Plan B:

Bookmark and Share  Before Herman Cain even uttered the words “today I am suspending my presidential campaign” his team had established The Cain Solutions website.

The site is a quick transition from being Candidate Cain to being Citizen Reformer Cain.

With, Herman Cain promises to lead the way to some of the most important and sweeping reforms in our nation’s history, including his 9-9-9 tax reform plan and initiatives to achieve American energy independence.


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With The Cain Solutions, Herman Cain has the chance to remain a significant political force.  For how long is not clear, but at least for now, The Cain provides Herman with a good way to transition from the fast paced life of his presidential life and back to life as Citizen Cain.
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Herman Cain Suspends His Presidential Campaign

Bookmark and Share   Amid a  festive atmosphere that ironically included a barbecue, Herman Cain, who has been continuously grilled about the fate of his campaign in the wake of new allegations about a 13 year long extramarital affair, stepped off his campaign bus with his wife Gloria at his side and ended the suspense by declaring he was suspending his campaign for President.

The announcement came at what was originally billed as the grand opening of his campaign headquarters.

Cain opened his announcement by stating how proud he is of how far he and his supporters have come.  And while talking about his decision to run in the past tense, he reminded voters that he was inspired to run because the politicians in Washington have failed us.  He thanked those who supported him and shared his concerns. 

Cain stated that his campaign and supporters proved that money matters less than the message and told supporters that they showed the world that we the people are still in charge of this country and that you do not need a distinguished pedigree to run for President in America.  He told supporters that with a month to go till the Iowa Caucuses, he is one the of final four in the polls and added that it is a sign that you can come from humble beginnings and still be President.  Cain declared that proving that a common man can lead this nationwas the greatest gift that he and his campaign have given people.

Cain stated that he has made mistakes and is the first to own up to his mistakes and despite how the political elite feels he handles those mistakes, he does it his way.  Then Cain admitted that the media fury which has spun the false allegations against him hav hurt his wife, his family, himself, and the American people because it cretaes distractions that prevent the American people from being provided with solution.

Standing with his wife behind him Cain reiterated his claim that all the accusations were false and that he and his wife are at peace with themselves, their family and themselves.  Then he announced that his campaign was going on to plan B which is a suspension of his presidential campaign because of the continued distraction and hurt on him and his family.   But he promised that he will not be silenced and will not go away.  So his plan B. was to move ahead with with which he will show that people are in charge and promised to make sure that the biggest reforms our nation has ever seen.  Cain cited energy independence and his much touted 9-9-9 plan.

Cain wrapped up by saying that plan A was to change Washington from the inside, but plan B is to change it from the outside.  Then he declared that he will endorse one his rivals very soon.

With his campaign suspended, Herman Cain may now have more an impact on the 2012 presidential than ever before.  His campaign concludes at a point in time when the race seems to be shaping up as a two-man contest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.  If Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich, Newt will find himself in the catbirdseat. 

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Watch the Livestream of Herman Cain’s Annoucement. Wiill He Stay in the Race?

Bookmark and Share   Sometime between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm EST , Herman Cain will be announcing the fate of his quest for the presidency of the United States. His campaign has provided a livestream of this event which is actually suppose to be the grand opening of his campaign headquarters.

Expect Cain to announce that he will  not allow himself to be pushed out of the race.  Do  not expect a mea culpa or any announcement declaring that he is pulling the plug on his presidential ambitions.  Few have ever done such a thing after providing a livestream of their fall while having a barbecue for those at the announcement.  And that is exactly what is happening outside the new headquarters for the Cain campaign in what is reported to be a very festive atmosphere.  However, it is reported that Herman Cain’s campiagn team is not optimistic.

Watch the livestream of the announcement here or by clicking on the image below;

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Bachmann’s Gamble

Michele Bachmann believes she is the best candidate for the job.  She should, she’s running.  However, unlike the two front runners, Bachmann has chosen not to differentiate herself based on ideas, but instead to attack the front runners as being more liberal as she is.  Her most recent target is Newt Gingrich, but she can also be traced to the fall of Rick Perry.

The two front runners, and Herman Cain, have done a very good job of not attacking other candidates.  The “attacks” between Romney and Gingrich over the last week have amounted to points scored on differentiation in back ground and complementary assessments of each others abilities with subtle hints as to who is better because of it.

So why does Bachmann think that attacking the other GOP candidates is a winning proposition?  Simply put, she does not believe Barack Obama can win.  In Bachmann’s mind, the GOP candidate could be Tom DeLay and Obama would still lose.  Technically, she should be right.

The administration got the best news it’s had in three years this past week.  Enough people dropped out of the job hunt to join Occupy Wall Street that unemployment (which only measures who is looking for a job) fell to 8.6%.  Now, Obama’s justice department has released a new round of incriminating documents on a Friday night to avoid the media cycle and Obama is skipping town for an extended Christmas/New Years vacation that us working schlubs could only dream of.

