Tuesday, November 29, 2011

You won't have Herman Cain to kick around any more

The Washington Post and New York Times are reporting that Herman Cain is reassessing if and how he should remain a Republican presidential candidate.

It's not hard to understand why.

Mr. Cain has had his personal conduct with women questioned multiple times in recent weeks. There have been three allegations of sexual harassment dating to when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association. And then yesterday a Georgia woman made public her claim that she and Mr. Cain had a 13-year affair.

Despite the forceful denials put forth by the campaign's communication offices, the image of Mr. Cain has been tarnished. And it might not be fixable.

His poll numbers have dropped. The enthusiasm for his candidacy has eroded. The potential for him to remain a serious candidate appears gone.

A reassessment could mean abandoning the effort, although there's a forceful denial of that as well.

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