Just based on polling data, a lot of conservatives will not like this message. Those taking the TPN survey say Cain should stay in the race, 83-17.
Herman Cain has got to go.
I will repeat what I have said earlier. I like Herman Cain. Of all of the candidates, he would probably be my first choice to sit down and have a pizza with. But to quote the famous line from the Godfather, its not personal, its business.
I do not believe Cain’s accusers. There are too many questions about them.
The allegations are not why Cain should leave. The campaign’s response is why he should now withdraw.
According to published reports, the Cain campaign knew about the Politico story TEN DAYS before it was published.
What the hell were they doing?
I can tell you what they were not doing. They were not preparing for this. Just in case anyone missed it, an allegation of sexual harassment could be a game changer. It could seriously damage or even destroy a candidate.
When you have that kind of notice you prepare for the hit. You hire crisis management experts. You get your story together and you create and execute a strategy to deal with the story.
Cain’s campaign did none of that.
Amateurs run the Cain campaign and you cannot have amateurs running a political campaign.
The final straw for me was Mark Block’s appearance on Hannity claiming that the son of one of the accusers, Karen Kraushaar worked at Politico, which originally broke the story.
Oops. No, Josh Kraushaar who had worked at Politico and now works at the National Journal is not only not her son, he is not related to her.
This comes after last week’s spray and pray spread of blame against Rick Perry.
Herman Cain finally did a press conference yesterday. He was strong in the press conference but it was too little too late.
Herman Cain’s selling points are his business background. To steal a line from a TV commercial, he is telling us that his core competency is competency.
No it isn’t!
Herman Cain should have been in a conference room with the senior leadership of his campaign 24 hours into this “crisis” demanding to know from them why the hell they were not ready for the crisis and what they were doing about it?
Ten days in, the Cain campaign is still stumbling around like newly castrated cattle.
Mark Block should have been gone nine days ago. Cain should have a competent team in place by now as well as someone really good at crisis management. So far, it is not there.
If Cain cannot run his own campaign, how is he going to run the country? A few days ago, I would have been willing to accept Cain as the nominee. Cain was not my first choice but I could have easily supported him.
If Cain cannot manage his own campaign, what is he going to do with the country? If he cannot get good people in to handle a crisis like this, who is he going to put in to handle the crisis when that phone in the White House is ringing at 3AM and he is told that Ahmadinejad has a nuclear weapon and is threatening to use it against America?
I like Herman Cain on a personal level, but not as President.
It is time for him to leave the race.
Maybe that's part of the problem with Republicans! Every time they hit a stumbling block or the left launches a smear campaign they cut and run! I say Mr. Cain needs to stay in the race, face his accusers, and the MSM be damned! Afterall, it worked for Clinton, now didn't it??
According to this logic, Newt should have dropped out in early June when he and his campaign staff were disagreeing with how his campaign should be run. But after many on his staff quit, he was able to re-configure his campaign and continue. Herman Cain should have the same chance to get his campaign approach & staff in order, in my opinion. But I agree he must do so quickly and by early December, he must have gotten past this issue (or non-issue - no real solid accusations yet), in order to remain a viable candidate.
I think the worst thing all these baseless accusations is doing is prolonging the campaigns of No-Chancers like Bachman, Santorum, and Huntsman. I fear this will take votes from Newt and Cain, and give some early primaries to Romney. They are the ones who need to drop out, not Cain.
I would like to know exactly what Cain could have done to stop all this nonsense in "48 hours."
Well James, his staff could have gotten their facts straight, like not accusing a reporter of being someone's son. Cain should not have said "I've never met that woman" (the Chicago one) when a month before there is a picture of her with him at Tea Con, a pic that was on the web hours before Cain denied EVER meeting her. Stuff like that. You HAVE to get it right, or you make yourself look like a fool, all without any help from the MSM.
Kristin, what Cain actually said was that he did not recognize her. Big difference. Last time he saw her before she aggressively sought him out at the Chicago Tea Party last month (that was part of the set-up; read Ann Coulter's latest column) was almost 15 years ago, and Herman meets hundreds of people in any given week, so it made sense to me that he would not recognize her.
Wow, talk about hair-splitting. Cain is telling the truth, and I guess in a world full of slick liars, truth sounds foolish to some, but not to me.
Did you actually look at that picture? Are you sure that is Bialek?
It's funny how Bialek has a "dimple" in her chin yet the woman in the picture does not. Further, the picture of her they are saying is her is not. Here is the real woman in the picture:
And second, the only account of her actually talking to him was by Amy Jacobson, who was bashing Cain on Twitter calling him the "next Tiger Woods" on November 2nd long before the name Sharon Bialek ever existed!
Diana, wow, good point. And, I heard that Amy Jacobson woman on the radio yesterday, and she was more than happy to be judge, jury, and executioner for Herman Cain, that is for sure. Not exactly objective.
And since my post he has been shown as innocent by CBS news: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16002149/investigator-herman-cain-i...
I agree, and I was giving him wiggle room to improve and come to a debate with knowledge. But it ended when I heard him debate Newt Gingrich. He needs to go.
Cain has some other issues - preparation and knowing his subject matter. When asked on Fox about the >500 point dip in the stock market, he didn't correct O'Reilly that it happened in 2 days, not 2 months as O'Reilly remarked. The other issue is that the question about the >500 points was a perfect opening for the cause - the meltdown in Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain) that essentially matches what the Obama/Liberals have chosen for the national path to continued destruction, and those can shatter many Euro-banks.
With (sadly, IMO) Bachman's loss and Cain's loss and Romney in the "??" camp, my suggestion is to go full-force for Newt. Yes, he has social issues, and yes he can engage like an attack dog with a high-pitched voice (reminds me of Gen George Patton's voice and presence in WW-II), I suspect he has the best grip of knowledge on foreign and domestic policy.
When a favorite is dismissed, as Cain appears to be based on this posting, it would be prudent to have "Plan B" already at hand so there will not be a vacuum.
I would NEVER knowingly vote for a CFR member for president!!!
I just love when everyone is a critic, you were not in his shoes, you don't know if he was nervous. Wonder ow he was ever successful all those years with out your help? I like Newt but only a Cain/Newt ticket. They together could beat Obama. If Romney is the one, I will not vote at all, I know that is wrong, but he reminds me of Obama.Maybe a write in of HCain