Cain Announces That He Will Suspend His Campaign (UPDATED with ROUNDUP)

Addressing supporters at an event that was supposed to open his new campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Herman Cain announced that he will suspend his campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination.

He was very critical of the news media for “spinning stories that are unproven” and discussed the pain and anguish the stories have caused for him and his family. He also took responsibility for any mistakes he has made in the past, which is not exactly an admission but not entirely a denial.

It is worth noting that by ‘suspending’ his campaign rather than ending it he may be able to continue some campaign activities including some fundraising. My guess is he wants to make sure that he is able to pay off all of the campaign debts.

He is also withholding his endorsement of any other candidate, which may mean he is hoping to use the future endorsement to get a Cabinet spot in a future administration (though I think for that he has to wait until 2017)

He then announced that he will open a web site called Cainsoultions.com which presumably will allow him to continue to play a role without being a candidate, which was probably his goal from the start.

REACTIONS TO HERMAN CAIN’S SUSPENSION:
Powerline:

Cain was diverted from the issues he had been pounding away on, to the extent that he was rendered ineffective. When was the last time you heard anyone talking about 9-9-9? Whether the accusations were true or not (and it is hard to believe that there was no fire anywhere in all that smoke), Cain’s effectiveness as a candidate was destroyed.

What happened to Herman Cain is what the Democrats intend to do to whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be. They know they can’t win a debate on the economy or on President Obama’s record, so they will do everything they can to distract the voters’ attention from those matters, which should be decisive, and instead turn the focus to the GOP candidate and his or her alleged foibles. If Republican voters allow that to happen by nominating a candidate with baggage that permits the Democrats to turn him into the next Herman Cain, it is all too likely that President Obama will be re-elected, with consequences that can hardly be overestimated.

Steve Benen:

Up until relatively recently, Cain seemed destined to become a conservative star on the media/lecture/publishing circuit, conceivably even offering a justification for his absurd campaign. But over the last several weeks, it probably became apparent, even to Republican voters, that Herman Cain is a not-terribly-bright guy with a scandalous personal life. The more we learned about Cain, the harder it was to respect him.

That said, Cain remains a GOP player of some notoriety, and the remaining Republican presidential candidates were tripping over one another this afternoon to offer praise for Cain, hoping to woo not only the man but also his remaining supporters. When Cain declared today, “I will be making an endorsement in the near future,” this only intensified the other campaigns’ eagerness.

We’ll see what happens, but today’s announcement certainly doesn’t do Mitt Romney any favors. The former governor, who’s had a rough couple of weeks, benefited greatly from Cain’s presence in the race — Cain was the unelectable sideshow who took attention and support away from stronger challengers.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza:

So, what does the race look like with Cain gone from it?

In truth, the contest had been moving on — and away — from Cain for the better part of the last month. “Whatever his departure means to the race that’s already happened, it happened a few days ago,” mused one GOP strategist.

The obvious beneficiary from Cain’s slow-motion collapse is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who rose rapidly as his fellow Georgian’s support cratered.

“Cain’s exit allows Newt the opportunity to coalesce the anti- [Mitt] Romney, conservative base in Iowa and South Carolina, endangering Romney’s path to the nomination,” theorized one adviser to another candidate in the Republican race. (We made a similar case earlier this week.)

It’s worth noting that the idea of Cain’s departure as a major windfall for Gingrich, while widespread, is not entirely born out by the numbers. A Pew poll conducted before Thanksgiving, for example, showed that Cain supporters split evenly between Romney and Gingrich when asked for their second choice.

“[Cain’s] absence mostly means Romney’s chances at top two out of Iowa are enhanced,” said one unaligned Republican operative. “And that matters due to perception of momentum coming into New Hampshire.”

There will also be a scramble among the remaining candidates to harvest the staff and activist talent that Cain had gathered. While Cain’s campaign was, largely, filled with little-known operatives, he did have some well-regarded backers — most notably Kathleen Shanahan, a former senior political aide to then Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

--Doug Mataconis:

In reality, of course, it wasn’t the allegations themselves that brought Herman Cain down so much as his own and his campaigns inept, insulting, and downright stupid reaction to the allegations. When we first learned of the stories regarding alleged sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association, the response from the Cain campaign, which had ten days advance notice of a story which could not have come as a surprise to Cain personally, was nothing short of totally inept. Within days, they were flinging accusations of dirty tricks at everyone from a former aide on Cain’s 2004 Senate campaign to the Rick Perry campaign, all of which later turned out to be untrue. When women such as Sharon Bialek went public with their allegations, Cain resorted to the old trick of claiming that these women were either in it for the money or they were “troubled,” in some way, a charge he repeated mere days ago when the Ginger White story came out. If it was these allegations that brought Herman Cain down, then he has nobody to blame but himself.

