Skip to comments.Path to the nomination: Did Cainís end yesterday?
Posted on 11/01/2011 7:09:51 AM PDT by DBCJR
Herman Cain was in the center of a firestorm, largely of his own making, yesterday. He knew before he entered the presidential race that he had a sexual harassment settlement in his past. He knew, ever since Politico started questioning his campaign, that a story was afoot. He knew he had to get the story out quickly and truthfully. And yet, by the end of the day, the business executive peddling his leadership skills and know-how looked somewhat like the hapless PBS executive who eventually got ousted for screwing up the Juan Williams firing.
Iowans dont need to believe he is innocent of sexual harassment to vote for him. But they do need to trust him. Virtually everything that happened yesterday with regard to this issue served to damage his trustworthiness. Beyond the point of no return? Well find out.
This should serve as a warning to all the vanity candidates (i.e., those without experience who run essentially as celebrities) in this and future cycles: A presidential nomination process is brutal and serious stuff. If they think there is no downside to competing, they are wrong. They may, at the end, come out diminished people, less respected and liked than when they went in.
Some people call this unfair and harmful to our political process. I disagree. If unserious and ill-prepared candidates try to take the voters for a ride, dont bother to understand the issues or even their own weaknesses, they pretty much get what they deserve. And if voters bury their heads in the sand and vote for them anyway, they deserve what follows as well.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
A similar thing happened to Clarence Thomas. Old, unproven allegations resurfaced with a vengeance.
Juan Williams, a black Democrat political analyst, recalls the Thomas witch hunt saying how vicious they were. He worked at an agency and was contacted during that search for dirt.
Liberal attacks against all conservative black men is, in fact, racist. Such action unveils the old fashion prejudice of days gone by that black men cannot control their sexual urges. Such a notion was at the core of some of the most heinous lynchings of black men for white rapes.
We see this same despicable dual standard and scapegoating in white Bill Clinton getting a pass, "It's only sex."
Liberals are the racists, not only seeing black men as animals incapable of controlling their passions, but viewing blacks as incapable of competing on a level playing field as evidenced by Affirmative Action.
Holding blacks down and keeping them dependent, "on the plantation", is necessary for Liberals to maintain their coalition of power. Herman Cain, as a successful, self-made businessman, represents a major threat to that Liberal coalition.
We’ve been down this road before...
The Post is thinking wishfully, as usual.
One can question whether or not Cain ever really had a path to the nomination. But his poor handling of the charges didn’t help his case at all.
Isn't that cute?
BTW..she's NO conservative..have you ever seen a pic of her. NOT attractive...Conservative women are all gorgeous..
Bias, media is thy name.
I can recall two quotes from Larry Elder’s “The Ten Things You Can’t Say In America:
“Blacks are more racist than Whites”
“White Condescension is Worse than Black Racism”
This is all to trumped up but THIS from the WaPo article make me laugh
“If unserious and ill-prepared candidates try to take the voters for a ride, dont bother to understand the issues or even their own weaknesses, they pretty much get what they deserve. And if voters bury their heads in the sand and vote for them anyway, they deserve what follows as well.”
THAT describes the vile POS 0dumbo to a T
Kind of explains Zero being elected....
I also think Cain will not lose a single existing supporter over this. Will anyone remember this in 63 days? I am not so sure. Memories are short.
This may give large donors pause, but I am not sure Cain has many of those anyway.
They really fear Herman Cain.
Too bad Mr. Cain caused himself minor damage yesterday. Early on Fox, he had no idea about settlements, or the specific complaint. Later on Fox, he had details. Just not well played.
Absolutely excellent that the MSM is asking itself if its own tactics worked yesterday. Too bad Mr. Cain didn’t snort coke while exposing himself to an intern in the Oval Office then driving her and dumping her body into a drainage canal. Then I guess he’d be “cool”.
If the GOP doesn’t figure out a way to harness this incident into a teachable moment, they are absolute morons.
My concern is that this didn’t come from Democrats.
I watched Herman on Greta last night, he was 100% open and honest. This article is used toilet paper.
also watched the politico “reporter” on CNN. He was being so sneaky and evasive, even Anderson Cooper was reacting to the refusal to answer questions.
For example, Politico will not state the details of the complaints, probably because they were as ridiculous as the one Cain revealed.
Those jungle bunnies just can’t keep there junk in their pants, can they Jennifer Rubin? Thank heavens the civilized world has you and the fair-skinned boys at Politico to keep these animals in their place.
Yeah, his nomination is over. I think I’ll send him another hundred bucks anyway... just because you’re starting to piss me off.
Nope, they probably just guaranteed him the nomination.
The smear merchants have no clue what they have unleashed with these lying scumbag attacks.
You are really an awful person to be believing that only attractive woman deserve to be conservatives.
Re-read the post. IT can help you think straight.
Cain is a good guy. But, he is so underprepared for the campaign. His bumbling all day yesterday is the bigger issue. And, the author is making that point.
We’ll remember in 63 days, because it will be repeated over and over in every story about Cain by the leftist media and Rove regardless of the validity . Just like Rove is still bringing up minor flaps about Cain from 5 months ago while ignoring Romney’s disastrous turn against the Ohio Republican union bill and his flip/flop/flip on global warming.
The DC beltway media is so predictable, but unfortunately also can be quite effective.
