Woman Accuses Cain of Long-Running Affair
An Atlanta woman, Ginger White, has
Herman Cain of having an affair with her that lasted for 13 years, ending only a year ago.
She backed up her assertions to Fox News in Atlanta with cell phone records showing dozens
of calls and text messages from what she claimed was his private cell phone. When the station
sent a text messaage to that number, Cain called back. Cain has admitted knowing White
but denies a sexual relationship with her.
When this is added to the four women who have accused Cain of sexual harrassment, Cain's
image (especially with women) is bound to suffer. With 60% of the typical Iowa Republican
caucus goers being evangelicals, his appeal to them is certainly going to be diminished.
The question is where do those votes go? The obvious beneficiaries are Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich,
each of whom has at least a small chance of getting the nomination. If enough go to Gingrich,
he might be able to win the caucuses. A win in Iowa, coupled with this week's
by New Hampshire's leading conservative voice, the Manchester Union Leader, might propel
Gingrich to a win in the New Hampshire primary, which could start a real horse race between
Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
in Iowa is somewhat bizarre and the Democrats and Republicans do it differently.
With the Democrats, attendees at each of the 1,781 precinct caucuses go to different rooms based on their presidential preferences.
They talk about their candidates strengths and weaknesses and elect a chairperson to represent them throughout the evening.
When the group sizes are tallied, any candidates falling below the threshold of viability (15%) are eliminated.
Then another round of preferences is held, with everyone free to join the group of any remaining candidate.
This process is repeated until all candidates are considered viable. The delegates to the 99 county
conventions are allocated in proportion to the sizes of the preference groups. At that point individual
attendees can stand for election as actual delegates. At the county conventions, the whole process
is repeated and delegates are sent to the congressional district conventions. At these conventions,
delegates are selected for the state convention. It is at the state convention that delegates to the
Democratic National Convention are elected. While the process is lengthy, it is definitely democracy in
action and tends to produce thousands of activists who will later go out and campaign for the nominee.
The Republicans don't do this. Instead, at the precinct-level caucuses, short speeches are given in
support of each candidate. Then each attendee is given a blank sheet of paper and asked to write down
the name of one of the candidates. These are tallied and sent to state party headquarters. There are no
presidential preference groups--and most important for Cain--no threshold for viability. The same process
is followed at the Republican county, district, and state levels.
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