December 5, 2011 Leave a comment
Over the weekend Herman Cain announced he would be “suspending” his campaign. Don’t read to much into his suspension, it allows him to continue raising money to pay off any debts accumulated or outstanding expenses. He isn’t going to jump back in the race as we’re only four weeks away from the Iowa Caucus. Cain’s departure isn’t unexpected after he’s been hit with one allegation of sexual misconduct after another. His response was poorly coordinated and in the end that was why support for Cain dropped.
Make no mistake Cain was the victim of a coordinated leftist attack. Black conservatives were sent a very clear message, run for high office in the GOP and the left will attack you relentlessly. It matters not that there’s no truth to any of it. We had a handful of women, most in financial ruin, accusing Cain. We had leaks from the Restaurant Association of nuisance payoffs that were leaked by former Daley associates and friends of Obama administration adviser David Axlerod. The most recent accuser is a bankrupt nut who has had multiple evictions and a failed sexual harassment lawsuit.
None of these women were credible. But that isn’t what matters. What matter’s is that Herman Cain was destroyed. We can’t have a black conservative win the GOP nomination after all. In the end, these accusations exposed Cain not as a sexual predator but as a poor manager of a political campaign. His team allowed the first round of accusations to linger for a week without addressing them. That’s what really hurt him. He had an excellent press conference where he denied the accusations. But he wasn’t prepared for a relentless left-wing onslaught. Axlerod and the left prepared a new lying whore to make headlines every week. It ensured that Cain could never get back on message.
Truth doesn’t matter in politics anymore. Perhaps it never did. Fairness certainly never mattered. In 1992 Clinton had far more credible women accusing him of adultery. In fact, many of them had eye witnesses, something Cain’s accusers never had. The left-wing media called the women trailer park liars and ignored the matter. With Cain, a black conservative, they endlessly replayed the accusations. One week of accusations is something Cain could have weathered, even with his poor response. But week after week of a campaign focusing on responding to lying whores rather than discussing 999 is just not something a candidate can overcome. Truth and fairness matter not.
In the end Cain dropping out is a huge positive for Newt Gingrich. As Cain has dropped in the polls over the last month, Newt has picked up most of the drop. It’s likely that Cain will endorse Newt, after all at one of the early debates Cain said he would like to pick Newt as his Vice President if he had to select one of the other GOP candidates. Cain’s departure could end up being what puts Newt over the top. We really could be looking at a Newt Gingrich campaign against Obama next fall.
The message to black conservatives is clear. If you run for high office you will be relentlessly attacked as a sexual predator. They did it to Justice Clarence Thomas in the 90′s, now they’ve done it to Herman Cain. The next black conservative who runs for President needs to be prepared for the lying attacks. He needs to have a better campaign organization in place and he needs to have campaign staff that is skilled in crisis management. The left will not tolerate a black conservative and everything is fair game with these people.