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We were wrong about Herman Cain and sexual harassment
http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 11/4/2011 | By Alexandra Petri

Posted on 11/04/2011 6:26:08 PM PDT by Maelstorm

Maybe we were reading these sexual harassment allegations wrong.

They don’t seem to have hurt Cain at all. If anything, they’ve made him stronger. A Washington Post-ABC Poll found him still nearly tied with Romney in the polls — even after the allegations made news!

The Monday after they surfaced was a banner day for fundraising Cain. More than a million dollars of donations reportedly poured in. Maybe the Rick Perry staffer who so cleverly traveled back to the past to seed these allegations more than a decade ago should have thought harder. So far, they seem to be having the opposite of their expected effect.

“We were worried that ‘sexual harassment’ might be going too far,” someone murmurs in a bunker. “It’s a touchy subject. It’s not as clear-cut as an affair. It’s like pornography — you know it when you see it, and you try to keep it out of the office. But it turns out people enjoy a salacious sideline to their daily barrage of 2012 news.”

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'Oh My this is uncomfortable' -Karl Rove
1 posted on 11/04/2011 6:26:09 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm
...Maybe we were reading these sexual harassment allegations wrong. They don’t seem to have hurt Cain at all...

You can thank Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton for that.

2 posted on 11/04/2011 6:29:14 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Maelstorm

Who is the female impersonator with Rove?


3 posted on 11/04/2011 6:30:24 PM PDT by ptsal
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To: Maelstorm

WaPo combines incoherent half-apology (mostly for the failure of the tried-and-true lynch-mob strategem) with attempt to shift the focus to the unnamed, probably fictional “Perry staffer”...

Now, that’s FUNNY!!!!!


4 posted on 11/04/2011 6:31:22 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Maelstorm
WP is complicit as the rest of the MSM.
5 posted on 11/04/2011 6:32:03 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Maelstorm
Maybe we were reading these sexual harassment allegations wrong. They don’t seem to have hurt Cain at all. If anything, they’ve made him stronger.


6 posted on 11/04/2011 6:32:06 PM PDT by South40 (Heartless since 1957)
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To: Maelstorm
The money quote, the rick perry staffer that traveled back into the past to feed these allegations. Mr Wilson, the perry pollster, said he was there he saw it, what a dirt bag.
7 posted on 11/04/2011 6:33:51 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Maelstorm
...But it turns out people enjoy a salacious sideline to their daily barrage of 2012 news.

Maybe people really just think you're full of $hit?

8 posted on 11/04/2011 6:34:50 PM PDT by papertyger (What has islam ever accomplished that treacherous, opportunistic, brutality couldn't do on its own?)
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To: Maelstorm

I really think this has the bitter, defeated tone of somebody staring into the bottom of a glass in an empty bar at closing time.


9 posted on 11/04/2011 6:34:51 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: ptsal

Just some lady. I don’t know. I just did a google and it looked amusing to me.


10 posted on 11/04/2011 6:34:58 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Uncle Ike
That was a poorly constructed attempt at sarcasm regarding the Cain camp's speculations that the smear began with Perry.
11 posted on 11/04/2011 6:35:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Uncle Ike

He is not fictional, here is his statement: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2801469/posts


12 posted on 11/04/2011 6:36:45 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
There was only one perry person that said he was there and this story would end Cain.
13 posted on 11/04/2011 6:38:40 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Maelstorm

uh duh.


14 posted on 11/04/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT by ken21
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To: South40

"Stay away from Cain, Sean! Cain's damaged goods! LISTEN TO ME!!! I'm the architect! I'm relevant, dammit!"


15 posted on 11/04/2011 6:39:03 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: jiggyboy

Actually, with not too much work, this could be the script for one of those “Hitler” parodies.


16 posted on 11/04/2011 6:39:31 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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17 posted on 11/04/2011 6:40:51 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: org.whodat

Yeah I thought that was really low though I don’t really believe Perry helped release the allegations at all. I believe that given the information that was referred to in the original politico report it almost certainly came from inside the Restaurant Association. Politico referenced the allegations as if they had copies of the actual aggreement.
My suggestions from the beginning was to target the Restuarant Association because their are fairly strict laws concerning release of such employee related information.

Now we know that Cain did not even sign the aggrement where a settlement was reached. I think someone realized that this scandal was going to blow back hard if the details ever really came out. Now all of a sudden the lady doesn’t really want to reopen all this. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Restuarant Association didn’t offer some more payolla.


