So, this is when Herman Cain hangs it up.
He’s not, perhaps too hardheaded and old school to do so at this point. But, he should. This is when the never really wanted to be a Presidential wanna-be realizes that the Republican political machine is really not all that interested in watching him take this any further. When he has a coming-to-Jesus moment with himself and his unorthodox campaign. Pull out while you still can, Uncle Herman. Spare us the embarrassing weekly headlines and spare your fam any new allegations (what’s next? Little Hermans? Love Kids of Cain?). Spare Black folks, Uncle – spare your community fam of having the world watch one of theirs implode. Spare your Black Republican fam. But – seems like they’re already moving on to Newt Gingrich anyway.
Drop the cause, go count your chips and cash in.
Politically, it’s not worth pursuing the nomination any further at this point even if you think you might pull off an Iowa caucus surprise. More than likely that’s not happening, particularly as a very White, evangelistic and stuck-in-time Republican electorate fails to reconcile your apparent obsession with White females. Plus: a lot of White females vote in the Republican primary and they’re not feeling you at the moment, either.
Cain has always extolled the virtues of being a Black man in America and working twice as hard as the White dude sitting beside him. But, if these allegations are true, what he may not realize is that you can’t apply the same philosophy in politics. If it keeps on, he’s not going to bounce back like President Bill Clinton; folks won’t forget like they did with Sen. Gary Hart. Mainstream media is a bit unforgiving in dealing with Black political scandals. You may have ruined your chances of that national talk show on FOX. At best, if it keeps up, he might get lucky with the Black lecture circuit.
How he’s able to get hooked up with multi-thousand dollar-a-shot speaking engagements on the corporate track remains to be seen. Who is going to listen to a case study in bad crisis management about how to run a team during a crisis?
He’s not Michael Vick. The record for brothers in politics who weather scandals is, statistically, grim. Former D.C. Mayor, convicted felon and now Councilman-for-life Marion Barry is about as good as it gets – but, Barry has the luxury of representing D.C.’s poorest and Blackest Ward. Barry’s not an anomaly – he’s just hustler smart.
So, Cain has to make a choice: does he want long-term political leverage and respect or does he want to be the butt of late night jokes for the next decade?
At this stage, the polling numbers don’t look so good. He was, literally, on top of the world with a 26% average on October 26th.
Now, as of today, he’s somewhere around 15.5%. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s brain freezes on stage have been his only saving grace, keeping him at a solid third place against Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
So, here’s the news feeds on allegations of a 13-year relationship with Ginger White. Lol – you can’t get anymore Gilligan’s Island than this. Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake in The Washington Post:
“He made it very intriguing,” White said. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.
“It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
To substantiate her claims, White showed the Atlanta reporter phone records documenting 61 calls from a number that the reporter later traced to Cain. The calls were being made as late as September 2011; Cain, who has acknowledged a relationship with White but not an inappropriate one, responded to a text message to the phone number, but told the reporter he was helping her financially.
“This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate,” said attorney Lin Wood, who Cain hired after several sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him earlier this month.
Cain tries to bite back in usual fashion. Juana Summers in POLITICO:
Cain attorney Lin Wood — who earlier this month said his client had been “falsely accused” in relation the sexual harassment claims — released a statement saying that candidates for political office and public officials should not “be questioned about his or her private sexual life.”
“The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door,” Wood said in a statement.
Wood said that Cain has “no obligation” to discuss the accusations with reporters and “he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”
Cain has repeatedly said that he has never strayed outside his marriage, even before the sexual harassment allegations came to light. In March, he told bloggers on a conference call “I don’t have any illegitimate babies. I don’t have any mistresses.”
Folks are probably wondering why he was so eager to refute the allegations long before the allegations came out.
Here’s Cain on CNN attempting to wiggle his way out of it with his boy “Blitz:”
Oh, yeah, here’s Ginger White: