And the Cain Train just derailed all over the Monday morning headlines as claims of sexual harassment are coming forward from Cain’s days as head of the National Restaurant Association lobbyist outfit in the 90’s.
Politico reports “at least two” women working at the NRA when Cain ran it “complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior” by the man who is now the national frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.
Details on the incidents described in Politico include “conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature” and “descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.”
Ever notice that anybody who gets close to/ahead of Mittens in the primary polling suddenly gets a “bombshell revelation” dropped on them that reveals the clearly obvious fact that they are a grifter lunatic that couldn’t operate a paper bag correctly, a trenchant observation apparent to anyone who isn’t a Tea Party mouth-breather and has a functioning frontal lobe?
First it was Ron Paul, then Shelly Bachmann, then Rick Perry, now Herman Cain. The Tea Party wants anybody other than Mitt to win this thing so badly it hurts, but the real people in charge of the GOP won’t let that happen.
So when the Clown Car Cavalcade runs out of steam outlets for the Tea Party to put pressure on Mitt with, when will it all blow up in their faces? I mean literally the only people left at this point are Huntsman and Buddy Roemer. Eventually there’s not going to be anyone left to actually run against President Obama at this rate.
Now, will I defend Herman Cain against his detractors who will eventually play the race card against him for this? Yes, in the same fashion that I find attacking Chris Christie on his weight or Michelle Bachmann’s gender as awful as well: there are so many policy reasons that disqualify all of these folks for higher office that attacks on them for their race, gender, or waistline are utter nonsense (as they should always be.)
Having said that, Herman Cain’s about to find out the hard way about the true nature of the GOP, and I don’t exactly feel sorry for him. Having said that, expect to hear “BUBBA CLINTON DID IT TOO LOL HYPOCRITES!” all week.
Joy Ann Reid has more on the Cain Train Pain here and wonders who threw the switch on the tracks to cause this little “accident”. Great minds think alike.
Expect the media to press him, and his wife, to respond. And watch as the right lines up for and against — with some on the right surely accusing Politico of left wing “jounnolist” tactics (which is funny, since Politico is an adjunct of the Reagan Foundation.)
And another question I have: where did this scoop come from? Did the Politico reporters discover it just randomly digging around in Cain’s files form his National Restaurant Association days? Or was it tipped to them, by someone who wants Cain out of the way? Which leads to more questions: out of the way of “who?” Could this be a Karl Rovian-type attempt to sideline Cain to help Mitt Romney, or something from the world that wants Rick Perry to be the anti-Romney candidate? Lots of juicy stuff here. Let’s see where this goes.
Like I said, everyone who has gotten uncomfortably close to/intolerably in front of Mittens in the primary polls has mysteriously had their past dredged up for the political campaign equivalent of falling down an elevator shaft onto 37 bullets (although both Bachmann with her comments on vaccination and Ron Paul with his no foreign aid to Israel and rigged straw poll idiocy were largely victims of self-inflicted meltdowns.) But with Rick Perry’s Unfortunate Hunting Ranch Name Incident being rather timely and now this Cain Train Pain, well, let’s just say that I don’t believe either of these stories becoming public just when Mitt Romney needed them most was entirely accidental.
For their part, Camp Hermanator is using page 3 from the Palin playbook: making loud noises that aren’t a denial and blaming the liberal media.
“Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,” J.D. Gordon said in an e-mail message Sunday night. “Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.”
Translation: “Please pay no attention to uncomfortable questions about Herman Cain’s past.” Over/under on the race card being played is Wednesday.