I disagree with Jim Antle’s take that today’s accusations against Herman Cain have not changed the “state of play” very much nor are they likely, thinks Jim, to derail Cain’s candidacy.
Herman Cain is toast.
There is now a fourth accuser against Herman Cain, and this one has a name.
One Sharon Bialek tells a sordid story about Cain in which Cain’s behavior was beyond inappropriate.
Again, I have no idea whether Bialek’s story is true, but at this point there is simply too much smoke to not assume a fire, even for those of us who like Cain and could imagine supporting him for the presidency.
If I were Cain, I would strongly consider giving this up and making sure to save my marriage.
Thinking about this in the most Machiavellian way, this news is a benefit to the other candidates, but particularly to Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, a fact which is currently being represented in changes in betting odds at Intrade.com. (Gingrich is up from about 6 percent to 8 percent while Cain is down from about 6 percent to about four percent, with Romney up slightly to 70 percent.)
Get out the butter: unfortunately, Herman Cain’s candidacy is toast.