The sleaze factor keeps multiplying. As the charges of sexual abuse against Herman Cain continue to mount, the circus atmosphere does as well. Indeed, so many people have chimed in to express their opinions that I am reluctant to join the crowd. Nevertheless, the issue is so significant something should be said.
Like many observers, I am not certain about what happened. I suspect that it was not what has been alleged, but the evidence remains obscure. If anything, the way these accusations have been orchestrated leads me to believe they are probably false.
But this may not matter. The goal seems to have been to cast doubts about Cain and this will have been achieved even if every word uttered against him is false. Yes, those who are committed to Cain will rush to his defense, yet those who are not will probably hold back.
Given that Cain is a black conservative, his enemies must take pleasure in reducing his stature. If this, in fact, the reason this is occurring, the word “sleaze” is too modest to describe the viciousness of the behavior.
But whatever the truth, the damage has been done. Mind you, it is very unlikely that Cain would ever have been the Republican nominee for president. However, likeable or intelligent he is, he is simply too politically inexperienced. Unfortunately for him, he is too closely resembles Barack Obama. As Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” reveals, our current president has failed, in part, because he is in over his head. I don’t believe most Americans want to repeat this mistake.
Then there is another issue never mentioned because it seems so unfair. I am talking about Cain’s health. He has recovered from a very serious cancer. As of now, he seems to be in good condition, but will there be a recurrence? I certainly hope not, but this is cancer we are talking about.
If this sounds ghoulish, remember how concerned voters were about McCain or Reagan’s age? And didn’t they worry about Eisenhower or Johnson’s heart conditions? And shouldn’t they have experienced apprehension about Kennedy or Roosevelt’s many maladies?
Politics is a funny business. We don’t always make decisions for the right reasons. Nor do we always say out loud what we privately think. What do you think?
Originally published on November 10, 2011.