Herman Cain: The Black Walnut Cracked

It was going to happen sooner or later. His campaign ended on a scandalous note, which is just pathetic to me.
Ginger White claimed to have had a 13-year affair with Cain. Then Lin Wood, Cain’s attorney issues a statement about it:

…Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.

Um. Not exactly a denial. Soon after, he stated he was going to “reassess” his campaign. And then after “prayer and soul searching” he drops out of the race.

Did he really believe that people would buy that he was just helping out Ginger White financially? Why did she tell the world about it? The story was going to be leaked. Better to get your side of the story first out there. And the sexual harassment accusations and settlements? OK, one could be suspect. But four? Four, to me, is a pattern.

I’m glad he’s out of the race, but this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him. He said it himself:

“I am not going away. I will continue to be a voice for the people.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if he is being considered as a running mate. And he’s going to be throwing his support behind “someone” soon. And he’s still hocking his book.

Let’s find the bright side. No more 9-9-9. Simple joys.


20 responses to “Herman Cain: The Black Walnut Cracked

  • lobotero

    He will be the voiuce of the people….Koch Bros people!

  • aFrankAngle

    9-9-9 has always been nein-nein-nein … and I never thought Herman Cain had a chance – and I thank him for verifying that.

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    He suspended his campaign so that he could still bamboozle folks out of money. He really is a grifter, through and through. He can pray all he wants; the rest of us are thanking God (or whomever we look to) that he’s gone. Frankly, though, I fear the growing desperation of the Republican party and the constituents whom I think will just hold their noses and vote for any one of the Rs who surfaces at the end. (Get it? Surfaces at the end! Hahahahah. I’m here all week, folks.)

  • Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

    I love your title! What did bother me however was a consensual affair did him in, but the sexual harassment claims did nothing. What kind of message does that send besides the fact that the rightwing nutters don’t have a problem with sexual harassment but they don’t like affairs.

    I just hope Eye-of-Newt gets a thorough vetting in the Corporate Media, as he biggest lying fuck out there right now.

    • Spinny Liberal

      That’s a very good point, Dusty. That is one screwed up message.
      Definitely – the media needs to dig up some stuff on him. It should be easy. It’s not like they have to dig deep. I wonder how the public will take Newt’s affair. Cheating on your dying wife…hard to gloss over.

  • beaglezmom

    Cain dropping out gives me 9-9-9 smiles. His prancing, hypocritical religious nonsense and pseudo patriotism need to be wiped from the circus playbill.

    Here’s the part that gets me — He can deny all he wants that he didn’t have sex with Ginger White. The fact that he admitted his wife didn’t know who she was – even though he had given her money many times (to help her) and taken trips with her says everything I need to know. Who cares about his sex life! His communication and ability to be honest are clearly compromised. If I had a “friend” for 13 years at that level and my partner didn’t even know that person existed — I’d be getting the boot – and rightfully so.

    How would we ever trust him with our country. Would he be giving assets to other nations without our knowledge? Would he exchange guns for hostages without consent? Oh…wait….Saint Reagan did that already… 🙂

  • okjimm

    Cain jumped into the campaign as a blatant exercise in self-promotion. Plain and simple. Just another pit bull with lipstick…. lipstick not his wife’s.

    … and not much of a pit bull either…. “I can see Libya from my Back Yard!”

  • Sedate Me

    As a big fan of train travel, I’m saddened to see Cain’s crazy train get derailed so soon. But, I guess the conductor figured that it’s better to pull off to the side rails now and make a return to service at some point in the future than it was to chug along to Iowa and risk getting scrapped for parts.

    The logic? No results = No rejection. Watch for him to jump back in 4 years from now (or in Newt’s job at FOX) and claim he’s “a changed man”, found Jesus, etc. If Jimmy Swaggart is still on the air, Herman Cain’s transgressions might get forgiven too. Engine 999 may fire up its boilers again!

    The only surprise here is that MORE women haven’t come forward. The guy is wildly inappropriate in public (blame yourself, Uzbeck-becki-becki-stan, etc) and thinks he can do/say as he pleases without any consequence. And the system, (the settlements others had to pay for) backs up that notion. Put all that together and I’m rather surprised 4 lawsuits and 1 affair is all he’s collected.

