I read Katrina’s post with interest, but one thing really caught my attention — so I went to the original New York Times story and checked it out. Yep, the story does indeed say Cain referred to the “character assignation” being conducted against him. I presume he meant to refer to “character assassination”; I will not speculate as to why the word “assignation” came to his mind instead.
UPDATE: Oho! The NYT has silently changed the word to “assassination.” If there was a Freudian slip, the guilty party is not the beleaguered candidate but somebody at the Times . . .