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While we keep waiting for the "Are We Sure There's Nobody Better Than Romney?" wheel to stop on Huntsman, another one looks ready to bite the dust.

Cain reassessing presidential run - MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, battered by allegations of sexual harassment and a longtime extramarital affair, is reportedly reassessing his campaign for the GOP nomination.

Cain, the former head of the National Restaurant Association and the ex-chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza, told senior members of his campaign on Tuesday morning that he’s mulling whether or not to stay in the race, several reports said.

Cain will make a decision by the end of the week, the Washington Post reported, citing an adviser. He will keep his current campaign schedule.

His Iowa campaign chairman told the Associated Press that Cain said on a conference call early Tuesday that the allegations have taken an emotional toll on his family, but that he is going forward with his campaign.

The decision by Cain to reassess his White House bid comes less than a day after an Atlanta woman said she had a 13-year affair with Cain, a married father of two children. He denied the affair in a televised interview on Monday, and has denied the charges of sexual harassment leveled against him.

Cain, who briefly occupied the top spot in polls of Republican primary voters, has seen his star fade as the allegations have come out. He now trails former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in surveys about the nomination.
 

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Herman Cain: Art of the possible - Jim VandeHei - POLITICO.com

By JIM VANDEHEI | 11/29/11 12:31 PM EST

Herman Cain’s campaign to survive the flood of allegations of inappropriate behavior with women comes down to selling the art of the possible.

Cain, married for 43 years, needs voters to think it’s possible his friend, Ginger White, was lying on camera Monday in claiming they carried on a 13-year consensual affair that ended when he jumped into the presidential race. He needs people to believe White was merely a friend who he texted or called 61 times from his personal cell phone over four months, including as early as 4:26 in the morning.

He needs voters to believe this isn’t part of a pattern, given White’s claim that the relationship began at the same time – in the late 1990s when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association – that other women were complaining of sexual harassment by Cain.

He needs voters to believe it’s possible Sharon Bialek was so publicity- and money-hungry a few weeks earlier that she made up her public, on-camera allegation that Cain tried to grab her genitals and then forced her head toward his crotch. He says it never happened and that he’s never met her. That would mean that a Chicago talk-radio host who saw the two together at a tea party rally in Illinois this year is also lying. Cain’s campaign circulated stories about her financial woes and her attorney’s Democratic ties, an unmistakable suggestion that Bialek, a registered Republican, was doing this for financial or political gain.

He needs voters to believe that Karen Kraushaar is a liar, too — that she was so sensitive or so vindictive that she marched into the NRA’s human resources department in 1999 to file a bogus sexual harassment complaint against Cain, then her boss. Cain says the only thing he recalls ever saying to her was that she was the same height as his wife.

He needs voters to believe it’s possible the association’s legal counsel reviewed the matter at the time, concluded it was baseless – and then coughed up about $45,000 in a termination settlement that forbid her from ever disparaging Cain or other NRA executives.

He also need voters to believe it’s possible POLITICO, and NBC, and then the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and many other media outlets, heard about her complaint – and decided to conspire against the GOP frontrunner by running stories about it.

It’s possible, his attorney has claimed, she did it for partisan reasons because she works in a non-partisan, career civil servant position in the government, presently run by a Democrat, despite her registration as a Republican. Voters would have to ignore the fact that Kraushaar previously worked in a similar career capacity for President George W. Bush, a Republican.

As for the media, it’s a witch hunt, Cain argues.

As proof, he needs voters to believe it’s possible a separate group of people who worked with Cain at the time went to POLITICO to make an even more egregious charge several weeks ago: that Cain invited another woman to his hotel room and made a sexual advance, and that she left the NRA because of it. That would mean that: a, either the people who heard her story moments after the incident are lying, or b, POLITICO fabricated the entire incident. The half-dozen sources who told POLITICO they heard specific details about the incident were all making it up, Cain has argued.

But Cain needs voters to believe any media conspiracy goes beyond POLITICO. He needs voters to believe it’s the Associated Press that decided to make up another accuser, one who complained of inappropriate behavior, too. It is possible this woman who refused to let AP use her name made it all up. Or they conspired together to toss a third accusation into the mix. It is possible the Wall Street Journal, in a report almost identical to that one, a day later confirmed the AP report, as part of the same conspiracy.

Finally, he needs GOP voters to believe fellow Republicans are lying, too. Steve Deace, a respected socially conservative radio show host in Iowa, said Cain made his female staffers very uneasy with his actions during a visit to his station. And Chris Wilson, an Oklahoma-based GOP pollster who worked with Cain at the NRA and now advises a pro-Rick Perry Super PAC, said that he witnessed Cain act so inappropriately around women that others around the table were noticeably uncomfortable and asked him to cool it. The Cain campaign initially chalked this up to a campaign by Perry to spread false accusations about him, before later backing off from the claim. As they did in accusing Perry’s campaign of leaking the original accusations.

It’s possible enough Republicans are comforted by his explanations — or have decided to discount them or downplay them in their decision about whether to support Cain in the GOP primary.

As Bill Clinton could tell us, in this current climate of nonstop ideological and partisan warfare, sex scandals are often less about what the truth is than which side you’re on. In the 1990s, more Americans wanted to be on Clinton’s side than Ken Starr’s, no matter the obvious truth that Clinton was lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. For a moment now, Cain’s been benefiting from the fact that many conservatives would rather be on his side than on the media’s side.

But it’s not clear just how deep that well of credulity runs.
 

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Forget her. I had a 14 year gay affair with Herman Cain. Yes, I was 10 years old when Herman Cain first introduced that big ol' pudding pop :thumbsup: Now where's my paid interview?
 

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If so, that means the GOP is down to what, 167 contenders?
 

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Okay, so he lost by nine inches. Pity he was shot down for banging a few on the side, rather than pandering to fear.

His real problem - he just wasn't Scottish enough. Should have put a 'Mc' in front of his name. That would have livened things up a bit.
 

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While not a fan of Cain I find the American public's fascination and obvious double standard toward monogamy self defeating in regards to leaders.
 

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While not a fan of Cain I find the American public's fascination and obvious double standard toward monogamy self defeating in regards to leaders.
I agree with you on something!

Just like I thought the obsession with Bill Clinton's dick's adventures were a sign of poor judgement on the part of the US public, I find the obsession with Cain's dick's travels pointless. He was not a particularly strong candidate, but there are actually worse ones still in the mix, and some likely to jump in before this is over.

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While not a fan of Cain I find the American public's fascination and obvious double standard toward monogamy self defeating in regards to leaders.
I agree. Personal matters are largely irrelevant to the issues I care about in the public sphere. Outsiders looking into the fishbowl of private relationships are more than likely not going to receive an accurate accounting of the true dynamics within that ecology.
 
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