18 posted on 11/04/2011 6:41:25 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Yeah and who had the candidate that had a DUI almost result in Al Gore being President? Some of us have long memories.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 6:42:38 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm
We were worried that ‘sexual harassment’ might be going too far,” someone murmurs in a bunker.

Hey! Have they made one of those "Hitler finds out about..." concerning the epic failure of the accusations against Cain yet?

20 posted on 11/04/2011 6:43:53 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: Maelstorm

Alexadra Petri

21 posted on 11/04/2011 6:45:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: org.whodat
Mr Wilson, the perry pollster, said he was there he saw it, what a dirt bag.

NOPE! He has denied that, but it was "reported" he was the source. Reported by Politico. Such an unimpeachable source. hee hee hee

22 posted on 11/04/2011 6:47:45 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Maelstorm.
...these sexual harassment allegations... don't seem to have hurt Cain at all. If anything, they've made him stronger... The Monday after they surfaced was a banner day for fundraising Cain. More than a million dollars of donations reportedly poured in.
Smear on aisle number one.


23 posted on 11/04/2011 6:47:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Maelstorm

ROFLOL, and your proof she ever talked to anyone is what. You have nothing, just more of the same empty statements, we know what wilson said, hell he even miss lead about his office in austin texas. Dummy just did not think anyone would get on to him so fast.


24 posted on 11/04/2011 6:49:13 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Texas Fossil
First shot, the Washington post does not like egg on the face, they will now go after the story sources.
25 posted on 11/04/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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3 Nov

In which I call Herman Cain the Sanjaya of the #GOP circuit http://t.co/oBBra39f
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26 posted on 11/04/2011 6:52:49 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: stormhill

They are going to be analyzing this one for a long time. They couldn’t understand Rick Scott either ‘butt butt medicare fraud!’. lmao It is so good to see the official propaganda squads being hoisted on their petards and the snide little twit frat boys on our side are almost as bad. They act all tough and then rush back into the arms of those they claim to oppose so they can yuck it up and claim stupid things like ‘hahahaha Cain is so stupid he didn’t know about Chinese nukes’ when ‘ha hahaha he worked plotting where Chinese nukes might strike America as a ballistics mathmatician for the Navy hahhaha’.

I understand the left but some of the people on ‘our side’ are just pathetic snide jerks. I was happy to see Ann Coulter defend Cain. I’d lost faith in her. She had become a charicature of herself. Like a conservative Bill Mahr but I liked seeing the old Ann show herself again.

Anyway I’m just glad my instincts were right on Cain because I was honestly worried. Not that we don’t have other candidates to pick from but I just kept getting visions of what happenned to Fred Thompson before the Iowa Caucuses. Where the Romney Camp used politico to leak a fake story that he would drop out.

Nice to see they’ve gamed the American people one too many times.


27 posted on 11/04/2011 6:54:17 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Restuarant Association didn’t offer some more payolla.

Now that is a real trip to Fantasyland! Just think about that statement for a millisecond. If she was just interested in the money, would she potentially have access to more money from the NRA or all of the fawning media outlets who would pay her to appear with her story, then the eventual book deal?

28 posted on 11/04/2011 6:56:48 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Maelstorm

Karl Rove has turned out to be a big disappointment for conservatives. He is about as relevant as Jerry Rivers.


29 posted on 11/04/2011 7:01:30 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

It is unfortunate because I believe he began essentially as a really good guy but some where along the line he became more about preserving his power especially after McCain lost and truthfully I do not see him entirely as ‘the enemy’ but you are right he is a disappointment. I don’t like it when I see him gang up on and feed the monster that is the political class.


30 posted on 11/04/2011 7:05:55 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: mazda77

That’s true but but it would mean she has to show her face and take the heat and you’d better believe there would be heat especially if her story wasn’t much different than the anonymous one. Easy money is better than fame. No one really wants to be the next Anita Hill.


31 posted on 11/04/2011 7:09:09 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: jiggyboy
"Actually, with not too much work, this could be the script for one of those “Hitler” parodies."

You are so right.

I wish I could give that a try. What software is required?

32 posted on 11/04/2011 7:11:13 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: jiggyboy
Sounds more like a lazy worker trying to give his new boss the slip.

We need to FIRE everysingle representative judicial, and executive govt official, TODAY for gross misconduct, if not for outright THEFT!

