Cain campaign manager: “Hard to believe” a GOP rival would plant the sexual harassment story

posted at 4:05 pm on October 31, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The question followed hard on the heels of the original Politico story and harder on the heels of Herman Cain’s dismissal of years-old allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward two women: Who leaked the information in the first place?

Cain’s campaign manager says he has “no clue,” according to a report by The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas.

“I have no idea,” chief of staff Mark Block told The Daily Caller. “No clue. I would find it hard to believe that anybody from another campaign would do that, but then again this is politics. Isn’t it?”

Guy Benson explains why it’s really not so hard to believe:

Cain’s been giving plenty of Republican campaign operatives heartburn these days, so the list of possible suspects is long.  Did I mention … Cain now leads Rick Perry … in Texas?  (To be clear, I am not remotely implying that Team Perry planted this story.  I’m simply illustrating that Cain has proven to be a lasting threat in the primary field.)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has said he could “almost guarantee” GOP campaigns started this ball in motion. On Geraldo at Large last night, Juan Williams made the same point. But Ann Coulter vehemently disagreed, pointing out that, when conservatives dredge up allegations of sexual misconduct, they’ve usually done their homework and the allegations prove to be true. Two names come to mind: Bill Clinton and John Edwards. On the other hand, “there’s a long history of false accusations on the left.” Coulter pointed out the left-leaning slant of Politico and implied left-leaning sources likely leaked the story.

But whether it was planted by GOP rivals or represents a preemptive attack by Obama’s posse won’t really change what effect — if any — the story has on Cain’s campaign. Some have already begun to speculate the story will help Cain, as it will inspire some to rally around him. Herman Cain’s Iowa Chairman, for example, said the salacious “news” will just motivate Cain volunteers in Iowa to work harder.

Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico because the answer to that question might affect how the electorate views the camp that leaked it.


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The irony here is that if the Perry or Romney camps leaked this, the LIBERAL press will go on to crucify THEM because this story just drips of the most vicious racist stereotypes about black men — they’re going after your white women! Whoever leaked this is trading in some really nasty gutter politics. If he/she is found out, it isn’t going to be pretty.

Rational Thought on October 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Cain called Perry a racist because of the “Rock” thing, and said he would endorse every candidate running except Perry.

Now why would Perry do something like this???

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico because the answer to that question might affect how the electorate views the camp that leaked it.

That is the real story here. If it turns out to have originated in a Republican candidate’s camp, Politico will give that info up if and when said candidate wins the nomination, not before.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Hell, I could believe someone at National Review leaked it. Or Jennifer Rubin. Even Powerline.

DaydreamBeliever on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

But Ann Coulter vehemently disagreed, pointing out that, when conservatives dredge up allegations of sexual misconduct, they’ve usually done their homework and the allegations prove to be true.

We don’t know yet what the truth is. We don’t even know if there in fact was a settlement for sexual misconduct, or if it was just a settlement for leaving the NRA. The Cain campaign needs to start dealing with this rather than just reacting and denying.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Pace yourself with the Cain threads, Tina. Gorging on all that candy will make you sick.

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Is blaming the leaker more important than realizing that the front runner of the Conservative candidacy of the GOP is involved in 2 separate Sexual harassment settlements????

Would we be giving Herman Cain this same benefit of the doubt if he were a democrat?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

This allegation is good news. It puts Cain in the same camp as Bill Clinton. Allegations of sexual misconduct are synonymous with Clinton, and Clinton – in the minds of the independent voters – is synonymous with successful leadership, two successful elections, and a booming ’90s economy – the very thing that most Americans pine for. Ergo, subconsciously, this kind of mud is a connection in the minds of independent voters that Cain is a bridge back to the good ol’ days.

Maybe Mark “the smoker” Block is brilliant enough to have thought of this.

