What will God whisper in Herman Cain’s ear next?

Herman Cain said that God told him to run for president. “That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. I’m … Continued

Herman Cain said that God told him to run for president.

“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. I’m a man of faith. I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I’ve ever done before in my life,” the Baptist preacher said. “And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. You’ve got the wrong man Lord. Are you sure?”

Now Herman Cain has suspended his campaign. Did God tell him to do that?

Why on earth would God tell Herman Cain to run, put him through all of this, then have him get out of the race?

If God told Herman Cain to run, why did he also tell Anita Perry her husband should run (she saw the burning bush) and Michele Bachmann and all of the others who have been tapped on the shoulder? Is this some sort of cruel game God is playing?

So Herman Cain was just doing what God told him to do and women start accusing him of sexual harassment. Then comes Ginger White claiming to have had a 13 year affair with him.

Herman Cain couldn’t contain the stories fast enough. As fast as he could deny one, another story would surface. They were all lying, he claimed, and his wife defended him.

Gloria Cain, told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren before the Ginger White story broke, that the man accused of sexual harassment, “Isn’t Herman. I know the person that he is. And I know the person they were talking about, I don’t know who that person is.” But she was very clear about the fact that she wouldn’t have put up with anything. “I know the type of woman you’re thinking about: that the little woman at home is the last to know. But I never see myself as being the little woman at home. And I’ve always said, when I’ve seen stories like that, I will not be one of those people who will stand up on stage with a smile and knowing that you were wrong. I’m not going to do that. So you know not to do anything wrong because you will be there by yourself.”

Poor Gloria Cain. What did she do to deserve this?

Clearly Herman Cain’s family was hurting. He even admitted, in an interview in New Hampshire, “If I ever reached a point where this campaign became damaging to my family … I’m not a quitter, but there is a point beyond which you will not go.” (This after saying, with tears in his eyes, that his wife’s role during his inauguration would be “holding the Bible when I am sworn in.”)

Yet he waited nearly a week before going back to Georgia to confront his wife about the Ginger White antics.

This after Gloria had said to Van Sustern, “when those people threw mud on Herman, they didn’t think about the fact that you’re throwing mud on the wife or the spouse, you’re throwing mud on the children. And we all have to endure what you’re doing.”

Gloria Cain talked about how she had lived her whole life “trying to be respectful, trying to be faithful, trying to have faith.”

Did Herman Cain think of that before he ran? Did he think of his wife and the potential mud that would be thrown at her and their family because of his actions after God told him to run?

He finally met with his wife Friday to reassess his campaign. He had already told her on the phone that none of the stories were true. “I told her exactly what has happened and what the situation is,” he said. My wife loves me. She just told me that again today. She just wants to know the truth, which I have given her the truth.”

I can’t help but wonder when they met on Friday if she held the Bible and made him swear on it.

After talking to his family, he decided, “with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign.”

He did this, he said, because of “the continued hurt caused on me and my family.”

And there, on Saturday was Gloria Cain, standing up on the stage with a smile waving to the crowd as though she had just been crowned homecoming queen. Her husband, in dark glasses, smiling and waving as though he were accepting the nomination.

I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me,” he said.

Running for president was not the first time Herman Cain had been called by God. He was once, as he says, “called to preach the word of God and minister to the least, the last and the lost, and minister to his people.”

What’s next for Herman Cain? Will he write another book, do another radio show or give more speeches? Many were eagerly awaiting his endorsement just one day after his withdrawal. After all, there are a number of Republicans out there still in the running who are competing for God’s favor.

What will God whisper in Herman Cain’s ear next?

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Sally Quinn Sally Quinn is the founding editor of OnFaith.
  • carolynshawgo

    Early in the campaign one of the remarks Mr. Cain gave me reason to pause and start praying that something would happen that he could go away quietly and not embarrass himself or his family. I listened, fascinated as he appeared to disregard others and act as if his opinion was the only opinion. This is an excellent article. I don’t know if Mr. Cain and I prayed to the same God or if my prayer had as much power as his. Carolyn Shawgo

  • badspotteddog

    Even though he has suspended his campaign, hopefully he has served a purpose. Or actually, more than one purpose.
    With the popularity of his “scrapping” the tax code we have, hopefully, people will not settle for anything less.
    I highly doubt that any candidate will have the support from the masses if they aren’t planning on a complete redo of this ridiculous tax code we have now.
    To me .. that would be a great end result.

  • 7891

    If Cain said “You’ve got the wrong man Lord” then, for once, God was wrong and Cain right. Why would God urge this immoral wh0rehound to run for the U.S. presidency anyway? We should have higher standards than this barrel-scraping Stepin Fetchit whom the Repubes trotted out to dodge accusations of racism.

  • xlrp3

    ‘God is not malicious, but She does have a sense of humour.’ Republican policies and Republican candidates prove it.

  • clarkesq

    Charlatan.

  • kcfield

    Sally, you have a history of disrespecting people’s faith traditions. Several news sources report that you chose to receive communion at the funeral mass for journalist Tim Russert, even though as a commenter on religious issues, you would have known that might be deeply offensive to someone who is Catholic (I am not Catholic, incidentally). Why would you ridicule someone for seeking God’s will in their life decisions, especially when that is part of both Old and New Testament teachings (e.g., Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:5)? In the Bible, many people were led to change directions and game plans.
    If your point is that sometimes people of faith inadvertently follow their own wishes sometimes and ascribe them to God, then just say that. That may very well have happened here. Or perhaps God wanted him to run so that these buried issues would come to light – we just don’t know.. Finally, even if God was not leading Cain to run for President, why would you make fun of a decision to put his family ahead of his ambition, which is what he did by suspending his campaign?

  • ccnl1

    Should Sally Quinn be giving moral advice considering her past history?

  • dbstjdals1

    this is just shameful. no matter what a person did you dont twist around his/her faith in God to mock him and play your little jokes. how disgusting. Cant believe the Post is hiring someone like you as a writer.

  • Venson_Thomas

    Why are you giving this man media time that he does not deserve? Cain has left the building as it were and things should be left just that way. If Herman Cain needs his name in the news let him pay OR actually do something newsworthy.

    I can’t believe Post Reporters are paid to pursue drivel instead of going out and looking for real news. If all reporting is about is rehashing uninformative, not enlightening, useless opinion then please tell me where your HR office is. I’d like a job that pays for doing nothing too.

  • ccnl1

    Makes one wonder about the current state of mind of those Republicans who support Newt the Sleezeball !!!

  • quiensabe

    Out here, God does speak through burning bushes, Sally. If the bush is burning, God is telling you the pasture’s on fire…

  • socomfy

    yeah, yeah. osama no doubt prayed a lot and heard god’s direction all the time as well.

  • Rustylizard

    “What will God whisper in Herman Cain’s ear next?”

    I don’t know, but you can be sure it will be to Cain’s satisfaction.

  • blueleadermike

    Enough said, Herman Cain is a liar, let him R.I.P. !

  • 1legacy

    I’m wondering what God may whisper in Quinn’s ear or may have already have whispered. Maybe He’s said, “Sally, got any idea about the difference between faith and politics?”

    Oh, yes: “Why on earth would God tell Herman Cain to run, put him through all of this, then have him get out of the race?” You see, Sally, it’s not an earthly question which, I’m guessing, means you have no clue about the why or the process.

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