This will become a full-time drama in which, at best, Cain may be thought to be an incompetent crisis manager and, at worst, a creep and a liar
Yawn. If the libs at the WaPo think they’re gonna pick my candidate for me, they’re quite mistaken.
Cain handled these fraudulent accusations masterfully. The smearbots so overplayed their hand on this and it is biting them big time
Sorry the facts hurt your feelings for your candidate but the facts don't change just because they do not validate your feelings.
Try actually looking around at what is going on. There is a huge upswing of support for Cain on the right from Sean Hannity to Rush Limbaugh.
During the day yesterday, as things developed, he apparently tried to reconstruct what had happened in his mind and the story developed accordingly.
No damage done.
WaPo, I’ve got four words for you: Bill Clinton, John Edwards.
Glad to know that you feel that rumored sexual innuendoes outdo Lewinski jobs/and a paid off rape accusation on Clinton, and a mistress-child for Edwards.
Your dog not only fails to bite, it cann’t even bark.
put some ice on it
For 0bama, I think most of his voters had their head buried somewhere else...
To Cain’s supporters, these scurrilous charges are a transparent smear. The concern has to be how they affect his electability in the general population.
The Post is loading its cannons for the possibility that Cain will get the GOP nomination. If they are worried about floundering, week-kneed “leaders,” they need look no further than the champion they endorsed for the White House.
What happened yesterday, is that I was motived to put a Cain bumper sticker on my car first thing this morning. Literally.
This sort of crap doesn’t work anymore.
In fact, it’s counter-productive for the left.
Go Cain! :D
No, but Romney’s ended in 2008.
No what has happend is the slime merchants like you, and the rest of the GOPbot media, have been exposed. Take a look around.
This is biting you smear clowns right on the butt. Everyone from Sean Hannity to Rush Limbaugh spend time every day attack YOUR clown behavior and defending Cain.
This is so destroying you GOP smear bots.
Listening to the radio right now (WMAL) and a caller saying that she sent him a donation yesterday. She says the accusations are ridiculous.
I don’t think Herman has to worry. This is backfiring on whoever started it.
..ask Justice Thomas...
Nice you have feelings. Please stop stating your emotion based feelings as facts. That is utterly chilidsh.
Try actually making a case FOR your candidate for once instead of posting silly personal attacks at Cain.
His campaign received double the contributions it normally does yesterday. I suspect people see this for the hatchet job it is and his hesitation a natural response to the gag order he and the purported victims are under.
I think she was the one on Hugh Hewitt’s program yesterday. They were giddy with the possibility of a potential Cain meltdown.
I disagree. Experience tells us that the more you get bogged down in answering allegations the greater the “Tar Baby” effect. Obama had serious questions raised in his campaign and simply laughed them off as beneath him to respond. It worked. Of course, MSM was on his side, too.
I think she’s right, and as you say, it was true in the case of Obama, too. But much depends on the will of the press to make an issue of things, and in the case of Obama, they covered for him.
That said, one thing that Obama had a lot of experience at was politics. Not governing, not legislating, simply politics and running for office. So he knew how to ride things out, how to deflect things, and probabably also how to silence the opposition (he learned the game in Chicago, after all).
Cain has no political experience, except one failed run for office, and that is the thing that is showing. He had three weeks to do something about this, or at least to get his story straight, and he didn’t. To me, that says he probably reads FR and believes he can do no wrong. To believe his own publicity is a dangerous thing for any candidate, and if Cain wants to remain in the race, he’s got to be more objective and professionalize a bit. Maybe he needs to hire new managers or something.
I wish I knew of a technology which would allow me to “unsee” certain images.
Nice attempt at perpetuating the smear.
Cain was asked a question at a morning interview, he answered it. He was asked again at an evening interview at which he had more information. He did not “change his story” as you smearbots claim, he had more information at the 2nd interview.
So how about you try making a case for your candidate for a change instead of posting lying smears about the other candidates?
>>You are really an awful person to be believing that only attractive woman deserve to be conservatives.<<
Ken didn’t say that. He said all conservative women are beautiful, because beauty is not on the outside. It comes from within.
Indianrightwinger, don’t read into other’s posts what isn’t there.
From a “matronly but beautiful conservative”
Where’d you get your bumper sticker. I want one!
Nope, they probably just guaranteed him the nomination.
You smear merchants have no clue what you have unleashed in Conservative cirles with these lying scumbag attacks
But, but, but there are some concerned FReepers here saying this is the end of the Cain Train? How can this be? It is going to backfire on those smear merchants.
Pray for America
Jennifer Rubin presents the liberal slant: voters will vote for a person who engages in sexual misconduct (i.e.,g Bill Clinton), but not somebody who is evasive about it (as though Clinton’s evasions didn’t count after he was caught).
We cannot be hypocrites. We have to have our standards. If Herman Cain engaged in sexual misconduct, sexual assault (to include rape) and abuse of power, the way Bill Clinton did while Governor and while President, we cannot support him. On the other hand, if what we have are different sexual mores in the workplace, nothing objectively wrong. If, supposing he was informed that something he did was offensive, he apologized and didn’t persist in the behavior, then this would speak well about him, not badly.
OK. Thanks! Although, the subsequent posting of Jennifer Rubin’s picture and claiming that how she looks proves she is a liberal does sound pretty awful to me.
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