Six weeks ago he was the flavor of the week in the GOP Presidential contest....Today Herman Cain is a quitter....Out of the race amid claims of sexual harassment and marital infidelity.
While Mr. Cain told supporters in Atlanta today that he will remain a force in advocating for his issues, there is no forum like that of a candidate and he is essentially done, other than to endorse a candidate...likely fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich.
The Cain candidacy was improbable but had gotten further than expected based on his outsider image and personal charm.
His personal life and his lack of foreign policy gravitas eroded his popularity and by today he had little choice...quit or be a truly marginal candidate.
As a black American....a conservative businessman.....he did not fit the orthodoxy of blacks in American politics and that likely contributed to the media skepticism towards him.....He challenged the Democratic Party hegemony over blacks and that was not lost on advocates of the way things are.
He also was incredibly naive in thinking in the rough and tumble world of politics, all this would remain private. In local races it often does, but not in a race where the stakes are this high.
Cain is gone and the race will focus more on Gingrich and Mitt Romney......
Herman Cain halts campaign - The Washington Post