Herman Cain And Racism

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Race, Sex Scandals1 Comment

Okay.  So Herman Cain was once accused of sexual harassment.  And now people want to know more.

My feelings?  I don't think this has any bearing on anything, and I detest this kind of politics.  I need to be shown why it is important, and how it bears on his ability to be president.  There are answers to that question — legitimate ones.  For example, if he had previously said that he never had been accused of sexual harassment, and he knew that statement to be false, that is an issue that goes to his credibility.  

Or, if the sexual harassment was part of a serial problem.  Or, if it rose to the level of a crime.

But that's not the case.  Apparently, he was accused of sexual harrassment.  He admits this, although he denies the sexual harrassment.  The matter was settled by a confidential settlement agreement.  End of story as far as I am concerned.

On the other hand, Cain's defenders, including Rush Limbaugh, are saying that all this interest in Cain's possible sexual harassment is…. racism. 

Wait, what?  Aren't the Republicans the one who bristle when their criticisms of Obama is labelled as "racism"?  And yet, here they are.

And it's an odd criticism.  I mean, WHERE is the racism exactly in any of Cain's critics?  WHO are the racists, exactly?  

Cain refuses to talk about the incident.  Worse yet, he's changed his story.  Is pointing out that he changed his story, racism?  And if so, how?

Excuse me, Cain supporters.  I think there are reasons why the sexual harrassment "issue" should be put to rest (i.e., it is irrelevant until somebody makes an argument why it should be relevant).  But to use Cain's race as a basis to try to shut down inquiry?


(The real thing scary about Cain is his incredible lack of knowledge about basic things any president should know.  Yes, Herman, China is a nuclear power.  It has been for almost 50 years.)