Herman Cain was never going to be the GOP’s candidate. The allegations of sexual harassment and his 13 year “relationship” with Ginger White simply sealed his fate faster than natural selection. However, it may not be for the reasons you think.
It wasn’t because Cain didn’t know that China had nuclear weapons. It wasn’t because Cain supports torture as a policy. (Actually, with the exception of Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, all of the GOP’s hopefuls, including Gingrich endorsed torture during the Foreign Policy debate.)
Recent polling showed that Cain was going down, with Newt Gingrich emerging as the new flavor of the moment. It is very possible that Cain’s supporters were put off by the fact that Cain lacked the character to be the GOP’s candidate. Unlike Newt Gingrich, Cain lacked the strong leadership qualities that make it possible for a man to leave his wife and marry a woman with whom he was having, in Cain’s words, a “relationship.” Gingrich did it twice for good measure.
Of course, if this is case, the Tea Party has a serious problem. While former Cain enthusiasts and Gingrich supporters are willing to overlook and perhaps admire extra-marital “relationships”, the dominionist sect of the Tea Party believes such behavior should be punishable by death.
If they manage to resolve this difference within two sects who think compromise is a dirty word, the Tea party has a credibility problem. How do you sell a belief in family values if you support a candidate whose attitude toward marriage is reminiscent of Henry the VIII?
Actually, it’s simpler than you think. If marital fidelity is a problem you sell the hallmark of family values: exploiting children. Lately, Gingrich has emphasized the value of job creation for children. He would replace adults with nine year old children as school janitors, or assistant janitors, or well something that teaches poor children what work is. According to the GOP’s primary public relations outlet, Fox, Gingrich elaborated on his adaption of the Ebenezer Scrooge philosophy toward poor children during a campaign event in Iowa on Thursday.
“Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich claimed.
“They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal,” he added.
Can’t you just feel the family values?