Republican in their first 4 years. The best candidate is the one who gets the nomination. He or she will be the one who gets him out of office.