Watching the GOP Presidential Primary race reminds me of the infamous words uttered by Rodney King at the height of the LA Riots of 1992. “Can’t we all just get along?” could also be applied to the lame efforts by the President and Congress to pass budgets or any significant legislation.
…leading Presidential Candidate Herman Cain is being attacked in an article on Politico.com. It claims that while serving as President of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two unnamed female employees and paid them a cash settlement to drop the claims. Allegedly the women took the cash and left the employ of the Association.
It’s important to note that nobody is accusing Cain of touching them, groping them, dropping his pants, or anything beyond saying something ONCE and making a gesture ONCE that made two women “uncomfortable”. In our nation’s ridiculous and heightened state of political correctness in the 1990 a woman’s claim of being made to feel “uncomfortable” required calling out the Third Infantry and helicopter attack squad. No credibility nor truth needed accompany the claim in order for it to do substantial damage to the person it was levied against. It’s not MUCH better today. Herman Cain has been married for over 40 years. That’s good enough for me.
I’m not saying I’ll vote for Cain. In fact, I probably will vote for another GOP candidate if they are still in the race by the time of Washington State’s April 15, 2012 Presidential Precinct Caucuses. But I am saying even if this lame story lacking attribution is 100% true, SO WHAT! It amounts to very, very little. Not something that should sway anyone’s vote.
Conservative Columnist Ann Coulter was adamant that the story was being put forth by the “Liberal Left” or more specifically President Obama’s political machine. Democratic Commentator Juan Williams was equally sure the story was being pushed by Cain’s GOP rivals, or more specifically one of them. Whoever is found to be responsible for bathing in this slime soup should be held accountable. For it is about time we as Americans stop complaining about negative campaign ads, campaign stories, and campaigning in general and start penalizing those purveying such nonsense; rather than rewarding them. The negative campaigning goes on only because it works. It’s time we start supporting those who lift us up, rather than those who pull us down. And in case you haven’t been paying attention Newt Gingrich is the only candidate not throwing mud at his GOP rivals and the slime throwing, Commander in Pulling us Down Chief right now is Mr. Hope and Change himself.
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