Monday, October 31, 2011

Another attempted Thomas’ing

Polls are showing Cain consistently pulling ahead of Romney, including Iowa’s latest Des Moines Register poll, to take the top slot. And while Cain heads towards a Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Newt Gingrich, and Perry appears to be opting out of debates past Michigan, the media has other intentions for the current frontrunner. Since the drive-bys see Cain as not simply a problem, but a conservative threat to their preconceived monopoly on minorities, they’ve decided that it’s time to take the man they’ve labeled an ‘Uncle Tom’ or an ‘Oreo’ out back for another round.

Since derailing Cain’s economic plan with false accusations and obvious misinformation is not working to decrease his poll numbers and conservative appeal, the drive-bys over the weekend have switched gears and decided to take the Clarence Thomas smear approach…and from the liberal’s, RINO’s and leaky staffer’s best friend no less, the Politico:

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

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.

Well, someone talked and leaked something to set off this high-tech lynching. Whether Democrat or Republican rival rekindled this long extinguished match, both Cain and his chief of staff have gotten in front of this story, dispelling the egregious media attack.

"Herman Cain has never sexual harassed anybody. Period. End of story," Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block said. "Every negative word and accusation in the article is sourced to a series of unnamed or anonymous sources and is questionable at best."

Cain also defended himself this morning on Fox News, elaborating on any possible claims made.  "If the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it, and I hope it wasn’t for much, because nothing happened,” Cain told Fox reporter Jenna Lee. “So, if there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other offices that worked for me at the Association.”

Cain was also allowed a moment to “clear the air” at the National Press Club as to the false allegations and what information he was privy to…

This strategy is already backfiring, and will blow up in the face of whomever, Democrat or Republican rival, initiated this witch-hunt. But let this be a stark reminder of what was also done to Clarence Thomas, as Herman Cain confronts this with the same bravery and vigor that Justice Thomas showed...

When a black conservative challenges the Establishment’s status quo of racial politics, the vetting process takes on a much more devious setting, particularly when it has been left up to the liberal media to protect their predefined notions of who a black man should be and the redefined party he should be voting for.  It would do everyone a great service to remember our history, particularly when it comes to political parties and race.

ADDENDUM:  Rush had some great commentary on this story during Monday's program (via the DailyRushbo)... well, did Levin over at the Right Scoop. I especially liked the response from one commenter to that post named "Steven":

This whole deal is ridiculous. This only came out because Cain is at the top of the polls. What's more despicable are those on the Right who are giving legitimacy to this story from Politico! Disgraceful! I know there are those who support Romney or Perry, but really, is this the way they want to win this thing?

Also worth mentioning is an American Spectator piece written by Jeffrey Lord, who nailed this on Sunday evening.

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