The exit of former front runner Herman Cain and the suspension of his campaign for Republican Presidential nominee is hugely disappointing. Cain was a unique candidate and a refreshing change from the traditional names spouting the same talking points while struggling to appear more capable than the next guy. Cain was the real deal from his smile and personality to his solid track record in business. He achieved likeability just by showing up.
Cain’s departure is not only disappointing to his supporters; it is a loss for every American. At a time when good role models are in short supply, Herman Cain was the best example of many positive traits. To watch Cain was to see decency, drive and determination in action. Listening to him speak opened one up to ideas that were sensible, possible and desperately needed in a country having already mastered financial ruin.
Herman Cain was a likeable candidate with a fatal flaw. It was not just sexual harassment charges or a claimed affair that did him in. Cain’s Achilles heel was his naiveté in the blood sport of politics.
If there was any doubt about how dirty the political game is you need only look at the undoing of Herman Cain. Without one shred of evidence a few women stepped out from the shadows, did their dirty work and scurried back into well deserved oblivion. There are no corroborating witnesses for any of this baseless dirt on Cain. There is not one photograph presented as evidence of a thirteen year affair, no hotel receipts, airplane tickets, nothing. Still, people who see themselves as at least somewhat intelligent, bought into the setup and turned on Cain dropping him faster than dog crap. The first group to leave were Republican women, level headed thinkers each and everyone. The second and most damaging hit came from financial backers whose sensibilities were so offended their check books slammed shut, on their own, in seconds flat. So much for solid support and innocent until proven guilty.
And what about the black community? I would have thought that with high unemployment, the lack of education, high crime rates, drug involvement and single mothers having multiple babies, there would have been a rallying around a good man like Herman Cain. Maybe his history of personal responsibility, hard work and good character wasn’t inspiring enough for the brothers. Too bad. Cain’s style and message is a thousand times better than anything else coming from the ‘hood. Cain’s choices grew character. That is worth supporting.
There is one point on which I disagree with my favorite former candidate. During his campaign suspension speech on Saturday Mr. Cain promised he is not going away. He promised to continue fighting for what he believes in and to complete the job from the outside, Plan B he called it. That speaks to relevancy but Cain made a decision to exit the stage. Unlike Sara Palin who established herself as a governor first, then ran in an actual presidential campaign, Cain was still new to the American voter, an up and comer at best. His decision to leave a position where headlines are made and to do so after really just greeting the American people, means that unless Fox News has a spot for him, he is likely to be far less relevant than he hopes. That’s a pity.
So long Herman. I enjoyed the Cain train. It’s a shame the ride did not last longer.