Personally I would have preferred if what brought down Herman Cain wasn’t allegations about his sexual proclivities, but the rather obvious fact that he was entirely unqualified for the office that he sought. His solution to any domestic policy problem never seemed to stray beyond reciting the name of his inherently flawed tax plan. On foreign policy, he displayed an appalling level of ignorance about even basic matters that he actually seemed to be proud of. His disgusting bigotry toward Muslims, displayed in full force when his campaign was first launched, should have been enough to disqualify him as well. From the beginning, it never really seemed like Herman Cain was serious about running for President, a fact that was amply demonstrated by the manner in which he ran his campaign, the people he selected to surround himself with, and the fact that he seemed more concerned with promoting his book that engaging in anything resembling a campaign strategy.

Erick Erickson:

But let’s be real clear here. Herman Cain did not get wiped out by an affair or allegations of sexual harassment, frivolous or otherwise. He got wiped out because those allegations threw him off his game and then he kept stumbling through attacks on his 999 plan, his foreign policy issues, and his campaign staff generally beclowning themselves with allegations, retracted allegations, and retracted retractions of allegations, etc.

A lot of people will see this as a sign that amateurs cannot run for office. Perhaps. I actually see it more as another failure of the professional political class. I’ll have more thoughts on that later.

In any event, Cain is out. The size of the debates will suddenly become more manageable. Most of Cain’s support will go to Gingrich. Some will go back to Rick Perry. And soon Cain will be forgotten.

It is a sad ending for a good man.

--Daily Kos:

Oh, Herman, we hardly knew ye.

In the most entertaining “I’m quitting” press conference since half-term Gov. Sarah Palin quit her job because only dead fish go with the flow, Herman Cain announced he’s dropping out of the race to spend more time sleeping on the couch.

It was fun while it lasted though, wasn’t it? So many fond memories. Herman’s “Imagine there’s no pizza” video. His “joke” about electrocuting immigrants who try to cross the border. His insistence that we can’t invade countries that have mountains. His confusion about Libya. His confusion about China. His confusion about what language is spoken in Cuba. (Hint: It’s not Cuban.) His ever-changing stories about the women who come up to his chin. His secret friendship with his special lady friend. And, of course, his SimCity-inspired tax plan for America.

--Some relevant Andy Borowitz tweets:

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
BREAKING: With Cain Out, Perry Hopes to Pick Up Moron Vote #Cain
1 hour ago

Ginger White: “Does This Mean We’re On Again?” #Cain
3 hours ago….

BREAKING: Pressure Mounts on Papa John’s CEO to Enter Race #Cain
3 hours ago

I thought it was touching that Cain ended his speech with, “So that means I’m available… ladies?” #Cain
3 hours ago

BREAKING: As Cain Drops Out, Pro-Adultery Voters Switch to Gingrich bit.ly/sKnH9D #Cain
3 hours ago

Cain has suspended his campaign after his wife refused to suspend her disbelief. #Cain
3 hours ago

Herman Cain issues correction: “When I said I didn’t have sex with that woman for 13 years, I meant my wife.”
5 hours ago

BREAKING: Cain Quits Race; Wants to Spend More Time Having S— Kicked Out of Him By Wife
22 hours ago

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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15 Comments

  1. I have to admit that I didn’t think his ego would let him quit.

  2. He has no one to blame but himself for not being successful in the nomination :)

  3. Oh crap. That means the TMV contributors will stop posting far too many articles about Cain and will return to posting far too many articles about Sarah Palin. :groan:

  4. I think you were right Jim, for ego is convinced often its point of view is the only one. It does not listen well when it is keeping a wall. Ego inflation doesnt deflate at first, because the person is focused on how others ought admire them, on bragging subtly or as in some politicians, boldly. The preponderance of blows however, tells the truer story of an ego, which in psychology is defined as a tiny island in a sea of unconsciousness. Ego is not the vast land mass of the psyche it pretends to be; it is a tiny archipelago, more so. The ego sometimes in an inflation, does not realize it can be washed out by a series of waves, for it has no real sea wall in terms of ultimate defense. The ego is useful in terms of inventing and acting, but the weaker sister if wanting to play king of the hill. Not in same arena, but the ego inflation of Than Shwe, Quaddafi, Bin Ladin, Ceacescu (sp), Saddam, Goebels, and many others, made them think they were invulnerable to ever being seen as anything but superior. The balanced ego knows we’re all a bunch of ordinaries who have these occasional flashes of the extraordinary. Not the other way around, usually. Just my .02

  5. No doubt that cabinet spot he wants is Sec. of State.

  6. Okay, I wasn’t going to do this, but I’m feeling a little sorry for the GOP today. I’m going to help them out, by assisting them in writing the application for the 2016 Presidential campaign. In honor of Cain’s recently deceased candidacy, there are 9 questions. Here goes:

    “Dear 2016 Presidential hopeful,

    Thank you for your interest in the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States. Please answer all questions honestly. Thank you in advance.

