In case there is any doubt about this in your mind consider that Karl Rove, yet again, is on Cain about the harassment charges against him. Today is the fourth time he has chided Cain over the sexual harassment scandal.
"Karl Rove said again Monday that Herman Cain must get out all the information about the sexual harassment complaints against him dating to his time at the National Restaurant Association."
"Saying, ‘I’m not going to talk about this,’ is not going to make it go away," said Rove, who has used his perch at Fox News to act as something of an umpire in the 2012 primary.
There's a method in Rove's madness-there always is. While Cain is not right that these accusations were in any way created by Perry, Romney, or any other high ranking Republicans, it is true that these charges are welcome to many in the Republican establishment who dearly want Romney.
This preference is completely logical. They understand very well that Romney is the only one that could be in any way electable in a general election.
"The latest Washington Post/ABC poll zeroes in on Mitt Romney's main advantage - being seen as the most "electable" of the field - but also his weaknesses, which are seen in most other categories and portend potential rough patches as the race enters a compressed phase."
"Romney gets 24 percent, roughly where he's been in most national polls in recent weeks, and leads in electability. But that's about it, via Balz and Cohen:
"Romney’s lack of traction carries well beyond the head-to-head matchups with other competitors. It also is reflected on discrete issues and candidate attributes. Considerable numbers of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents consider the health plan that Romney signed into law in Massachusetts and his Mormon religion as strikes against him."
"The survey tested the candidates on six attributes or characteristics. Romney has a sizable lead in just one: One-third of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say he has the best chance of anyone in the field to defeat Obama in 2012. Running second on that question is businessman Herman Cain. About one-fifth say Cain would be the party’s strongest candidate."
This is the catch-22 for this year's GOP. The more the base likes the candidate the less electable his is and vice versa.