The smearing of Herman Cain


The potential US presidential candidate is the Republican Party frontrunner. Reader JM has linked to few articles via email (prod, prod), and the first thing that struck him – and me, TBH – is the lack of evidence, and I’m assuming with JM as well, a complete and utter lack of surprise at something that smacks of baseless, dirty politics.

Ann Coulter:

“To have been accused of sexual harassment in the 1990s is like having been accused … of being a witch in Massachusetts in the 1690s.”

Via the PJ Tatler, which continues.

Like many of us here at PJ Media and many Americans around the world, I’ve been mighty outraged — not surprised — merely outraged and infuriated at the lowball hardball the Democrats are stooping to play to rid President Obama of his most terrifying nightmare: Mr. Herman Cain as the Republican standard-bearer. Last night, I posted the following comments on Bryan Preston’s insightful Tatler blog on the despicable Democrat attack on Mr. Cain’s integrity:

What a pitiful excuse for a campaign tactic. Direct from the Chicago sewer system to a website and TV screen near you. There is no legal theory of which I’m aware under which a person who has received a settlement payment pursuant to a confidentiality agreement– signed freely by that person — can be ‘released’ from his or her obligations under the agreement. Is the alleged “accuser” planning to fork over the monetary settlement she accepted? Why do I doubt it?

LegalInsurrection:

Let’s sum up the “facts” as they are known right now. Mostly unnamed people accused Herman Cain of unspecified conduct which some people who will not specify the people or the conduct have deemed “inappropriate.” And one of the unnamed people received a piddly $35,000 severance package almost 15 years ago for unspecified conduct which included conduct unrelated to Cain.

That’s what’s known now. Maybe actual facts will come out proving that Cain did something wrong, but those facts are not out now.

Yes, Cain has botched his response – he had ten days to prepare for it – but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty.

Background: A couple of days ago Politico came out with a story about former female employees of Herman Cain alledging sexual (?) assualt.

UPDATE

Hate to say it but if he’s innocent, had ten days, and and still bodgied his response???

C,mon, Herb!

Gotta do better. Possible, very possible, but will it be done?

Give Dubya a call, the Herman Cain.

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    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • November 4th, 2011

    “Hate to say it but if he’s innocent, had ten days, and and still bodgied his response???”
    Response to what? The newsies at Politico haven’t released further details; so far the campaign is reacting based on what they think MIGHT have happened 15 years ago; the NRA is still apparently bound by non-disclosures; there’s a third accusation floating, but she never acted on her infringement; and so far Mr Cain has yet to acknowledge he stopped beating his wife. And everyone has an informed opinion based on deep legal study and comprehensive knowledge of the entire gamut of the ‘harassment industry’.

    I think the Cain campaign should stop answering any such questions, from any reporter, until there has been a clear and comprehensive legal-vetted packaged solution. And they should reduce all contact with “Politico” to written correspondence through a specified email address.

    For all my subdued admiration for plucky reporters, if they wish to piss on a candidate, the candidate should be encouraged to piss back.

    Cheers

    • Thanks for clearing that up. Being this early on, and the lack of any real story, it should blow over.

      Right?

    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • November 4th, 2011

    Remember? This was published about a month after the NY Times explained what a truly splendid person Sen McCain was, and how spiffy and happy they were to endorse him for the Republican nomination.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/us/politics/21mccain.html

    Cheers

    • TBH, I don’t… which maybe indicates the Cain story will indeed amount to precisely SFA when crunch time comes.

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