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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/04/2011

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He really needs to get back to the book tour and get out of the presidential race. “Herman Cain flatly denies the most serious allegation facing him — that he made an unwanted sexual advance toward a female employee at a work event — but POLITICO has learned new details making clear there were urgent discussions of the woman’s accusations at top levels of the National Restaurant Association within hours of when the incident was alleged to have occurred. The new details — which come from multiple sources independently familiar with the incident at a hotel during a restaurant association event in the late 1990s — put the woman’s account even more sharply at odds with Cain’s emphatic insistence in news media interviews this week that nothing inappropriate happened between the two.”

Mrs. Cain gets out of the Fox News interview. Who can blame her?

The talk show hosts need to get out of their race card madness. And fast. Rush Limbaugh is first. The herd will be close behind.

If Cain gets out, we can go back to the real “Saturday Night Live.” Peter Wehner: “If the Cain campaign is not the most amateurish of any presidential campaign in decades, I’m open to suggestions as to which ones were worse. This is beyond embarrassing; it has now entered the land of Saturday Night Live parody. And that’s never a good place for a presidential campaign to be.”

Mark Block will get out of presidential politics, I would think. Who’d hire him after the Cain debacle? “Herman Cain’s chief of staff on Thursday walked back accusations that rival Rick Perry’s campaign was responsible for the leak of accusations of sexual harassment against him, saying that he would ‘accept’ the claim by a former staffer now affiliated with the Perry campaign that he was not behind them.”

If Cain is going to collapse, Mitt Romney might just get out and shake some hands in Iowa. “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa Monday to campaign in territory he captured during his bid for the GOP nomination four years ago. Aides say the former Massachusetts governor plans to campaign in Dubuque and Scott counties, along a swath of eastern Iowa he carried in his second-place finish in the 2008 caucuses.”

President Obama may get out after one term after all. “While Americans across the nation are downbeat about the economy and the future, a special USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that voters in a dozen key battleground states for the 2012 election are in an even deeper funk about their lives, Obama’s tenure and the nation’s politics.”

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou gets out Plan B and dumps his referendum plan. But what now? “Though the future of Mr. Papandreou’s government remained in doubt ahead of a planned confidence vote on Friday, his decision to drop the proposed referendum quelled fears of an imminent Greek exit from the euro zone, a step that some feared risked triggering the collapse of the currency itself. Leaders of the Group of 20 leading global economies, meanwhile, gathered in Cannes, France, searched for ways to shore up the wider euro currency zone — a major part of the global economy — against the growing financial chaos unleashed by the Greek tumult.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 11/04/2011

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