Political candidates are nowhere until their ethics are challenged, their morals are questioned, or their character is assassinated. No one can be considered a viable candidate for elected office until they’re targeted for destruction. Judging from this week’s news, Herman Cain has arrived.

A story that began with two women alleging “inappropriate behavior” has grown to include a third woman, female staffers from a conservative talk radio show in Iowa, and hush money from the National Restaurant Association. Yet the details about what occurred, if anything, have thus far been silenced, if they’re known at all. With each “revelation” the Cain saga seems more and more like Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings.

If you’ll recall, Anita Hill offered no credible evidence of “inappropriate behavior” on the part of Thomas. It was a case of “she said” so “he did.” The seriousness of the charge trumped the nature of the evidence. But at least we knew the accusations against Thomas, and his accuser. All we know about Cain is that anonymous women once accused him of misconduct, which could mean anything from a passing compliment, to a wink, to a grope.

No claim against Cain has, as yet, become public. But the lack of details hasn’t prevented the media — namely Politico — from running with the story. Funny how the public’s need to know is quickly served whenever scandal descends on a conservative, especially when that conservative’s popularity has been steadily rising.

The media had little interest in Bill Clinton’s sordid and sundry escapades. Juanita Broaddrick was treated like a stalker, Paula Jones was dismissed as trailer trash, and media outlets had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Lewinsky affair. Reporters and anchors marveled at Clinton’s uncanny aptitude for misrepresentation. The dominant media also ignored John Edwards, at least until the National Enquirer broke Edwards’ sleazy story and it grew too big to cover-up.

Not even the civil rights activists will come to Cain’s defense; he’ll have to exercise his demons alone. If he were a proper black man, one firmly planted on the leftist plantation, he could play the race card. But as a black conservative, Cain isn’t black enough to charge racism. He’s fair game. Assassinating a conservative’s character is always in season, regardless of their race.

I’m not necessarily defending Herman Cain’s innocence or endorsing his candidacy. But he does exhibit some likable qualities. For example, he’s a Washington outsider without political experience. We need another politician with experience in creating trillion dollar deficits and multi-trillion dollar debt like Eliot Spitzer needs a dose of Cialis.

¬†Everyone has skeletons in their closet. A political candidate’s skeletons are held in reserve until said candidate gains momentum. There’s simply no need to waste time and effort demeaning an also-ran. The fact that Herman Cain is the eye of a media storm means he’s now considered a viable candidate.

Comments

  • Troy La Mana

    This woman is being represented by Allred, nuff said.

    If what she says is true then she needs to press charges, otherwise it’s just another liberal smear campaign.

  • Poppie

    FNC just announced a press conference at 1:30 EST with Gloria Allred and a 4th woman accusing Mr. Cain of some sort of misdoing

    • Alaina

      I’m so tired of this story… Anyone who hires Allred is just looking for publicity.

      • Rob

        Probably. Doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

        • Alaina

          Doesn’t mean it is either… We’ll see what she has to say

          • Rob

            Sounds pretty slimy from the description. Cain’s just another sleazebag. Hopefully people will be smart enough to sink him and his bad policies.

            • Alaina

              Did you watch the press conference? The lady was smiling, giggling and flipping her hair the whole time (partially because she styled it to cover half her face. Maybe it did happen, but she looked like all she wanted was publicity… Plus, apparently Allread has been knocking down doors since the story broke to find someone to come forward.
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              I thought there were a things about her story that threw up flags..
              1. She had recently been fired from the NRA for not doing a good enough job. The statement Allred read made it sound like it was wrongful termination. This lady could have been upset about that made up the story
              2. The scenario she described sounded somewhat physically difficult/akward to do in a car. He put his hand up her skirt and then tried to pull her head down toward him? Wouldn’t his arm get in the way? Why would he do that in the car 1/2 a block from the NRA office instead of trying it at the hotel? Didn’t they meet in the hotel bar to begin with?
              3. Her demeanor just seemed inappropriate for the situation.
              4. In this type of situation, when it’s a press conference and not a situation where it is likely that they have to go to trial, lawyers have to do minimal due diligence.
              5. If this supposedly happened 14 years ago, isnt it likely that she was pregnant at the time?
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              If she had come out last week, had a different lawyer and acted more appropriately, I would have been more inclined to believe her.
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              If he did sexually harass any of these women, I hope we find out soon. I just haven’t heard anything that has convinced me to this point. My primary concern with him remains to be his repeated missteps in answering questions and handling this situation.

  • Alaina

    I’m still shocked that there aren’t any details… Even the woman that was given the partial release of the gag order wouldn’t come forward… Strange… I just hope someone didn’t pay her off to wait until the general election if Cain gets the nomination…
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    I don’t know… Just a thought…

  • Troy La Mana

    If this is their best shot then the Cain campaign will continue to lead the pack rounding turn two.

  • Gary Russell

    I imagine Cain is beginning to know what Winston Churchill had in mind when he said,
    “There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.”

    • Brian H

      My concern is with Cain shooting himself……in the foot.

  • Brian H

    A good post, Anthony.
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    No doubt there was, is, and will be a media double standard. Whether it be sexual in nature or exercising one’s freedom of speech (Tea Party) the media will undoubtedly and predictably bite their tongues when it is someone on the left and will scream from the rooftops when it pertains to someone on the right.
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    The glaring hypocrisy is not unnoticed by the majority of coherent thinking Americans. This is why liberals still have trouble winning elections even with the help of their media darlings.