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John Derbyshire
  • Herman Cain's Creepiness Leaves No Woman Behind

    When information surfaced that the National Restaurant Association settled two sexual harassment complaints registered against Herman Cain, reaction from Cain allies was swift and certain. Where was the pizza stained dress? If the sauce isn't spilt', you must acquit, cried National Review's resident pervert John Derbyshire

    Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn't know it's all a lawyers' ramp, like 'racial discrimination'? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up. Is this any way to live?

    Perhaps the creepy old man is right. How can we trust allegations made 11-14 years ago, when Cain was neither rich nor famous, which were actually settled by the NRA for considerable sums of money? Real social conservatives, like Bill Bennett,  know that for sexual harassment allegations to be taken seriously, they have to follow the rule of four

    Four women are not an insignificant number. One or two anonymous charges, perhaps. Three anonymous charges (where, as I understand the story, Cain knows of at least two of the women) plus one woman who went very public and opened herself up to all manner of investigation are a lot. It is no longer insignificant.

    And if four charges — including an accusation of sexual assault — are "no longer insignificant," what happens when a fifth woman steps forward to accuse Cain of inappropriate behavior, noting that Cain asked her to set up a date between himself and a young woman who attended a speech delivered by Cain in Egypt nine years ago?

    [Donna] Donella, who no longer works for [the United States Agency for International Development], said they were suspicious of Cain's motives and declined to set up the date. Cain responded, "Then you and I can have dinner." That's when two female colleagues intervened and suggested they all go to dinner together, Donella said.

    Cain exhibited no inappropriate sexual behavior during the dinner, though he did order two $400 bottles of wine and stuck the women with the bill, she said.

    After woman number five, I'm 9-9-point-9 percent certain that at the very least, Cain is a cheap creepy man.

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    Tags: Bill Bennett, Herman Cain, John Derbyshire, National Review, Primaries, Republicans, Scandalgate
  • The Response from the Real America

    Here's a very conservative, very Christian, very McCain-Palin friend of mine on last night's election results, presented with the very acerbic vitriol that you might expect from one of his kind…

    I am actually more proud to be an American than ever. Not only did the wheels of democracy work once again, allowing the people to speak and express their desire for a change in the country's direction, but we have elected an African American to the highest office in our country when less than 150 years ago, blacks were property in this country.

    Haha! Suck it, friend of mine! You lost! I hope you enjoy spitting that bile all over the place for the next four years. Loser!

    Fortunately, not all Republicans are as hateful and vindictive as my friend there. We do, of course, have the intelligent and thoughtful commentary of conservative professional columnists like NRO's John Derbyshire to help to mend the country's great divide…

    All right, I'm sour. The most liberal member of the U.S. Senate! And that shakedown-artist of a wife, with the permanent frown! And Joe Biden!…

    What won this election was the packaging skills of David Axelrod, the swooning complicity of the media, the ruthless opportunism of Barack Obama, and the unprincipled thuggishness of his supporters… Sour? You bet I'm sour.

    Aaaaahhh… Let the healing begin.

    Tags: Barack Obama, John Derbyshire, John McCain, National Review