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November 29th, 2011
By Tom Carter
I wrote earlier that Herman Cain was finished in the wake of the initial sexual harassment charges. I also noted that was probably a good thing for Republicans because Cain can’t win the general election, even against a candidate as damaged as Barack Obama.
At this point Cain is burnt toast. No way around it. No amount of scraping burnt toast can save it, and Cain can’t be saved from the increasingly serious charges of personal misbehavior clinging to him. First a couple of anonymous complaints, then another, then a woman going public on TV, and now another on TV claiming that she had a sexual relationship with Cain for 13 years or so.
Add to that his aggressive and almost prideful ignorance on foreign affairs and just about anything else that doesn’t relate to 9-9-9, itself a goofy idea that can never be implemented and that only the most naive of his supporters can defend.
The media is performing at par. The liberal press is almost gleeful in it’s reporting of the most recent charge against Cain, and the conservative press and blogs are busy trying to attack the character and morals of the accuser. Cain, for his part, is responding both personally and through his attorney in a way that virtually screams “guilty.”
Common sense says that all of the women making charges against Cain aren’t lying. So what’s the appropriate response of a candidate under such pressure? The liberal media is out to get me? My personal life is not relevant to my public life and it shouldn’t be reported by the press or considered by voters? I’ve been married to my wife for 43 years and she believes me? My dog thinks I’m a great guy? Give us a break, Herman.
Of the seven candidates left in the Republican primary contest (I’ve already eliminated Cain), Romney is by far the most likely to defeat Obama. Gingrich has the knowledge and the political skills, but for a whole raft of reasons he’s highly unlikely to win. It’s true that anything can happen between now and next November, but that’s the way things are now.
If Republicans seriously believe that Obama is ruining the country and must be defeated, their best bet is to get behind Romney and bring this circus to an end as soon as possible. Even the most narrow-minded ideologues of the right have to understand that supporting anyone else beyond this point is self-defeating. Assuming, of course, that they really want to occupy the White House in January 2013.
Finally, on no authority whatsoever, I’ll speak for the large mass of my fellow independents and moderates. We outnumber both the far left and the far right, who can be depended on to support the nominee of their party. We’ll determine who gets elected president next year. If the Republicans nominate a candidate who isn’t viable, we’ll vote for Obama or simply stay home on election day. That’s what I did in 2000, and I’m perfectly capable of doing it again in 2012.
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