The Big Questions: By Mark Halperin

Illustration by Wes Duvall for TIME

Why haven't allegations of sexual misconduct against Herman Cain finished him off?

They might soon, but for now, Cain has two factors on his side. Many of the Tea Party outsiders who are drawn to the political neophyte's econocentric campaign don't give a whit about old harassment charges and dismiss news coverage of the allegations as a left-wing conspiracy. Second, there is ample precedent in presidential politics (see Clinton, Bill, 1992, and McCain, John, 2008) of campaigns overcoming personal scandals by discrediting the women in question and the news organizations that cover them.

In the meantime, are some Republicans cooling on...

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