The Cain Train has Derailed

“Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”

It seems to me that the Cain campaign is all but outright admitting to a 13 year affair.  Any conservative that would consider voting for a man who was carrying on a 13 year affair just prior to deciding to run for the presidency of the United States better never, ever utter another word about John Edwards or Bill Clinton again.

Unlike Sharon, the woman making these accusations seems credible and has phone and text records.  While she has a past (and who amongst us doesn’t?) that past doesn’t mean that what she is saying isn’t true.  Cain’s interview with Wolf Blitzer didn’t help him any.

This is how I view extra marital affairs.  Sadly, they are common place in today’s society.  They are hurtful to the entire family.  You are not just cheating on your wife, you are also cheating your children.  If a person who runs for office says that they want to be trusted with the nation’s business but cannot treat his own family with respect, I have hard time believing that they will treat me with respect since I am just a stranger.

Now, Newt is no better in this department.  He cheated on two of his wives.  But, he has admitted his mistakes, made amends with his daughters and seems to be in a stable and happy marriage now.  It doesn’t make what he did OK, because it doesn’t.  But as a Christian, I believe in the power of redemption and forgiveness.  Newt has seemed to find that in his own life.  So, I don’t believe that I am in a position to judge.  It would seem that Mrs. Cain is learning about this today.  If that is true, he has publicly humiliated his wife, something that did not have to happen.

The true blue Cain fans are going to hold on and blame the woman and the left for these accusations.  That is their choice, but again no more talk about how they judge democrats who find themselves in a similar situation.  If you can still vote for him after this has come out, you can’t hold it against anyone else either.

I like Mr. Cain.  I was a big fan as regular readers know.  I can rest easy because I came to the conclusion that he wasn’t up for the job long before any of this unpleasantness was made public and my judgements are based solely on qualifications for the job, or in this case, the lack of qualifications.