“In a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is ‘reassessing’ whether to remain in the race,” reports National Review’s Robert Costa. Costa added that Cain told his staff in a conference call that he’ll make his final decision ‘over the next several days.’” In terms of the nature of the call, Costa noted that, from the sound of it, it wasn’t very positive or enthusiastic, “He was very quiet, low key. His entire senior staff was on the call. Not a rah-rah, fight on call. Repeated “reassessing” multiple time.” The report is being confirmed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl who tweeted, “Mark Block tells [Amy Walter, ABC’s Political News Director] the NRO report is true. Cain told staff today he is “reassessing” whether to stay in the race.”
Is this the end of Herman Cain's campaign?
At least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior officials about inappropriate behavior by Herman Cain during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, according to POLITICO. The women, both of whom ultimately left their jobs at the trade group, received separation packages that were in the five-figure range.
On the details of Cain’s alleged inappropriate behavior, POLITICO has a half-dozen sources shedding light on different aspects of the complaints.
Courtesy of politico.com.
Is this the worst campaign ad ever made?
A smoking, platitudinous wheeze set to clubby, jingoistic music and finished with a creepy grin does not a good presidential campaign ad make.
It appears Herman Cain and his staff are off to an early start on Halloween.
UPDATE: For more on why Herman Cain’s ad is actually working, read TNR contributor and video producer James Kotecki’s article “No Joke,” here.
Courtesy of thehermancain on YouTube.
Herman Cain compares Social Security to slavery.
In a weekly commentary for his company “T*H*E New Voice, Inc.” Cain writes that “the system by its very nature discriminates against black men and women” and Democratic black leaders want to see “the next generation of blacks remain in economic slavery on the Democratic plantation.”
Cain’s over the top rhetoric suggests that he shares Rick Perry’s belief that Social Security is unconstitutional, but his claims are also wildly inaccurate.
Read Walter Shapiro’s analysis of Herman Cain’s rising poll numbers in “Yes, the GOP Just Might Nominate a Candidate Patently Unqualified to be President.”
Courtesy of Think Progress.
"But that’s not what I ordered!"
For more on Herman Cain, read Eliza Gray’s article, “The Long Shot: A Campaign Adjusts to the Big Time.”
Cartoon courtesy of cagle.com.
A new Fox News Poll shows Herman Cain has jumped to third place behind GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. How long will this streak last?
"So now comes a candidate with an actual “plan” to accomplish this purpose—with the added bonus that he happens to be an African-American, providing protection against liberal suspicions that conservatives are turning the working poor into the “welfare queens” of the 21st century.”
-Ed Kilgore. “The Secret Behind Herman Cain’s Success.”
Also, check out Simon van Zuylen-Wood’s review of Cain’s autobiography in “How Herman Cain’s New Book Explains His Success.”
Courtesy of Fox News.