Naw, nobody is that brilliant.

keep the change on October 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

That is the real story here. If it turns out to have originated in a Republican candidate’s camp, Politico will give that info up if and when said candidate wins the nomination, not before.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Precisely. If it didn’t come from Axelrod’s gang, Politico will burn the source at whichever point will provide max benefit to Obama. It’s a twofer – Cain and whoever provided the story.

Missy on October 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Is blaming the leaker more important than realizing that the front runner of the Conservative candidacy of the GOP is involved in 2 separate Sexual harassment settlements????

LOL! Switch to decaf, dude. Then read the article.

crash72 on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Pace yourself with the Cain threads, Tina. Gorging on all that candy will make you sick.

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Nonsense!! Eat, drink, and write fluff, for tomorrow the internet crashes. Blog every day like it were your last…

JohnGalt23 on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

“Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico…”

Hey, wait a minute…

… has anyone seen Geraldo Huntsman lately…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hey, what about the possibility that none of the campaigns are responsible and that the women themselves stepped forward seeing if they could get something ($$$) for the story?

milemarker2020 on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The Cain campaign needs to start dealing with this rather than just reacting and denying.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

He denied it. It wasn’t a non-denial denial. It was a direct, unequivocal denial. That’s a helluva lot more than we ever got from Bill Clinton or John Edwards or Ted Kennedy or Barney Frank. And has anyone ever even asked Barack Obama to “deny” his alleged affairs with Vera Baker and Larry Sinclair? Boy would I love to see what that denial looks like, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it won’t be quite so forceful as Cain’s. What more do you propose Cain should do in terms of “dealing with this”? I wanted to see a direct denial. We got one. What else is there?

Rational Thought on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

One of the Perry-bots cited a link from Politico last week with the comment, “I hope they find a stripper in his past.” Disgusting. Chewed her out and defriended her.

wordwarp on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

On the other hand, “there’s a long history of false accusations on the left.” Coulter pointed out the left-leaning slant of Politico and implied left-leaning sources likely leaked the story.

I am sure a left leaning Politico is up to no mischief. Really, I’m sure we can all tell by their source – anonymous, they are on the up and up. They would never try to sow dissent in the tea party ranks, it’s not like the TEA party is a target of the left or anything/

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Is blaming the leaker more important than realizing that the front runner of the Conservative candidacy of the GOP is involved in 2 separate Sexual harassment settlements????

If they are separate incidents that would be something that a lot of people find disturbing. They may be two separate settlements from the same incident.

Would we be giving Herman Cain this same benefit of the doubt if he were a democrat?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

If he was a Democrat we wouldn’t be hearing about it at all and if in the unlikely event we did then it would almost certainly be true. The media covers for Democrats so if you hear about something they did its not likely to be just rumor.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Cameron’s perched like the Cheshire Cat grinning from ear to ear.

Piñata, anyone?

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The information may have originated in a DC network where trading inside information is the currency of life itself.

Herman’s reaction is what is being judged now.

On CBS and on the Politico Blog there are no questions asked. There are only cross-examinations based on “What if its true” pretexts and then demanding “is that your final answer.”

But every Presidential candidate must get stoned like that and come through it resurrected before the electorate feels comfortable with him.

Only Romney “the Chosen Mormon” is exempted so far, and that has hurt him rather than helped him.

jimw on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Hey, what about the possibility that none of the campaigns are responsible and that the women themselves stepped forward seeing if they could get something ($$$) for the story?

milemarker2020 on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Just like Anita Hill “stepped forward” all by her lonesome?

It’s possible, certainly. But then how did Ace get wind of it a month ago?

Missy on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

this story just drips of the most vicious racist stereotypes about black men — they’re going after your white women! Whoever leaked this is trading in some really nasty gutter politics. If he/she is found out, it isn’t going to be pretty.

Rational Thought on October 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

That description sounds more like the Democrats.

Del Dolemonte on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Would we be giving Herman Cain this same benefit of the doubt if he were a democrat?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Given NO EVIDENCE, drop it.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Karl Rove!??!..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

“Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico…”

Hey, wait a minute…

… has anyone seen Geraldo Huntsman lately…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

We know it wasn’t Michelle Bachmann she would have held a news conference to announce it herself. Followed by a solicitation for donations to her campaign.

