In an email rant sent out to reporters today, Herman Cain responded to mounting sexual harassment allegations by flipping out and calling sexual harassment nonsense, and accusing the media of trying to set him up.
Cain began his statement by writing, “It’s easy to make accusations when, by virtue of your anonymity, you don’t have to be held accountable for the claims you’re making. It’s easy to publish them when, like Politico, you don’t follow basic rules of journalism by naming your sources or giving any details whatsoever about what supposedly happened.” Media obsessed with nonsense; the voters and I are not I am a serious person, seeking the opportunity to do a serious and very important job. Our nation has very serious problems, particularly of an economic nature, and Barack Obama does not have the skill, knowledge or will to solve them. (Hint: If you have to tell people that you are a serious person, that’s a battle you’ve already lost).
Later, Cain played to GOP primary voters by attacking the media, “Unfortunately, the media-driven process by which one must seek this opportunity is fundamentally unserious. I have touched on this before – the emphasis on “gaffes,” gotcha questions and time devoted to trivial nonsense – and everyone knows the process only became further detached from relevance this week as the media published anonymous, ancient, vague personal allegations against me. Once this kind of nonsense starts, the media’s rules say you have to act in a certain way. I am well aware of these rules. And I refuse to play by them.” (The rule that Herb seems to object to most is that sexual harassment is not ok).
Cain also claimed that his poll numbers are just fine, “Another reason I refuse to play by these rules is that, by doing it my way, I’m getting much better results. My fundraising has skyrocketed since all this nonsense began. Just this weekend, the Washington Post has come out with a new poll – taken since all this started – showing me in the lead nationally, with my numbers on the rise. The media may be obsessed with this business, but the voters are not. And I am not. (Cain might want to take a closer look Reuters/Ipsos poll that found that he has lost 9 points off of his GOP favorability rating in a week, and 53% of Republicans think the sexual harassment allegations are true). (Hint #2: It’s not you, Herman. They really don’t like Mitt).
He followed this up by claiming that Politico is out to get him, “So once the editors of Politico started looking for people who would make claims against me, their chances of finding a few takers were probably about 100 percent. These people will not give their names. The so-called “witnesses” who purportedly corroborated their stories also will not give their names. That’s about what you would expect when people are engaging in a “hatchet job,” as it’s been described by Joseph Fassler, who was chairman of the National Restaurant Association board when I was there. It’s easy to make accusations when, by virtue of your anonymity, you don’t have to be held accountable for the claims you’re making. It’s easy to publish them when, like Politico, you don’t follow basic rules of journalism by naming your sources or giving any details whatsoever about what supposedly happened.”
Herb blamed the media for his mishandling of the story, “When someone stops you on the street and hits you with an accusation like this, they subsequently write a story about the look in your eyes, and how many seconds it took you to speak some words in response. They go to “crisis management experts” who offer the usual sage wisdom about “getting all the information out” – as if you can get any “information” out (aside from telling them nothing happened, which they don’t want to hear) in response to allegations that are unsourced and nonspecific. Then, when you haven’t “calmed the firestorm” – if only because the people wielding the blow-torches have no intention of putting them out – more experts are put on the air to say this proves you are “not ready for prime time.” Maybe that would matter if I was trying out for the cast of Saturday Night Live. But this should be a slightly more serious undertaking than that.”
He closed by claiming once again that only the media cares about this story, “If the media want to continue talking about nonsense, that’s fine. I’m not going to join them. It doesn’t look like the citizenry plans to join them either.”
All you really need to know about Herman Cain is that he considers sexual harassment nonsense. While trying to defend himself, Cain actually confirmed what the allegations suggest about his attitude towards women.
What Cain is trying to here is play the victim, but it is unbelievable that a presidential campaign would put out such a sloppy half deranged email rant as their defense. It isn’t like the editors of Politico went out and dug this story up. They had it handed to them, and if they wouldn’t have found it now, another outlet would have certainly uncovered it later. What decade does Herman Cain think he is living in? Did he really believe that he could get away with a pattern of sexual harassment?
It is funny that Cain would blame the media, because it was the media who created him. When the media deemed Cain’s win in a meaningless Florida straw poll significant, and gave him oodles of free airtime on national television, his campaign took off. Cain would still be a second tier candidate without the weeks of Sunday morning talk show appearances.
Herman Cain may have gone to Sarah Palin School of Lamestream Media Self-Victimization, but he is no Palin. Cain’s email was designed to stop the bleeding among Republicans, but even if he does survive, he will now be even easier pickings for Obama.
The truth is that instead of painting a comprehensive defense, Herman Cain’s email made him look paranoid, crazy, and guilty, which in the eyes of many GOP primary voters makes him the perfect candidate. However, the rest of America just witnessed the wheels fall off the Herman Cain 9-9-9 Express.
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