He's taking the Palin route (to work for change from the outside) for the Palin reasons (further scrutiny of his private life would have been grueling and counterproductive). Money quote:
"These false and unproved allegations continue … to create a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family. That spin hurts. It hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me and it hurts the American people because you're being denied solutions to our problems."
That "spin". But he's happy he made it to "the final four", and we can all be grateful if this is true:
"I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me."
There's now 14 percent of the GOP base up for grabs. We'll find out pretty soon who gets it.
(Photo: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and his wife Gloria Cain arrives to speak during the scheduled opening of a local campaign headquarters on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cain took time to reassess the condition of his campaign 'because of all this media firestorm stuff,' adding, 'my wife and family comes first.' By Scott Olson/Getty Images.)