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From The Grio

Herman Cain’s presidential run burned bright for awhile, but after the missteps and the scandals that led to him suspending his campaign today, will Cain’s run be considered a setback for black conservatives? TheGrio contributor Robert Traynham reflects.

When Herman Cain burst onto the national scene, I’ll admit that I was the first to say that I was intrigued.

Not because I was a former staffer for a Republican Senator who also served on President Bush’s re-election team and by default a Republican loyalist. That would be too easy of an association. The intrigue went deeper than that.

Here we had a handsome, articulate, successful business owner who just happened to be African-American and a Republican.

Okay, I thought. This is different. Let’s take this out for a test drive and see what kind of muscle this new showroom beauty has, I said to myself.

Well we all know that the test ride we all experienced was a bumpy one, to say the least; with many wishing that Cain would have ended his campaign sooner than today — in order to end the prolonged embarrassment, which is exactly what Cain’s campaign has ended up to be.

Click here to view a Grio slideshow of alternative careers for Herman Cain

Cain’s run was a national embarrassment for all concerned: the young staff that hitched their fortunes to a losing candidate with no sense of professionalism or direction; the donors who invested in his candidacy, hoping for some type of modest return (maybe a bumper sticker, lapel pin, or a candidate that was on message); and the volunteers and voters who believed in the vision that Cain tried to articulate.

Cain often came short, with rambling statements that often contradicted the material that his staff handed out. I’ve lost count of the many times his spokesperson had to backtrack on the candidate’s statements because he found that Cain would say things that were contradictory.

There’s one other group of people who understandably feel let down by Cain’s missteps: African-American Republicans. For all of the strides that were made by Colin Powell, JC Watts, and Condoleezza Rice over the last decade, Cain’s candidacy has erased some of the glow.

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  • scriptTease

    I wonder if he will have other women come forth, not that he’s pulled out of the race?

  • MommieDearest

    Dang. I’m going to miss Herm. He was highly entertaining.

  • fromwii

    did they call Cain handsome? O_o

  • Kim

    Why is Mrs. Cain throwing up gang signs in that picture…?

    • entro

      lol……Westsiiide

    • Alexandra

      Too funny :D

    • QON

      Jokes!

    • Duke

      Doh!

  • Fox

    I don’t think he planned on going this far. I think he signed on for this to collect campaign contributions and then “suspend” his campaign and keep the money. Those so called polls showed him as the leader so the hoes came out. Maybe he thought he could have just cashed in and bowed out before all that. He had to know somebody was going to dig in his past.