In a 5pm news conference on Tuesday, Herman Cain addressed the sexual harassment charges against him by saying there were groups trying to keep him out of the white house for one key reason. He is a Businessman. He is not an establishment politician.
Cain once again resisted the temptation to play the race card and accuse his accusers of racism, even though it’s pretty obvious in some cases. Yesterday Martin Bashir interviewed Truther Toure and Karen Finney on MSNBC who both referenced Herman Cain as a “sexually aggressive” black man towards white blonde women. They basically warned that GOP’ers should keep their women away from the black man. Amazingly, these racist comments on MSNBC have not received much replay.
Cain stared America in the face today and said he did not recognize Sharon Bailek. This is a risky move, since hotel records and other travel records may be dug up to show that she was in Washington at the time, which will just add more doubt for Cain supporters. However, for now Cain has bolstered his position by addressing the accusations head on and flatly denying them. Of course, Clinton did the same thing. But Clinton had the advantages of a compliant mainstream media and compliant witnesses like Monica Lewinsky who he could illegally coach.
Cain did not attempt to downplay true sexual harassment or assault. He called such things very serious and mentioned that he had dealt with those issues with his employees in past occasions. Cain also pointed out that Mitt Romney had not agreed with the accusations, but had simply spoken about the nature of the charges which Cain agreed with. He handled the press conference very well and demonstrated the sort of political competence that many had alleged was missing from his campaign.
What Cain did today was restore “innocent until proven guilty” to his corner. But if he is proven guilty, the ramifications will extend far beyond his 2012 primary race. It will hurt his family and his career, but it could also hurt the entire Republican party.
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