Skip to comments.Herman Cain is Reckless and Arrogant
Posted on 11/01/2011 7:53:42 PM PDT by bullypulpit
If you read between the lines of the various news reports about the Cain operation, the picture becomes clearer to me every day. The latest dust up about the sexual harassment of employees confirms it.
Leading up to the sex scandal, we had the clues. Now I know it to be so, that Herman Cain is an ass, and he's reckless.
The first clue came just after Cain placed poorly in the Iowa straw polls. We heard from disgruntled former Cain staffers:
Jim Zeiler, the regional field director who was one of the five disgruntled staffers who left, explained his decision with a devastating assessment of Cain, saying the candidate was more interested in jet-setting than running a campaign that incorporates traditional grass-roots techniques.
"Hes not inquisitive. He wants to be in front of the adoring crowds, but he doesnt seem to be interested in the issues," said Zeiler, a former regional field director for Cains campaign.
Mr. Zeiler was a disgruntled former staffer. This kind of tripe is expected in today's coarse society. No one gets asked to leave, or quits in anger, without throwing the former boss under the bus. If you've ever employed people, you know this. A good friend of mine, an employer in the retail industry, told me that his strategy when interviewing potential new hires is to ask himself "How long will it be before this person screws me," not if he/she will screw me. The "screw" is inevitable.
So, it's easy to dismiss this accusation as the disgruntled ex-employee getting his last jab. The "screw."
Since Cain staffer Jim Zeiler has left, however, we have seen how Herman Cain isn't very sharp on the issues. He certainly isnt 'presidential material smart.' I only posted five gaffes here. I have 10-20 more. Electric fences, anyone? Do you think he's serious about learning the issues? I don't. My radar was still searching, though.
Next, we hear that Herman Cain doesn't want staffers to speak to him unless those staffers are spoken to them by Cain first. Apparently this rule is enforced when staffers are chauffeuring the candidate around. The New York Times sources that accusation from an intercepted email in the reporter's hands that originated from campaign leadership. Was it from "The Smoking Man"?
For goodness sake, the poor drivers for Cain are probably star-struck young interns or volunteers. Do barely paid, or volunteer campaign workers deserve to be treated that way?
To be fair, Cain explained that he does tell people driving him to shut up when he's preparing for a speech. In this Right Scoop video, he's all chuckles about it. I thought that it was reasonable. Maybe. My radar was honing in, though.
I re-read the Times article tonight, in light of the sex scandal. The article details more arrogant behavior.
Does this sound like someone who should be leading in the GOP nomination polls?
After all of the staff revelations, we now have the sex scandal. Viewing the scandal in a vacuum, it's easy to run to Cain's defense. My initial reaction was that this was Clearance Thomas 2.0, and we cannot let this stand. This is Herman Cain, a conservative black man deserving of our support against the evil marauders in the mainstream media.
However, when viewed through the prism of earlier reports of Cain's egomaniacal behavior, the sex scandal makes perfect sense. My radar locked on.
Cain is arrogant and reckless. He mistreats people working for him. Why would not Cain's penchant for employee mistreatment also include sexual harassment? This is especially true of the powerful, arrogant CEO versus the weak, insignificant female employees.
What is more, regardless of Cain's waffling denials of the sex scandal's ingredients, there are not one, but two incidents. One would think that a powerful, calculating CEO would figure out what went wrong the first time, and avoid a second accusation.
Two accusations reinforces my point, that Cain is arrogant and reckless. He doesn't believe the rules apply to him. Why not invite a young employee to his hotel room?
Radar locked. Fox One!
Herman Cain is not ready to be our Republican standard bearer.
Too bad for everyone else, he’s lapping the field at this point. He is heads and above everyone in the race but possibly newt.
Cain or Perry?
Is the reason that Herman Cain cannot be the nominee is he is not from the Eastern and Washington Establishment ? Obama is definitely the Eastern Establishment. The only other person that wasn’t part of the establishment and was witch hunted was Ronald Reagan and he was the best POTUS we had !
The one person who’s DEFINED “Reckless and Arrogant” is Perry, and we’re still PO’d with his Heartless comment, and his attitude that HE KNOWS BETTER than 75% of AMERICANS and therefore we should coddle Illegals, and likely give them Amnesty, if he ever got into office.
Sort of like Slick Willie and Barack the Kenyan?
Too bad your guy can’t debate. Seems like we’re all screwed.
Ya think Perry’s camp gave Politico the alleged sexual harassment story, as a desperate “Hail Mary”, going into Iowa?
Not a lot of people seem to be offended by the hatchet job that has been done on Perry.
Not a lot of people seem to be offended by the hatchet job that has been done on Perry.
I don’t agree with all of this article, but Mr Cain has received a different level of scrutiny than Mr Perry.
This is not even remotely close to a sex scandal.
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It is hard to be offended at a self-inflicted hatchet job.
Mr Cain couldn’t even deny the harassment suit for 24 hours even though he was aware of it for 20 years.
There are chinks in the armor appearing.
According to the October 2011 FEC report for ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT INC. a gentlemen named Steven C. Anderson gave $1,000.00 on July 14, 2011. FEC search function here.
