Monday, October 31, 2011

The accusations against Herman Cain

I don't know about this sexual harassment story against Herman Cain when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. It's not enough for him just to blame the media. The story is all reported with anonymous women and it's not unbelievable that the association would have settled just to close down the accusations without any proof that the stories were true. And the accusations seem to revolve around things he said, not did. Will all the feminists who told us that the personal was separate from the political when there were much worse accusations against Bill Clinton now rally to Cain's defense? Of course not. However, accusations that emerge in a political campaign have a different weight than those against an elected leader. If these accusations are true or if Herman Cain can't shake them off, then Republicans should be glad to find this out now before any votes have been taken. And Republicans pride themselves on holding to a higher standard than the Bill Clinton/Gennifer Flowers standard.

Mitt Romney must be wondering what sort of lucky star he is running under. When attention might have been on the poor week he had with more, as George Will terms it, pretzel-twisting on issues that should be clear for a true conservative, the country's limited political attention will be distracted by this distasteful story.