Herman Cain and his wife’s permission

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, with his wife Gloria in the background, salutes the crowd before announcing the suspension of his campaign. AP/David Tulis

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, with his wife Gloria in the background, salutes the crowd before announcing the suspension of his campaign. AP/David Tulis

In the end, Herman Cain’s wife, the diminutive woman he said held the key to his future as a presidential candidate, was a case of misdirection.

For days, Herman Cain had told the friendly faces on cable TV that he would head home to Atlanta for a face-to-face discussion with Gloria, his spouse of 43 years – the woman he first romanced with a movie date at Lenox Square, but who had declined to become part of his political quest.

Without her support, Cain said, his Republican campaign would collapse in the face of a new allegation that he had engaged in a long-time affair with another woman – a charge that he had denounced not just as untrue, but unproven.

So on Saturday, a very specific question hung over the new state headquarters for the Cain campaign, a storefront operation close enough to I-85 in DeKalb County to catch the breeze created by the traffic. Would Gloria Cain be there? Several hundred Cain fans were given two hours to mull the situation over.

Kay Godwin and Pat Tippett drove more than five hours from south Georgia to be there. If you are a politician in Georgia interested in winning a statewide race, you know that the two women are the fulcrum for thousands of Republican votes below the gnat line.

Godwin has known Cain for 20 years. She thinks the sexual accusations against him are hogwash, a creation of a fearful Republican establishment and the liberal media. But on Saturday, during the waiting, she also declared that she thought that Cain had been ill-served by his national staff.

“Pat and I have the 1st Congressional District. We have 26 of our 29 counties already organized. We have a conference call with them every Tuesday night,” Godwin said.

Cain supporters in south Georgia had come to two conclusions. “No. 1, if he doesn’t get rid of [campaign manager] Mark Block and those people surrounding him, he’s going nowhere,” the GOP activist said.

That included Atlanta lawyer Lin Wood, who, in Cain’s defense, had issued a letter declaring that what two consenting adults do behind bedroom doors is nobody’s business.

Demand No. 2, Godwin said, was for Cain’s wife to be by his side that afternoon. “We can stand behind him and know he’s telling the truth if his wife stands behind him,” she said. “If she’s not going to be there – I’m driving five and a half hours from south Georgia up here for somebody whose wife isn’t going to cross town to stand by him?”

At 1:30 p.m., the bus with Herman Cain’s face on it pulled close to the headquarters. The candidate was the first out. He held out his right hand, and helped his wife down the stairs.

“Gloria! Gloria!” the crowd shouted, their hopes lifted by her presence, as she and her husband came to the stage. Block, the campaign manager with the famous cigarette habit, stood silently in the background, holding Cain’s trademark black cowboy hat.

The candidate spoke of the remarkable distance he’d traveled from his birthplace, on Pelham Street in Atlanta’s old Fifth Ward, the son of a maid and a Coca-Cola chauffeur.

He was one of a trio of men in line, on the Republican side, to become the most powerful figure in the world. Add President Barack Obama for good measure, he said. “I’m in the Final Four. We’re in the Final Four.”

But Cain admitted that the last few days had caused irreparable damage. “That spin hurts. It hurts my wife. It hurts my family. It hurts me. And it hurts the American people, because you’re being denied solutions to our problems,” he said.

But he wanted the crowd to know this: “I am at peace with God.” And then Cain pointed to the woman behind him. “I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me,” he said.

The hopeful chants began again. “Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!”

“That being said,” Cain continued – and finally pulled the rug out from under the grand opening of his campaign headquarters. He would suspend his campaign, he told a stunned and befuddled crowd.

As it turned out, Gloria Cain’s permission wasn’t the key to continuing his candidacy. Her husband admitted that, in the wake of five weeks of scandal, his contributions had dried up.

But his wife’s presence was absolutely essential to Cain’s ability to retire from the field with his reputation intact – so that he might maintain his influence as a Republican player.

