The explosive Politico story — which broke Sunday night — detailing a series of allegations that Herman Cain acted inappropriately toward two female subordinates when he was the head of the Restaurant Association in the 1990s is the beginning of the end of the Cain campaign.
When the media smells blood, they move in with full force. And Cain and his campaign’s internal operation have not dealt well with this problem. They have known, for weeks, that their rival campaigns' private investigators and other media have been looking for this story, yet, when it broke, they seemed to be caught flatfooted.
That tells us much about Cain: He is not telling his own staff what happened, thus leaving his spokesmen in the lurch.
What is happening behind the scenes is the media and Cain’s rivals are digging up more instances of alleged womanizing by Cain. And Cain’s attempt to answer these charges yesterday on the sidewalk outside the "Face the Nation" studios will only make the investigators hunt harder.
Prediction: This is the beginning of Cain’s downfall. It won’t happen right away. Some conservatives will rally behind Cain and say this is all an establishment plot against a conservative. Ann Coulter said as much on Fox Sunday night.
But more is coming — and it will spell the end of the Cain campaign.
The bigger question is, Where do Cain’s votes go? They are mostly tea party votes and thus don’t want to go to Romney. They previously were with Trump, Bachmann, and Perry. Soon they will move again. But to which candidate?
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