Tag: Herman Cain

The January Surprise

For those wondering ,”Where is Herman?” I guess he is out of the dog house with his wife (his charge cards are maxed out at Tiffany’s, even with the Newt discount), so he has now decided to make himself relevant again.

For those that watched the video, did Herman goose that lady in the red top? Old habits die hard. But more importantly , is there any significance to be gleaned from the fact that when Herman came on stage, he greeted everyone except Newt? No eye contact, no hand shake, no words, no acknowledgement at all that he was even on stage, this seemed odd to me. Yeah, he made up for it later.

Naturally, the timing was propitious given the latest Florida poll results. A Newt victory there would be put Romney clearly on the mat.

The text of the speech seemed a bit odd to me as well. A 7 minute endorsement speech and all we know about Newt is that he is a patriot, not afraid of bold ideas, and he cares, that is all the qualifications he can come up with? I thought the Edmund Burke/evil reference was also misplaced. The cavalier throwing of the word “evil” around is just as bad as going to the racist well all the time. Nothing is gained with this tactic, and much is lost.

I’ve decided that, as much as I liked Herman in the past and how much he has brought to the Republican table, I hope he goes the Sarah Palin route, makes lots of bank selling books and speaking fees, but stays out of politics. I don’t even want him as a VP nod and think there are much better more qualified people (Marco, I’m looking at you).

So will this endorsement help Newt with a Florida win?

Cain Out

It seemed like such a good idea at the time:

An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away” even as he abandoned hope of winning the Republican nomination in the face of escalating accusations of sexual misconduct.

“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Mr. Cain said at a rally here, surrounded by supporters chanting his name. “Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.”

In suspending his candidacy, as opposed to saying that he was quitting the race or ending his bid, Mr. Cain maintained his ability to accept money to pay for his campaign so far and to finance the new venture that he called his Plan B: to travel the country promoting his tax and foreign policy plans. If Mr. Cain had decided to formally close his campaign organization, he would not be able to use donations that may come in.

As I said on Twitter, there are two possibilities with Herman Cain: (1) he is so dumb he didn’t think all these scandals were come out; (2) he knew they would come out and just wanted the attention. And Herman Cain is not an idiot. The man is literally a rocket scientist.

Thinking about it some more, I think it’s possible that Cain was such a political newbie that it simply didn’t cross him that he would become the front-runner and that people would start digging through his past. Like a lot of people, Cain may simply have wanted to get his message out; to say some things he felt needed to be said and push a few issues he felt needed to be pushed. That would dovetail with his plans to keep talking and his ongoing radio career.

To be honest, I’ll miss him from the campaign. I don’t think I would have voted for him but I liked his voice and his earnestness. I like his life story. I liked his lack of polish. I think that if I ever met Herman Cain in person, I would feel like he was my new best friend. There are at least three or four other candidates I’d rather see go first.

Oh, well. Happy trails, Herman. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of you.

The One Who Smelt it Dealt It

John McWhorter has a good and quite controversial essay on the race card and Herman Cain:

The left has been outraged at the Cain campaign’s response, but it also ought to feel a pang of recognition. If the race card is still a viable part of our national discourse in the Obama era, it is so at the behest of liberals—and it’s no less odious or callow when it is played by the left as when it is by the right.

Yes, such claims are generally more cynical, and less coherent, when they are deployed by conservatives. It borders on absurdity that the very conservatives who have harped on the importance of “moving past” racism are defending Cain as a victim of discrimination. In any case, the charges against Cain have become so concrete that it is cartoonish to pretend that racism is truly what is at stake.

But most of the left’s invocations of racism have also, in any objective sense, lost credibility—not because they follow Cain in trying to contradict specific facts, but because they have become so omnipresent and vague as to lose all meaning. Liberals imagine they are fighting the good fight, that they are uncovering truths about the hidden role of racism in the world. But what they have really been doing is making a dogma of racial grievance, one that has been exploited repeatedly by public figures on the left—and was bound to inevitably be deployed by politicians on the right.

McWhorter goes into the attempts to portray the Tea Party and the Obama opposition as racist, pointing out — as I have — that the invective deployed against pasty white Bill Clinton was just a vicious. Anyone remember The Boys on the Tracks? Or the conspiracy theories about the death of Ron Brown? Or the contention that he’d gotten a blow job from a star-struck 19-year-old …

Oh, wait. That last one happened, didn’t it?

I mean, Bill Clinton got impeached, for God’s sake. He was under constant investigation — mostly because he deserved to be under investigation, but at least partly because of politics.

It’s not likely Obama is beyond reproach. A new analysis shows that $16 billion in DOE grants went to companies owned or run by Obama bundlers.

