Former pizza executive and high-concept performance artist Herman Cain has now gone through the three stages of the political upstart.
First they ignore you. Then they mock your policy proposals and weird campaign advertisements. Then… they commit acts of journalism and conduct an investigation of your service as head of a major trade group?
During Herman Cain's tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to Politico.
The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association.
One plausible reaction to these allegations is to suggest that, difficult as it may be to believe, a former executive of a second-tier pizza chain might yet fall short of becoming the 45th President of the United States. Alternatively, if you're Red State editor Erick Erickson, these allegations can mean only thing: Herman Cain is a serious, legitimate candidate for the nation's highest office…
Hours after the Politico’s Roger Simon accused the GOP of being racist, the Politico begins a sincere effort to destroy the black guy running to be the GOP's Presidential nominee. The opposition dump on Herman Cain has begun in earnest… It means for certain that Herman Cain's lead in the polling is real — very, very real. People are taking him seriously.
But just why are journalistic guns being trained on Cain? Is it the aforementioned rise in the polls, which include Cain leading Rick Perry in the latter's home state of Texas? Not quite, according to Ann Coulter, who explains: "Liberals are terrified of Herman Cain… He is a strong, conservative black man… They are terrified of strong, conservative black men." But that's Coulter. Surely Cain can do better, especially with coaching from campaign aide J.D. Gordon, who honed his spin techniques as principal spokesman for the detention center at Guantanamo Bay…
[Cain] was then asked, "Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?"
He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he responded by asking the reporter, "Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?"
Wow. Who would have thought the pizza guy could be so creepy?
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