WASHINGTON – It’s just another T.K.O. for Ego.
If you want to know how these things happen, the story of Herman and Ginger is the most common. Having had the title of “relationship consultant” at the LA Weekly back in the mid-1990s, I know more than most about these things. The latest news was always inevitable, from the moment we saw Gloria Allred behind the microphone.
“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday,” Cain began, his voice somber. “First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. […] That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” he continued.” – BREAKING: Cain ‘Reassessing’ Candidacy
The man has the opportunity and the means. The woman is bored and takes the offer. From there it’s pretty ordinary.
Well, except for the part where the man decides to go on a book tour that turns into a political farce in a year that has every Republican except the dog catcher taking his or her turn in the spotlight.
“He made it very intriguing,” White told FOX 5. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”
She says he gave her his newly-published book, Leadership is Common Sense, and he wrote: “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.”
She says during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.
“Very much the same, very much confident, very much sure of himself,” White said, describing Cain. “Very arrogant in a playful sometimes way. Very, ah — Herman Cain loves Herman Cain.”
Yep, that’s the bottom line for most male adulterers. They love themselves and indulge their every whim, thinking of no one else.
From the start of the accusations I never had one doubt about Herman Cain. The first woman with Gloria Allred was not only credible, but Herman Cain’s rolling response was just too predictable.
There’s also the reality that where there is one there is usually another. Then another. Then another.
Sitting on the sidelines is the pitiful Mrs. Cain, another woman who didn’t want to know the man she was married to and thought religion made Herman righteous.
If Herman has any decency he’d— Never mind.
But if his conference call is any indication, at least he’s finally finding some, as he finally realizes he’s delivered complete and total humiliation not only to himself, but also his wife.
Moral of this story is simple. If you let your ego control your life it will eventually take you out. That goes triple for a man on a simple book tour. Who in an unpredictably sparse political year for conservatives, found himself unexpectedly in the upper tier of the ultimate brass ring game, with his pants pulled down on camera.
Taylor Marsh is the author of the new e-book, The Hillary Effect – Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss, the view from a recovering partisan, chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of 4 books in the launch of “NOOK First” Featured Authors Selection. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.