But Bachmann’s faith in Republicans’ will to vote for the lesser of two evils is unfounded.  Just look at how quickly Republican supporters are backing off of Cain after the most recent affair allegation.  Sure some of it is fears over electability, some of it is dislike for his 999 plan and foreign policy, but a good portion of it is different standards.  It’s the kinds of standards that make Republicans resign for tapping their toes in the men’s room while Democrats can shove a cigar in their young intern’s….well anyway.

Bachmann’s gamble is that since Obama is going to lose anyway, Republicans need to take this glorious opportunity to choose the best candidate for the job (Michele Bachmann) and not settle for a RINO (Mitt Romney), a crony capitalist (Rick Perry), or a flip flopping environmentalist (Newt Gingrich).  Instead, we should choose the TEA Party image of perfect conservatism, the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan mixed with Sarah Palin: Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann seems to think her negativity will make her be the first candidate to be a front runner, lose it all and end up in 5%ville, and then rise from the ashes a second time.  She needs to be careful that it won’t accomplish that for Obama instead.

Will Cain Pull A Clinton, or a Biden. Will We Find Out Today?

Bookmark and Share   In a matter of a month Cain has gone from 31% to 8% in Iowa and while he had some of his best fundraising of the campaign in the days immediately following an initial anonymous accusation of sexual harassment, that rally around effect slowly faded after additional charges continued to surface.  But the money really stopped flowing after Ginger White came forward and accused Cain, not of sexual harassment, but of having a 13 year long affair with her.

While Cain flat out denies this recent accusation, as he has done with all previous charges, this time he did admit that he was friends with Ginger White but kept that friendship a secret.  Cain alleges that he was simply helping White out financially by paying a few bills for her on a monthly basis.  The suspicious arrangement may have paid White’s bill but it is now preventing Cain’s presidential campaign from paying its own bills.

The former flavor of the week contends that he must reevaluate his campaign because of the effect that the charges have had on his campaign but he also states that his family is a big consideration here.  In many ways the decision to keep moving forward in his quest for the presidency may rest with Cain’s wife, Gloria.  For while Herman Cain’s campaign may be able to survive with a portion of the electorate still suspicious of his guilt regarding  alleged misconduct and personal indiscretions, the only one that really matters is his wife of 42 years. 

Some like Fox News political analyst, host, and reporter, Chris Wallace have stated that Cain will not be ending his bid for the White House.  Others like myself are not so sure.  Faced with lingering questions and heightened suspicion, and a campaign that is witnessing the evaporation of support and money, there may not be enough momentum or opportunity left to gain momentum with just 30 or so days left to go before Iowa votes in 2012 ‘s first in the nation Republican presidential nomination contest.  One clue that may suggest Cain is leaning towards dropping out of the race was his stated concern with what his campaign would do with the money it does have left, if he did drop out.

While one can never say never in politics, when considering the existing political reality, the writing on the wall would seem to indicate that Herman Cain is going to be the first casualty of the 2012 presidential election.  But politics is perception and as such, in the past, many politicians have proven themselves to be  savvy enough to create their own reality and make voters believe them and support them.  Bill Clinton did it numerous times.  Still, the floor of the political sea is covered with the debris and wreckage of many who tried to sail its rough waters.  Be they guilty or wrongly accused, circumstances have more often than not overwhelmed the hulls of their political campaigns, and while some have been able to stay afloat, most sink to the bottom at varying speeds. 

Gary Hart saw his political ambitions hit the rocks and go under in the 1988 presidential election cycle. 

After being caught fooling around with one Donna Rice on a yacht called Monkey Business, Hart hunkered down with his wife in their Troublesome Gulch, Colorado residence and decided to end his campaign.  But Hart denied the charges and then he decided to get back in the race, until he found out that he was losing to Walter Mondale.  That just goes to show you that if go from a place called Troublesome  to a ship called Monkey Business, you’re asking for trouble.

Others like former governors  Jim McGreevey of New Jersey’s, and Elliot Spitzer of New York, admitted to their wrongdoing and resigned.

Mark Sanford of South Carolina, a Governor who was seen as a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, came home from a visit with his mistress in Argentina, apologized, and filled out the remaining year of  his gubernatorial term.

Then you have Bill Clinton.

He tried to deny any charges of infidelity, then had to admit to it,  lied about it  under oath, but stuck to his guns and survived impeachment proceedings. 

Another politician who eventually landed ion his feet is Vice President Joe Biden.

Before Gary Hart sunk in his 1988 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden crashed and burned after it was discovered that he was plagiarizing everyone from JFK to the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Neil Kinnock.  He tried to run again in 2008, but found himself to be nothing more than a footnote.  And now look at him. 