33 posted on 11/04/2011 7:11:56 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: rawcatslyentist
We need to FIRE everysingle representative judicial, and executive govt official, TODAY for gross misconduct, if not for outright THEFT!

Now THAT'S a plan 75% of the country can get behind.
34 posted on 11/04/2011 7:12:44 PM PDT by DTxAg
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To: org.whodat

I think you misunderstood I think Wilson is a scum bag now that doesn’t mean I believe Perry told him to go out there and feed the story. That is a very stupid move. There isn’t always conspiracy but if there is one it usually comes from those with access.


35 posted on 11/04/2011 7:13:10 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm

To show her face for how many millions? If that is such a horrible thing to have to quit working for a living and finding a nice little oceanfront villa in the Virgin Islands?

Gee that is really a tough existence.


36 posted on 11/04/2011 7:17:42 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Maelstorm
>"They act all tough and then rush back into the arms of those they claim to oppose"

The old We'll keep you in power if you keep us in power show. More people are starting to recognize "THE PLOT".

It's just acting folks.


I'm hoping Herman is the real deal. His past scares the woo hoo outta me. He was in "THE FED", the actual rulers of our nation.

37 posted on 11/04/2011 7:21:03 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Maelstorm

A smarmy EPIC FAIL for WaPo and Alexandra Petri.


38 posted on 11/04/2011 7:22:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: eyedigress

Karl Rove is NOT and HAS NEVER BEEN a conservative. Why do so many conservatives latch on to these phony beltway RINOS?


39 posted on 11/04/2011 7:26:29 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Maelstorm

He’s gaining because we know it’s a lie and we’re pissed....


40 posted on 11/04/2011 7:28:40 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Texas Fossil

Oklahoma pollster confirms he witnessed incident involving Cain
Posted by
WRONG.

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger

Washington (CNN) - Oklahoma Republican political consultant Chris Wilson confirmed to CNN that he witnessed Herman Cain demonstrate inappropriate conduct toward a female employee while he led the National Restaurant Association. Wilson first made this charge Wednesday in an interview with KTOK, an Oklahoma radio station.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/02/oklahoma-pollster-confirms-he-witnessed-incident-involving-cain/

You are talking about Curt Anderson, who worked on Cain’s 2004 campaign and now works on Perry’s campaign.


41 posted on 11/04/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Pray for Herman Cain)
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To: Maelstorm

I don’t know if this thing started with any of Perry’s people. Rigth now I’m treating this like an old Sherlock Holmes mystery, everyone’s a suspect.


42 posted on 11/04/2011 7:32:19 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Victoria Delsoul

FYI


43 posted on 11/04/2011 7:34:06 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: DouglasKC

Yep. My problem is even if he did everything that is alleged what exactly did he do? The inside the belt way crowd pronounced him dead and tried to make it more about the way he handled things than about whether the alleged facts were even facts.


44 posted on 11/04/2011 7:35:46 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm
i'd say disappointed is more like it...
45 posted on 11/04/2011 7:36:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: org.whodat

“He is not fictional, here is his statement”

He might as well have said I’m a little Roven Teacup short and stout...his statement is jiggly jello, only fit for toothless cartoons...no substance.


46 posted on 11/04/2011 7:38:36 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: Chode

Yep. Very much so. Jennifer Rubin’s Mitt Romney doll is having a bad night tonight.


47 posted on 11/04/2011 7:43:08 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Cacique

In 2003 I believed differently. That’s just me I guess.


48 posted on 11/04/2011 7:48:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Maelstorm

This author is ridiculing Repubs.

“This is another way of saying “Have we told you lately that we have no idea what to do about the economy?” But it sounds about as good as 9-9-9 — which happens to be the time-stamp on the harassment settlement! Maybe Cain was prescient. Whatever happened, happened for America. After all, that was why Newt Gingrich had his sex scandal — because he loved his country so much! “


49 posted on 11/04/2011 7:49:17 PM PDT by marty60
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To: org.whodat

That was the funny quote all right, of how somehow Perry sent someone back in time to make the women file false charges against Cain back in the 1990s, so they could reveal it now.

Of course, that was sarcasm in the article, so maybe you didn’t understand it.

Even Block has now abandoned the false charges against the Perry camp. Not that they EVER accused Wilson like you keep doing — they were falsely targeting Curt Anderson.


50 posted on 11/04/2011 7:49:38 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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