Herman Cain was "somber" when he told a staffers that he would "reassess" whether the latest allegation of sexual impropriety made it impossible to continue his campaign, but by Tuesday night Cain had his game face back on. The National Review reported Cain told them he was considering whether Ginger White's allegations of a 13-year affair "is going to create too much of a cloud in some people's minds" to support him. But a few hours later Cain said he was merely reassessing his campaign strategy, not the campaign itself, in an interview with The Collegian after a foreign policy address at Hillsdale College. "The media think that it is black-and-white, go or no-go. They’re focusing on the allegations. The political establishment, they’re looking at it from the perspective that I should never have been in the race in the first place,” Cain told the college paper. “But the people had a different idea. That’s who I’m listening to. The reassessment isn’t based on what the media wants, or what the establishment wants, but what the people want. I listen to the people.”
Those few hours Tuesday might have been the only time Cain -- author of such works as The C.E.O. of Self and the somewhat premature This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House -- has felt the sting of self-doubt in many years. T.A. Frank chronicled Cain's "healthy self-regard" for The New York Times Magazine earlier this month ("It takes self-regard to write of your only sibling, Thurman, who died at age 52 after years of substance abuse, and end it on this note: 'I loved my brother dearly and still grieve over his untimely death. And I know that he is looking down proudly on my incredible journey.'").