Five days after suspending his campaign to be the GOP presidential nominee, Herman Cain was as defiant as ever, though without the customary gaffes that troubled his bid for office.
On Monday, in an email to his supporters, Cain said he was not surprised that he was attacked. “I was surprised by the nature of the attacks,” he said. “Me, a womanizer? I would never have thought they’d come up with that one. But I knew the establishment would not like the idea of my success, because I will not get along by going along like so many do.”
With a collection of almost laughable gaffes, particularly on national security and foreign policy, four women charging him with sexual harassment and another, Ginger White, claiming he had a 13-year extramarital affair with her, Cain, 65, had little alternative but to suspend his campaign. Plus, his poll numbers, which must have surprised him and his team when they earlier soared unbelievably high, were suddenly in a tailspin and the money wasn’t coming in anymore.
Last Saturday, when he announced the suspension of his campaign, there was some concern about the word “suspension.” Some commentators view “suspension” as merely his way of continuing to raise funds that may eventually be funneled to a candidate of his choice.
All of the candidates would seem to gain from his bowing out, none more than Newt Gingrich, the current frontrunner in Iowa who offered words of condolence to Cain once the extramarital affair charge surfaced.
Cain also criticized the media for highlighting his gaffes: “If you’re not warding off some wild accusation, you’re explaining away a ‘gaffe,’ which is usually the sort of slip of the tongue that anyone can make, but because some reporter heard it, it turns into a news cycle narrative with a shelf life of six or seven days,” he wrote.
Most of his gaffes were abominably bad and made him appear like a real nincompoop, especially his explanation of how he would have handled Libya differently from President Barack Obama in an editorial board interview and charging that China was developing nuclear capabilities, even though the country first tested a nuclear device in 1964.
Perhaps the gaffes have come to an end, but some of the comments in the email are baffling. For example, one wonders what exactly he means when he said that “while my presidential campaign is suspended, it’s important to remember that my pursuit of the presidency was only a means to an end. As long as the end is achieved, victory will be at hand.”
Duh. Means to what end? Maybe he means that the campaign was merely an opportunity to get his 15 minutes of fame and thereby increase the sales of his memoir. Go figure.