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    Herman Cain suspends campaign (Reader Poll)

    Herman Cain suspends campaign (Reader Poll)

    Herman Cain just announced that he is suspending his campaign.

    “As false accusations against me continued, they have sidetracked and distracted my ability to present solutions to the American people.”

    “Because of these false and unproved accusations it has paid and had a tremendous painful” effect on my family.

    The false allegations have been spun “so as to create a cloud of doubt over me and my family … that spin hurts, it hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions.”

    “Those false and unproved allegations are not true.”

    “I am at peace with my God.  I am at peace with my wife, and she is at peace with me…. and I am at peace with myself.”

    “Becoming president was Plan A … as of today …. I am suspending presidential campaign.”

    “I am not going to be silenced and I’m not going away…. Today launching … to promote transfer of power out of Washington … 999 campaign … energy independence….” etc.

    Will be making endorsement soon.

    Running for president “a dirty game.”

    “I will never apologize for the greatness of the United States of America”

    UPDATE: Politico reacts to Cain announcement.

    Reader Poll — Did Herman Cain make the right decision in suspending his campaign? (Poll open until Noon Sunday)


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    and excellent post:

    part of the article:
    “Herman Cain has not been blameless in this entire episode. But certainly Herman Cain has been subjected in the past few weeks to more investigation and speculation than Barack Obama has ever endured. Meanwhile the Fast and Furious Friday document dumps continue without much Big Media attention. And that’s why (Chutzbama indeed!) Barack Obama can go on a 17 day vacation to Hawaii this Christmas secure in the knowledge that Big Media is on watch protecting him.

    Herman Cain has ended his campaign but there is little to cheer in this episode. If there is any good news it is the report that Politico’s readership has taken a dive (in Politicospeak “readership numbers are flaccid”.) The Professor is correct to write that Politico is following in the dirt path down of MSNBC.

    The Professor is also smart to note that the JournoListers have taken an increased interest in someone new[t], now that they have finished off the black man in the race. Yup Newt Gingrich is the new target of the Obama protecting activist base of JournoListers.

    To his credit Newt Gingrich has repeatedly warned the other Republican candidates that their enemy is not one another. As we have warned since 2007 the enemy for anyone not actively worshiping Obama is Big Media and the Big Media Party.

    The Big Media Party has its own agenda and candidates. The Big Media Party is not, as Big Media “personalities” propagandize, an equal opportunity abuser. The Big Media Party is not about news or “opinion”. The Big Media Party is an activist advocacy apparatus which distorts our politics in more harmful ways than the loathed “big money” fundraisers and lobbyists.

    The Big Media Party disposed of Herman Cain today and the very bad news for Newt Gingrich (who will likely inherit the bulk of Cain’s support) is that they are now free to target free-fire zone Newt Gingrich. After Newt is Mitt, Huntsman, whoever is not Obama. “

      alex in reply to alex. | December 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      I don’t agree with this part of that post:
      ” the very bad news for Newt Gingrich (who will likely inherit the bulk of Cain’s support) is that they are now free to target free-fire zone Newt Gingrich. After Newt is Mitt, Huntsman, whoever is not Obama. “”

      Gingrich is a big boy, he doesn’t seem to have a glass jaw, he can take it as well as dish it out, and dish out very hard and very bluntly.

    janitor | December 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Herman Cain fooling around pales in comparison to the allegations that Barack Obama, while a married man and a senator, did cocaine and gay sex with Larry Sinclair in a limousine.

    Honestly, it wasn’t the allegations – or ‘smears’ – that turned me away from Cain.

    The guy simply wasn’t prepared policy-wise.

    Go back and read some of his statements. Listen to some of his answers. I’d venture to guess most of the readers on this blog could accurately answer some of the simple foreign policy questions and positions he was asked to explain. Yet, he couldn’t. On several occasions.

    Did the press do a hatchet job on him? Yep. Is part of it his own fault for how he handled it? Yes, again.

    But set aside all of that, stop making excuses and painting him as a victim. He just wasn’t ready for prime time.

      SmokeVanThorn in reply to jimg. | December 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      I too was troubled by Cains statements on foreign policy. But assume that he made exactly the same statements policy but the campaign waged against him by Politico, et al (which included many useful idiots who support other candidiates and were only too willing to pile on) based on still unproven allegations never occurred. Would Cain still have suspended his campaign?

      Clearly, the answer is no. That means that Cain IS a victim and pointing it out is not “making excuses.”

      Are you really willing to accept and excuse what you acknowledge was a “hatchet job” because you think Cain was unqualified? If so, I have news for you – every Republican candidate, including the one(s) you support, is “not ready for prime time” in the eyes of the liberal media and those who support other GOP candidates – and you are giving them carte blanche to use the hatchet on your candidate next.

    johnschulien | December 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I think that what really frosts me is comparing the treatment of Herman Cain to the treatment of John Edwards. The press knew damn well the John Edwards was involved in a long-term affair, but they clamped down on it. Not only did they clamp down on it, but there was an entire news cycle where the lead story of the day was that one of the Presidential candidates was involved in a sex scandal, but the press refused to name that candidate. With Democrats, it’s always an incredibly delicate situation, and there must be 100% proof, preferably an admission by the politician, before the press will even cover it at all. With Republicans, the first whiff of a rumor gets splashed across the front pages.

    I’d like to think that Politico’s sinking popularity is the result of their smear campaign against Cain. I’m sure as hell never linking to one of their stories again.

    windbag | December 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    This didn’t end his campaign. His weakness on foreign policy did. 999 was bold and perhaps a good starting point, but we’ll never know. The video of the Libya interview was what made me hop off the Cain train. We’ve all seen what happens when a rank amateur attempts to steer relations with other nations. Cain would certainly be better than Obama–like not bowing to foreign heads of state, interrupting other nations’ anthems, and waving at the camera like a four-year-old–but we need someone with some command of basic geography, history, and current events.

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