For Cain, Plan B is something called thecainsolution.com, a place on the Internet where he can still push his “9-9-9” plan. The Stockbridge entrepreneur will follow the lead of Sarah Palin, and attempt to become a political persona who operates outside the political process – as his campaign tried to do, but failed.

“One of the reasons that I ran for president of the United States was that so I could change Washington D.C. from the inside,” he said. “Plan B is that we’re going to have to change it from the outside.”

And with that, the Saturday crowd began to drift away, perhaps to their TV sets. The Bulldogs were still an undefeated possibility.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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308 comments Add your comment

vuduchld

December 3rd, 2011
5:08 pm

WHO CARES!
GOOD RIDDANCE, MAGGOT

Last Man Standing

December 3rd, 2011
5:34 pm

I can’t help but believe that a terrible injustice has been done to Mr. Cain. I still believe him to be an honorable man who has been brought down by his opposition with lies. Unlike the myriad of charges against Bill (I never had sex with that woman) Clinton, there has been no SWORN testimony offered against Mr. Cain. None of his accusers (who identified themselves) have offered to take a polygraph. I would imagine that his accusers have suddenly experienced a degree of financial enrichment. To the ONE person responsible for these allegations, I will only say that my prayer is that you do indeed reap what you have sewn.

SSDD

December 3rd, 2011
5:43 pm

Another low down cheating man! When will they ever learn, lol!

Gman

December 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

As Herman “Silas” Cain goes down in flames, his supporters remain in denial! Life is GOOD…

Sick of Republicans

December 3rd, 2011
6:00 pm

No I am not a Cain supporter but it amazes me to no end that you Republicans will stand behind Newt and documentation has proven what he is and not stand behind Herman Cain where NO documentation to the accusations has ever been produced. Guess you all must love your slime balls. Tell Newt to send his granddaughter in to be a school Janitor the pig that he is he probably would do it too. Newt is worse than Bill Clinton could even dream of being.

sheepdawg

December 3rd, 2011
6:02 pm

newt’s next

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:02 pm

His opponents [Republican Old Guard and the Democrats] thought they could derail Cain with the first group of allegations of sexual harassment until the facts about the accusers came out. When that didn’t work – and Herman’s contributions increased and he was #1 in two recent polls – it was inevitable that they would trump up something else, This new woman had an affair with Herman Cain in her dreams. She has no credibility given the facts in her background [and when is the media going to ask who is paying the legal fees of her lawyer since she is supposedly unemployed and struggling financially?]. I have followed Herman for years and have met and talked with him and his lovely wife Gloria. Herman is by far the best qualified candidate to lead our country out of the morass we are in now. He has a unique combination of proven leadership skills, demonstrated ability to turn around failing organizations (which our government is now), problem solving skills (asking the right questions and getting needed information before making a decision) and – most of all – integrity we sorely need in the White House. Were Cain nominated in 2012, then the voters would have the opportunity to live out Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision in his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and judge Cain and Obama “not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.” It’s a sad day for this country that the media frenzy around false and unproven allegations can lead a fine man like Herman Cain to decide to pull his hat out of the presidential race as a candidate However, neither Herman nor his millions of supporters are going away…and we will continue to be a force to contend with in 2012 and beyond. As they say, ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

Sister Sarah

December 3rd, 2011
6:02 pm

And so Cain (like Palin) will setup websites (already has multiple) and PACs so he can stand on the sidelines and siphon dollars from all these saps by parroting all the B-S they want to hear – “socialism”, “Obamacare”,”American Exceptionalism”, blah blah blah. Gone head bro Herm, MILK these fools for ALL they’re worth! LOL (though not with Herman, he’s LATWTTB)

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Sister Sarah – Why don’t you talk intelligently so we can understand what you are thinking…instead of just foaming at the mouth.

George Lee

December 3rd, 2011
6:08 pm

We needed Cain like we needed lung cancer. “All that stuff twirling around in my head.” lolllllllll good riddance

tim

December 3rd, 2011
6:11 pm

BYE BYE LOW LIFE LOSER!

