Herman Cain suspends campaign

Herman Cain, long-shot candidate turned brief frontrunner for the GOP nomination, ostensibly ended his bid for the White House earlier today here in Atlanta. Cain didn’t formally withdraw from the race, opting instead to “suspend” his campaign:

Herman Cain ended his Quixotic bid for the White House on Saturday, telling hundreds of supporters in Atlanta the path to victory no longer was passable.

Cain said the onslaught of accusations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity has caused too much of a strain on his marriage and that after discussing it with his wife, Gloria, they agreed it was time to focus on their family.

“As of today, with a lot off prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain said, his wife standing behind him, “because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we’re not fighters.

But Cain said he “will not be silenced and I’m not going away.”

Cain said he’s on to “Plan B,” which revolves around a website where he will continue to push for solutions to the country’s problems.

Cain will apparently make an endorsement in the race in the coming weeks, which already has other candidates jockeying for position. Keep in mind that Cain backed Romney in 2008, but it’s unlikely he’d do again. It certainly seems that he and Gingrich had developed a bit of a bond over the course of the campaign, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him to go that route.

We’ve said enough of the joke of Cain’s candidacy over the last few months for it not to be repeated again here. All I will say in closing is that I don’t believe for a second that Cain was ever really serious about winning the nomination. This was, in my opinion, a chance for him to raise his profile and get what ever may come out of it. The sad thing is many conservatives bought it hook, line, and sinker; and now valuble time and energy has been wasted because of the distraction his campaign has become.

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