A stark assessment of Herman Cain’s chances from an Iowan congressman

Earlier this month, U.S Rep. Steve King, a Republican from the all-important state of Iowa, declared that the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment several weeks ago were probable “liberal activists” and “official hyperventilaters of the first order.”

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington ran into King today – and he sounded much less certain. Said King:

”There’s been a series of these and by now it surely has to be shutting off or shutting down the fundraising that’s coming to Herman Cain. And whether or not the allegations are true, it looks to me like it’s going to be very hard for him to be able to breathe life back into this campaign. That is it. You like to think the facts on this can come out, and come out right away, and people can look at the truth and make an objective decision.

“They’re asking questions and just that, asking questions, has diminished the momentum of his campaign. I don’t want to give advice to a man who’s carried the race this far, and I’ll say this: Herman Cain went to the top of the polls out of his personal likability. The people that I know that like him – and I happen to be one of them – like him a lot personally. And when you get down to that point where you’re trying to select one person out of those 300 million Americans it’s a pretty tough hill to climb anyway. And now he’s got more luggage to tote than anybody else in the race right now and that’s really tough.”

Malloy asked King whether the number of women who have come forward gave him pause. Answered the Iowa congressman:

”Even if I thought they were of no consequence, others don’t. And I don’t know. I don’t know and I don’t want to be judgmental but I know there are a whole body of people out there that are making decisions, and it’s got to come together in just a little more than a month in Iowa — so the timing of it is such that, if this were a race that went on another six months or so, perhaps there’s a way to bring this all out and shine the light on everything and bring it out as the truth.

“But I don’t see how there’s time for that right now. So I just feel badly for Herman. And America is a strange animal, the politics of this all. And you watch the dynamics of this race. It doesn’t feel like any other. … The same time this is going on in the Cain campaign, you’ve got Mitt Romney making a commitment to try to win Iowa.

“So that changes – both of those two things change the dynamics in Iowa to some degree and I’ll say a significant degree in both of them. Things are not coming clear for a lot of conservatives in the state.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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BILLY MAYS HERE

November 29th, 2011
8:50 pm

Cain/Palin 2012: Just For Kicks

The Goobernator

November 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

It’s nice to know we still consider NOT voting for philanderers, even if we do keep them in office once elected. Too bad we don’t jail pedophile coaches and DUI athletes.

John

November 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Besides being a nincompoop (albeit a quite confident nincompoop) on anything dealing with American history, world history or foreign policy, Herman Cain is a strutting bullying hypocrite regarding so-called family values. I can understand his wanting to increase speaking fees and book sales through a presidential campaign-that’s just good business, but what excapes me is how anyone with the sense God gave a gopher ever thought this man was qualified to hold national elective office.

Bills

November 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

With Herman about to fade away, can we please go ahead and nominate Newt? The arrogant, pompous, ethically challenged blow-hard is just what the GOP needs. And he’s never been accused of having an extra-marital affair.

Oops.

Bootnewt

November 29th, 2011
9:23 pm

Cain and Palin on a ticket wouldn’t work; the first harassment of a VP by the POTUS.

sparta_bubba

November 29th, 2011
9:29 pm

I still say Spermin Cain and Newtie Gingrich should be the GOP’s 2012 team. They can help each other with side pieces among other things. They are typical of the family values espoused by the hypocritical Republican party, so I’m sure all Repubs would support them. Pretty Please Republicans?

GaBlue

November 29th, 2011
9:44 pm

Please don’t let Herman Cain fade away! We NEED a guy who’s not hung up on facts and refers to himself in the third person, every third sentence, in every interview and speech, and then demeans women in smirking quips. It keeps us humble!

jimsquiresoregon

November 29th, 2011
9:50 pm

If only the totally virtuous may speak of virtue, virtue would never be spoken of. Hypocritical is not a correct description of the Republican Party. ” We are born in sin, and shapen in iniquity ” however, is a totally accurate description of every man. Some seem worse, and some not so bad; but ” God commands all men everywhere to repent .”

honested

November 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

It is too early to bid adieu to the Democratic Dream Opponent!

Hermie, please stay until November 2012.

America needs to remember why we may never vote for a repug Presidential candidate again.

Atlantan

November 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

Yet the left was NEVER bothered by Teddy………………………. And with Bill Clinton it was his private life………………

Republicans Candidates are Morally and Ethically Bankrupt

November 29th, 2011
10:03 pm

U.S Rep. Steve King, a Republican from the all-important state of Iowa, declared that the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment several weeks ago were probable “liberal activists” and “official hyperventilaters of the first order.”
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Republicans always blame the victims!

Herman Cain is a hypocrite and a fraud and he bamboozled all of his supporters and his wife.

WE TOLD YOU SO!!!!

honested

November 29th, 2011
10:04 pm

Take heart repugs.

