How does a man defend himself against charges that some of his words and gestures have "upset and offended" women he worked with more than ten years ago? With great difficulty. It must feel something like trying to claw your way out of quicksand. Politico:
The sources — which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.As to the mysterious gestures, Ann Coulter wants to know, "Well, what were they then?"
Jeffrey Lord remembers:
The last time this kind of story was deserving of keeping somebody from high office, strangely enough that target turned out to be a black conservative man as well.Some are contending that a conservative candidate must be behind this. If so, those damaging details will be revealed soon enough by the liberal media, who would delight in knocking out two candidates with one stone. Or perhaps the plot could get even thicker? DTG speculates:
So. Do we have this right?
We can't have a conservative black man in the Oval Office because he was once accused by anonymous women of "inappropriate behavior"?
But we can give a pass and an attaboy to a liberal white man who was actually in the Oval Office when accused of infinitely worse behavior by said multiples of women? Including, say again, rape? And now everybody just has a big ole laugh about it all at said ex-president's 65th birthday when Lady Gaga shakes her booty at Bill and everybody roars?
Yes indeed. That does appear to be the game.
Alas, too many people have seen this movie. So they already know what to call this.
High Tech Lynching of an Uppity Conservative Black man.
If it turns out another campaign was pushing this story I don’t think the tea party right will forget or forgive this. There is an obvious suspect but because there is such an obvious suspect it’s not impossible that a different campaign pushed it to take out both Cain and the obvious suspect.I'm not sure whether he means Romney or Perry. It would be an incredibly stupid thing for any of the candidates to do. Patterico:
A lot of speculation will be this was Team Perry sticking a fork in Cain’s eyeball. Team Romney might be a less likely suspect, given concern the story might ultimately benefit Perry — but maybe the Romney camp thinks Perry is too damaged to benefit. In that scenario, Romney could win the Iowa caucus and wrap up the nomination quick.And then the liberal media will loose the hounds on Romney. If they can find nothing else they'll go after his religion.
See Michael Harlin (emphasis added):
So then, how does one "defend" himself after making a confidential settlement? Answer: you can't under these circumstances. And that's why this is a "when did you stop beating your wife?" scenario. There's no way to win and the implication is inherently prejudicial to Mr. Cain.Right.
Attorneys settle cases all the time under confidential terms. I certainly have. The point is of settlement, instead of taking the risks of litigation which is as certain as a crap game no matter how innocent you are, a reasonable party will pay to make it "go away." Does this mean culpability? Of course not! It means that instead of paying attorneys buckets of money to defend spurious claims, you pay to settle. It is the cost of living in this litigious world. And settlements of this type are routine in this country and are happening every day.
I have not made up my mind about any Republican candidate yet. But to hear and read this insinuation of accusations makes me boil as Mr. Cain can't possibly defend. I believe his best response is, "under the terms of the settlement, I am not allow to respond." If his wife Gloria wants to, she probably can respond. And I'll bet you she says something to the effect that "I stand by my husband." And what will the liberal media do with that? As they always have done. Smirk, smile and leave Mr. Cain as another "drive by victim." This simply has to stop. It is time to address ideas and not bargained for settlements. And the only way for this to stop is for conservatives to embrace Mr. Cain, whether we will vote for him or not, and support him in this time of big splash headlines by the media for their own sake.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the Buzzworthy link.
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