Herman Cain has withdrawn from the GOP presidential nomination competition in the wake of Ginger White’s claims that he and she engaged in a 13-tear long romantic affair. He withdrew in a particularly deceitful way, saying that his campaign was being suspended. Like most of his recent conduct and statements lately, this resort to face-saving euphemism does not speak well of his character. Yes, it’s true, his quest for the White House is suspended. It is also what is technically called toast. A more honest, courageous, candid and accountable man would have said so. I think we can safety say that one way or the other, this campaign took the measure of Herman Cain, and found him to be as wanting in character as he is inexperience and diligence. The system, ugly as it is, worked.
What else can we now fairly say of Herman Cain? I believe we can fairly conclude that…
1) Ginger White is more or less telling the truth.
2) Herman Cain is lying about her.
3) His credibility regarding his other denials in the sexual harassment accusations must be regarded in the light of his dishonesty in this one.
4) He cannot be trusted by the public, and therefore is not fit to be President.
Cain quit the race rather than make the effort to prove his innocence, which was eminently provable if it was true. When Sean Hannity told Cain that White’s stories of specific hotel and restaurant rendezvous could be checked out, Cain replied that now “wasn’t the time” for detective work. What? When a serious presidential candidate’s reputation is under attack by a scurrilous liar, which is what White would be if she were characterizing her relationship with Cain, detective work is not only timely, it is mandatory. A lie cannot be left alone to rob the nation of a qualified leader. There is only one reason why Cain would refuse to support a thorough investigation into White’s veracity—if he knew it would prove she was telling the truth, and he was the liar. Sometimes failure to defend oneself vigorously is sufficient proof that an accusation is true. This is one of those times.
What is fair to Herman Cain? Fair to Herman Cain is to regard him as…
- …an arrogant huckster and an egotist who…
- …at a critical period in the nation’s life, wasted the its time with a deceptive, lazy and unserious campaign that…
- …misrepresented the man at the center of it as a tonic for what ails its national leadership, when he was really a symptom that malady.
The next question that requires answering is this:
Why, when Herman Cain’s candidacy is ending because of the character deficits revealed by a clandestine affair, are Republicans flocking to New Gingrich, whose own extra-marital affairs revealed have him as untrustworthy, cruel, calculating, dishonest and hypocritical?
I don’t have an answer to that one yet.