A few weeks ago I took a little heat for posting the following to my Facebook page:
Herman Cain is surging because when he speaks he makes sense and is not pandering.
Some of the comments I received went like this:
Really, Shawn? I hope you are being sarcastic…Please tell me that you are. –DEMOCRATS ROCK!
This is undoubtedly a joke, I can’t imagine anyone thinking that he is not pandering when he says the things he says, or recently mentioned someone like Tom Deleay as a potential VP pick.
is this spam?
Shawn got jokes.
But Cain went from punchline to frontrunner in the polls by shooting somewhat straight, sticking to his (failed) plan and holding to the talking points that score with conservatives.
This week Politico rocked Cain’s world by digging up sexual harassment allegations of two former employees of the National Restaurant Association, a group once headed by the GOP candidate. The problem really hasn’t been the allegations. As one of my friends put it, we all could get accused at some point.
It’s how he has handled the allegations. First not recalling any allegations, then not remembering an agreement. Then remembering an agreement but not a settlement.
America has proven over and over and over and over again that it is willing to forgive politicians for just about anything, from stained dresses to trysts with prostitutes. But America doesn’t care much for lying or dodging the truth, and Herman Cain seems to be doing both right now.
These interviews and allegations are the price of being part of the national conversation. Some of the dirt on Michelle Bachmann has yet to stick because her campaign has yet to take hold. Cain was living his live like it was golden two weeks ago, but now he’s stuck between playing the race card (Cain accuses the left while absolving the right of race politics) and blaming the Perry camp for his misery.
This is what a candidate has to go through if he wants to be the big dog. Presidential campaigns have become less about issues and more about your religion or your pastor or your credit card bill or your settled sexual harassment lawsuits.
Bill Clinton had Jennifer Flowers and Barack Obama had….well any number of things. And stop comparing this to Clarence Thomas, it makes no sense. But since Cain is talking about an issue that was settled under a nondisclosure agreement, me thinks we’ll be hearing from his accusers in the not to distant future.