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Do Suspended Campaigns Traditionally Endorse Rivals?


Today’s Jolt also discusses Herman Cain’s departure from the race — well, suspension — and his expected endorsement of Newt Gingrich. This morning brings word that the endorsement could come later today.

In a way, this seems to summarize much of the confusion that has surrounded the Cain’s “reassessment” in recent days; if you’re endorsing someone else, your campaign is over. As one of my regular readers, Joseph DeMatino tried to sort out:

So Cain has “suspended”, not “cancelled”, his campaign. But he’s going to endorse another candidate shortly. How does that work, exactly? “Hi, I’m Herman Cain, and I’m running for President. Please vote for Newt Gingrich.”

I must be missing something here.

Herman needs to quit outright or fight on full force. There is no middle ground. As the defrocked shrink says in the sadly underrated Dead Again (to a guy who is always “trying to quit smoking”) — “Look, you’re either a smoker or you’re not a smoker. Figure out which one you are, and then ‘be’ that.” Or, as a more famous movie mentor in a better-known film said, “Do. Or do not. There is no ‘try’.”

“Vote for me! Or the other guy! I’m giving you a menu of options!”

It sounds like it didn’t take Cain long on who he wanted to endorse — maybe fifteen minutes, or about 999 seconds.

Tags: Herman Cain , Newt Gingrich


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