“Republicans want to root for him. He’s kind of a folk hero. But in the end, you’re going to have a lot of voters politely excuse themselves from the conversation and go to other candidates, because realistically he shouldn’t be president of the United States,” said California-based GOP strategist Rob Stutzman…

Navarro said it helps Cain that most of the other candidates “actually like him” and that there are still “no names or faces” attached to the harassment settlements. But she said he would be doomed in a general election: “The Obama folks have to be salivating at the thought of going up against a guy with these sorts of skeletons now partially out of the closet and who does not know things like that China has nuclear capabilities.”…

Most Democrats won’t say exactly that, but they freely acknowledge that they’ve done almost nothing to make Cain’s life more difficult over the past week. Party strategists have made plain that they consider attacking Cain the political equivalent of bayoneting the dead…

“From our standpoint, to be totally honest with you, Herman Cain is doing our job for us,” Matsdorf said. “If our job is to highlight Republicans’ flip-flops or missteps – he’s doing it himself, so there’s not a lot of room for us to do anything even if we wanted to.”