Like almost all mass transit systems, the (Herman) Cain Train suffered from multiple design flaws, the chief one being Bad Judgement. Hit with allegations that he carried on a 13+ year affair and backed by evidence such as phone records, Herman Cain is simply too damaged to stay in the presidential race. He didn’t break the cardinal rule of American politics by getting caught with either a dead girl or a live boy, but he was a close second.
Normally we’d say he “allegedly” carried on an affair but all signs from him point to a quick exit from the race for the GOP nomination which is an indication of guilt in my book. According to a New York Times story, Cain told his campaign that he was “reassessing” his run for president.
Cain denied he had an affair with Ginger White (he said they were just “friends”) but:
Ms. White produced cellphone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to and from a number she said was for Mr. Cain’s private cellphone. When the station sent a text message to the number, Mr. Cain called back and acknowledged knowing Ms. White.
Ms. White also said Cain would fly her out to wherever he might be so they could see each other. One presumes receipts for tickets, hotel reservations, and phone calls can all be backed up with records.
While I might take issue with Mr. Cain’s having carried on an affair for a baker’s dozen worth of years (and denying it), my biggest “Huh?” stems more from the fact that he thought he could run for president and not get “caught” and exposed.
Fellow adulterer Newt Gingrich said that Cain’s alleged “extra-marital affair do[es] not disqualify him as a candidate.”
Cain has brought shame and trouble upon his life, his family, and the Republican Party by being exposed as a lying adulterer.
And if he had an affair for 13 years, one must carefully re-consider whether the allegations of harassment are true, even if those women most likely have agendas of their own.
Were we living in France (or Italy) or some other “Progressive” nation, Cain’s “indescretions” wouldn’t have hampered his candidacy though, being black, he wouldn’t have even made it to the position of top candidate in the first place.
I admit that I gave $50.00 to Mr. Cain’s campaign. Someone as cynical as myself got “suckered in” by Mr. Cain’s freshness and appearance of honesty. After all, he was one of the only candidates I can remember who would tell a reporter “I don’t know” when asked a policy question.
I didn’t think Cain really had a chance (who knows?) but I thought having someone like him in the race with different ideas and an outsider’s perspective was good for the Republican Party so I sent him a small donation for encouragement.
Had I known what he’d been up to for the previous 13 years I wouldn’t have sent his campaign a penny.
The lesson I take away from this is that if you have a dog, you can trust him (or her) but, aside from this, you can’t really trust anybody.
Perhaps this entire episode will be proven to be the work of a woman who engages in “wishful thinking” but, considering she produced so many phone records, I doubt it.
One thing’s for sure… Cain’s goose is cooked.