Lame Stream Media and Rumors Affect Cain Camp
On Saturday Herman Cain announced a suspension to his campaign citing the growing burden on his family from the allegations of his past infidelities.
So is that all it takes to topple a candidate?
Bill Clinton must be laughing up a storm. (See Backstory Here on Gennifer Flowers)
With his wife Gloria standing by his side in a rare public appearance, Cain decried the sustained accusations as false and declared he is "at peace" with his wife and with himself. But he said the claims have "sidetracked and distracted" from his ability to present a new vision for the country, as well as impacted his ability to raise money. Related Video Herman Cain Suspends 2012 Presidential Campaign Cain moves in new direction "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain said, adding that he reached the decision "with a lot of prayer and soul-searching." - Fox News Story
After announcing the exit from the race for a nomination Hermain Cain decreed that he will not be silenced when it comes to the solutions he proposed. He pledged that his voice will be heard throughout the campaign in an effort to spur ideas such as tax reform.
Leaders of the Pack
With the clearing of the candidate field, so to speak, the rest of the pack should see a bump in poll numbers as Cain supporters begin to assess their choices in the field.
The clear leader today is Newt Gingrich with close to 30% of the polls and Mitt Romney in a close second place. Interestingly enough, Newt has already claimed he is the nominee. -- Daily Kos Story on Victory Proclaimation
A bold move and prediction of the primary outcome. He should remember, 30 days ago the clear choice was Cain. Now Cain's done.
Who does Cain support going forward?
Well funny you should ask. Rumors have surfaced that Herman Cain may be endorsing Newt Gingrich. A spokesman for Herman Cain on Monday denied a report that an endorsement is imminent even as a source told MyFoxAtlanta that the former Republican presidential candidate will offer his backing to former House speaker and fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich. -- Fox News Story
A Cain endorsement would offer Gingrich a big boost after the former House speaker surged in significant polls over the weekend.
An NBC News-Marist College poll released Sunday found Gingrich had moved into second place in the key primary state of New Hampshire, with 23 percent support among likely Republican primary voters -- a significant jump from his 4 percent showing in a similar poll conducted in October.
Adding Cains supporters would go a long way to solidifying Newts position as a front runner, but whether Herman Cains personal endorsement would hurt or help is difficult to predict. After all, if the allegations of Cain's infidelity are true, then an endorsement would be the last thing Newt would want to have from Cain. That would put a bit too much spotlight into his previous marriages. But if Herman Cain is exonerated, then having that appeal in his court would certainly help.
Lesser of Two Evils
So with Herman Cain out, and the rest of the candidates trailing too far behind to make any dent in the pols, the race seems to be going in the direction of either Romney or Gingrich. Neither of which has a perfect record to appeal to the base of the republican and conservative electorate. Its going to be a hold your nose and vote kind of primary again.
Well at least McCain isn't running.
See Backstory Here on Gennifer Flowers and Clinton
Fox News Story on Cain Campain Suspension
Cain endorses Gingrich