He’s OUT!


Herman Cain Suspends His Presidential Campaign

An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away,” even as he abandoned hope of winning the Republican nomination. Instead, Mr. Cain announced what he called a “Plan B,” continued advocacy of his tax and foreign policy plans.

“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Mr. Cain said. “Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.”

Mr. Cain, with his wife at his side, adamantly professed Saturday that the accusations of sexual harassment and of a long-term affair that have swamped his campaign were not true.


Well, it was fun while it lasted. At least they can’t say he lost because the Republicans wouldn’t support a black man.

I wish Herman and his wife the best and hope we haven’t seen the last of him.


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16 Responses to He’s OUT!

  1. DeniseVB says:

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Legal Insurrection:

    Chutzbahma

    Headlines of the day:

    Obama: Congress ‘shouldn’t go home’ until tax cut is extended

    Obama Off to Hawaii for 17 Day Vacation Over Christmas

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    Hollow. From Cain and from Palin. “We’re fighters!” Prove it, mofos! Fight, ffs.

    In a field full of crazies and/or the corrupt & greedy, it would have been refreshing to have real people running. Palin and Cain have just shown America that real people can’t run; that they will cave when confronted with controversy. Sorely disappointed in both.

    • 1539days says:

      I think a lot of it is still about the money. You can’t fund a campaign on a bunch of 20 dollar donations, no matter what the media said about Obama. It took 5 women to take down Cain, which is a pretty good fight.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        He had a month to go. Even the sorriest candidate can hold out for that.

        I don’t hate him or anything, but I don’t think he or Palin considered the chilling effect their failures would have on future campaigns. It will now be much more difficult for anyone outside of the Harvard-Yale-Princeton circuit to run. If he had stayed in, I don’t think that would have been the case. The lesson here is: if you are common, we will run you out on a rail.

        My 2 cents.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Andrew Jackson would have laughed in their faces if they had tried to Palinize of Cain-icize him. Do we even have Americans of that kind of stature anymore?

      • myiq2xu says:

        Imagine if every disgruntled ex-lover, ex-spouse, ex-friend and/or ex-employee in your life had the chance to dish dirt on you – true or not. They don’t have to prove any of it – it’s up to you to disprove it.

        How many people could survive that?

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Just words. :p

        • myiq2xu says:

          “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will really hurt you.”

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Seriously, I think they could have handled that. Yes, it sucks, and of course the decision is theirs’. But at the same time, it’s frustrating to sit back and watch folks like this just let speculation and the threat of nastiness stop them. We’re 235 years into this experiment we called Democracy, and to this day the number of self-made men who’ve made it to the presidency can be counted on one hand. I don’t think us commoners, so to speak, should let ourselves be cowed by the words or conventions of the privileged. I want a farking Working Class Hero (or Heroine, preferably) to take the risk, consequences be damned. See it through and stop teasing us with this bullshit. I’d do it myself, but I haven’t been successful in acquiring the fame to try.

          Palin and Cain both had that public platform, and from outward appearances, they had nothing much to lose. The small, vocal crowd that criticized Palin’s every move will never be convinced of her real record or change their minds, but everybody else could have been swayed by a smart campaign with fresh ideas, as Palin’s would invariably be. Cain could have changed public perception and, more importantly, actual voting patterns, had he stayed in the race. The problem is, I suspect, that both took the short view when what is called for is the long view. That’s the Achilles heel of these types of candidates. Their backgrounds have taught them they must live for today, so they give little consideration to the historical impact of their candidacies, or the inching realities of progress in the context of that history. Of course, it’s also their appeal to folks like me; that pragmatic, solution-oriented thinking that I see so often from them.

        • myiq2xu says:

          they give little consideration to the historical impact of their candidacies

          Modesty isn’t always a virtue, pride isn’t always a sin.

        • votermom says:

          But at the same time, it’s frustrating to sit back and watch folks like this just let speculation and the threat of nastiness stop them.

          Lola, I don’t think that’s the reason Palin is not running. If it was, right after the Tucson blood libel she would have retired from the scene. But she spent all summer laying the groundwork for a run and at the last minute said no. It seems like something else was a factor – either something came up to block her, or something she expected to come up did not.

          Cain is John Edwards redux, imo. He didn’t vet himself. If the affair was unprovable, he would still be running.

  4. yttik says:

    The sad thing is that many presidential campaigns knock out all the people with integrity and only leave the most ruthless, lying, and corrupt people standing. The really hard part is trying to find a ruthless and corrupt candidate who still has enough humility and compassion to truly represent the people and the country.

    By the time they’ve been nominated, they’ve already sold their soul to the highest bidder. We always get to vote for the evil and sneaky bastard who managed to survive the election process. It’s a rotten deal.

  5. Susan says:

    Herman Cain is an amoral ignoramus who should go home and try to undo some of the harm that he’s done in his life to his wife, family and faith. He might start with resigning his position as assistant minister of the church to which he belongs and begging God to show him the meaning of true humility and respect for others.

    He’d be doing the world a favor if he took Newt Gingrich with him.

  6. HELENK says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/12/the-moral-of-the-herman-cain-story.php

    something the American voter should think about.
    How to make sure the issues are at the forefront and not get distracted

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