On Cain’s exit from the GOP race

Robert Stacy McCain (“The Other McCain”) writes the best piece on Herman Cain’s exit from the GOP presidential race in The American Spectator: “Dreams Die Hard.”

[…] As my Cainiac friend Mike Rogers said Sunday, “Herman was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool,” and his speeches to rallies in 2009 and 2010 made him a grassroots superstar. By the time I saw him again — at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in April 2010 — his speech was greeted with thunderous ovations rivaling the cheers the GOP crowd gave to Sarah Palin. He ended that speech with a jocular reference to the possibility that he might be a “dark horse” presidential candidate for 2012, and afterwards was swarmed by Republican well-wishers eager to shake his hand and have their photos taken with him. If he wasn’t joking about a 2012 campaign, Cain clearly had enormous potential. While I was then busy covering the mid-term congressional campaign, I made a mental note to keep an eye on Cain. As soon as Election Day 2010 ended, I found myself on the phone with Steve Foley, a conservative New Media consultant who had already taken the first steps toward launching his Citizens4Cain site to rally grassroots support. We agreed that, second only to Palin, Cain had the most potential to carry forward the momentum of the Tea Party movement.

All the pundits who low-rated Cain’s presidential prospects never seemed to see what Foley and I and so many other Cainiacs saw. For all his gaffes and blunders, for all the ineptitude of his campaign staff, Cain had something special that appealed to ordinary Americans sick of the cynical rhetoric of establishment politicians. Once the Cain Train gained momentum, pundits like Karl Rove seemed to find it personally offensive that an inexperienced outsider running an amateur campaign could win the enthusiastic support of millions. Two polls in October showed 30 percent of Republican voters ready to vote for Cain. By Oct. 20, despite all his mistakes and all the criticism from naysayers, the amateur outsider moved ahead of establishment favorite Mitt Romney in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls. And it was just about then that reporters began contacting the campaign’s recently hired communications director, J.D. Gordon, to ask about accusations of sexual harassment made more than a dozen years earlier during Cain’s tenure at the National Restaurant Association. Were the accusations true? We still don’t know and may never know. But to borrow Shakespeare’s famous phrase from Marc Antony’s funeral oration for Caesar, “If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Herman Cain answer’d it.” […]

Read it all.

Buh bye Herman. It was nice while it lasted.

7 thoughts on “On Cain’s exit from the GOP race”

  1. Cain’s problem was not sexual impropriety, whether real or fabricated. If he had been a promising Dem candidate against an incumbent Republican president, he would absolutely have gotten a pass. He may even have gained from the accusations, which would have been spun as racially motivated attempts to derail a successful black man running for president. If you doubt me, ask Bill Clinton, who knows everything about getting a pass for very real sexual impropriety. Clarence Thomas may have some thoughts on this as well. This is simply another BLARING instance of how CLEARLY partisan the MSM is, and how there is NO objectivity–it’s all agenda-driven, period.

  2. asombra,
    Alas all too true. The most telling phrase in the piece above is, “..we agreed that, second only to Palin…”
    Our two most popular candidates who raised the roof whenever they spoke are out now.
    Well, I just watched the Huckabee presentation of eight of the candidates questioned by three conservative state Attorneys General and, except for Ron Paul, who wants to consider terrorists as criminals doing crimes who can be controlled by controlling our borders, they were all just fine, even Romney. We have seven excellent candidates who will all cut the size and scope of the federal government, lower taxes, cut spending, and recognize who our enemies are and who our friends are. They were all impressive and whatever past quarrels we might have with any of them, they would each make a good, maybe great, conservative president.
    I am sad about Palin leaving the race. And I, for the moment, choose not to believe one word of the accusations against Cain, but I am relieved at least that we still have some good people in the race and whichever one wins, I will be happy to support and vote for.
    Get ready for what the msm is going to do to whoever rises next. They are restraining themselves now because they don’t want it to be too obvious. It might be a good tactic to prep the public so they are ready to see what the msm does. Let’s start talking about what we expect the libs to do in advance of their doing it, so that it will have less effect, maybe.

  3. I’ve said more than once that Cain was not ready for his close-up, but neither was Obama, as is now abundantly clear, yet Obama fared infinitely better with the media. That’s the point. The media will enable anybody that fits its agenda, and will undermine or sabotage anybody who doesn’t. Cain could have been as seasoned politically as Gingrich, and the media would STILL have pulled the same shit, or tried to. As I said, Bill Clinton must have enjoyed Cain’s downfall immensely, even if he was, after all, the first black president.

  4. That’s where Newt has the advantage. He goes on the attack at once instead of trying to be nice. For once I want a not nice candidate.

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