My problem with this line of attack is it’s exactly what has made politicians, and often the reporters who cover them, so disconnected from the rest of the country. Cain’s reaction has been human. It’s been just the opposite of what a politician who prizes political survival above all would have done.

Imagine that you were accused of doing something you did not do 12 years ago. You have a staff and your staff figured out a way to make it go away. Good, you might say. I didn’t do it and it deserves to go away. You then put the issue out of your mind. Then 12 years later, the allegations re-emerge. It’s not unnatural that you start to remember more facts. Some details come back to you. Some don’t. That’s the way the human mind works. It’s not the way political minds work…

But he’s not an insider. He said what came naturally. He remembered more facts — a very human development — and said them. Scandal experts will tell you not to remember more information. Stick to your denial and say nothing else, they would advise. Cain didn’t do that because he’s not like that. He genuinely is different. And because he’s different, he’s being pilloried for how he has handled the allegations.