Well, sadly, we won’t have Herman Cain to kick around any more.  The disgraced southener bailed  out from the GOP presidential campaign, not because women accused him of sex but because his family is hurting.

Even so, Cain will have a few more minutes in the television sun.  He says he will endorse another candidate and he will do so in the next few days.

I  take it as a given that Cain will endorse either Romney or Gingrich and at the moment the odds favour the latter.

Is that a good thing.  I suppose it depends on your viewpoint.  Gingrich is now leading or near the top in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Florida.  If he sweeps those states or even takes three of them, it will almost certainly be a mortal blow for the Romney camp.  Cain’s support for Gingrich might well put him over the top and guarantee his nomination.

Such a development is very bad news for Romney and, I suggest, very good news for Romney.  I say flatly if Gingrich is the nominee, Obama will defeat him easily, going away.  Newt fancies himself as a high-powered intellectuals, a man of big ideas.  What’s  his latest big idea?  Why, that the child labour laws be changed so that young children can be hired  as janitors in the public school system.  Some big idea!

However, if Cain endorses Romney, it gives the governor a  leg  up.  If Romney is the nominee,  it will be closer race and Obama will have a tougher time time winning.

Naturally, I hope Cain endorses Gingrich.

Who should Cain endorse?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    If I had been treated the way Cain has been treated, I’d be endorsing the opposition!

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    I forgot to point out above that in addition to being a serial adulterer, Gingrich is, like Romney, also a serial flip-flopper on a host of issues including climate change.

  3. 3
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    I don’t like Gingrich’s flip-flopping either: climate change, supporting the Bush Drug giveaway to seniors, lobbying for Fannie-Mae. I love listening to the professorial Gingrich but that doesn’t make him a great leader.

  4. 4
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Sounds to me, Tony, that you will be stuck with Romney – a candidate half the GOP doesn’t want.

  5. 5

    If they take all of the riff-raff out of the race, it won’t be much fun!
    I hope Cain endorses Gingrich, after all, they are “birds of a feather”. I don’t like Romney either…he’s just too good to be true!
    I agree with Tony. I like to listen to some of them, it’s very entertaining, but it takes more than that to be a leader in these difficult times.

  6. 6
    chaz11222 Says:

    The circus…..goes on and on and on. And the guy who is twice divorced and had an extra-marital affair with his current wife hopes to gain the most from this. AMAZING!! More than ever, as I look at the sorry set of Republican “rivals” on the other side, I am THANKFUL to have Barack Obama as President, and as a viable candidate for re-election. Mr. Obama: your heart, your values, and your basic decency are all in the right place. BUT…your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate…..when we failed to provide you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead, you are saddled with a don’t-tax-the-1%-do-nothing Congress that battles you at every turn, while the people suffer. God, they don’t EVEN let you pass your own appointments. It’s not Tea-publican gridlock -it’s Tea-publican sabotage. Heck, it’s Tea-publican treason….while the 99% BLEEDS. And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. These people have no shame…or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. In her last years, Grandma gets her meager Social Security check, and they DARE to call it “socialism”. Give me a break! (and Grandma too!) Thankfully, with Occupy Wall Street, America has found its voice: a voice that reminds us that people -ordinary down-to-earth working people- really DO matter. Not “corporations are people -people” , but REAL people! Tea-publicans want even MORE 1%-tax-break-corporate-loopholes….while these “job-creators” send our jobs overseas, and wish that we’d go away too…. as they buy every politician in sight. And if these politicians don’t have ENOUGH mistresses, I can hook them up with a few gorgeous -and rich!- oil companies. It would be a perfect blind date, except for the fact that they’re ALREADY in bed with them :-). But instead of talking about LESS government, and LESS taxes on the 1%, and MORE corporate welfare, and MORE painful cuts to those who can LEAST afford it….Occupy is a voice that demands a government that WORKS, a government that works FOR ALL OF US, not just for a favored few….not just for the rich. It’s a voice that comes up from the grassroots, and lifts us up in turn: because it insists that this land IS our land…and that we WANT IT BACK! It’s a voice that will help us re-elect the President AND give him a more progressive people-oriented Congress to work with. Mr. Obama: I wish you well…. because you STILL give us hope!