YOU’RE NOT PRESIDENTAL MATERIAL! YOU NEVER WAS OR WILL BE!

WHAT A COWARD……..

Karla Rove

December 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

I continue to be astonished by the people who think the $80,000 paid out by the National Restaurant Association for two sexual harassment claims was for no apparent reason. We all know that money would NEVER have been paid out unless there was very significant evidence to support the claims. You are either naive or stupid to think otherwise.

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

George Lee – Nice job of trashing. When you decide to talk about the real, serious issues facing our country and how to fix the broken government in Washington, please post again with your insights.

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:13 pm

Tim – Another intellectual giant’s post. LOL

tim

December 3rd, 2011
6:16 pm

What took you so damn long Hermie?

There was Slick Willy……

Now there’s Slimball Hermie

Run away Hermie before another woman shames your sorry behind!

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:16 pm

Karla Rove – Your complete lack of knowledge of business is evident. Every day organization’s decide to pay settlements for frivolous and unsubstantiated lawsuits because they know it will cost them far less to do that than to go to court and win. NRA made the payments for that reason. Forget your conspiracy theory and smell the coffee.

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:17 pm

Tim – Keep up the useless drivel and foaming at the mouth.

Alabama Communist

December 3rd, 2011
6:17 pm

More Breaking News On Herman Leaving Campaign On Trailsway Bus…A Reporter with Channel 45 Russian TV said he follow Herman and his wife to the Bus after his farewell address and heard loud whip like noises from inside the Bus.with a Women voice saying ” You sorry piece of Republican Newt, You open your mouth one more time, I will strip that Black skin off your Rear and ship you to a CIA dentention Fusion Center in South Philly. Now get to the back of the Bus and shut your lying mouth..”

Kenny

December 3rd, 2011
6:17 pm

Citizen Cain!!

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Alabama Communist – Another piece of useless drivel. Go back to Alabama and stay there.

John Sulivan

December 3rd, 2011
6:23 pm

The venom that you read here is a reflection of those who mad up allegations against a great man. It is the same spirit.

double

December 3rd, 2011
6:25 pm

The pugs have no mercey,even on their own.They will never support an Africa American for POTUS.

twintbb

December 3rd, 2011
6:28 pm

Herman Cain is doing the right thing by suspending his race. However, I believe that the allegations are false. Now that Cain is out – GO NEWT !!! Newt will be the best to debate Obama and win. Newt is not perfect but a lot closer than Obama. Lets hope the remainder of the Republican race will be without all this nonsense. Go Newt !! Focus on beating Obama. . .

double

December 3rd, 2011
6:28 pm

AC we got to have a little humor.Can’t be business all time.

mysidehurtsfromlaughingsohard

December 3rd, 2011
6:41 pm

Herman needs to start his own comic book featuring himself as the idiot who keeps dreaming of becoming the president of the free world.

clem

December 3rd, 2011
6:43 pm

Suspend? A man with his supposed intregity would have either pushed on or withdrew as Tpaw did. Very disappointing.

MontanaBGreen

December 3rd, 2011
6:44 pm

Herman Cain’s enemies will woo the day they supplied all these un-proven accusations to the news organizations.
Like Palin — Cain will become a lighting rod and will keep the silent majority riled up and vocal.
They ( progressive radicals) think they have won something by making it impossible for Herman Cain to continue — He will just retreat a few feet and reload.
And like Palin will begin to be the voice for many of the next group of commonsense Conservatives that will kick some, or many, progressive radicals to the curb. They may have won this skirmish but nowhere near winning the war against Patriotic Americans.

Zadoc Paet

December 3rd, 2011
6:45 pm

Damn, I lost a bet to my girlfriend that Herman Cain wouldn’t drop out. He’s so defiant and was still acting like he was campaigning, that he never did. I’ll miss him at the debates the most.

