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Herman Cain and the Confused Right Wing Crazy Machine

The constant drone of "it's a liberal conspiracy!" is laughable.

The news broke on Sunday when the website Politico reported that Herman Cain settled 2 sexual harassment suits in the 90’s while he was head of National Restaurants Association. Mr. Cain has followed the standard for all political figures caught with their pants down (pun intended) – deny, deny, deny, then admit. At this point, it seems that these allegations are completely true, though the circumstances behind the actual accusations remain unknown. One thing is for sure, while the reporting of the lawsuits may be politically motivated, the original accusations certainly weren’t, as they happened well before Mr. Cain had any political ambitions.

What this says about Mr. Cain’s character is in the eye of the beholder. His supporters will certainly insist that the original accusations were baseless attacks motivated solely by money. His detractors (myself included) don’t really need any other evidence that he’s a ridiculous excuse for a presidential candidate – the hopper is already pretty full on that count.

But what’s truly fascinating is the way the Right Wing Sock Puppet Gallery shifted into overdrive. Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, and Sean Hannity quickly went on air to decry the “liberal media” for the attacks. The extent these people will twist reality is quite stunning – that he was “set up” by the liberal media and that liberals are threatened by a black conservative.

The language these people use is pretty over-the-top: Coulter said, “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.” Classy, no? Hannity insists that this is another “high tech lynching” that liberals are apparently so famous for. Limbaugh shrieked that “‘mainstream media’ goes for the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative.”

This is absurd on so many levels and speaks more to the paranoid delusion of the right than anything else.

Politico is hardly an arm of the ‘liberal media’ (whatever that is). Their CEO (Frederick Ryan) serves as chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s board (damn commie!). When the right screams about the ‘liberal media’ or the ‘mainstream media” what they mean is anyone who writes anything they don’t like.

The argument that liberals are afraid of Herman Cain is quite a stretch. Ask any Obama supporter which candidate they would prefer face Obama in the general election and Cain will undoubtedly be at the top of the list. It would be like a liberal dream come true to have someone so eminently unqualified, so obviously unserious, running for president in 2012. Really, we are drooling at the prospect.

And the obvious inference to Clarence Thomas is equally suspicious. This story is not like Clarence Thomas’s. In that instance, a woman came forward at a seemingly opportunistic moment to make a charge that she had never made before. In this instance we are talking about a matter of record – Herman Cain was sued for sexual harassment and paid at least 1 and maybe 2 women to settle, which he now admits. These are facts.  It is certainly well within bounds for a front-runner in a presidential campaign to have his or her background scoured. Who leaked what to who and why doesn’t really matter when the story is true.

The reality of this is that there can be almost no doubt that it is the republicans who are threatened by Cain’s candidacy. Given that Cain has received zero support from any major political figures in the Republican Party (contrast this with the legions that have lined up to endorse Perry or Romney), there can be no doubt that Republican leaders don’t want Cain running against Obama. Luckily for the nation, there are still some conservatives who are not enamored with the anti-intellectual radicalism of the Tea Party. But they are getting increasingly frightened and desperate at the prospect of a Cain candidacy. The ‘establishment’ conservatives have been on a full anti-Cain press for a couple of weeks now, yet Cain remains the front runner. And he’s doing it without really campaigning in the early states, which makes the Republican Party in Iowa and New Hampshire nervous that they are becoming irrelevant.

Liberal media hit-job? Not quite.

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Don November 08, 2011 at 09:32 PM
'You want a job, right?' - Herman Cain When that statement of his was revealed, I think Herman Cain just dropped off of a lot of people's radar screens. The US is really becoming a lot like the Third World in the way that desperate people are being taken advantage of by the powerful. Nothing says it better than those words by Herman Cain. F*** you, Mr Cain. If he is the best the GOP has to offer, I think its time for the GOP to call it quits, dont you?
Nick Muson November 08, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Don, I'm still putting my money on the Rootin'-est Tootin'-est Pistol Packin' Hockey Mom making an 11th hour entry one way or another. They'll go completely bat-chip insane and she'll get the nomination.
Don November 08, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Palin? no way could she win.. ever..
Kevin November 09, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Palin is making too much money now to consider another campaign. If the economy doesn't turn around I think the 11th hour entry to watch will be Hillary for the Democratic nomination.
Don November 09, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Palin is such an idiot even my Republican friends, who only very rarely diss fellow Republicans, make jokes and roll their eyes about her. That's bad. Whatever support she has it isn't with the kind of Republicans I know. Maybe she does around here. I supported Hillary because I thought she was the smarter of the two candidates. I felt Obama was far enough to the right of Hillary to be disturbing, which has proven to be true. For example, "his" healthcare "plan" which he borrowed from Massachusetts, can't possibly work. It was booby trapped from the beginning because it puts maintaining the insulation between politicisna nd responibility above affordability and quality. Thats bad. Really, the drug, insurance and hospital corporations won the minute they got Obama the nomination. Really, that huge black hole of medical costs is an even bigger noose around each Americans neck neck than the huge military spending we are wedded to. Its a MINIMUM of $250,000 around each of our pockets, but I think that given the time value of money, the real value of a single payer national healthcare plan would be more like half a million dollars for each and every one of us. They would rather continue this system we have not been able to afford since the 80s or 90s, than have Americans be able to afford to have children, drive or retire. Its a systematic war of plunder on American families to replace the plunder of other nations that the US multinationals can no longer get away with overseas.

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