The political-media establishment has decided that Herman Cain is a credible challenger who could defeat their President and derail their political agenda.
Back in 2008 when the media propelled him to national prominence various sources sent allegations of personal misconduct by Barack Obama to blogs and political websites. The emails came to Liberty Works and some of the allegations appeared in an online video. Even though we strenuously oppose Obama’s ideas and policies we’ve never repeated the allegations because they aren’t verifiable and frankly, we just didn’t believe them. Anyone who runs for high office will, inevitably, be hit with baseless allegations.
While the Obama rumors have bounced around the Internet for three years, establishment media outlets have properly abstained from repeating them. But Herman Cain is no Barack Obama. Herman Cain opposes most of what the national media supports: an authoritarian, regulatory state, punitive taxation of “rich” small businesses, government run health care, etc. So, rather than ignore salacious allegations against Cain, the establishment media, led by Politico.com went looking for dirt and found some folks willing to swing shovels.
Politico.com claims that two women who worked for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) say they were “sexually harassed” by Herman Cain when he was the NRA’s President, back in the 90s, and that their allegations were “settled” by paying them “five figure separation packages” to terminate their employment. The women were “upset and offended” by “conversations filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature.”
Also, according to Politico.com, Cain was guilty of “physical gestures that were not overtly sexual” that made other women “uncomfortable.”
Predictably, the rest of the establishment media has piled on reporting the “news” that Politico.com has reported alleged sexual harassment.
Cain says one woman – not two – made a formal accusation 12 years ago but insists it was baseless and false. The one person who would be best equipped to provide objective information was the association’s general counsel in the 1990s, and still is today. He has declined to comment on the matter.