Last week, I predicted the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain would spell the end of his campaign, though it might occur gradually, as the seriousness of the charges sinks in.
There is some sign that this is beginning to happen.
A poll I noticed in The Daily Caller this morning – performed by Ipsos and Reuters – finds a sharp drop in Cain’s approval rating among Republicans, from 66 to 57 percent. What’s more, some Republican leaders are beginning to demand more, as both Jon Huntsman and Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour called on Cain to provide a better explanation of what happened.
Cain continues to show the unpleasant underside of his sunny campaign, which has included apparent lies about whether he knew about about the settlement with one of the women who alleged harassment and a disgusting effort to smear Rick Perry as having leaked the original story to Politico.
Here he is, doing something I’ve never seen an actual president do – refusing to even take a question on a topic he doesn’t like and dressing down a reporter as unethical. Quite scary, the notion that a president would cut off speech in this manner.
Also kind of sickening to see the reporter beg to ask his question. Just ask it and don’t be cowed by a bully!
That the press failed to fully vet President Obama doesn’t mean every story has an agenda behind it or that Republican presidential candidates’ pasts should not be probed. The charges in particular that the Cain stories were driven by racism are so outlandish – I had really thought Republicans didn’t play the race card, but boy was I wrong.
Cain has not one, but two settled sexual harassment suits in his past. Accusations of further harassment are indeed anonymous, but they are based on conversations with numerous sources by numerous press outlets. To just brush away such information when the future of our country is at stake is irresponsible.
With his fulminations against the press and his opponents added to his shallow knowledge about the issues of the day, you get that most dangerous of sorts – someone trying to ride his personality to power.
So we need to fully understand that personality. Here’s a further glimpse of it for you.
Another piercing of Cain’s thin skin occurred on June 18 when Cain was under criticism for discussing loyalty tests for Muslims who want to serve in government, erupting with the claim that he never said he would apply special precautions to Muslims.
Well, you judge if he never said such a thing.
From an article in The Daily Caller on June 8 describing an interview he had just had with Glenn Beck on Fox News:
CAIN: The exact language was when I was asked, “Would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your cabinet?” and I said “No, I would not be comfortable.” I didn’t say I wouldn’t appoint one because if they can prove to me they are putting the Constitution of the United States first, they would be a candidate just like everybody else. My entire career I’ve hired good people, great people, regardless of their religious orientation.”
BECK: So wait a minute, are you saying that Muslims have to prove, there has to be a loyalty proof?
CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.
BECK: Well, would you do that to a Catholic or would you do that to a Mormon?
CAIN: No, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t because there is a greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith than there is in these other religions. I know there are some Muslims who talk about, “But we are a peaceful religion.” I’m sure that there are some peace-loving Muslims.
Cain is not a victim. What we need to know better, of someone who would be president, is whether he is a victimizer.