Herman Cain is out. He "suspended" his campaign for the Republican nomination for president this week after a fifth woman made allegations against him. This time, an Atlanta woman claims she had a 13-year-long affair with the former CEO. As with the four other women who made allegations of sexual harassment -- two still unidentified -- Cain denies ever having done "anything inappropriate."
Then why quit the race?
Quitting means five unmitigated liars -- not just unmitigated liars but, as Cain suggests, coordinated liars -- ran him out of Dodge. If the man who would be commander in chief abandons ship because a handful of liars said awful, unprovable things about him, the nation is better off without him trying to lead it.
Cain, after all, marketed himself as a genial but tough, no-nonsense, bottom-line guy who overcame hardship unimaginable by most Americans. He was born and raised "po,'" -- too "po'" to be poor -- and promoted himself as a leader who defied the odds and fixed two failing businesses.
Cain now plays victicrat -- someone who points fingers at all but himself. Lord knows, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and other non-liberals wrestle all the time with the bias of the liberal mainscream media. But Cain is in a poor position to whine about the media being out to get him. Cain enjoyed the support of plenty of conservative voices on talk radio and cable television, and in conservative online and print outlets. Many properly pointed to the double standard of greater scrutiny placed on any Republican/conservative. Many raised questions about the veracity of the accusers. Cain benefited from a deep bench of cheerleaders, many of whom kept cheering long after they should have stopped.
Cain even played the race card. When asked whether race had a role in the sexual harassment allegations, Cain said, "I believe the answer is yes, but we do not have any evidence to support it." But Cain, as with President Obama, benefited because of his race.
President George W. Bush described the low learning expectations placed on inner-city students as "the soft bigotry of low expectations." It applies here. The Republican Party deeply wants the country to know it is not run by fat, bald, racist white men wearing sheets and hoods. That's why Republicans pounced harder than anyone on former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and denied him a leadership position when he made allegedly "racially offensive" comments.
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