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

We know it wasn’t Michelle Bachmann she would have held a news conference to announce it herself. Followed by a solicitation for donations to her campaign.

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Only Romney “the Chosen Mormon” is exempted so far, and that has hurt him rather than helped him.

jimw on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Do not imagine for a single moment that they do not have something equally damaging on Romney. They’ll pick these guys off one at a time until Romney’s the only one left standing, then they’ll hit him right between the eyes and we’ll be left with no one. Romney exempt? Ha! Not if he becomes the candidate. They’ll have him eating puppies at a seance with someone else’s wife, and she’ll be naked and speaking in tongues.

Rational Thought on October 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

But Ann Coulter vehemently disagreed, pointing out that, when conservatives dredge up allegations of sexual misconduct, they’ve usually done their homework and the allegations prove to be true.

Really… like the church lot notes about McCain’s love child?

lexhamfox on October 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Then again, the “I ate the canary look” on Karl Rove’s face was priceless.

He was so happy this morning that I believe he is going to retire “The White Board That Got Cain” to his trophy wall and buy himself a new one.

jimw on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I might be Christine O’Donnell..Remember she is a witch..nevermind..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico because the answer to that question might affect how the electorate views the camp that leaked it.

Romney would have no need to do it. However, as noted even here at HA about a week back: Rick Perry’s Prime Directive: Destroy Cain.
If it were the case this originated from his camp, it would be the end to Perry’s national, if not local, political career.

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Why does it have to be a leak by another campaign? There are surely some people in the Restaurant Association who would like to see Cain hurt, including the women who accused him originally.

flataffect on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

lol

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

We really need a thread “If Herman Cain were a Halloween treat, which one would he be and why?”

Followed by an “Al Qaeda flag flies over Benghazi courthouse” thread for All Saints’ Day.

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Is blaming the leaker more important than realizing that the front runner of the Conservative candidacy of the GOP is involved in 2 separate Sexual harassment settlements????

Would we be giving Herman Cain this same benefit of the doubt if he were a democrat?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Yeah , it’s like some people think it would be better to have this blow up in the general.

the_nile on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

It might be Christine O’Donnell..Remember she is a witch..nevermind..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

He denied it. It wasn’t a non-denial denial. It was a direct, unequivocal denial.

Yesterday it was a non-denial denial. Today its a total denial with added questions about how could he not know about the settlement.

I wanted to see a direct denial. We got one. What else is there?

Rational Thought on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Like I said a denial isn’t going to cut it.

He needs to explain exactly what happened rather than have to deal with this is dribs and drabs. Cain should be the one revealing what happened not waiting for the media to set the pace.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Not to worry.

Herman will be just fine. Slimy Obama? Not so much.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Given NO EVIDENCE, drop it.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Really? Bill Clinton had a lot of rumors floating around him in the ’92 election, and we were told to “drop it” too.

This is the perfect attack. Because Cain can say he is innocent all day long, but the ladies who were paid off have to keep quiet. There is not rebuttal from them.

This damages Cain. Can we afford to send Herman Cain against Obama?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Hell, I could believe someone at National Review leaked it. Or Jennifer Rubin. Even Powerline.

DaydreamBeliever on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I take back the Powerline comment. I am not doing them justice.

DaydreamBeliever on October 31, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Karl Rove!??!..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Admit it, Dire. You are still hoping for an “earthquake”.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Romney would have no need to do it.

That’s as dumb as the “I felt uncomfortable” charge against Cain.

“Romney would have no need to do it” except that Cain’s popularity is beating Mitt’s across America.

The evangelicals would rather vote successful businessman Cain than flipper slippery Romney who couldn’t keep to a firm position even if his life depended on it.

Cain isn’t going to hurt any interests that you’d assume to be in Mitt’s camp. Those backers will as readily support Cain as Romney when the chips fall.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Like I said a denial isn’t going to cut it.

