It seemed like such a good idea at the time:
An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away” even as he abandoned hope of winning the Republican nomination in the face of escalating accusations of sexual misconduct.
“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Mr. Cain said at a rally here, surrounded by supporters chanting his name. “Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.”
In suspending his candidacy, as opposed to saying that he was quitting the race or ending his bid, Mr. Cain maintained his ability to accept money to pay for his campaign so far and to finance the new venture that he called his Plan B: to travel the country promoting his tax and foreign policy plans. If Mr. Cain had decided to formally close his campaign organization, he would not be able to use donations that may come in.
As I said on Twitter, there are two possibilities with Herman Cain: (1) he is so dumb he didn’t think all these scandals were come out; (2) he knew they would come out and just wanted the attention. And Herman Cain is not an idiot. The man is literally a rocket scientist.
Thinking about it some more, I think it’s possible that Cain was such a political newbie that it simply didn’t cross him that he would become the front-runner and that people would start digging through his past. Like a lot of people, Cain may simply have wanted to get his message out; to say some things he felt needed to be said and push a few issues he felt needed to be pushed. That would dovetail with his plans to keep talking and his ongoing radio career.
To be honest, I’ll miss him from the campaign. I don’t think I would have voted for him but I liked his voice and his earnestness. I like his life story. I liked his lack of polish. I think that if I ever met Herman Cain in person, I would feel like he was my new best friend. There are at least three or four other candidates I’d rather see go first.
Oh, well. Happy trails, Herman. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of you.