November 10, 2011

‘The Cain Scrutiny’ Update, Via IBD (Also, Alveda King: ‘Establishment Wants to Destroy Herman Cain’)

This is so good, I’ve decided to delegate my latest “Cain Scrutiny” update to the editorialists at Investor’s Business Daily:

Will Someone Tell Us What Herman Cain Did?

After 10 days of saturation coverage by the media, we still don’t definitely know any more about Herman Cain’s alleged misdeeds than we did when Politico first broke the story. Media balance, anyone?

Since breaking the sexual harassment story about the presidential contender in late October, Politico alone has published more than 100 dispatches. TV networks aired a whopping 99 stories in the first nine days. And the Cain saga continues to merit front page treatment at major newspapers.

Yet with every news outlet working overtime to keep the Cain story alive, we still know next to nothing about what Cain allegedly did. Which is basically right where the story was when Politico broke it in late October.

Indeed, the only actual, undisputed, verifiable facts about this story are that two women filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain more than a decade ago when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and settled their claims out of court.

… It’s true that two other women, including Sharon Bialek, have accused Cain since the original story broke, although only Bialek has identified herself and provided any details — 14 years after the fact.

But anyone who comes forward today should be greeted with a high degree of suspicion, since doing so guarantees instant celebrity status, giving her a powerful incentive to fudge the facts.

And in any case, Bialek seems less credible by the day. She’s had money trouble, her fiance apparently had never heard of the alleged abuse before she went public, she met and hugged Cain at a Tea Party event just last month, and she happens to live in the same apartment building as key Obama adviser David Axelrod.

A week ago, legendary take-no-prisoners former editor at the Washington Times Wes Pruden said that “The case against Mr. Cain smells like an exercise manipulated by one of his rivals for the Republican nomination.” He was probably right.

But anyone watching the developments of the past week gets the clear sense that Obama’s Democrats are seeing this as their one and only chance to take out Cain on harassment claims. The “coincidences” are too obvious. The circus has gotten so out of control that if someone tries to bring out additional claims next year, they’ll be ignored. So it’s now or never.

I’m only going on instincts here and no special knowledge, but those instincts are telling me that if Cain really is telling the truth, his decision concerning whether or not to tough it out until he either wins or loses the nomination — regardless of the outcome — may be one of the most important any presidential candidate will ever make. I know you’re going through hell, Herman, but if you really haven’t done those things of which you’re accused, please, please, don’t give in, and stay in the race to the end. At this point — again, if the truth is on your side — it’s about a lot more than you.

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UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a FoxNews.com op-ed

Why the Establishment Wants to Destroy Herman Cain

There are two reasons the liberal media can’t get enough of the Herman Cain smear campaign:

1. They would rather report unsubstantiated allegations and gossip than report the real issues, because talking about the real issues would not be in the best interest of the president. …

2. The establishment is threatened by a strong conservative with such a large platform.

For many years, the Democrats have had a 90% stranglehold on the black vote. This is because many blacks feel that Republicans are racist and only care about the rich, while Democrats love them, give Blacks welfare, etc. When a strong, charismatic, BLACK conservative goes head to head with Obama, many blacks who have not yet done so will actually listen to both sides of the political argument.

… Mr. Cain would structurally change the voting demographic. There would be more black economic conservatives, and the Democrats would lose their stranglehold on the black vote. The establishment is threatened by that, so they will try to assassinate Mr. Cain’s character, hoping he doesn’t get the chance to go head to head with President Obama.

… There are people on both sides of the aisle and beyond who are disturbed by Mr. Cain’s unorthodox campaign. He rocks the proverbial boat so to speak. So, it’s not entirely about party politics. …

The establishment, which includes the Obama camp is terrified of what Mr. Cain represents.

Herman Cain is the epitome of the American dream.

… Mr. Cain is the fulfillment of Uncle M. L.’s dream.

… This controversy is nothing more than a political ploy by the establishment to attempt a high-tech lynching, a brazen – if transparent – effort to eliminate this man who actually dares to present solutions for America’s problems.

Read the whole thing.

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