December 1, 2011
Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, has had another trying week on the campaign trail. Those who follow my columns know that I don’t usually write about issues that are salacious in nature, but, the situation with Cain has caused me to make a rare exception.
Cain’s campaign has caused America to suffer from one massive “Cain Drain.”
Cain’s candidacy has caused America and Americans to lose their minds!
What was Cain thinking when he decided to run for president without alerting his campaign team about any possible scandals in his past?
I have worked on many campaigns in my life and the first question you ask a would be candidate is, “is there anything in your past that I should know about that is embarrassing or have you had any legal issues that I should know about?” The answers to these types of questions are part of the decision making process as to whether one should run or not.
Regardless of what you think about all the women problems Cain is having, he should never have entered the presidential race. The mere fact that he never disclosed this information to any of his campaign team goes directly to his lack of judgment. Judgment, after all, is what a presidential campaign is all about. Based on a core set of values, voters are trying to determine what type of judgments will one make as a possible president of the United States. In this regard, Cain has failed miserably!
But, Cain is not the only one to have failed miserably. The media’s lack of judgment has been just as bad as Cain’s. How the media can take seriously the claims of Cain’s most recent female accuser, Ginger White, is mind-blowing. She has offered absolutely no proof of a 13 year sexual relationship she claims to have had with Cain. The media being shown copies of her phone bill does not prove she had a sexual relationship with Cain; it only proves Cain called her!
I thought the job of a journalist was to report the facts. So, to all my journalist friends, please tell me how you get from phone bills to proving a sexual relationship? I have several male friends that I talk to several times a day on an almost daily basis; does that prove I am having sex with them? And yes, sometimes I do get calls at 4:25 in the morning!
What do all of Cain’s accusers have in common? Their allegations are all based on unsubstantiated information. None have presented any verifiably evidence to prove their allegations as credible. These women have done a major injustice to women who have legitimate claims of mistreatment. Each of Cain’s accusers has been silent about their alleged involvement with Cain for a minimum of 10 years. If they have been silent for this long, it’s kind of difficult for me to muster up any empathy for them now.
Doesn’t it seem kind of weird that now days women will save stained dresses with bodily fluids for years, phone bills and text messages, or emails? They seem to go into relationships with the intent of securing information that can be harmful to the other person in the event that the relationship doesn’t work out.
So, what do Cain, the media, and these women all have in common? They all have demonstrated a gross lack of judgment.
Because of his personal baggage, Cain should have made the judgment not to enter the presidential race. The media should have made the judgment that without hard, objective evidence, they were not going to air stories about these women’s allegations. After years of silence and no verifiable evidence, these women should have made the judgment to remain silent.
Cain, please do yourself and America a favor and just end it all now because we have been “Cain drained.”
Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine (www.excellstyle.com), Freedom’s Journal Magazine (www.freedomsjournal.net), and U.S. Africa Magazine (www.usafricaonline.com).