Developing: Cain Atlanta appearance postponed til early afternoon – 1:30?

Posted by: ST on December 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

Via the NYT’s Caucus blog:

ATLANTA – Barbecue is on a grill and a blues band is tuning up to play songs about Herman Cain outside of a large stucco building that used to be a display room for selling floor tiles on the north side of town here. If this is the way a presidential campaign ends, it is certainly a new chapter in the annals of politics.

For days now, there has been speculation that Mr. Cain would terminate his embattled run for the Republican nomination during an announcement Saturday morning outside of the campaign’s Georgia headquarters. Facing an escalating sex scandal and a plummet in popularity, Mr. Cain said earlier this week that he would be meeting with his wife at home in suburban Atlanta to “reassess” his ambitions. And then he said he would make an announcement.

An 11 a.m. appearance has just this morning been postponed to early afternoon.

And despite the possibility of somber news, it looks more like a summer picnic is in the works.

I won’t be online to track developments but will try and keep up and post via Twitter while I’m out and about this afternoon. As I said last night, I believe he’ll drop out because the money well is drying up – and so is the support, if recent polls are any indication. I think many people were able to overlook the sexual harassment allegations as a “he said/she said thing”- or even possibly a Democrat ‘conspiracy’ of sorts, but his admission earlier this week that he knowingly gave “financial assistance” to a woman “friend” for 13 years without his wife’s knowing about it was just a colossal lapse in judgement that even diehards can’t really explain away. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t blow that off as an “innocent” mistake. If you’re going to be that dishonest with your wife for 13 years, to what level will you go to hide things you do from the people who support you at the voting booth?

It’s a shame, really. Cain really was in many ways refreshing and dynamic – the only true “outsider” in the campaign, which was appealing to many who are fed up with what they see is a ‘culture of entitlement’ with established politicians. He also avoided playing the political games that so many “insiders” do at this stage of a campaign. Until the last month or so.

I believe C-SPAN will be carrying both Cain’s speech and announcement later today. They’ve got it listed for noon, but Right Scoop, who also has a live feed link, just posted that he has a friend on the ground in Atlanta who says Cain won’t speak until around 1:30.

Stay tuned – and feel free to use this thread as an open thread to share your thoughts on Cain and the future of the GOP race for President.

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10 Responses to “Developing: Cain Atlanta appearance postponed til early afternoon – 1:30?”


  1. Carlos says:

    A part of one’s character is the amount of good judgment one has.

    No matter how great Cain’s character is elsewhere, this (as you well put it) colossal lack of judgment shows that he is not only not ready to guide the ship of state now, he may never be.

    And it’s not only taking money from his family and giving it to an aquaintance, it’s that he lied by omission for years to the woman he had promised to love and honor forever.

    Totally unacceptable in my book.

  2. Neo says:

    I don’t think he will pull out.

    The media will be speechless.

  3. redgypsy says:

    Wow. He’s getting slaughtered because his wife didn’t know about the friendship and the money?
    As opposed to his wife didn’t know about the frolics and the sex???? (ALA Kennedy, Clinton, etc)

  4. Carlos says:

    Again, redgypsy, it speaks to character.

    Which only goes to show what kind of people Kennedy and Clinton really were. And Sanford in SC. And any number of others that have been exposed.

    And let’s not even go to Bawny Fwank’s sexcapades.

    BTW, Cain has pulled out. Probably a good thing, it being close enough to the real start of the election cycle to start culling the candidates.

    Speaking of which, the only really intelligent, very good speaker and nearly spotless conservative of the bunch is Santorum. Why have conservatives not rallied around him, but instead seem to be searching for the reincarnation of RR? Hate to say this, but those searchers will die the day after Obhammud wins re-election because they couldn’t see the star in front of themselves.

  5. Carlos says:

    Again, redgypsy, it speaks to character.

    Which only goes to show what kind of people Kennedy and Clinton really were. And Sanford in SC. And any number of others that have been exposed.

    And let’s not even go to Bawny Fwank’s sexcapades.

  6. Kyle says:

    Cain’s an ignoramus. Good riddance.

    Go Newt!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I was not at all shocked by his announcement. Totally what I expected. Still not supporting Newt though.

  8. Drew the Infidel says:

    Impulses are temporary. A person can learn to either outlast them or live to regret them.

  9. Kate says:

    I agree with you Carlos, Rick Santorum is the only true conservative in the bunch and he’s very intelligent…right now he is low in the polls because of all the media generated buzz for the Republican candidates. In debates, he is excellent and his in depth knowledge of foreign affairs could at least garner him the Secretary of State position post election.

    I say Fly Low Rick…he’s below the MSM radar at this point, as they feel he is just too conservative to win the nomination.

    Cain was a rank outsider to the political power bosses in the Republican party so I know they are not smarting from his stepping out of the race. But, we sure could use a good economist to weed out the waste in Washington and initiate policies that would spur on the economy not give us weak crutches to toddle along on.