Nor, as McWhorter’s commenters seem to think, is he bashing a straw man. The contention that the fierce opposition to Obama is at least partially motivated by his skin color has been advanced by Michael Moore, Janeane Garofalo, Andrew Sullivan, numerous writers at Daily Kos, Jimmy Carter, Chris Matthews and Morgan Freeman — and that’s just off the top of my head. To be fair, Obama hasn’t invoked the race card, mainly because he’s too smart too. And several people like Donna Brazille, Tim Kaine and Deval Patrick have also refused, also because they’re too smart to. But this is more of a “slime and pivot” maneuver — letting the angry wing of the party screech while you pretend to be above it.

Now, suddenly, they want to back away from that. “Who, us? Play the race card? Pshaw!”

Are the allegations against Cain motivated by race? I don’t think so. The driving force here is that Herman Cain is (or was) the front-runner. And when you become the front-runner, every thing you’ve done, said or breathed on wrong is going to be dragged out into the open, sooner or later. That happens to everyone.

She’s made a career of this?

It looks like one of those Cain accusers thinks that filing such complaints is just another tool in the employment negotiations toolbox, and has a history of using these complaints to force employers to give her perks, breaks, rewards, or all of the above:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar’s complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.

To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.
“The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said.

Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar left her job at the immigration service after dropping the complaint in 2003, and she went to work at the Treasury Department.

That’s a pattern there. This woman seems to think that everyone is out to get her, or if you are inclined to be as cynical as I am, sees these complaints as a useful tool to get things she otherwise would not get. Neither bodes well for her.

Kraushaar’s complaint was based on supervisors denying her request to work full time from home after a serious car accident in 2002, three former supervisors said. Two of them said Kraushaar also was denied previous requests to work from home before the car accident.

Things that make you go hmmm…..

It’s about the money & fame!

Stiffler’s mom – Yes, Poosh, I am stealing that – seems to have somethign to gain from claiming Cain harassed her despite her claims to the contrary:

The Cain Encounter …

They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.

She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”

Huh?

“I don’t know if what she was giving him was a sucker punch, but he didn’t put his arm down while she was talking to him,” said the Sneed source.

The “he”… is GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women.

The “she”… is Chicagoan Sharon Bialek, who held a news conference Tuesday as the only woman to PUBLICLY accuse Cain of sexual harassment.

The Sneed source … is WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, who tells Sneed she witnessed the Cain/Bialek encounter a month ago while backstage at the AM 560 WIND sponsored TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

Quoth Jacobson: “I had turned on TV to find out who was Cain’s accuser, and I almost fell over when I saw it was Sharon Bialek accusing Cain of groping her genitals.”

One for the MONEY, two for the TIME – 15 minutes of fame – Come on all let’s shout: GOOD TIMES.

Fuck, I am betting that Team blue send Gloria out there to find someone they could offer money to, to come out and claim this shit. In the past this kind of attack would have worked because by the time people found out the truth, the politician in question would have already been destroyed. Thank the powers that be that these tactics no longer seem to work the way they did in the past because people have become so jaded and desensitized to this shit you usually get from the left. That she is hitting the talk show circuit sure as hell tells me she is hoping to cash in. Watch out for the tell all book.

UPDATE: And the other accuser is another white woman that works of all places in the Obama Administration and has a definite leftist bend. Of course, that shouldn’t factor in at all. Right…..

What’s a Little Harassment Between Friends

David Greenberg has a useful take on the Herman Cain business. He talks about the changing of sexual mores in politicis over the last fifty years — how extramarital affairs went from unspoken private behavior to very public and ruinous scandals; how divorce went from politically ruinous to acceptable; how homosexual behavior could once have destroyed a politician but is a smaller problem now. The relevance to Cain:

It may be hard today to imagine that sexual harassment could be considered anything but proof of a serious moral deficiency. The crime has appropriately moved from a widely tolerated practice to one whose gravity is dinned into the heads of every employee in every workplace. But the behaviors that fall under the rubric vary widely, and some may result not from malice but from the inability of men accustomed to one set of rules to adjust to new realities. Certain kinds of flirtation deemed unacceptable today could perhaps one day be regarded as relatively harmless. At the least, in this case, as in the others, we should halt the rush to judgmentalism. We shouldn’t assume that our own culture’s newly developed notions of sexual right and wrong are timeless and absolute.

Bill James once noted that social progress often comes in the guise of its opposite. In the early 90’s we had an explosion of sexual harassment scandals — Clinton, Clarence Thomas, tailhook, you name it. But what had changed was not men’s behavior. What had changed was that women stopped putting up with it. For whatever social or economic reason, the early 90’s was when millions of women said, “You know, I really don’t like it when you rub my shoulders like that at work.”

For many men, especially of Cain’s age, this was a radical shift in the landscape. Rush Limbaugh wrote a whole chapter about behavior in radio studios that would now be considered harassment. He wondered why women suddenly didn’t like it. What he missed was that women had never liked it; they had tolerated it.

We don’t know the details, of course, but the timing of the complaints makes me wonder if the same thing happened to Herman Cain. It is likely that the way he had acted around women didn’t change, but what was acceptable and unacceptable did. It’s also possible, as he claims, that his behavior wasn’t harassing but got swept up when the pendulum swung too far. As numerous people have pointed out, the settlement amounts are “nuisance suit” level.