POLL: was suspending his campaign the right move for Herman Cai
Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/5924534

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm

MontanaBGreen – You are absolutely right. When someone is taking target practice at you and won’t quit [as the liberal media did in their ongoing frenzy about Herman Cain] it is smart to take down the target and regroup. I was there when Herman did that today. He did the right thing. As they say, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

LCarter

December 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm

Look, Cain will be more effective now that he’s out of the race and is returning to what he does best and what he did before his run – his radio and web shows.
But you have to admit, that he got hit with the exact same thing he did to Perry – unfounded attacks. Cain should have never gone after Perry joining in with the left calling him and attempting to paint him as a racist and then pointing fingers at Perry with no proof for the attacks on him…if he would have played it clean, many of us would have come to his defense…but instead, he fell by the same attacks/actions that he did to a fellow GOP candidate.
What ended his campaign was the inability to handle the same types of attacks he did to others.

ED

December 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm

You so called supporters of Cain need an evaluation ..Straight talk lets see whats in those 61 text messages big mouth..Wheres your big man when it comes to that polygraph?You people are the perfect example of why drugs should be abolished because you are high…

ComradeAnon

December 3rd, 2011
6:49 pm

Why is this a surprise to anyone? He’s doing what Huckabee did. He wants to become a bigger force in Republican politics, sell a lot of books, maybe get a radio or TV show. Nothing new here.

JD

December 3rd, 2011
6:49 pm

Unfortunately for Herman Cain, his actions long before he decided to run for office have derailed his campaign.

Straight Talk

December 3rd, 2011
6:56 pm

ED – Let’s do see what’s in those text messages and who sent them. And while we are at it, let’s find out who is paying the legal fees of White since she is an unemployed person who can’t pay her rent. And let’s discover who coached her so well to smoothly deal with the media like no ordinary citizen would be able to do. And let’ also look at the relationship between Sharon Bialek and David Axelrod, who live in the same building in Chicago. And let’s find out who really hired and paid the legal fees of her expensive attorney Gloria Allred. And let’s ask to see her financial records to see if there have been any large deposits to her account lately…or if a large new account has been opened in her name. After finding out these facts, then we can talk about the real story…not some sleazy swipe like post.

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

December 3rd, 2011
7:03 pm

If your lack of reasoning ability leads you to believe that Herman Cain is qualified to be the POTUS, you should be disqualified from participating in elections.

bart

December 3rd, 2011
7:03 pm

Cain’s supporters have definitely drunk the kool-aid. Of course he’s guilty of these allegations. Studies show that it is highly unlikely for women to falsely report sexual harrassment and affairs. Where there’s this much smoke, there’s bound to be fire. I feel sorry for his wife and children.

Tony

December 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

Cain is a hypocrite who is not qualified to be President of the United States.

clem

December 3rd, 2011
7:15 pm

straight talk, i agree let’s examine those facts you laid out. with all the money the republican party has they should conduct the investigation and if it turns out it was axelrod and dems, it should be a shoe in for repubs.

i wonder if the shoe was on the other foot, would the repubs have done the same thing….given their past on willie horton, swiftboot, birther nonsense the answer is clear

Look before I leap...

December 3rd, 2011
7:19 pm

I am not a Cain supporter, never was.
I never thought thought he had a realistic chance at the GOP nod, much less the White House.
I don’t know if the allegations are true or not, but I highly doubt that they were instigated by the Dems or the so-called liberal media. If the claims these women were making were being directed by some outside agency, then I am certain it would be by certain factions within the GOP. A case of them eating one of their own.

Absent a late-entry dark horse candidate, the GOP race will come down to Gingrich and Romney. Neither of which are particularly palatable especially since Gingrich lacks any credibility on the “family values” plank in the GOP platform. Idealogues will gather behind Gingrich. Romney will likely lay claim to a significant portion of the moderates and independants which represents a real threat to Obama’s chances next November save for one thing:

We are in the middle of a very modest economic recovery and if this recovery continues to gather steam and strength and unemployment continues to fall, then both Gingrich and Romney are going to have an uphill battle.

Jesse

December 3rd, 2011
7:21 pm

Strange values. Herman is only accussed with no proof and is ousted. Dr. King was a philander and moral degenerate and is hailed as hero.

