It’s one of the oldest plays in the liberal playbook…come out with a story with anonymous sources with vague accusations of sexual harassment or some other such thing at a conservative and trumpet it as “the seriousness of the charge demands our attention,” regardless of the nature of the evidence. It happens especially often when a black American dares to succeed outside the framework of the Democrat party…without affirmative action, without liberal victimization, just on their own merit…especially if they dare to be conservative.
This is precisely what the left is attempting to pull on Herman Cain. This time it’s a claim of sexual harassment, reported by the liberal favorite Politico, that was found to be baseless after an investigation, and based on, at best, a tremendous overreaction, or at worst an intentional attempt to tear down a good man.
To his credit, Mr. Cain has done a fine job of responding to this baloney. He explained the supposedly offensive gesture in an interview last night with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.
“She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying -- and I was standing close to her -- and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, 'My wife comes up to my chin.'" At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. "And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable," Cain said, "something that was in the sexual harassment charge." (1)
Now THERE is an avert sexual advance…you’re about the same height as my wife, she’s this tall. (If you’re picking up my sarcasm, it’s good, because I’m laying it on pretty thick.) Now we don’t know the context of this conversation, but I’m pretty sure discussing someone’s height as a relative to the height of someone else in your life is something I do all the time when the subject comes up. For example, if someone complains that they’re too short, such a response would make an awful lot of sense…you’re not that short, you’re the same height as my wife.
Yes, I know there was a settlement paid. For those of you who have never worked in corporate America, I’m going to explain to you how the world works in such cases. Businesses perform a cost-benefit analysis and often decide that the cost of fighting a lawsuit would be significantly more than the cost of paying a small settlement, so they pay the settlement rather than fight the case and paying the legal fees. It means precisely nothing. It means that the case was settled rather than pay the legal fees to fight it and nothing more. The investigation that occurred after the fact cleared Cain of any wrongdoing, which backs up this fact. (1)
Of course, when a liberal Democrat is accused of the same thing, every attempt is made to sweep it under the rug. When the Monica Lewinski scandal first broke, the claims from the same liberal press was Lewinski was stalking Clinton and that Kenneth Star was “obsessed with sex.” Quite probably if Lewinski hadn’t kept the famous blue dress as a souvenir, she would have had her reputation as tarnished by the Clinton administration and the media as Paula Jones, Juanita Broadderick, and Kathleen Willey…and those claims ranged from sexual harassment to sexual assault to rape...these of course were swept under the rug. We were told these claims didn’t matter because they didn’t affect his job. These were claims that were spread out across many women and were widespread and also very serious charges, and yet the Drive-By Media didn’t run with them. On the contrary, they took Clinton’s part in the whole thing.
I, for one, am sick and tired of this high-tech lynching of any black American who dares to succeed without help from the Democrat party. It’s precisely the same game used by the left to try to destroy Clarence Thomas when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. The same type of accusations were leveled at Thomas, but never proven…once again it was the “seriousness of the charge” and not the nature of the evidence that mattered.
Here’s the truth: Herman Cain terrifies the Obama Administration. If he was the Republican nominee, it would take away the favorite ad homonym attack to explain why conservatives dislike Obama (racism). Yet how can we be racist if we staunchly support a black man who agrees with us politically? It’s almost like we conservatives will support any qualified conservative candidate whose values we support, regardless of their skin color! He would mop the floor with Obama in a debate. He’s got real ideas and real experience. He can talk to a crowd as well as Obama could in ’08, and now the President has a record to answer for rather than just lines about hopeychange. Obama does not want to run against Herman Cain, so now the Drive-By Media is going to carry his water and try a hit piece on Cain.
This story was proven baseless years ago and without evidence. Shame on Politico for running this story in the first place…shame on the rest of the Drive-By Media for running this non-story…every one of them owes Herman Cain an apology.
(1) Washington Examiner: Cain details gesture that led to sex accusation