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The problem with Cain

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
November 2, 2011 | 3,407 views | 99 comments

The main issue with the upcoming presidential campaign is, of course, the economy, but one wouldn’t know that by watching the nightly news.

The newscasts have led with “The Herman Cain story” since the liberal blog Politico first came out with unspecified allegations from unnamed sources, quoting unnamed people.

And it’s gone viral with the so-called news media, including the talk shows. Instead of feeding into the frenzy, you’d think that at least some of these conservative talk shows would choose to ignore this nonsense -- unless and until something of substance is proven.

While the Cain nonsense continues, no one is watching the manipulation in Washington. They are too busy shoving microphones and cameras into the faces of political candidates. That’s easier than asking them tough questions.

They should be addressing the real issues of an out-of-control Obama Adminstration ruling by executive order, or the financial crises in Europe and Greece, or the plight of Israel.

It is a fact that anyone can make an allegation and if the press repeats it, it soon takes on a life of its own. That’s is what Cain’s opponents are counting on -- and what a shame.

Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that there is some deep, dark secret side of Cain’s past. Say he drank too much at some point more than a decade ago, and did make a pass at some women. As the head of a major corporation, he certainly would be vulnerable to false or malicious charges as a way of getting a quick payoff. We do know that back in the 1990s, it was far easier than it is today to make an allegation just for being made to feel “uncomfortable.”

For all of women’s gains, that seems to be one area in which they have remained rather delicate: “Please don’t say anything that might make me feel uncomfortable! I might faint -- or sue your company.”

We don’t know if these supposed victims had also been drinking and leading him on. We just don’t know, so why ruin a man’s life over something about which we cannot prove.

As long as these women can continue to speak with no responsibility for their actions or accountability for the accusations they make, there’s no way to combat the feeding frenzy of an irresponsible press. Since the allegations were first made public, you can’t turn on the radio or a watch a news program without hearing more about the Herman Cain story.

But is there a story?

Not if you look at some of the past left-leaning candidates. Remember Bill Clinton? And those were not anonymous allegations made against him, but instead of providing protection for those women testifying against Clinton, the press ridiculed them.

Their lives were ruined.

Then look at how the media treated John Edwards when he was running for president. Not only did he have an affair, but he fathered a child with another woman while his wife was being treated for terminal cancer. He, too, was actually protected by the press.

So what’s wrong with Herman Cain? Is he “too black” for the media?

The very idea that they would give credence to such unsubstantiated dribble to the extent that very real and very serious issues gets ignored is outrageous.

You can like Herman Cain or not.; support him or not, but if you have an ounce of fairness, you can see the injustice in the way he is being treated. Is this just their way of giving him the Palin treatment?

What a shame.
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Your Opinions and Comments

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
December 4, 2011 9:32pm
4 more years of Obama and America will never recover. Do liberals even watch current events and follow politics? Don't they even see how bad off the country is and getting worse under Obama. Don't they even see how he has... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
December 4, 2011 9:58am
"How do you say 4 more years!!! " Well, never underestimate the power of human stupidity and the ability of the Democrats to steal an election. It is the one thing at which they are very accomplished and proudly,... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
December 3, 2011 9:49pm
Another one bites the dust!!! GOP is in bad shape How do you say 4 more years!!!

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
December 2, 2011 1:47pm
That decision has not been made yet. But, I expect he will not continue. I believe all the smoozzing around with females of the opposite sex would give mr. Cain valuable insight and experience to keep the country from getting... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
December 1, 2011 1:04pm
Is Cain out yet? Last I heard he had to ask his wife if he should campaign still.

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
December 1, 2011 11:31am
It is a waste of anyone's time reading your comments.

Alvin Charmaine  
December 1, 2011 9:04am
If Huckabee jumped in right now he'd destroy this field.

Alvin Charmaine  
December 1, 2011 8:58am
Most cult folks do live up to what their leaders ask them to do. scientologists do it, they live clean lives. still a cult. with all it's seedy underbelly. no thanks. they can keep their big love to themselves. don't want... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
November 30, 2011 10:06pm
I most definitely am not a Mormon but I have tremendous respect for them...they have a strong moral ethic and most of them live up to their Church's expectations of them. We could do much, much worst than having a Mormon in... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
November 30, 2011 6:13pm
Sorry if that offends you Kenneth but I really do believe that. Look around at all the pro mormon billboards all over town since Romneys campaign started. Sounds crazy, but lets face it, they are crazy.

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