Professional conservatives, the people who write for conservative magazines and try to set the parameters of conservative opinion are exhausted of what they call, “this Herman Cain thing.” Very few of them are ready to say that Herman Cain did something terrible to his female employees in the 1990s, they simply believe his campaign has responded to these allegations so poorly that he would be doomed in a general election. And the fact that the Cain campaign is raking in the dough scares them. They don’t want to risk sending an incompetent candidate tot he general. And Herman Cain’s consistently good polling terrifies them. Here is a sample of what they are saying:
Joseph Lawler of The American Spectator:
It boils down to this: either Cain has failed abysmally to fend off an utterly predictable line of attack, or he’s done something wrong that would endanger his campaign if it became known.
Conservative blogger Pejman Yousefzadeh:
Can we agree that the Herman Cain sexual harassment fiasco is exactly the kind of catastrophe that is bound to visit a campaign that is ridiculously disorganized, and a candidate that is clearly not savvy about running for political office? I don’t even care at this point whether the charges areaccurate; even if we assume that they are not, Cain’s habit of shifting his story in addressing the accusations, his campaign’s treatment of reporters asking questions about the charges, and now, the wild claims that other campaigns are behind the attacks, offered with little supporting evidence, show the Cain campaign in a very bad light, and show that the candidate himself is confused, desperate, and entirely on the defensive.
Erick Erickson, founder of Red State, writes that “The Herman Cain Campaign is Stuck on Stupid“:
If I were allowed to use the word retarded these days, I’d use it to describe the Herman Cain campaign these days. But it is another word we’ve axed on the list for some legitimate reasons. Truth be told, I sometimes still use it and I think it might fit here.
The Cain campaign seems stuck on stupid, should never have engaged in the blame game when everyone was defending him, and now is not only going to further harm his own credibility, but will potentially hurt the credibility of a lot of other good people when the women start speaking.
And they will start speaking.
And Lisa Schiffren of National Review, would respect the dirty trickster who did this to Cain:
So, if this is true — if, and I am hoping to learn that it is not — then it would seem that his elimination from the field would be more of a service than anything else. I might respect the rival who eliminated him more than I currently do, for showing some Machiavellian creativity.
The sentiment was confirmed to me last night when another conservative magazine editor texted me his opinion on the Cain scandal. “This is a lot to put up with to get a radio show,” he wrote.
Professional conservatives look at Herman Cain and they see a talk radio show host or Fox News personality, not a president. And for them, getting serious about 2012 means getting Cain out of the way. The more conservative voters put Cain at the top of the polls, the harder the conservative elites are going to try to shove him.
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