He needs to explain exactly what happened rather than have to deal with this is dribs and drabs. Cain should be the one revealing what happened not waiting for the media to set the pace.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM

With all due respect, let me attempt to define what a corporate smear is designed to do.

First and foremost, the National Restaurant Association is a huge organization. As a CEO of one of the largest Organizations in America, you are in a defacto position of being the leader of all members. Herman Cain served as its CEO and did a fine job.

Thousands of suits are served every year by the NRA for grievances large and small.

If, out of Herman Cain’s tenure he was served two suits that resulted in 2 five figure payouts? That’s success. Five figure paids are niusance suits.

The liberal media and its plaintiff’s bar are also a nuisance. Something that Cain could probably tout right now.

They’re going after Mark Block. Not Herman Cain. Because they can.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Admit it, Dire. You are still hoping for an “earthquake”.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM

It could happen..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I don’t think this is firing inside the tent. I think it’s the left firing into the republican tent.

I think it was about a week ago I mentioned the War room Salon on a thread on Hot Air. They were tearing Rubio a new one…the marching orders have gone out. The left knows that both Rubio and Cain are threats to their very existence. Cain peaked already, Rove has demonstrated that already on Fox News, it happened a couple of weeks ago. Rove was pointing out many of the primary candidate’s high water marks, when they were the front runners. Why would a fellow republican candidate hit Cain after he already peaked? They all know what’s going on in polls, they have staffs that monitor all the ups and downs.

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Poll: 55% of Americans now believe income inequality is a big problem for CAIN!

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Aw: CAIN! address [sic] OWS, threatens violence

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

These tea-party legislators are still gorging on CAIN!

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It could have been the Ronulans who leaked this!??!..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

U.S hopes for peace talks in Afghanistan now hinging on…CAIN!s intelligence

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

” Van Susteren asked what Cain did that led to the accusation. There were reportedly more than one accusations in the complaint, but Cain said he recalled just one incident. “She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin.’” At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. “And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable,” Cain said, “something that was in the sexual harassment charge.””

crash72 on October 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I’d like to have an explanation from Mr. Martin and Politico as to why they changed the title of their story:

Exclusive: 2 Women accused Cain of Sexual Harassment” to “Exclusive: 2 Women accused Cain of Inappropriate Behavior”

If Politico has had this story, (and been harrassing Cain for a response), for 10 days, why change the title?

Rovin on October 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thousands of suits are served every year by the NRA for grievances large and small.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

With all due respect this is about Cain, not the NRA.

If Cain is named in the settlement and the settlement was made for sexual harassment, and there are two separate incidents then that makes a big difference.

If Cain isn’t named in the settlement then we should already know that.

If the settlement wasn’t for sexual harassment then we should already know that.

If there was in fact only one incident rather than two separate incidents then we should already know that.

They need to get in front of this rather than playing catch up.

sharrukin on October 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

It’s time to rethink the “special relationship” between U.S. and BriCAIN!

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

This media sensationalism only seeks to further their own agenda and relevancy. This is a nothing story.

You can sue a ham sandwich if you want, in America.

So, Obama’s Politico operatives attempted to serve a ham sandwich to Cain, and in the process, through the revelations of the formerly contractually bound plaintiffs have violated the original contract.

Nice going, Politico.

Beside that FACT: Politico will now be compelled to reveal its sources and beyond that, they will be compelled to testify upon what measure they decided to open previously sealed records. The sanctity of sealed agreements is now open.

Can we now see what the sealed agreements between Obama and Politico are? Can we now see the sealed agreements of NPR and the Democrat Party?

Don’t touch the snake, you fools.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Romney would have no need to do it.

That’s as dumb as the “I felt uncomfortable” charge against Cain.

“Romney would have no need to do it” except that Cain’s popularity is beating Mitt’s across America.

The evangelicals would rather vote successful businessman Cain than flipper slippery Romney who couldn’t keep to a firm position even if his life depended on it.