David Duke is about to be deported back to the US.

I wonder if he knows about the looming opening in the repug primary circus.

Look before I leap...

November 29th, 2011
10:06 pm

Cain will announce by week’s end he is dropping out of the race.
The reason stated will be something along the lines of “protecting his family”.
The real reason is that the money has dried up.
Whether the allegations are true or false of somewhere in between, we can stick a fork in Cain, he is done.

Look before I leap...

November 29th, 2011
10:20 pm

@Atlantan:
I am not a lefty, and never woulda have voted for Teddy. He was a coward and a morally bankrupt man who left Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in that creek.
Clinton was a lying horndog, and someone I felt personally betrayed me when he looked straight into the camera and basically called me stupid with his “definition of the word “is” is comment. I think he should have been removed from office, not for banging that silly twit in the Oval, but lying about it under oath.
But, had he been impeached, it is very likely that Gore wins in 2000 and again in 2004. NO Dubya, No Iran war and possibly no economic collapse in 2008.
Seems like the GOP should be happy Clinton skated in the impeachment. The GOP gets 2 wars for the price of 3, a ruined economy, 13 million ppl out of work and a much richer corporate elite and some very happy Arabs.

missing the point

November 29th, 2011
10:29 pm

many are missing the point. it’s not the “crimes” cain has committed, it’s his reactions to the allegations. it is a telling glimpse inside the man. imagine if you will if he was elected president. you don’t want the POTUS “nuttin’ up” like that.

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
10:32 pm

To ALL Republican, sore loser, retards… do me, and ALL of America a favor. WHEN Obama is re- elected president again in 2012, find the highest mountan, or the tallest tree, or the tallest building, or the tallest structure of any kind, and…. JUMP! Do us all a favor and JUMP! Please JUMP! Rid us of your lying, hypocritical, non-thinking nonsense. If you’re too cowardly to jump, as you are in everything else you say and do, contact your nearest Democrat to push you! You’re the scum of the earth!

GaBlue

November 29th, 2011
10:33 pm

Look before I leap…,

I’m not going to tell you how to feel, and your feelings are completely justified, but do you realize where the “definition of IS is” comment came from? While our horndog President wanted to get back to the business of doing his job, he was corralled and sequestered for weeks on end with lawyers he had to pay to defend against something that was nobody’s business. During that intensive pre-deposition preparation is a long, tedious exercise in which they “define” every possible word in every possible question that could be used in the questioning. For example, “sex” to some people is what makes the babies, whereas “sex” to others means anything gross that feels good. This has to be defined beforehand, hence, “I did not have sex with that woman” where the definition of the term has been agreed upon by both parties as meaning intercourse. His sarcasm was understandable. I understand feeling betrayed (trust!), but that’s where that came from, and not just out of his behind.

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
10:42 pm

And quit saying how smart Newt-the pedophile-Gingrich is! He’s not only a pedophile, he’s a cheat, a thief, a liar, etc… Obama would wipe his butt with Newt in a debate. He brings NOTHING to the table that our current GREAT President Obama couldn’t wipe the floor with him on. Quit grasping for straws you stupid a$$ Republican retards… you’re done in 2012. Thank God! NOBODY, domestic or abroad, wants you to come near the White House and ruin the world! You’re the scum of the earth!

Look before I leap...

November 29th, 2011
11:03 pm

@GaBlue
I get that it was legalese and standard lawyerly chicanary, but it still pissed me off. Everyone in that room and and indeed in the nation knew what the question really was and the sumbitch lied.
The answer from someone who has moral courage is:

Yes, I had sexual relations with that woman. Yes it happened in the vicinity of the Oval office and yes it was wrong. I apologize to the American people for cheapening the image of the Presidency and the ultimate symbol of the power and prestige of the White House Oval Office. Beyond that, this is a private matter between me and my wife and daughter and Ms Lewenski.

4 sentences and beyond some thrown crockery in the residence and harsh words from HIllary, the matter ends there and Clinton returns to work much sooner than he would defending himself against a phreakin impeachment hearing.

Dave

November 29th, 2011
11:13 pm

Look before you leap, hate to break this to you but there was no Iran War…

Dave

November 29th, 2011
11:16 pm

Pewter if we do, who is going to support you and your kind?

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
11:23 pm

Hey Dave, maybe the same ones who support you and your kind. The lying, cowardly kind. The redneck kind. Your kind. You know, the ones that pray for forgiveness for a pedophile priest, but then turn around and try to bash someone for harming a stupid animal. Your kind, the ones that would pull the plug on a dying loved one, just to collect the insurance money. Your kind, the white ones that collect more welfare checks than any other kind… Yep, YOUR kind! You freakin idiot!

