Chris Cillizza
Reporter December 2, 2011

If your boss tells you he is “reassessing” your role in the company, it’s time to get your résumé polished up.

If your wife tells you she is “reassessing” your marriage, it’s time to start looking for your own apartment.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House. View Archive

And so, when businessman Herman Cain announced on a conference call this past week that he was “reassessing” his presidential campaign, the writing appeared to be on the wall.

That didn’t stop Cain from telling Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that the allegations of sexual misbehavior against him are “constantly weighing on me and my family — especially my family — because it continues to stir in the news,” and adding that “this is why we are going through the reassessment.”

Meanwhile, his campaign team was launching an ad in Iowa and pledging that they were “in it to win it.” (Not sure quoting Hillary Rodham Clinton’s slogan from the 2008 Democratic presidential primary was the best move, but that’s another debate.)

And even on Saturday as Cain prepared to (finally) reveal his plans in Atlanta, rumors flew that he might shock the world and stay in the race. That, too, was misguided as Cain announced that he was suspending his presidential bid “because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family” — but not before declaring: “I’m at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me.” So, he’s got that going for him.

Herman Cain, for staying aboard too long as the Cain Train ran out of track, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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