Cain isn’t going to hurt any interests that you’d assume to be in Mitt’s camp. Those backers will as readily support Cain as Romney when the chips fall.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I’m sure you feel such things. However, in a logical discussion of the “most likely to smear GOP camp” we have to stick with the realities, e.g. as I already mentioned, it was noted at HA:
Rick Perry’s Prime Directive: Destroy Cain.

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

He was so happy this morning that I believe he is going to retire “The White Board That Got Cain” to his trophy wall and buy himself a new one.

jimw on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

He’s probably got white boards mounted on his walls and over the fireplace like hunters and fishermen have bear heads and marlins on their walls.

TxAnn56 on October 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Why does it have to be a leak by another campaign? There are surely some people in the Restaurant Association who would like to see Cain hurt, including the women who accused him originally.
flataffect on October 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Yep, or they’re Obama supporters. You could do all the oppo-research you want and still not find this story because of the confidentiality agreements. It has to come to you – “you” being Politico.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Perrybots heartbroken the story was baseless. Desperately craving the politics of personal destruction.

andy85719 on October 31, 2011 at 4:41 PM

What’s your plan on CAIN!, Republicans?

/Hey, wait, that one actually works.

Christien on October 31, 2011 at 4:41 PM

If it was a GOP candidate, Politico will “let it slip” eventually, just to do more damage to a GOP candidate.

John Deaux on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Were you supporting Bill Clinton’s campaign? “We” were told to do what on his behalf?!!! Not with you on that.

Is your memory really so faulty as to have forgotten Jennifer Flowers? The attacks against Clinton’s sexual aggressions were not based on no-names who supposedly claimed merely that they felt “uncomfortable” yet not charging with inappropriate physical contact or verbal requests. She charged Clinton with making inappropriate advances on her, as did Paula whoever she was with the big nose. They came out in public with their charges against Bill Clinton, and weren’t unnamed anonymous sources.

How the Clintons handled his affairs was absolutely distinct and unlike how Cain is handling this. Don’t call an orange an apple.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Cain called Perry a racist because of the “Rock” thing, and said he would endorse every candidate running except Perry.

Now why would Perry do something like this???

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

So because Cain gave public opinions about Perry, it would justify Perry and his minions releasing stories like this anonymously??

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Obama has played his failed hand.

Open up your college app’s and records, biatch. You wanna play?

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

From the National Restaurant Asscociation’s website…

National Restaurant Association Convention Office
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph: (312) 853-2525
Fax: (312) 853-2548
http://www.restaurant.org/show

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
175 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2702
Ph: (800) 765-2122
http://www.nraef.org

Need I say more?

SouthernGent on October 31, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Perry and Mittbots hoped there were pictures of rape or that Cain was involved in sadomasochism. Sad.

andy85719 on October 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I’m sure there was D&O Insurance, so the insurance company was in charge of any possible settlements. They may not have informed Cain of a couple of nuisance settlements, expecially if those settlements were for as little as $10k.

In these cases, agreeing to a small settlement is not an admission of guilt. It’s to make those who have $$$ signs in their eyes go away, no matter how baseless their claims.

kakypat on October 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Buddy Freaking Roemer.

Just try and stop the movement.

swamp_yankee on October 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Until you bother reading all former posts, don’t make assumptions.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

CDS (Cain Derangement Syndrome) has now been clinically verified. Goes on the list next to PDS and BDS.

andy85719 on October 31, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I’m sure there was D&O Insurance, so the insurance company was in charge of any possible settlements. They may not have informed Cain of a couple of nuisance settlements, expecially if those settlements were for as little as $10k.

In these cases, agreeing to a small settlement is not an admission of guilt. It’s to make those who have $$$ signs in their eyes go away, no matter how baseless their claims.

kakypat on October 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Agreed. Even if it was E&O v. D&O coverage, there would have had to have been a valid complaint for the contract to respond. I think we can agree that any five-figure settlement is niusance value and hence, Cain may not have been notified. Sounds like the standard $15k complaint.

