When Will Herman Cain 'Put Gloria First'?

Out of respect, Herman Cain should have run home immediately to his wife of 43 years after the Ginger White scandal broke, columnist Jonathan Capehart blogs at the Washington Post.

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Ginger White (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

In a blog entry at the Washington Post, columnist Jonathan Capehart says that Herman Cain should have run home to his wife of 43 years immediately after the Ginger White scandal broke instead of appearing on any news show that would have him.

Gloria Cain would be well within her right to lash out at her husband of 43 years. Not two weeks after she defended him against allegations of sexual harassment she now must contend with the cold, hard truth that Mr. Cain might not have been entirely truthful with her. When a spouse strays, it’s awful for all involved when the secret comes to light. When that spouse is a candidate for president of the United States, the pain of the secret’s revelation is shared with the world. It’s a global humiliation that takes years to overcome, if ever.

The best thing for Cain to have done after he said he was reassessing his “campaign” was to go home immediately to Mrs. Cain. Instead, he made his uncomfortable situation worse by talking to anyone who would listen. Neil Cavuto on Wednesday. The New Hampshire Union Leader on Thursday.

Last night on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” anchor Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed White, the woman at the center of the storm. The uncomfortable questions he asked and her embarrassing responses made for riveting television that was painful to watch. White’s visible exhale at the end of the interview says all you need to know about the hell she and almost assuredly Mrs. Cain are going through.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire blog entry at the Washington Post.

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