Posted on | December 3, 2011 | 75 Comments
2:10 p.m. ET: My 12-year-old son Jefferson asked, ‘What does ‘suspending’ mean?” It means “quit.” Cain will still be on the ballot in several states. He could, if he chose, resume the campaign at some future point, but in general, “suspend = quit.”
The good news? J.D. Gordon is now unemployed.
More good news? My “sources close to the campaign” can now speak on the record about who was responsible for screwing up.
And finally, for those of my friends worried about my future diplomatic career, it’s still morning in Vanuatu. IYKWIMAITYD.
UPDATE 3 p.m. ET: Major media headlines via Memeorandum:
Herman Cain suspends his campaign
for 2012 GOP presidential nomination
— Washington Post
Churches seek wider consultation
as Vanuatu ratifies WTO
— Radio New Zealand International
Iowa law enforcement officials could not immediately confirm rumors that several of the remaining 2012 GOP presidential candidates have sought restraining order to prevent J.D. Gordon from coming anywhere near their campaigns.
NOTE ON THERAPEUTIC VENGEANCE
UPDATE 6:30 p.m. ET: The disappointment of our hopes requires psychological healing, and my healing process has involved focusing my rage on J.D. Gordon. This is my fault and not J.D.’s. He showed himself a Christian gentleman by calling me on the phone just now to address my anger head-on.
More will need to be said, to explain all the misunderstandings, but it seems that I have unfairly blamed J.D. for things that were not his fault. Putting Robert Costa on Tuesday’s conference call and leaving me out? That was somebody else, and J.D. didn’t even know that media (including a Fox News reporter) were on the call until it was over.
As to the general errors of the messaging/P.R./communications operation under Gordon’s tenure . . .
Well, “extenuating circumstances” would be one way to say it, although those less charitably disposed toward Gordon might say “excuses.” Gordon spent 93 days in a crucible of nonstop crisis and, in retrospect, he never had time to fix everything that needed to be fixed, including many things that were not his fault — and being hated by some people merely because he wasn’t Ellen Carmichael.
Those of us in the press corps who admired Ellen Carmichael’s work — when she worked for a candidate best known as “Herman Who?” — are necessarily prejudiced in her favor. As my disappointment turned to rage this week, and I sought a scapegoat on whom to focus all my pent-up frustration with the failures of the Cain campaign . . .
Well, J.D. drew the short straw. And it was unfair to blame him, uniquely and personally, for destroying the Cain campaign.
But if life was fair, Obama wouldn’t be president and I would have been invited to speak on a panel at BlogCon.
I’ll try to explain more about my feelings, and what happened to the Cain campaign, when I’ve gotten some sleep. And switched to decaf.
So I’m sorry to disappoint those who were looking forward to a bloody death-match beween J.D. and me. But I hope you enjoyed a laugh at my ballistic fury.
** PREVIOUSLY **
1:45 p.m. ET: “I am not going to be silenced and I am not going away! . . . Plan B: I call it ‘TheCainSolutions.com.'”
1:42 p.m. ET: Cain says he is suspending his campaign.
1:41 p.m. ET: “I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me.” Chants of “Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!”
1:40 p.m. ET: “False and unproven accusations . . . It hurts the American people.” Chants of “Herman! Herman! Herman!”
1:39 p.m. ET: “I am the very first to own up to my mistakes . . . I handle it my way.”
1:38 p.m. ET: “I am proof that a common man can lead this country.”
1:36 p.m. ET: “We can say, I’m in the Final Four.”
1:34 p.m. ET: Cain jokes that his name recognition is now “probably 99.9 percent.”
1:32 p.m. ET: Cain’s verb tenses indicate he will quit?
1:30 p.m. ET: Cain says his supporters are not “warm weather supporters.”
1:29 p.m. ET: Herman Cain takes the stage. “Well, you all are great. . . . I love y’all, too.”
** PREVIOUSLY **
We are awaiting Herman Cain’s appearance at an event where he is expected to announce whether or not he will continue his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
UPDATE: I’ve been told that Cain’s speech is actually likely to begin at 1:30 p.m., instead of the announced 1 p.m. time. The cable TV networks are full of speculation of what Cain will do if he quits. My sources say: “Full speed ahead.”
UPDATE II: Invocation prayer by Alveda King. The pledge of allegiance by Col. Michael Steele.
- Dec. 3: E-Mail to a Cain Campaign Staffer
- Dec. 2: Excrement Impacts Air-Circulation Device UPDATE: Dear Mr. Cain … $7 Million?
- Dec. 1: Cain in N.H.: ‘I’m Not Finished Yet!’
- Nov. 30: CRISIS LOOMS FOR HERMAN CAIN CAMPAIGN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE UPDATE: Cain Tells CNN He’ll Make Decision ‘Within the Next Several Days’