- December 2, 2011
Yesterday, Herman Cain’s announced that he is considering the “option” of dropping out of the presidential race. While this news may not come as a surprise in light of various sexual harassment scandals currently plaguing his campaign, many Republican political commentators were not focused on the severity of his various scandals, as much as they have been on its impact on the other candidates, particular Newt Gingrich, the GOP’s new top pick.
After weathering months of controversy surrounding the Republican’s top picks, including Bachmann, Perry, Cain and now, Gingrich, it’s become abundantly apparent that the GOP is avoiding the topic of Mitt Romney. With the highest fundraising numbers and by far, the most consistent polls, by the numbers, Romney should be the obvious choice. However, the GOP continues to throw their biggest support behind candidates that fail them within a month of their rise. With kickbacks Freddie Mac and a variety of other personal and professional baggage on his record, Gingrich may well follow Bachmann, Perry and Cain down the road to “never gonna be President”.
However, as the infographic below shows, the GOP is running out of options. Perhaps the candidate that will rise to the top will be the one that has recently been ignored in light of more scandalous, controversial ones.