    But the ironically funny part is that his lawyer is almost right. As former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau said, “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” Somebody’s consensual sex life shouldn’t matter, if only because most of these guys would nail anything that moved. They all “love” their wives in public and love anything in a skirt in private. Hell, a staggering amount of anti-gay Republicans love dudes. It’s all a dog & pony act for public consumption when all that really matters is how they do their job. Wiener can flash his namesake on the Intertubes all night long and Cain can sleep with a gaggle of transgendered little people for all I care. All I care about is that I like one’s policies and oppose the other’s.

    That said, Cain’s sex life deserves some attention because it seems it wasn’t all consensual. That’s the part that actually matters. Unfortunately, it’s not the part that actually did him in. It wasn’t the bad policy or the harassment, it was the consensual sex.

    • Spinny Liberal

      And that is what makes it screwed up.

      The lawyer is right. It’s not our business. If you’re a leader in the party of the family values, you better be squeaky clean. Or the hypocrisy will cause everything to fall out for everyone to see.

  • lbwoodgate

    “No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life.

    He didn’t really say this. After raking Clinton over the coals about his illicit affairs with (fill in the blank) this guy now thinks it’s unacceptable to do the same with his man Cain? God! Is the word hypocrite even in their vocabulary?

  • nonnie9999

    no way in hell that hermie is asked to be anyone’s veep. the rethugs are pretty stupid, but not that stupid. hermie is only useful to give absolution to the talking head idiots on faux news and rethuglican politicians when they say something racist. other than that, they’ll want him to shut up and go away. he might be welcome at some koch brother events, but those will be most likely be closed to the public.

    as to ginger white and the money–ordinarily i would say that i don’t give a flying shit with whom hermie chooses to get his dinky stinky. that’s a personal thing, and it shouldn’t matter as far as anyone running for public office. i suspect that, though she might not have know ms white’s name, gloria knows that hermie’s been going elsewhere to get his jollies. maybe she doesn’t care, or maybe she likes her lifestyle enough so that it doesn’t bother her. or maybe, she just doesn’t like sex, especially with hermie. that’s all their business. of course, the uninvited sexual advances are something else entirely. but back to ginger white. there’s something else to consider. while their 13-year-long booty call is their own business, the money he gave her might be a very non-personal issue. reportedly, he always gave her cash. both she and hermie both, under advice of their respective counsel, wouldn’t say how much money he gave her. that leads me to believe that it wasn’t just chump change. if that’s the case, how much was it, and where did hermie get the money? if gloria didn’t know about the other woman, then that tells me that hermie wasn’t taking the money out of their bank account. even if she didn’t do the family bookkeeping, wouldn’t she notice large amounts of money missing after 13 years? and what about ginger white? why would her attorney tell her not to answer the question of how much money she got from hermie? if you get more than a certain amount (it used to be $10K per year, but it’s probably gone up) as a gift, it’s taxable. the person giving the gift, in this case hermie, is usually the one who has to report the gift and pay taxes on it if it’s above the limit allowed. so, hermie might have broken the law and might owe some money to the irs. but that doesn’t explain why ginger white was advised not to tell the amount. theb what might explain hermie’s and her reluctance to answer that particular question? i have a theory. if gloria didn’t notice any money not accounted for, then hermie was getting money from somewhere else. was he skimming money from the NRA when he worked there? was his employment cut short for stealing rather than the sexual harassment stuff? he ran for senate in 2004 and 2008. was he taking money from campaign coffers? he worked on bob dole’s campaign. did he have his hand in the till there? did ginger white know that he was taking money from places she knew he should have taken from? is that why she doesn’t want to open up that particular can of worms? who knows, maybe there’s some kind of investigation we don’t know about, and she’s not allowed to speak.

    i don’t think we’ve heard the last of hermie, but i don’t think that, when we hear about him again, it’s going to be on his terms.

    • Spinny Liberal

      About the VP – you don’t think so? I was thinking maybe because they could consider him the black “antidote” to Obama.
      Now that is one trippy theory. I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes deeper than just an affair.

  • Sedate Me

    Good point, Nonnie. It’s amazing how much you can find out by “following the money”. (Those damn Super-PACS strike again!)

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