Herman Cain’s troubles post-Sharon Bialek aren’t going to be solved by blaming the media. He’s got a specific, credible victim now.

This is trouble: “Jordan Tries Rapprochement with Hamas.”

Politician with shaky personal lives are trouble, say the American people. “The results of this week’s The Hill Poll indicate that 85 percent of voters regard the way a politician conducts his or her private life as important to how he or she might discharge public duties. Forty-seven percent regard the candidate’s private life as ‘very important’ and 38 percent say it is ‘somewhat important’ in this regard.”

Quite aside from the sexual behavior allegations, Cain was running into trouble on the right. Some have discovered he doesn’t know much about much. “Going into Saturday night’s Texas Patriots PAC debate, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich knew the focus was going to be on the big three entitlements: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That only makes Cain’s apparent ignorance of the difference between ‘a defined benefit plan’ and ‘premium support’ all the more galling.”

Mitt Romney’s opponents may be in trouble if this is all the New York Times can come up with. “The New York Times has accomplished the difficult: making average folks sympathize with Mitt Romney. . . . Apparently Romney sat (in Coach!) next to an annoying Obama fan. He was polite, sure, but after she kept chatting him up about her brilliant ideas for health care reform and asking him questions, he smiled, answered curtly and put earphones on.” The horror of it all.

The Syrian people are in dire straits and the West stands helpless. There’s no better sign of the trouble that flows from a lack of American leadership. “The Syrian government has launched a bloody assault to retake Homs, the country’s third-largest city, facing armed defectors who have prevented the government’s forces from seizing it as they did other restive locales this summer, in what may stand as one of the most violent episodes in an eight-month uprising.”

Mitt Romney’s critics are in trouble when the Wall Street Journal editorial page starts praising his fiscal plan. “This reform progress is politically important because it moves Mr. Romney toward making the 2012 contest a philosophical choice over the direction of government, rather than merely a technocratic argument over who can create more jobs. . . . What next year’s GOP nominee needs is a clear reform alternative to Mr. Obama’s vision of ever more government and the higher taxes necessary to pay for it. Mr. Romney still needs a bolder economic growth agenda, but his fiscal awakening is encouraging.” And give the not-Romney conservatives cover to get on board.