The End of the Cain Train? Candidate Expected to Drop Out, Stewart and Others Make Hay
Make hay while the sun shines, right? The sun in this case is the endless supply of fascination and confusion that has been the Herman Cain Presidential Campaign, which seems by the political punditry's consensus to be drawing to a close. The haymaking farmers are bloggers and comedians who see before them an era with no more bizzare press conferences, no new catchphrases coined like Uzbek-beki-stan-stan and 9-9-9, and a sad lack of unintentionally ironic campaign videos.
Only yesterday the candidate himself called senior staffers and admitted that he was reassessing his campaign after allegations of an extramarital affair--a consensual affair that most onlookers seem to be unable to distinguish from the very serious sexual harassment allegations that have been dogging him for weeks.
Regardless of whether he drops out sooner or eventually, the gravy Cain Train for comedians is ending at some point. So what's a late-night talk show host to do?
Last night, Jon Stewart devoted two segments to Cain--one on his own, and the second with the Daily Show staff behind him discussing the candidacy. "I've lost Trump, I can't lose you too!" Stewart implored the candidate.
Conan O'Brien also got into the game, re-imagining Cain's interview with Wolf Blitzer his own way.
Meanwhile, Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan asks whether Cain's campaign was one giant book tour(answer: probably).