Now, since Obama has decided to play with fire, perhaps… eh. I’m dreaming. Nobody will ever see his academic record. Or, who funded them.

This is an attack on Mark Block. Not Herman Cain. A strategic move. Get his COS to resign and you have disarray.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

An-n-nd on we roll with the latest “He’s crazy/degenerate/scary/dumb!” mainstream media assault on a leading Republican candidate.

It’s funny how the conservative press sees no connection between these “He’s C-R-A-Z-Y!” campaigns by Jon Stewart, MSNBC, WaPo, etc., and the way the conservative press rolled over for the same thing against Palin. The reason Palin deserved defending was because of the precedent being set by her treatment!

But no-no-no, Palin “really was dumb/crazy/scary” so it was important for the conservative press to lynch her just like the mainstream media demanded so they could still get the pat on the head and the semi-approval of mass media. Why heck, they’re conservatives but they’re not those sick riff-raff who treat Palin with any dignity or respect!

This is what you get, dummies! “Cain’s nuts! Why, he’s a rapist, too! He’s cooked now! Another threat to President Unicorn neutralized!” And it’s all made far, far easier by the conservative press who, not only tolerated, but joined in, on the same type of treatment of Palin.

Django on October 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Now why would whatt’acattoy go and change now. Everything is Perry’s fault and has been since the Palin wouldn’t run. That was Perry’s fault too.

cozmo on October 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Perry and Mittbots hoped there were pictures of rape or that Cain was involved in sadomasochism. Sad.

andy85719 on October 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Seriously – can crap like this be deleted and monitored?

gophergirl on October 31, 2011 at 5:02 PM

So because Cain gave public opinions about Perry, it would justify Perry and his minions releasing stories like this anonymously??

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Not at all. Dropping this crap of a story is slimy, but Politics is a slimy business. And thinking a political campaign is beyond such tactics is naive.

Now that the story is out though, How did Herman Cain think that this wouldn’t be drug up and politicized? If he was expecting it, I would have thought that he would have had a coordinated plan on answering the allegations when they were first revealed.

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Django on October 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Actually, no.

This is nothing more than a strategic move to get Mark Block to resign. And, he won’t.

Look for the Cain Campaign to come out swinging.

I hope Obama is ready to produce his records. All of them. And, look for them to insist upon the release of Michelle Obama’s law license records as well. And, we will also insist that Michelle Obama answer to her patient dumping scheme.

You want to play with a C
Conservative Republican? When you are nothing but a Snake? When you have nothing to fight with?

Be prepared. Don’t be stupid, Obama. Don’t be stupid.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Where was Herman Cain in the polls 10 days ago. That’s how long Poltiico claims they sat on the story.

Illinois: Cain 23, Romney 21, Gingrich 8 (Southern Illinois U.) Via the Kossacks, Oct 22,2011

I’m not linking :)

Is Herman Cain on the ballot in Illinois? I asked this about a week ago and I linked to a website to gather 3,000 signatures to get Herman Cain on the ballot in Illinois.

Is this an attempt to try and keep him from getting on the ballot in Illinois? I don’t see how 3,000 signatures seems like a pretty easy task to accomplish.

National Restaurant Association Convention Office
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph: (312) 853-2525
Fax: (312) 853-2548
http://www.restaurant.org/show

Southern Gent

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 5:11 PM

If Obama thought that Donald Trump was his worst?

Heh.

This is going to get VERY interesting.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Joe Leiberman, Rosa De Lauro, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Dick Durbin, Andrew Brietbart, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, call for Obama to release his transcripts and passports.

Heh.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

And I call on Rosa De Lauro, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Dick Durbin to NOT release Obama’s records.

THAT oughta be fun.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM

So because Cain gave public opinions about Perry, it would justify Perry and his minions releasing stories like this anonymously??

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

No.

Because Cain is running for this party standard bearer position, it justifies perry, or any other campaign using this story. If for no other reason than if they didn’t, bet your arse Obama would have.