Serious Robuck

December 3rd, 2011
7:21 pm

Has anybody told you old boys that you’re just pathetic. PATHETIC. You have a truly conservative candidate in Huntsman who many of us liberals could vote for, but noooooooooooooo, you’re going to throw away the election on a fat, arrogant lying adulterer like Newtie.

You’re all fools. Obama will coast to reelection.

Look before I leap...

December 3rd, 2011
7:23 pm

Just an interesting coincidence. Today my odometer rolled over from 53,999 to 54,000
Just like Herman’s tax plan 999 to 000.

Sister Sarah

December 3rd, 2011
7:23 pm

@Straight Talk
I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for you to loose your hands from Herman Cain’s nutsack long enough to type all these shotgun replies to everyone on this blog thread who holds a position opposite of yours. Nothing is more apparent than your OBVIOUS affiliation with the Cain campaign, otherwise why would YOU be so RABID in your replies to people?? No one is “foaming at the mouth” (other than you of course). I like many took Cain as nothing more than a joke from the beginning.

One thing I know is a HUSTLA when I encounter one, and Herman Cain is most certainly a HUSTLA; trust that. Secondly, I know when a man’s running game on a woman, whether it be a floozy out here in these streets OR his wife, and none of that B-S Herman Cain is pushing about these women passes the smell test. Hide behind the “legalese” all you want. Herman’s been “tricking off” for a long time. Here is the “straight talk”… Herman Cain will never have an impact on my personal life; he will only milk the gullible using the same playbook that was most recently used by another schiestette that the GOP put forth. I have held the position all along, GOP wants to impress and make ME a believer, MAKE HERMAN CAIN THE NOMINEE!! Of course, we all know if we got the real “straight talk” on that, all the B-S about MLK’s “dream” would be realized as a bunch of B-S.

yellowdog

December 3rd, 2011
7:24 pm

a hypocrite, a liar and a legend in his own mind. yes, good riddance.

Look before I leap...

December 3rd, 2011
7:25 pm

@Jesse 7:21

Not to point out the obvious or anything, but Dr. King never ran for public office.

MrBingle

December 3rd, 2011
7:29 pm

“Poor Mr. Cain!” Did he hoodwinked millions of Americans, and made millions of dollars, in a few short months? “You can fool some of the people, some of the time!” He was destined to be in the race for the short term. The side show has left the building. Now let’s focus on jobs, housing, stock market, etc.

Frederick Douglass

December 3rd, 2011
7:29 pm

Herman Cain is indicative of what has happened to our school systems. This ill educated man didn’t deserve to be in the conversation about who’ll lead our country, yet there he was, sitting atop the polls for a while. Not long ago we elected an admitted C student to our highest office because he’d be a good guy to have a beer with…..good gosh! Along with focusing on revamping how we do health care, we also need to look at how we educate children. The Herman Cains,Sarah Palins, and Rick Perrys of this country shouldn’t be going around bragging about how dumb they are, and receiving pay and adulation for it.

Doug

December 3rd, 2011
7:36 pm

The very idea that this nothing was even considered as serious presidential candidate of a major political party is an awful commentary on the state of America today.

Look before I leap...

December 3rd, 2011
7:37 pm

Just a thought. Was re-reading the news reports of the announcement and it mentioned that Cain arrived in a Secret Service caravan (as did the reports of his return home last night). So I assume the detail was suspended and the agents re-assigned.

As I recall, the statute providing such protection to a candidate states that such protection is available beginning 120 days prior to the general election. Did I miss something and they moved election day up to May?

Do any of the other candidates currently enjoy Secret Service protection? If so, when that begin?

Look before I leap...

December 3rd, 2011
7:40 pm

@Frederick Douglass 7:29P

“The Herman Cains,Sarah Palins, and Rick Perrys of this country shouldn’t be going around bragging about how dumb they are, and receiving pay and adulation for it.”

You obviously don’t watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (or any “reality” for that matter).