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In A Lonely Place

05 December 2011 @ 19:25

We’ve all been there at one time or another, when someone we put our faith and trust in disappoints us deeply.  It bothers us even more when that person’s fall was aided in it’s tragic course by malevolent, outside forces.

Such is the case with many of the supporters of Herman Cain.

In an article and a supplemental post from this morning, Stacy McCain, one of Mr. Cain’s earliest and most passionate supporters, looks at the effect of the tragic end of the Campaign has had on those who jumped aboard The Cain Train.

From the article, published over at The American Spectator:

All the pundits who low-rated Cain’s presidential prospects never seemed to see what Foley and I and so many other Cainiacs saw. For all his gaffes and blunders, for all the ineptitude of his campaign staff, Cain had something special that appealed to ordinary Americans sick of the cynical rhetoric of establishment politicians. Once the Cain Train gained momentum, pundits like Karl Rove seemed to find it personally offensive that an inexperienced outsider running an amateur campaign could win the enthusiastic support of millions. Two polls in October showed 30 percent of Republican voters ready to vote for Cain. By Oct. 20, despite all his mistakes and all the criticism from naysayers, the amateur outsider moved ahead of establishment favorite Mitt Romney in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls. And it was just about then that reporters began contacting the campaign’s recently hired communications director, J.D. Gordon, to ask about accusations of sexual harassment made more than a dozen years earlier during Cain’s tenure at the National Restaurant Association. Were the accusations true? We still don’t know and may never know. But to borrow Shakespeare’s famous phrase from Marc Antony’s funeral oration for Caesar, “If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Herman Cain answer’d it.”

From Stacy’s post, published over at The Other McCain, which is much more personal:

Over the past several days, I’ve made a lot of phone calls and talked to a lot of people who joined me aboard that wild ride called the “Cain Train.” My thought was to write the definitive post-mortem on the campaign, to analyze this disaster based on all I’ve seen and heard over the past year. But I didn’t write that article, and there’s a reason why.

You see, it’s become a family tradition that, every year, Daddy takes his sons out to buy The Best Christmas Tree Ever. For all my personal and professional failures — “Not Good Enough for BlogCon” — I have an unbroken streak of success at doing this one thing. Every year, Daddy goes to get the tree and every year when I bring it home, the entire family agrees that this is The Best Christmas Tree Ever.

So about 7 p.m., instead of transcribing audio and doing that definitive analytical post-mortem on the Cain campaign I’d meant to write, my boys and I went off to find The Best Christmas Tree Ever….

Do take the time to click here to find out what happened.

It is often in the comfort of hearth and home that we find our solaces.

Stacy, like so many others who bought a ticket, fought the good fight for their man and, more importantly, for a good cause.  They can raise their heads proudly, bloody, but unbowed, ready to fight another day to restore our freedoms and liberties and to vanquish the Leftist foe.

Some say the solution is to never to put your trust and faith in any politician or leader, but to me that’s just pushing the pendulum all the way over to the other side.  While I am not a man known for practicing moderation, I do believe that in most things it is the way to proceed. 

One can become too cynical and I think it is something that can eat away at your soul and your body.  The key is maintaining a balance: an adult must never give-in to hero-worship, but he must also never throw himself into the deepest depths of despair — neither extreme will do him or his family any good.  One needs heroes to inspire one to attempt greater things and to perform good acts, but the key is to never worship those heroes as gods.  Be always aware that they, too, are human, so expect them to fail in some things, whether it be as a father, husband, businessman, etc. — stop expecting perfection.  But, also, demand that certain standards be lived-up to.  Never, ever, excuse pure Evil in someone.  But be willing to forgive those small flaws, the venial sins.  There are many men who are worthy of being looked up to [Ronald Reagan, John Paul The Great, George Washington, etc.] and they should be because they have provided examples of exemplary conduct and living.

Don’t let such disappointments bring you to embrace the night.

Never despair.

  1. 05 December 2011 @ 19:57 19:57

    Great post Bob! We must never resort to idolatry but it is good to have idols which guide us. The Left Stream Media and the GOP elites derailed Cain’s train. His train was filled with optimism and good ideas on how to fix America. Stacy should feel proud to have supported Cain. The LSM’s – Left Stream Media – obsession with Cain and the Left’s penchant for digging up dirt (making up dirt) on their opponents are examples of the death of journalism and what is wrong with politics today.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 December 2011 @ 20:28 20:28

      Spot-on, Tere.

  2. 05 December 2011 @ 21:08 21:08

    Well said, Bob.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 December 2011 @ 23:32 23:32

      Thank you.

  3. 05 December 2011 @ 21:58 21:58

    Great post, Bobby.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 December 2011 @ 23:32 23:32


  4. 06 December 2011 @ 05:55 05:55

    Guess I need to leave my boyfriends at TRNL every now and again and visit here. Great posts on the 5th (especially the Spamalot) and this 🙂

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      06 December 2011 @ 17:31 17:31

      Ladies drink for free here.

  5. AnonymousDrivel permalink
    06 December 2011 @ 23:10 23:10

    “…but he must also never throw himself into the deepest depths of despair — neither extreme will do him or his family any good.”

    Now you tell me.

    Still a nice thought though.

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