Login
Skip to content

Editorial: The gig's up for Mr. Cain

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_query::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_query.inc on line 181.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 136.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images::pre_render() should be compatible with views_handler_field::pre_render($values) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/image/contrib/image_attach/image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images.inc on line 112.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area.inc on line 81.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area_text::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area_text.inc on line 121.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Oops. There they go again.

If Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry had a brain lapse in a nationally televised debate and admitted it didn’t make him appear very presidential, then Republican candidate Herman Cain just did a double-oops. That’s because he admitted knowing Ms. Ginger White, an Atlanta woman who has produced phone bills in her name showing 61 calls and text messages to a number she claimed was to Mr. Cain, along with allegations that they had been having a 13-year affair. When a television station called the number, Mr. Cain answered and the gig was up.

Officially, he told news reporters on Tuesday, he would be reassessing his campaign’s viability because, while he denied Ms. White’s accusation, he said the campaign might not be able to recover in time for the Iowa caucuses just five weeks away.

Or just perhaps, this time he can’t see a way out of this new pickle.

What’s slightly disturbing about Mr. Cain’s candidacy is that he had the audacity to think no one would find out about his indiscretions; that he could propose simplistic solutions to complex problems (his 9-9-9 proposal) and the public would lap it up; and that he could ignore questions and provide sound-bite answers (seemingly straightforward and bold, but more cute than intelligent). In that sense he was following in the footsteps of George W. Bush by creating an image people could like, could buy into — regardless of the policies he actually believed and espoused.

Hopefully, Mr. Cain’s and Gov. Perry’s recent performances will remind American voters that intelligent, thoughtful and fully vetted answers to the nation’s toughest problems are the least common denominator for any candidate that seeks to run the nation. An ability to lead, honesty, integrity and some semblance of humility are important pluses. Those who don’t have the latter, will fall by the wayside as the show plays on — but the prize is to elect the candidate who understands the issues — domestic and foreign — and who embraces policies that puts Americans’ future in good stead.

The challenge for voters is to wade through all the nonsense, to read enough about the issues to be able to discern fact from fiction, and then decide that crucial question: which candidate has the understanding, compassion, intelligence, knowledge and sound decision-making skills to best serve the country.

It’s never an easy task, but some candidates have been making the selection process that much easier all on their own.

Addy Indy News Digest

The latest in Addison County news, every Monday and Thursday.

Connect with us

Comments