Every conservative political blogger has already blogged about this announcement today. Not me, not because I don't care - I had internet connection issues today. In any case, if you missed it, here's the scoop;
Herman Cain, the insurgent populist whose candidacy has been ensnared by allegations of sexual impropriety, said Saturday that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying that the allegations have cast a "cloud of doubt over me and this campaign.""As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign," he said at an event in Atlanta. "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt . . . on me, on my family, not because we are not fighters, not because I am not a fighter."
Given that he announced his announcement, it's not a surprise that the 9-9-9 to Washington D.C. had derailed today. But he probably could have continued if the polls hadn't turned towards Gingrich already. Cain deserves credit for his 9-9-9 idea and getting the conversation moving in a conservative direction. He may have been more ready to run the country's finances than to run a campaign though. Now, it will be interesting to see whom he might endorse.