October 31, 2011
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The website Politico has done an investigation and found that while GOP frontrunner Herman Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association, there were two female employees who accused him of sexual harrassment. The two were asked to leave the NRA in return for receiving cash settlements and promising to keep what happened under wraps.
You can read the article to get the details of the situation, but what comes to mind for me is simply this: how will this play out? The criticism from the Left is already flying fast and furious. He’s been called an Uncle Tom. He’s being used by the Tea Party to cover up their racist leanings. And so on. Now, this gives detractors new ammunition.
But I wonder if many of the most vocal detractors will be people who were willing to give former president Bill Clinton a pass. People who still talk about Anita Hill’s accusations of harrassment of Clarence Thomas while they were at the EEOC say nothing of how accusations of Clinton’s dalliances were floating around well before he ran for and won the presidency. Paula Jones filed a lawsuit against Clinton in 1994 and was treated like a pariah–until “the dress” appeared and Clinton had to settle and also deal with getting impeached for perjury.
My point is, regardless of which side it happens to, its always interesting to see the reaction from the other side, whose supporters are usually quick to forget that they were fine with what happened when their person did it. It’s only bad when the other side does it, right?
Having said that, is this something that, if true, should DQ Cain from the race? Will this pass over, or will this become a stone around his neck? Stay tuned.