What’s really critical is whether Cain changed his behavior or whether this behavior has continued. I’m willing to cut politicians some slack on past behavior or beliefs. But not if it is reflective of who they are today.

Dr. Cain and the Women

At the risk of flooding the zone with three post in a short time, I did want to open a thread on the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain. The claim is that he paid two women in response to harassment claims. I’ve found his response very believable and straight-forward: he claims he was falsely accused but his trade group settled without his knowledge.

We’ll see how this shakes out. I’d say I don’t believe someone would go to press with this unless they had the evidence, but I remember Dan Rather’s memos.

He’s Not Ready

I am officially OFF the Cain bandwagon. Alright, I was never really on it, but I did spend a lot of time in the showroom, kicking the tires, rubbing my hands on the upholstery, and ooggling the console, still in the consideration stage and wanting to be impressed. But major design flaws have just been revealed making any further support on my part just too risky.

I mentioned before in the earlier Cain post that although seemingly confident and intelligent, his colloquial (i.e. limited and rudimentary) knowledge of world affairs and world problems could be his undoing, and that with any luck nothing disastrous would occur until he had a chance to bone up and educate himself, at least to the point of not sounding dangerousstupid, too late:

This is worse then ,”I can see Russia from my house”, or stalling on questions like ,”what newspapers do you read?”, this shows not only a glaring lack of common sense, but his balls to walls approach at not tempering any answer with any reflection or circumspection, all in an attempt to show strength and not hedge, on anything.

In my earlier post on the prisoner exchange, I made it clear that although I thought this was not a good bargain, the Jews more then anyone know about living under the specter of terrorism, so if the spport was there, with the people, the military and the government, to make this deal, good on them, despite my misgivings. But I also believe that Americans would not support such a deal with the devil, so for me, this was an easy call.

To think for one second that releasing 245 (or so) of the most hardened, blood thirsty murders and terrorists on the planet (including KLM and band of cohorts) from Gitmo, all for the release of one incarcerated American, I don’t see this as a particularly tough call at all and think that his affection for everything Israeli, including the PM, clouded his judgement and caused a knee jerk default that was not well thought out.

To be fair, he did couch some of his answer with a need to “seek the council of others”, that is a great answer when involved in the nuances of diplomacy or foreign protocols, but this is a common sense answer that should not require special tools, special advice, or special training.

Cain has a history of gakking foreign policy questions, so far they have been mostly scratches, but this to me is serious. This incident, coupled with the electrified fence debacle, not a good week, but par for the course:

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign has been so beset by foreign policy gaffes that he’s constantly forced to defend his record. First, it was his assertion that he believed in the Palestinian right of return — which he subsequently walked back under pressure. Then he unilaterally recognized Taiwan. Then last week he displayed deep ignorance about Uzbekistan, an increasingly important ally in the Afghanistan war that Cain called “Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan.” Cain again had to defend himself, and merely blamed liberal, African-American commentators for not “want(ing) black people to think for themselves.”

As I mentioned before, I found him way to zealous in perpetuating the Perry/racist rock scandal, and now his 9-9-9 plan is also coming under more scrutiny. The usually non partisan very thorough Tax Policy Center panned it as lowering taxes for the wealthy but raising them for everyone else (even Cain admitted as much but felt the ledger would balance out with the other aspects of his plan). The Americans for Tax Reform had a similar opinion.

UPDATE: Oh boy, just found out that he is now walking this whole mess back, check out the clip.

Obviously Herman, you misspoke, and when is this all too consistent pattern of you misspeaking going to end?

The Fat Man Picks His Horse

Considering that the election is still 13 months away, things sure do move fast in presidential politics. We just heard Gov. Christie announce his decision to not run for president, now the governor announces who he is endorsing, no surprise here:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, just one week after definitively announcing he will not run for president in the 2012 race, endorsed Mitt Romney for the job Tuesday afternoon.

At a press conference in Hanover, N.H., Christie described the endorsement as an “easy decision.”

His pick is not curious, but the timing sure is. This endorsement lends considerable heft to the Romney campaign and since both could be considered birds of a feather (moderates who do not inspire the conservatives but have experience working in Blue States and with the opposition) the choice was anti climatic. But since next year’s election will be focused squarely on jobs and the economy (with social issues taking a back seat) and the far right folks really have no choice, they are not going to stay home and risk another 4 years of Obama, the bet is safe.

The timing does speak to the nervousness the Romney camp must be feeling now with the resurgence of Herman Cain, and just like the last debate, where Perry had the target on his back and the brunt of the collective attacks, Cain better bring his A game tonight, he is going to need it. I doubt I will watch the debate in it’s entirety but tonight is make or break for Cain, his ability to weather the attacks,think on his feet, and Jiu jitsu that energy into his favor and inspire the viewers will be tested. If he fails, like Perry did, he too will be relegated on to the ash heap of blown candidates and the field will be all Romney’s.