Political Mongrel

November 29th, 2011
11:26 pm

Meh. Cain’s chances have always been effectively zero. Now more people are realizing it.

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
11:34 pm

Dave, you and your kind need to quit acting like YOU and YOUR kind bring anything to the table to help America. All you do is pay your little taxes like everyone else. You and your kind do nothing more. You and your kind are losers. You and your kind lost in 2008, and you’re SURE to lose in 2012. Thank God! You and your kind are the scum of the earth!

Look before I leap...

November 29th, 2011
11:39 pm

@Dave
You are right. Please feel free to correct my typos in the future.
To any and all who are confused by my post, I meant Iraq, not Iran.
I am sure the families of the 4,483 service members who have died in Iraq since May 2003 will be comforted by your diligence.

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
11:39 pm

Dave, you and your kind are the REAL ones that try to get something for nothing. You and your kind are the ones that threaten to not shop at a store, or go to a sporting event when you don’t get your way, as if an owner really cares about you and your kind! You and your kind WAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY over-estimate your worth, and what you mean to the world. Yep, you and your kind are definitely scumbags!

Look before I leap...

November 29th, 2011
11:45 pm

Before Dave can nitpick again, I meant MARCH, 2003.
May was when Dubya’s thugs announced Mission accomplished. We have only lost 4,344 serive member since then.

PEWTER

November 29th, 2011
11:46 pm

Dave, you and your kind are the non-thinkers of the world. You and your kind look for talk radio for answers as if you’re retarded. You and your kind don’t have a pot to pee in, yet you and your kind try to attatch yourselves to the pitiful Republican party as if they care about you and your kind. You and your kind feel a sense/need to belong, instead of sitting down and shutting up. You and your kind are just sore losers who are cowards. You and your kind are hypocrits, liars, and usually pedophiles. You and your kind are hated by the entire world. You and your kind get laffed at, not laffed with, but you and your kind are too stupid to realize it.

findog

November 29th, 2011
11:46 pm

What if this critical look had gone into W’s Guard service before the idiot Jew’s in Florida voted for Joe?

JimmyZ

November 30th, 2011
12:36 am

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
6:08 am

Why would anyone want to believe an assessment by Rep. Steve “Al Qaeda Would Cheer Obama Win (as POTUS)” King? Keep running Cain, even though not one Dixiecrat can explain why Rick Santorum is not the GOP frontrunner.

Clay Willis

November 30th, 2011
6:22 am

Three questions:
1. IF Herman Cain was completely innocent of all marital infidelity, what could he have done that would have satisfied his critics? He couldn’t confess to something he didn’t do. Even if he had made a false confession, that would not have been believed any more than his denials of wrong doing. Once the accusation is made and the media frenzy established the damage is done whether the person is innocent or not.
2. WHY did the media go after Herman Cain? For months the MSM and the nominally Republican establishment media pundits like Michael Medved, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol and others stated clearly and often that Cain had no chance at all of winning the nomination.
3. WHY are the Republican media people so hypocritical? Many of them have had their own illicit affairs and if they’re honest they know that such behavior is commonplace and part of human nature that never changes. Yet these people (unlike Democrats/progressives/liberals/socialists who defend their people until pictures are published or semen-stained dresses appear) immediately proclaim that any person ACCUSED of infidelity is unfit to run for office knowing full well that many people holding office are guilty but just not caught.
The answer to question one is “nothing”.
The answer to questions two and three is that Herman Cain proposed eliminating the Marxist graduated income tax system. Establishment Republicans, just like their Democrat counterparts, protect that system at all costs because it is that system that allows politicians to guide taxpayer money to their friends and contributors and enrich themselves.
Cain’s 9-9-9 plan to transition to the Fair Tax and eliminate the income tax system hit a raw nerve because it would work. It would provide true tax reduction to the middle and lower classes and remove much of the power over individuals and business that the Marxist tax code provides.
Whether or not Mr. Cain is “guilty”, that’s the real reason behind these viscous and unsubstantiated attacks on Herman Cain.
The media is once again trying to pick the Republican candidate for POTUS and if they destroy Herman Cain, they can destroy Newt Gingrich (with his confessed infidelity baggage) and get the “moderate” Mitt Romney as the nominee. You’ll never hear Romney talk about eliminating the income tax system and it’s likely he has no problems with the Marxist tax code. With him, many of his core beliefs are unsubstantiated. But he does have great hair.

