Looks like that meeting between Herman Cain and wife, Gloria, didn’t go well.
As I had anticipated, Cain just announced he’s dropping out of the presidential race.
James Oliphant reports for the Los Angeles Times, 10:36 a.m., Dec. 3, 2011, that Cain said at an event in Atlanta today that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying that the allegations of extramarital affair and sexual harassment have cast a “cloud of doubt over me and this campaign.”
“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt . . . on me, on my family, not because we are not fighters, not because I am not a fighter.”
Oliphant writes that:
“Even as Cain continued to decry the claims as ‘false’ and ‘baseless,’ the sheer weight of the scandal has taken a brutal toll on the campaign, diverting Cain from advocating the ‘9-9-9’ tax plan that helped turn him into a household name almost overnight, costing him financial support, and damaging him in the polls.
He was also hurt by a series of costly gaffes and confused moments, particularly with regard to foreign affairs, that exposed the Atlanta businessman’s lack of experience on the national political stage. Added together, the tumult persuaded conservatives looking for a champion to turn elsewhere, with most now casting their eyes at Newt Gingrich.“
God help us.
Before readers of FOTM hurl bricks at me – the messenger – you should know that when Cain first announced his candidacy, I had donated $50 to his campaign. I should instead have spent the money buying birdseed for the bluejays, robins, finches, and mourning doves who come to my garden….