I am reassessing because of all of this media firestorm stuff. Why? Because my wife and my family come first.Herman Cain • During a stump speech in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, where he announced he’ll clarify what’s going to happen to his campaign on Saturday. “I don’t doubt the support that I have. Just look at the people who are here,” he continued. “We have to look at what happens to contributions. We have to reevaluate the whole strategy.” Is this it for the Cain campaign? This certainly doesn’t sound positive. In a possible bit of irony, Cain is going to make the future-of-his-campaign announcement at his new campaign headquarters in Georgia.
meckz says: But to maintain that notion, why do you assume the worst about Cain? Somebody is a liar here and you are choosing to assume the accuser is telling the truth and not the accused.
» SFB says: Or perhaps, maybe we’re suggesting that the Cain campaign not go after this claim with an agenda, and merely look at from an objective stance, without making pre-conceived judgments on what exactly happened. His lawyer saying he’s looking for evidence that she’s getting paid off or influenced somehow is a pretty great example of trying to discredit the evidence on its face. Sorry, Cain’s staffers are uniformly terrible and this is just another example of them handling a bad situation poorly. — Ernie @ SFB
Maintain common sense. Mr. Cain was extremely busy in his campaign. He didn’t have time to send a lot of texts.Herman Cain’s lawyer, Lin Wood • Disputing the phone records that show Ginger White has been in nearly-constant communication with Cain via text message in recent weeks. (70 in a month … just 17 of those from Cain. Is 17 texts over a month “a lot of texts”? We think not.) Wood wants the records from White’s lawyer, so he can “ascertain whether the decision to grant interviews was politically motivated and to determine whether she has received or [been] promised money for participating.” Why do we always have to assume the worst in people, Mr. Wood? Could it be that maybe she’s telling the truth? Let’s focus on that part first. source (via • follow)
You may not want to admit this, but this is a character assassination on me. Why? Because I was doing so well. There is no other reason to basically explain it.Herman Cain • Denying, to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, that he carried on a thirteen-year affair with a woman named Ginger White. This is a familiar rhetorical stance by Cain, when compared to his handling of sexual harassment claims against him — he has been very vocal in declaring his nearly blanket innocence, at one point suggesting an accuser, Sharon Bialek, had been brought forward by “the Democrat machine.” On that occasion he admitted that he had no factual basis to make such a claim, and he’s at least again being candid, saying that he believes somebody was “putting up” White to her claims, but that “we don’t know, we have no idea who that is.” source (via • follow)
The whole campaign was a highlight reel. The singing! The mustache! The pizza! ‘9-9-9!’ That smoking ad! That creepy, slow smile! Remember when he was the front-runner, and everyone attempted to generate serious commentary on his plans as he looked on and attempted not to giggle?Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri • Begging Herman Cain to stay on the campaign trail. “Say what you will about Herman Cain, the man was the best joke we had,” she writes. “He can’t leave just yet.” This column is amazing.
In a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. He told them he will make his final decision “over the next several days.The National Review claims that Herman Cain is having second thoughts on his campaign after word of an alleged affair surfaced last night. Game over?