The high tech lynching of Clarence Thomas sponsored by Anita Hill seems to be serving as the model for the media's high tech lynching of Herman Cain. The unconscionable campaign of
allegations of sexual harassment reveals the hypocrisy of Democrats and their liberal allies.
Hypocrisy because they continually accused the Republicans of racism, but when it began to look like the Republicans might nominate a black man as their presidential candidate, these same
Democrats and their liberal allies do not hesitate to raise the specter of a black man molesting white women. Regardless of the truth of the allegations, the lynching campaign is a scandal in its own right!
A Face and a Name to the Unspecified Accusations
by James Taranto
The Best of the Web Today
The Wall Street Journal Online
Tuesday, 08 November 11
We now know the name of one of the women who settled a complaint with the National Restaurant Association after alleging sexual harassment by Herman Cain. She is 55-year-old Karen Kraushaar, a married "former journalist and seasoned government spokeswoman." In case you're keeping score, this is the accuser who is represented by lawyer Joel Bennett.
The Daily has lots of other details about Kraushaar: She was a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2000, when Elian Gonzalez was deported to Cuba. She now works for the Treasury Department. She is "a lifelong horsewoman" who has scoliosis, diagnosed when she was 21. Because of her spinal difficulties, she favors "the Paso Fino breed of horses because they have a gentler gait."
Wow, that's a really detailed story! There's just one thing missing: What exactly does she accuse Cain of having done? "Kraushaar, who lives in Maryland, has no desire to speak publicly about the complaint she filed against Cain," The Daily reports, attributing this information to Bennett.
Oh, well never mind then.
Cain's fourth accuser, Sharon Bialek, yesterday said she had seen Cain at a Tea Party event a month ago. Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that an eyewitness, Amy Jacobson of Chicago's WIND-AM, says the encounter was far friendlier than Bialek let on. According to Jacobson, as paraphrased by Sneed: "They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends. She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear. She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying 'Uh, huh. Uh, huh.' "
By contrast, according to Bialek's description of the meeting at yesterday's press conference, "I went up to him and asked him if he remembered me. I wanted to see if he would be man enough to own up to what he had done 14 years ago." She said he failed that test.
Readers are left to decide for themselves if the discrepancy between Jacobson's and Bialek's accounts raises questions about the latter's credibility. To our mind it certainly raises doubts about the reliability of her self-reported motives--but then, such reports are pretty much impossible to check and therefore inherently suspect anyway. As to her claim about what happened, it occurs to us that if it's true, Cain would make a suitable candidate for TSA administrator under President Romney.
The Puffington Host also has a very funny quote from Bialek's media tour:
Bialek said she sympathized with Cain's wife, Gloria. "You know what I want to say to Herman is? If not for yourself, okay, to come forward and admit this, what is his wife going through? You know, that's who I feel for the most in this whole thing," she said in an interview on CNN's "American Morning," according to Politico. "I have to believe she's going through her own personal turmoil. And if not for himself, for the women that he's done this to, just for Gloria, that's his wife, too, he should [come forward]."
If that's what she thinks Mrs. Cain would like, she really doesn't understand women.
The Washington Examiner reports there is now a fifth "accuser"--and we use the scare quotes advisedly. In this incident, if one can even call it that, "Cain exhibited no inappropriate sexual behavior." Here's what supposedly happened:
A former employee of the United States Agency for International Development says Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain asked her to help arrange a dinner date for him with a female audience member following a speech he delivered nine years ago.
Donna Donella, 40, of Arlington, said the USAID paid Cain to deliver a speech to businessmen and women in Egypt in 2002, during which an Egyptian businesswoman in her 30s asked Cain a question.
"And after the seminar was over," Donella told The Washington Examiner, "Cain came over to me and a colleague and said, 'Could you put me in touch with that lovely young lady who asked the question, so I can give her a more thorough answer over dinner?' "
Donella, who no longer works for USAID, said they were suspicious of Cain's motives and declined to set up the date. Cain responded, "Then you and I can have dinner." That's when two female colleagues intervened and suggested they all go to dinner together, Donella said.
The worst Donella can come up with is that Cain allegedly "did order two $400 bottles of wine and stuck the women with the bill." But c'mon, aren't empowered feminists expected to pick up the check from time to time?