Politics != Beanbag.

JohnGalt23 on October 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Is this an attempt to try and keep him from getting on the ballot in Illinois? I don’t see how 3,000 signatures seems like a pretty easy task to accomplish.

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 5:11 PM

It is with a professional operation. For amateurs, coordinating can be sort of tough.

JohnGalt23 on October 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Still, it’s worth asking the question of who tipped off Politico because the answer to that question might affect how the electorate views the camp that leaked it.

If these allegations turn out to be false, then I really would like to know the source. It would totally impact my view of that source.

Mutnodjmet on October 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM

On the other hand, “there’s a long history of false accusations on the left.” Coulter pointed out the left-leaning slant of Politico and implied left-leaning sources likely leaked the story.

Tina,

I think it is irresponsible to be blaming Romney or Huntsman for this.

OBQuiet on October 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Meanwhile, let’s see if this has any legs in the national press ?
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/29/4015232/california-assemblywoman-mary.html

I crack myself up.

pambi on October 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Sorry all you liberal/ Neo con racists but thisis a non-story and it makes the Poltico look bad, not Cain

And since this is Romney’s style of politics , everyone is thinking Romney’s campaign stirred it up

LeeSeneca on October 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

This guy in the Cain ad just needs to go away, and keep his mouth shut. He’s a bit freaky, and if he’s the face of the Cain campaign, give me another candidate…

stacman on October 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

How do any of you know the harrassment didn’t happen? Were you there? Do you think he would admit to it? He may be even sleazier than RINO Romney, but until proof is offered it’s a non issue. Verbal accusations don’t seal the deal, but what’ll happen when photos are offered up? Will you fall off the Cain Train finally…?

stacman on October 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Until you bother reading all former posts, don’t make assumptions.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Says the person who cried “dumb” when provided with evidence as to motivation and who was totally unable offer any evidence of his own – only just his feelings.

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

stacman on October 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Where YOU there ?
Go ahead and prove a negative.

pambi on October 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

…provided with evidence as to motivation…

whatcat on October 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

There’s something rather peculiar about that.

anuts on October 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Typical Cainlusional response. Always blame someone else. It couldn’t possibly be Cain’s fault! LOL

HondaV65 on October 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

So because Cain gave public opinions about Perry, it would justify Perry and his minions releasing stories like this anonymously??

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I dig how Cainlusionals run to defend their guy against sexual harassment charges – charges that, in fact, were actually filed. Nevertheless – they claim we shouldn’t condemn Cain because there’s not enough evidence.

And then, with NO EVIDENCE the Perry campaign released this – they jump on the bandwagon to condemn Perry!

LOL

HondaV65 on October 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Who cares. Until there are damning specifics, it’s only the Romney backers that pretend this is significant.

elfman on October 31, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Michael Steele on WLS radio in Chicago today said he thought the story came from a rival Republican. He said it doesn’t hurt any other GOP candidate and it doesn’t help the Democrats.

Fallon on October 31, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I’m with Rush on this one, a Republican would not have used Politico, and would have “leaked” something that conservatives would be less WGAF about than Anita Hill-type stuff.

It does show that the Left WILL do to Cain what they did to Justice Thomas. I don’t think Cain will get more African-Americans than any other Republican. The Left has successfully perverted the identity of African-Americans to where membership in the Democrat Party is a necessary “proof” of ones credibility.

Sekhmet on October 31, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Smells like Rove-ian desperation.

exdeadhead on October 31, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Anyone who thinks Romney did this should just do all of us a favor and turn their computers off, and go for a walk, because they have an brain cell killing case of Romney Derangement Syndrome.

Romney and Cain haven’t even attacked each other once in the debates; the few times they even criticized each other were about the substance of their arguments. You get the sense that the two men clearly respect each other. Cain even endorsed Romney in 2008.

haner on October 31, 2011 at 7:43 PM

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

precisely

29Victor on November 1, 2011 at 1:07 AM