  7. 7

    Thanks Chaz11222, for your very thoughtful comment!
    “Bring on the Clowns”.

  8. 8

    Here’s a question:
    Could the other candidates refuse Cain’s endorsement?

  9. 9
    Neil McKenty Says:

    little patti,

    Darn good question!

  10. 10
    Jim Says:

    Whomever he endorses, he will be putting the mark of Cain on that person. Abraham Lincoln once said “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

  11. 11
    Neil McKenty Says:

    I have supplementary question on the Cain fiasco. Should his wife have showed up and stood silently by while her husband bowed out. Was it as demeaning and shameful for her as it was for him.

  12. 12

    I don’t know why she stood there, she looked uncomfortable.
    However, that’s the way it seems to be done by political wives. In the least she could have refused to stand by.
    Just Imagine what they are teaching their daughters & sons by that act of submission!!

  13. 13

    chazz11222 writes:

    Instead, you are saddled with a don’t-tax-the-1%-do-nothing Congress….

    Uh, don’t tax the 1%? Do you know that the top 1% of taxpayers pay 38% of all income taxes in the U.S. and the bottom 50% pay less than 3%?

    It’s fine to rant, chazz, but please be better informed.

  14. 14
    Jim Says:

    Want to play with numbers? How about that the top 1% earned over 80% of the total earnings in the U.S.

  15. 15
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Well. Speaking of Gingrich’s hypocrisy, Ron Paul just came out with an attack ad which nails it (if the link doesn’t work, search “gingrich serial hypocrisy” on youtube):

  16. 16

    Thanks Tony! I’ll bet he could talk his way out of every single comment.

    One commentator from the US, today said that he thought Romney would be the next one to quit, and that another candidate, would step into the breach.
    PHEW! Wonder who that would be.
    Surely Gingrich is NOT Presidential material…say it isn’t so…

  17. 17
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    jim: please supply a citation for the 80% figure. I believe I’ve seen less income for the 1% as a percentage.

  18. 18
    Jim Says:

    Tony – I could cite the NYT+Economix+Economic Policy Institute (EPI), datum extrapolated, because that is what it takes to get a true picture of the 80% figure. I am sure that you have a lower number, but the problem is that most of the numbers lack robustness. To me, Income or Earnings rarely include future pecuniary considerations such as bonuses. For instance the disgraceful awarding of a bonus of $188,000,000 U.S. dollars to Robert A Grasso, President of the New York Stock Exchange, was not reported as earnings previously, and rightly so. Earnings do not include profit from investments from some bonds, as they are tax free.The do not include the accumulations in defined pension plans if the person is not on pension.The also they do not include profits on stock market holdings or stock options until they are sold/exercised. And in the U.S., throw in holdings in their IRAs and 401ks. Some insurance poilicie are not taxable.Their wealth might include inheritances. They are probably sitting in a home the’ve owned for the last 40 years and now it’s time to go the condo route. The home has inceased $1,000,000 in value by now. There’s no tax. If you look up Wikipedia, you will see where the Federal Government states that the Net Worth for the top 1% is equal to the bottom 90%. Finally as an aside, I’ve noted that the underclass (welfare poor) are not allowed to accumulate any wealth, otherwise, the powers that be will cut the rope, if they are trying to climb out of the bottom of the well. Remember earnings make a path to wealth which in turn makes a return path to earnings. Have a nice day.

  19. 19

    Well said Jim!
    “(welfare poor) are not allowed to accumulate any wealth”. You are right. They are asked to produce their bank statements regularly. There is no incentive to save a bit of money for a “rainier day”.
    I understand why in principle, but for those who want to get out of poverty, there is very little help.
    Of course, if the scofflaws could be identified and taken off the dole, there would be more money and services for those who really need it. There are too many able bodied people on welfare.
    There is absolutely no reason for people to be homeless or hungry in this country.
    (except for that 188 million bonus)!!! That’s immoral.

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