If Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain's wife Gloria Cain does not contemplate a drastic step (read divorce), then she will be a definite winner for this year's Stand by Your Man No Matter What Award -- an honor which we initially thought would go to Huma Abedin, the loving wife of former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, who had to step down following a sexting scandal.
Herman Cain has managed to get accused by five women with a multitude of allegations regarding consensual and non-consensual sexual impropriety. What more can Gloria Cain ask for after 43 years of conjugal union?
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire Wednesday night, Cain hinted that the future of his presidential bid depends on his wife.
Since I've been campaigning all week, I haven't had an opportunity to sit down with her and walk through this with my wife and my family. I will do that when I get back home on Friday, he told reporters gathered at his campaign headquarters. I am not going to make a decision until after we talk face to face.
There were some people who thought that I was finished, Cain said. But I'm going to leave it with Yogi Berra's comment: 'It ain't over till it's over.' And it ain't over yet.
Gloria Cain has so far retained the image of an unquestioning political wife, and if she is at all disappointed, she has managed to hide it well. She rarely makes public appearances except for alleging that her husband's accusers are nothing but liars.
I looked at especially this last lady and the things that she said, and I'm thinking, 'He would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said,' Gloria Cain said in a rare Fox News interview in mid-November, referring to Sharon Bialek, the fourth Cain accuser, who also chose to go public with her identity.
Gloria Cain has been quite successful in portraying Cain's accusers in bad light: If a person is so hurt or traumatized because of something you alleged happened to you, why would you wait 15 years to say something about it? I think if it were me, I would have to say something right away, she said in the same Fox News interview. She conveniently forgot the fact that two of these women did come forward 15 years ago, only to receive a financial settlement from the National Restaurant Association.
She seems to be reading too much into Cain's good manners: To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman, and I know that's not the person he is. He totally respects women.
Promiscuity and chivalry, in most cases, have no connection to each other, but Ms. Cain appears to be blissfully unaware of that.