Steven C. Anderson is the same gentlemen who took over the helm as Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association (after a brief intermission) upon Herman Cain's departure in 1999. As CEO it is highly likely he would have been privy to details of litigation and threats about litigation from the immediately previous tenure of Herman Cain.
There is little more than a coincidence between the support for Mitt Romney and the likelihood that Mr. Anderson knows the background of the sexual harassment threats.
No one had to make up how moronic he was at the debates, or how pathetic (and revealing about his own beliefs) his line was about all of us being "heartless".
But Perry isn’t? This Texan has one thing to say, “Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!”
My gut feeling is that it more likely came from the Romney campaign.
As far as this ‘scandal’ countless people are on record saying this hot job is ridiculous and not how he behaved, and it is becoming more and more obvious that this was a disgruntled employee who got a minimal payoff much cheaper than litigation would have cost. There is no there there.
If perry folks want perry to win, they need to focus on their guy, not the others. I had high hopes for perry, but he withered on the big stage. It will take a huge turn around on his part to win this race, not supporters tearing down conservatives.
Amen to that. Perry is the arrogant ass, with a brain the size of a pea. Obama could debate him asleep. Pathetic.
Wondering what the sex scandal is...have only heard that any claims made over 12 years ago were the subject of confidentiality agreements, so the fact that they are out in the public means that someone is either making it up or they have violated the agreement.
Maybe the author could fill in some details.
Rick who? Oh that guy who is polling in 4th or 5th place? Was he the Governor of Utah?
Perry just shot himself in the foot with this attack. I’m really beginning to dislike Perry and this isn’t helping his cause at all.
Ok by me, but I'm more of an alligator/moat type of guy. Plus a brick wall from Tijuana to El Paso, using illegals as slave labor to build it before unceremoniously dumping them over on the other side. Admittedly "heartless", but what the hell.
Wow, what a heartless article.
There are more coming down the tubes on Cain...so his supporters better be prepared.
No one likes to be passed over for a job. But someone always is. Usually many people are. Using their sour grapes as "EVIDENCE" is just silly and amateurish. And btw, going to a meet-and-greet for a handful of people likely to give you $1000 a piece is simply not worth Cain's time at this stage. Cain raised $650,000 online since Monday morning. Get it?
If open borders Perry believes that accusations made decades ago should pull Cain down to his level in the eyes of the voters then I’ll tell you what;
Let the two of them prepare their positions for three days and debate them before the public.
I’ll watch the show.
It truly breaks my heart to see rick perry divide the populace of the great state of Texas.
I really thought Texas was on the right track.
It must be the "Dirty Tricks" of Karl Rove.
Slowly and precisely Newt is coming along.
He Made ONE heartless comment that I disagree with.
All the rest of it has been fine with me.
10th amendment rights, limited Federal Gov,Independent energy, cheap energy, jobs,strong border,strong America,Lower taxes on business.......
You're in on it, obviously.
Well, Mr Cain seems to be searching for legal legs at the moment.
Rick Perry reminds me of a log. Well, that’s not altogether accurate; a log is more exciting.
I’ve yet to see Perry form a cogent thought at these debates. Guess that’s why this “open borders” dope is opting out of future debates. I’ll take Cain over Perry any day of the week.
Sorry, but Perry sounds like W’s Mini Me.
I'll put up with it when it's a Democrat, but the GOP Candidate! Come on! Not during this election! There is too much at stake!
Sad this all boils down to a Romney nomination, because is not quick in a debate.
I think you are right....he’s got the deep pockets.
“It’s about time someone on Free Republic has the gonads to tell it like it is. The Herman Cain campaign is starting to resemble the storyline of the great Robert Earl Keen’s song, “Mr. Wolf and Momma Bear.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to it here. “
Perry is a walking disaster and does not even deserve a consideration for President.
He is not a real conservative and he is a puppet of his big money donors.
Stop attacking other candidates to try to prop up the disaster that is Rick Perry.
NO MORE TEXAS REPUBLICANS FOR PRESIDENT! They are NOT real conservatives.
Bennett is calling on the association to waive the agreement so the woman, a federal worker living in suburban Maryland, can rebut Cains statements this week that the allegations were false and baseless.
It is just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement, Bennett said in an interview. The National Restaurant Association ought to release them and allow them to respond.
On Fox News on Tuesday, Cain declined to say whether he thinks the nondisclosure agreement should be lifted, saying he is consulting with a lawyer about the possible legal implications. In a statement, the restaurant association said that it had not been approached by Bennett but that it would respond as appropriate.
I will post until Free Republic has so much truth about the Cain character that your eyes bleed. This is MY COUNTRY TOO. Dammit. And Cain is a DISASTER waiting to happen to it. We cannot survive another OJT disaster.
The Rick Perry Report doesn’t like Herman Cain??
Hello stranger. I haven’t seen your name in these forums for a long time.
It’s about time someone on Free Republic has the gonads to tell it like it is.
Arrogance will get you know where in my book and probably a lot of others on FR feel the same.
As opposed to a poor white family?
Perry was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth like Mitty or Obongo
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