Frederick Douglass

November 30th, 2011
6:47 am

Now that the dust is clearing on Herman Cain’s failed run at the White House, it would be wise to analyze the man’s effects on his people. Through 300 years of struggle in this country, from Crispus Attucks to MLK, black people have fought and died to eke out a respectable niche in this land, then along comes Cain. Cain, a man that sat out the civil rights movement on advisement from his father, Cain, a man that delivered withering dialogue against the first black president from his forum on WSB, and Cain, the guy that hitched his wagon to the Tea Party. I cringe every time some idiot suggests that this man would’ve swayed other blacks to follow him to the GOP, what an insult. This guy that thumbed his nose at the modest gains of a downtrodden people, has managed to set those same people back about 50 years in some people’s minds.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

November 30th, 2011
7:00 am

Would someone please explain how Herman’s morals are lower than Newt’s. They look like 2 oeas in a pod to me.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

November 30th, 2011
7:02 am

Would someone please explain how Herman’s morals are lower than Newt’s. They look like 2 peas in a pod to me.

Rich T

November 30th, 2011
7:25 am

So let me get this straight: we condemn a man who has been accused of having sex or hitting on women, none of which has yet to be proven, but a guy who sat in a church helmed by Jeremiah Wright for two decades and also rubbed elbows with people like Bill Ayers gets elected to run the country. I just want to make certain I understand the rules.

dannh Boy

November 30th, 2011
7:48 am

Fork, meet IT. and stick yourself there.

dannh Boy

November 30th, 2011
7:53 am

As for the rules. It’s pretty simple. Sometimes, intellectual abilities, past public accomplishments, messages, understanding and connecting with the American people let you survive scandals (see Bill Clinton, and now maybe Newt Gingrich). Sometimes you follow up bad times with incoherent answers on things like Libya and abortion (see Cain) or idiotic challenges to the media (remember Gary hart) and you are done. those are the rules.

Ol' Timer

November 30th, 2011
7:58 am

Putting aside all of the accusations of sexual harrassment and philandering, The Ol’ Hermanator just isn’t ready for prime time.

He couldn’t even explain his own tax plan and has an abysmal ignorance of foreign policy and world events. He’s a winsome and charismatic guy I’d love to have a cold one with, but he’s not ready for the Big Show.

Now, concerning, Mr. King of Iowa, I’d love to see the good ladies of Iowa respond to his calling the alleged victims “official hyperventilators” by turning our in great numbers at the polls the next time he’s up for re-election.

td

November 30th, 2011
8:02 am

This is for all you libs that believe this woman’s accusations are true. This woman has alleged that she has had a continuous 13 year affair with Cain that ended 4 months ago. If you go back and know anything about Cain then you know that he has just finished a 4 year battle with stage 4 cancer. To believe this women then you would have to believe that Herman was getting treatment and fighting for his life at the same time was trying to make a living by giving speeches and had the time and energy to make arrangements to have this woman transported all over the country to have an affair. Is this really believable? I want to hear some of you tell me that this woman’s claims are still creditable with knowing these other facts?

Tex Ritter

November 30th, 2011
8:05 am

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November 30th, 2011
8:05 am

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MacChew

November 30th, 2011
8:05 am

The only thing Harry Reid has gotten right in a long time is that the country is not ready to elect a black man with a negro dialect. Herman never had a chance but it’s a shame that the political climate of the country has come to this.

td

November 30th, 2011
8:07 am

Ol’ Timer

November 30th, 2011
7:58 am

And 4 years ago Obama knew everything about foreign policy? As far as the economy goes, can you really tell me with a straight face that Obama understands the economy better today then Herman does?

marcie

November 30th, 2011
8:09 am

I would vote for a spatula before I voted for Obama. That said, I want Herman gone. He’s just a distraction and he’s in over his head. By the way, I am a democrat. And next year, I am going to pull the lever for anyone who is not Obama. ANYONE.

Tex Ritter

November 30th, 2011
8:11 am

Ol’ Herman galloped into the arena, circled a time or two, jumped a few obstacles, put his horse through a simple routine, waved at the crowd, grinned a lot, took off his hat, cantered up in front of the grandstands and fell off his horse.

And, from the grandstands one ol’ cowboy was heard to say, “All hat and no cattle.”

Ol' Timer

November 30th, 2011
8:12 am

honested

November 30th, 2011
8:13 am

For anyone who still doesn’t get it.
Whoever a Presidential candidate plays tag with doesn’t matter.
What they comprehend about the world, how it works and what is required to run it does.
Some fools will vote for anyone that checks off the correct list of buzzwords and concocted superstitious ideas that passes the test on the voter form they got at church.
They are the same people who are worried about who the Presidential Candidate plays tag with.

Cain had no idea how this Country functions as his pronouncements made clear.

It might be a good time for the gop to review the questions that go on those voter forms they pass out at church because we live in an age where denying evolution, denying climate change, denying the need to move beyond fossil fuels, denying reduction in military waste and promoting citizenship for zygotes does not qualify one to become President any more.

Ol' Timer

November 30th, 2011
8:15 am

@marcie: If you don’t vote for Obama, the spatula may be your best bet.