    1. Are you Christian? (Born-again preferred)

    2. Are you or your spouse gay? (closeted does count)

    3. Is your name synonymous with anything sexual on the internet? (please Google yourself)

    4. Have you ever had anything in your life that is, was, or could be misconstrued as an extramarital affair? (No, you don’t need to disclose details here, but rest assured it will come out eventually)

    5. Seriously, have you ever had an affair? Have you ever “done a woman wrong,” been “hiking the Appalachian Trail,” had any “special friendships” or spent any time in a hotel room with an assistant? (Again, you don’t need to tell us specifics, but trust us, the media will find out. That’s what they do. That’s all they do.)

    6. Look we don’t mean to pry, but if you’re one of those guys who is married to an obvious “trophy wife” and you’ve got an older, less attractive ex-wife lurking out there, we need to know. Now. Nothing personal, but we’re about to spend half a billion dollars on your candidacy, so we need to know if there will be any “surprises” on the campaign trail.

    7. We can’t stress this enough, but as you are no doubt aware, Gloria Allred is more than happy to lend her services to any woman who has been mistreated by a man, so if there’s anyone like that in your past, we really need to know about it. Care to share?

    8. In case you were wondering, this was sort of an “issue” for us the last couple of election cycles, so if – for example – you are a closeted gay Governor whose marriage is a sham, you’re not going to need to fill out the rest of this application. If you’re associated with any “ex-gay” ministries, that’s kind of a dead giveaway, so don’t waste our time.

    9. Have you ever run as a “family values” candidate in any other election? If the answer is “yes,” and you answered “yes” or even “maybe” to any of the previous questions, please stop right here. Don’t submit this application, and please God don’t call us.

    Thank you,

    2016 Republican Campaign for President.”

  7. “I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me” — Famous last words … and then you wake up the next morning to find your wife hovering over you with a bloody kitchen knife in one hand and your testicles in the other.

    Herm should have simply “pulled a Newt” and proclaimed that God has spoken to him and has forgiven him for any (alleged) transgressions.

  8. Very good CJ…………………

  9. These unproven, and, obviously politically motivated accusations on Herman Cain is quite indicative of what our political system has come too. Every one of Herman Cain’s long time friends and business acquaintances says Cain is good man, a stand up guy. Every one. His reputation is impeccable.

    Two women come out and say he hit them up for sex a decade ago. So what. They said “no” and that was the end of it by their own rendition of events. That is IF it ever happened in the first place.

    One woman, in self described financial stress, comes out and says she had a thirteen year sexual affair with Herman Cain for which he gave her money. Again, so what. Anybody that has been married for a long time knows that sometimes sex just ain’t happening anymore, but that don’t mean you stop loving your spouse and just get a divorce, destroying your family and damaging your children. If it is true what she said, and, that she is not just a lazy arse gold digger, then she turned on him for something bigger, because integrity and loyalty is not in her resume “as described in her own self proclaimed actions”. What her reward will be for damaging a long time friend that has taken care of her, will probably come out in the end.

    Should everyone of these accusations indeed be truth, I just don’t care. Because none of them amount to much anyway. If the leader that can save this country from the obvious downhill slide it is in, is Herman Cain, or anybody else form that matter, I consider that endeavor so important that a private sex life becomes totally irrelevant in the face of a destroyed America.

    Herman Cain’s ego is beautiful.

  10. CJ… pls write to me if you can give me permission to run your missive on front page of TMV: projectscreener@aol.com. We could all use a bit of levity. Thanks. Dr. E

  11. CJ– Thanks for the laugh of the day- very funny!

  12. CJ, Your stuff was so great that I did second best and the ultimate praise I copied your idea.
    I’m assuming there will also be Democratic Presidential Candidates in 2016 unless Obama does a Bloomberg and gets a third term.
    Here’s my list of questions and suggestions for the new Dem candidates:

    (1) If you think you can walk on Water, please keep it to yourself.
    (2) Have all of your Facebook and Twitters been appropriate, and or, at least such that you can call them a joke. Any photos?
    (3) If you have any Nobel Prize ambitions forget them.
    (4) Be prepared to have your reelection campaign started 500 days into your first term.
    (5) Start asking folks what kind of dog would be best for you and family.
    (6) Dropping your gs in smaller group settings may seem unnatural, but start practicing with your family.
    (7) don’t even think about your own clunker program especially one that doesn’t employ a lot of U.S. union workers in the industry.
    (8) Come up a with a new word to replace stimulus.
    (9) Check all your religious affiliation’s personnel speeches and sermons for any anti-anything remarks.
    (10) Birth certificates are nice, but get sworn affidavits from at least 5 witnesses, preferably not family members.
    (11) Is your middle name anything like Adolph, Saddam or such, if so change it to an all American name right away.
    (12) Were you ever shot at while visiting a foreign land, do you have a video, that would be great.
    (13) Do you have a pet carrier and did you put the dog in it before your last vacation trip to look at the presidents at Mt. Rushmore.

    That’s all folks.

  13. So when does he get his new show on Fox News?

  14. Duck-

    I like your’s better Duck. It’s more realistic and far less egotistic . May I have permission to print out copies and post them around the office building and to send them across the internet(s)…?

  15. Allen, OK, but not attached to a picture of Cain, please.

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