So nothing is set in stone in politics.  Herman Cain can continue his campaign but how far he can get is very questionable.  If he does fight on, he wouldn’t be the first to keep beating a dead horse in the hopes of resurrecting it.   Herman Cain could come out and say that he won’t let the S.O.B.’s push him out.  Some will find his fighting spirit admirable.  But will there be enough of those people to make a difference?  Between that and Gloria Cain, Herman has a lot of thinking to do.

Meanwhile, as we await cain’s decision, White House 2012 is proud to present you with this historical look at some of those whose private exploits have forced them to make some very public mea culpes.

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Cain’s Area 51 Response to Tabloid Reporting

Herman Cain may not be able to salvage his campaign after issuing a notice that he is reconsidering his run.  Nothing says you have skeletons in your closet more than jumping in front of the closet door and shouting “Ok, I’m done!” when people get close to it.  And it’s truly a shame.  Whether or not the accusations are legitimate, so far there is no credible evidence that they are.

Ginger White adds to the list of financially troubled, gold digging, sue happy women from Cain’s corporate past who have been bankrupt, sued their work place for frivolous sexual harassment claims, and of course have failed to provide any evidence of the alleged misconduct.  Her husband said her claims “wouldn’t surprise me, either way”.  If you’ve worked in the corporate world, haven’t you known that person that you decided right away you better leave your office door open when he or she comes in to protect yourself?

The mountain of accusations has come down to one woman, without even a hotel receipt to show for it, claiming that Cain grabbed her crotch in a car while taking her back to her room, one woman who claims Cain dared say she was as tall as his wife, and a woman with no money and several eviction notices who Cain thought was a friend, but who also has had about a month now of hearing why the other accusers might be financially motivated because of book deals.  I mean, imagine how much she could sell her autographed book she got form Cain that says something about friends being friends forever and everything else being bonuses?  We all know what that means.  He might as well have said “had a great time being friends with benefits”.

So suddenly every mainstream newspaper in America is reporting Cain’s affair like the black and white tabloids say that aliens exist.  The only problem is, Cain is getting ready to put electric, barbed wire fences up all around area 51.

Herman Cain has not been impressive in his handling of things like this, but let’s face it.  He is an amateur when it comes to smear politics.  He can’t even do it himself.  The poor guy has been nothing but respectful to most of his opponents, with the one exception being when he rashly called out Rick Perry and his former staffers for kickstarting the story since only they knew those sexual harassment claims existed.  So Cain’s decision to hold off and see if things blow over or not could just be a rank amateurish blunder.

That said, my evaluation is that Herman Cain may choose to continue, but the continuation will be short lived.  He has contributed a lot to this election process, but at this point his blunders have just made him a distraction from the main event.  If I had to predict, I would say that Cain will drop out, and will endorse the person who ends up becoming the GOP candidate.  Shortly after dropping out, the affair stories will quickly evaporate leaving only his most staunchest supporters and detractors wondering if they were ever actually true.

Herman Cain’s Blurry Foreign Policy and National Security Vision

Bookmark and Share    After a recent charge regarding  a thirteen year long extramarital affair finally got Herman Cain back into the headlines, and after making an admission that he was “reassessing” his campaign, Herman Cain took the stage of  Hillsdale College in Michigan to deliver a speech on his foreign policy vision.

The speech offered a coherent cursory view of international affairs, but really did little to prove that Cain has a superior grasp of foreign affairs, something which has became a major problem for Cain after numerous gaffes seemed to show a crack in the former frontrunner’s political armor.  Ultimately, while the speech did present some catchy phrases, it lacked any detail, something which has become a trademark of all of Herman Cain’s policy positions.

Adding to the problem of a lack of detail was Cain’s unwillingness to take questions following his speech. 

Typically, major policy speeches like the one Cain delivered allow for some follow up questions, especially when delivered in an academic setting such as the one provided by Hillsdale College.

Of course, the lack of any question and answer period following the speech was probably mainly due to any willingness to field the questions most on people’s mind when it comes to Herman Cain………those of the most recent charge against him and the rumor that he was thinking about ending his campaign for President.  But for those concerned about Cain’s true knowledge of the issues, especially on matters of national security and foreign affairs, any reason to avoid getting in to the details of his plans, was merely an excuse.

In the end, one of the most interesting things to have occurred during the Cain foreign policy speech was a Twitter which he issued right before he took the stage at Hillsdale. It appeared as follows;

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“Team HC: The definition of reassess is: To consider again, esp. while paying attention to new factors. Doesn’t sound like dropping out…”
Later, Cain tweeted several links that refered to his Hillsdale foreign policy speech.  One included the video seen blow and the other included a link to his website and what he called a “detailed” summary of his foreign policy.
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