Sex, Smears, Speculation – Herman Cain Stumbles
Or is it, “bumbles”? Or is it, “about to tumble?”
You know what? I was once a big Cain supporter, back when he was still fairly low in the polls. I forget what it was that he did that turned me off, but I haven’t found a reason to go back.
I don’t dislike the man at all, I just felt that he didn’t have it together enough for the run. And I mean geez, it’s not as though the whole “running for President” thing just snuck up on him, and he didn’t have time to prepare.
So now we have all the latest revelations about some ladies, and our gent disagreeing about proper deportment – which apparently occurred back in 1999. Do you notice that I do not say “allegedly”?
Rush Limbaugh needs to hear this part: I do not say “allegedly” because the complaints did happen, the settlements were made. What actually occurred between Cain and those women is truly only known to them – unless there were credible witnesses.
Why did I mention Rush? Because he has devoted the past couple of days to trying to distill this issue down to a stupid-simple, “Well, of course he (Cain) couldn’t talk about it, he signed a “confidentially agreement”.
That supposedly explains why Cain’s camp first came out with the flat denial of such complaints and settlements. Right? And they did it TEN FRICKEN DAYS after they got the heads up that this was coming out.
Cain’s campaign, which Politico says declined on multiple occasions over the past 10 days to directly address the allegations prior to the story’s publication, scrambled Sunday evening to deflect – and then deny – the report, spinning it as a politically-motivated attack aimed at marginalizing the candidate.
“Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,” the campaign said in a statement. “Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before – a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics.”
That statement appeared to avoid directly denying the report, something a number of outlets – including Politico and The Daily Beast – quickly pointed out. But in a follow-up interview with the Associated Press, Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon went one step further, answering “yes” when asked explicitly whether the campaign was denying the report.
Gordon told Politico prior to the publication of its story that Cain was “vaguely familiar” with the allegations and that the trade group’s lawyers had resolved the matter.
Cain should have manned up, as any savvy, well educated, gentleman of good character would do. He should have addressed it honestly and forthrightly, and simply. My answer to Rush; Cain could have spoken out and explained that the two settlements were known to him, but that since the parties all signed the confidentially agreements, he was unable to discuss particulars. Also, that he could state that the claims were found to be baseless.
Is that so damn difficult? I don’t think it is. Yet when a caller on Rush’s show tried to make the point that what really has conservatives upset, is that Cain has this whole “evolving” storyline thing going on. Rush launched back into the weak meme that it was “probably” because of the confidentially agreement. No, Rush, it isn’t. You see, it seemed clear that Rush simply wasn’t up to speed on all of the layers of this particular onion.
Had Cain settled on a particular version of the story, and stuck with it, things would have been fine for him. Unfortunately, Cain is his own worst enemy. The way I see it is that Rush, Hannity and Savage are giving Cain a pass – because the press release is a political style attack. What they brush aside is that Cains response and subsequent actions are terribly problematic, dishonest and not the action of the kind of man we have though Cain to be. So, politically motivated attack it may well be, but just because Cain is a really nice man, and very likable, we can’t just give him a pass when he mishandles something so badly. Because, yes, it is a look into how he might handle things were he elected. Politician or not, Cain’s character is the focus.
Here is the reason Cain gave for the shifting sands of his many hued responses to the questions about this harassment revelation:
Herman Cain says that the reason his story continued to change throughout a series of media appearances Monday was that he was able to “gradually recall” the details of what happened.
*sigh* So having ten days prior to the story going to print was not sufficient for his recollection process, but he was able to recall more and more over the 48 hours after the story hit? This is the sort of thing that Rush’s caller was talking about.
There was the playing of the race card, and then the cherry on top, blame Rick Perry. Oh, they didn’t just suggest – they accused Perry outright. Even called Perry despicable.
Cain on Wednesday began blaming Perry’s campaign for being the ones to provide Politico with the tip behind its investigative story that uncovered the sexual harassment claims against Cain. (According to the Georgia business man, he had briefed Curt Anderson, who at the time was one of his advisers but now is part of Team Perry, on the existence of the accusations in the past.)
“We now know and have been able to trace it back to the Perry campaign that stirred this up, in order to discredit me and slow us down,” Cain reportedly told supporters by phone Wednesday evening, shortly after his campaign began floating the possibility to a number of media outlets.
I just heard Cain tell Hannity that the bread crumbs lead to Perry releasing the info to Politico. This after he said that he thinks he told Curt Anderson about his harassment “problems” back in 2004 when he made a run for office. Curt Anderson states that Cain never revealed that information to him. Cain’s statements about it on the Hannity show were………odd. Some jumble about how” that shows how people can misremember things, but that he was pretty sure he told Anderson.”
Here is a rough and tumble breakdown from RedState on the accusations against Perry:
The Cain Campaign has made it official. It believes the Rick Perry campaign is behind the allegations about the women. This is stupid, if not retarded, for a number of reasons, chief among them is that if the Cain campaign believes Curt Anderson is responsible (something Anderson denies even to the Politico, which would give the Politico reason to out him if it were him, and they have not done so), then the Cain campaign has known about these accusations since the campaign started and still bungled the response.
Bizarrely, by the end of the day, the Cain camp was not only blaming Rick Perry, but sources close to Cain were claiming the Democratic Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, relayed the story to the Perry campaign, though somehow Curt Anderson is also involved. Huh?
(update) Well now, someone should get this out to Rushbo – I just heard Cain state that he PERSONALLY DID NOT SIGN A CONFIDENTIALLY AGREEMENT.
This is making my head ache. But wait, there’s more.
Adding to the ongoing Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy, two sources have now confirmed to PJ Media that a female employee of the National Restaurant Association told associates she had been brought by Mr. Cain to his Crystal City, Virginia residence where she alleged “he had taken advantage of me.”
According to both sources, Mr. Cain and the woman had been with a large group for a long evening of food and drink at the Ciao Baby Cucina, a restaurant near NRA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. This was a normal routine, as the trade association worked with the food and beverage industry. Afterwards, Mr. Cain allegedly took the woman by taxi to his apartment, where she spent the night and woke up in his bed.
I wonder………………..the timing seems about right……………………
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