Scandal-scarred Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain may not admit it publicly yet but his hobbled campaign for the GOP nomination is over.
That’s the consensus of Republican campaign operatives and political professionals contacted by Capitol Hill Blue and other news organizations.
Comments from those who run and advise campaigns for a living range from “he’s had it” to characterizing the former Godfathers CEO as “the walking dead.”
“He’s like a zombie at this point,” says Atlanta-based Republican strategist Don McLagan. He’s dead. He just hasn’t noticed yet and keeps on walking.”
“They can’t walk away from the damage that’s been done,” Wilson says.
“Cain’s support is moving over to Gingrich. Cain will finally realize he’s the grand marshal of a one man parade.
Cain admits his campaign has been severely damaged by new allegations of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman and says fundraising is down. He told reporters Wednesday night that he needs to speak to his wife but has not seen her since the latest allegations surfaced Monday.
“I am not going to make a decision until after we talk face to face,” he said when grilled by reporters at his New Hampshire campaign headquarters Wednesday night.
Still, the always defiant Cain says, the campaign “ain’t over till it’s over and it ain’t over yet.”