Good riddance Herman Cain. Your decision to end your campaign to seek the nomination for the Republican Party and face President Obama was a smart decision from a personal perspective. While I am glad that you are no longer campaigning, because the country has bigger problems to worry about than discussing your latest gaffe, I will regret not hearing what latest nonsense came spewing out of your mouth.
Ultimately it was the revelation that Cain had allegedly been carrying on an extramarital affair for the previous thirteen years that ended his candidacy, which is surprising because Newt Gingrich has had two affairs, both while his wife was sick and in the hospital, and is currently the front-runner for the nomination.
The fact that it took an alleged affair, after numerous sexual harassment claims, to end Cain’s candidacy is probably par for the course with the way this nominating process has been going so far. The amount of things being said by the candidates that flies in the face of reality is downright scary.
It wasn’t the fact that Herman Cain said military intervention would not work in Iran because it was mountainous that anyone questioned his candidacy. Maybe he forgot that we are currently engaged in a decades long war in Afghanistan, one of the most mountainous countries in the world.
When Herman Cain said he was worried that China was trying to acquire nuclear weapons, despite the fact they have had them for decades, his poll numbers didn’t budge.
Cain couldn’t even recall basic facts about the military intervention in Libya and whether he supported the president’s role. He finally managed to say he disagreed but only because he wasn’t sure if the president spent enough time analyzing the situation. Didn’t spend enough time analyzing the situation? Are you kidding me? He was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, pizza man.
Throughout his campaign it seemed like Cain was ambivalent about foreign policy issues, and maybe rightly so. With the economy being the number one issue among probable primary voters it was an easy thing to focus on, at the expense of all issues, no matter how important they may be to the overall course of our country.
The more his campaign went on, the more I started agreeing with Rachel Maddow’s assessment that it was all a performance art project. While I will miss hearing about what other nonsense Cain can come up with, I have this strange feeling that the other candidates in the field will more than make up for his absence.