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Cain is Out, Gone

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 11: 38 AM

As of the time I’m writing this it’s not known whether Cain is in or out. I hope he stays in just to let the media know they can’t get rid of a Republican nominee by spreading a bunch of rumors.  If he caves and drops his campaign the media cretins win, and every Republican will get the same treatment.  Democrats, of course, can be hound dogs and it’s just a resume enhancement for them.

UPDATE, He’s out.  It’s just as well.  I liked him a lot even though I had doubts about his 9-9-9 plan because it would allow income and consumption tax to co-exist.  On foreign policy he was clearly not well prepared.  His focus on the economy is what made him popular with a lot of people.  He must have known he was vulnerable on the issue of sexual misconduct and adultery so I wonder why he didn’t realize the media would hound him.  Democrats can get away with being cads, the media won’t go after them for it and will even help them cover it up, as is did with the John Edwards sex scandals which were much worse than anything Herman Cain was ever accused of.  It was the National Enquirer that exposed Edwards or we wouldn’t know anything about it to this day, although it is apparent that several organization in the media had the story and could have reported it if they had wanted to.  Unless the conservative media gets the story or the tabloids get it, we often don’t ever hear about it.  Who knows what else is out there that we’ve never heard or read.

Republicans have to live with what is, and act accordingly.  Democrats can let most of their human flaws run wild but Republicans have to be boy scouts.  The Herman Cain affair is too bad but the other Republican candidates and Republican primary voters as well better take notice and be prepared for what is sure to be in store for them.  John Hinderaker sums it up:

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.

While I like Herman Cain I don’t excuse him for his conduct, assuming even one-fourth of it is true.  The story of groping the Bialik woman is at least a specific allegation.  If it’s true, and we’ll never know, it’s bad.  Only losers who aren’t getting any do that.  Having a 13-year relationship with a woman your wife doesn’t know about and paying her money to keep quiet is nightmarish and weird.  Adultery may not be the sin it once was but a man who will not be faithful to his own wife  probably cannot be faithful to 300 million people he has never met.

What Next?  Which candidate will the Cain supporters go with?  I bet it’s Gingrich although a case can be made that Gingrich, with his affinity for global warming hooey and support for cap and trade, ethanol subsidies, health care mandates, etc., is the least conservative candidate.  Gingrich craves acceptance into the Washington insider club, Romney doesn’t.  Compared to Gingrich Romney looks conservative and that’s saying something because Romney is certainly not a conservative even though he has some conservative positions.

We always have to take the least bad choice, it seems.  As someone said though, there is no use waiting for the right people to get elected, we have to create a political climate where the wrong people are forced to do the right thing.  Right now Republicans are more conservative than they’ve been since 1980, certainly they are more conservative than any of the most likely candidates to win the nomination.

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