Many right-of-center writers have made the argument that all the allegations against Herman Cain makes it politically hazardous for the GOP to nominate the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO.
I agree. It would be tough to defend Cain against numerous sexual harassment charges. But are we really dealing with a candidate with a zipper problem?
Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.
So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.
Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).
The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain’s short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he’s alleged to have been a sexual predator.
After O’Grady’s name surfaced in connection with the miraculous appearance of Cain’s personnel files from the NRA, she issued a Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them — by vigorously denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)
And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we’ve suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of … Chicago.
Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.
Read the rest. Coulter lays out Team Barry’s long sordid history of dirty tactics.
Ann Coulter understands what David Axelrod knows on an instinctive level and what many conservatives sadly will never get through their thick skulls: “He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.” All we have here is the latest iteration of the Obama-Alinsky strategy for dispatching inconvenient people who get in the way of Affirmative Action Barry’s political aspirations.
So how have some righties reacted to what is obviously a hatchet-job orchestrated by the Windy City’s most notorious tub of bile?
Ummmm, not as well as one would hope.
Well, after Bialek, the allegations against Cain now have a face and a name. And again, they might be entirely false. But again, the allegations are succeeding in knocking the Cain campaign off of whatever game it once might have had, and any confidence that Herman Cain will be able to survive the Republican nomination contest–let alone a race against the veteran campaign squad that is bound and determined to get Barack Obama a second term in the White House–ought to be completely dissipated by now. Oh, I am sure that there remain some Cainiacs who hold out the last, desperate vestiges of hope that somehow, someway, their candidate will recover, Lazarus-like, capture the GOP nomination, and win the White House. But why should anyone put anymore stock into their tired, Baghdad Bobesque assurances that everything is all right, that the Cain campaign is walking on water (before turning it into wine), and that the former pizza executive has his opponents right where he wants them?
There may very well be more revelations about Cain’s behavior. This ride is not even close to being over yet. And I write that as someone who very much wants this ride to be over; we have serious economic policy, foreign policy, and national security issues to discuss in the run-up to the primaries, the caucuses, and the general election scheduled less than a year from today. Unfortunately, we are not talking about those issues, because of the soap opera that is Herman Cain’s Presidential campaign.
That last bit is the best.
Herman Cain is the target of a David Axelrod slime job. The Obama re-election campaign is dredging up every half-assed allegation they can find against the GOP candidate. They’re employing their ideological allies in the mainstream media to turn rumors and long settled complaints into front-page stories.
So of course, it’s Herman Cain’s fault that we’re not talking about the economic policy, foreign policy or national security issues.
Similarly, if it wasn’t for those pesky underage boys getting raped by Jerry Sandusky on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s watch, we could all focus on the Nittany Lion squad beating Nebraska on Saturday.
It’s amazing. Has Herman Cain spent the last 12 months bringing up any sex scandals involving Barack Obama? Has Herman Cain spent his entire campaign playing footsie with the Barack Obama birther issue? Has Herman Cain talked about Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn or Pastor Jeremiah Wright?
In fact, Herman Cain has been pretty good about pushing his ideas out to the public. All he’s done is talked about the serious issues that he cares about. Now he finds himself embroiled in a mess created by Obama’s campaign team and aided by their buddies in the left-wing media. What do some conservatives want to do? Blame the victim and toss him overboard at the first opportunity.
Why? Because Gloria Allred thinks it’s a good idea? Because David Gregory thinks Cain damages other Republicans? Because the media is making it tough? Is that the standard for judging candidates we’re going with now?
The truth is, it’s Obama–not Cain–that doesn’t want to talk about issues. Obama doesn’t want that because if the election comes down to a referendum on Barack’s record, he’ll lose. If you’re concerned that we’re not talking about America’s various problems, let’s start by laying the blame where it belongs, which is at the feet of the President and his minions instead of the guy who’s been focused on ideas from the get-go.
Here’s a question for all the Cain-haters who are using this moment of weakness to tear down the prominent GOP candidate: What happens when it’s your favorite candidate getting hammered by a Democrat Party and MSM tag-team ‘scandal’? Will you be there loudly clamoring for him or her to stand aside because the MSM says the person is no longer a viable candidate? Or will you expect the rest of the conservative movement to circle the wagons and defend your personal favorite?
Here’s how I think it’ll go down: “Herman Cain wasn’t a real candidate. He was only leading in national polls and gaining fundraising momentum, but he was never going to win. But Gingrich/Perry/Bachmann/Paul is the real deal, so pretty please defend my preferred candidate against this latest unfounded media-driven scandal.”
Yeah. I’ll get right on that.
What these folks don’t seem to get is that the Democrats and the MSM (but I repeat myself) are not going to be satisfied just taking out Herman Cain. Every scrap of innuendo, every half-hushed whisper, every stitch of gossip about all these candidates is being dug up by Obama’s opposition research team. If we let them, once they’re done with Cain Team Bamster will move on to the next GOP candidate that poses a threat to Obama’s re-election. They’ll float a story to their pals at the New York Times, MSNBC or Newsweek. Within days, the court stenographers in the MSM will dutifully report yet another half-fabricated pack of nonsense, all under the ruse that they’re just ‘vetting the candidate’.
If a guy like Herman Cain can’t expect to get even a little support from other conservatives, why don’t we just throw in the fucking towel, give the Left what they really want and nominate Mitt Romney right now? That way, when he loses in 2012, we can get ourselves all psyched up to nominate the next milquetoast establishmentarian compassionate conservative doucherocket in line for the 2016 race.
Look, if Herman Cain truly is a serial sexual creep, then it’s over for him. But so far what evidence do we have here? His accusers just aren’t credible. Their stories don’t make sense. We’re left with unsubstantiated crap that should be at the bottom of Jonathan Martin’s garbage can instead of on the front page of Politico.
Here’s the other thing: Nobody is expecting Santorum supporters or Huntsman fans or anybody else to switch sides. If you support another candidate, feel free to continue to do so. But if you think you can build your dude up by using a left-wing hit job to tear Cain down, you’re just the guy feeding your buddies to an alligator in the hopes that the predator eats you last.