November 3, 2011, - 10:28 pm
As you know from my post about it and the absence of new posts on my site for most of this week (despite my plan to post lots of stuff before and after the trial each day), I’ve been in trial in a hearing defending my client, a Christian teacher in the Dearborn Public Schools, pro bono (if you wish to donate to our cause, please click the Paypal button on the upper left-hand side of this site). Sunday Night, the night before the trial began, the allegations of sexual harassment complaints against Herman Cain broke, and I figured they’d be old news by the time I had time to write about it. And they would be . . . if Herman Cain had a big “D” after his name. But since he’s a conservative and not John Edwards, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama, it’s not only still in the news, but this piddling story has “grown.” And for no legitimate reason.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cain for his flip-flops on Islam or his visit to the Al-Qaeda mosque around Ramadan. But this story makes me like him a lot more. I feel for him (plus I loved his charming interview in the latest issue of People). It’s interesting that liberal racists–the ones who smugly tell us we’re the racists–always use the racist sexual stereotype about Black men against Black conservatives. And they’re never called on it.
As an attorney, I think the fact that this man, who spent 40 years in business, including in CEO positions of major companies, has only had three sexual harassment complaints against him is remarkable. It’s a very low number–less than one per decade. Many CEOs have far more such complaints filed against them by gold-digging, easy payday-seeking employees. You just don’t hear about them because they are usually settled as nuisance cases and paid off, rather than fighting long, intrusive court battles. Frankly, the $35,000 and $45,000 Cain/National Restaurant Association settlement figures we are now hearing about aren’t that high, contrary what some liberal “legal analysts” are saying on TV. They aren’t “lowest” settlements, but they are definitely on the lower end of the scale.
That Herman Cain got details of the stories wrong is being made into some sort of evidence that he’s lying. But typically, businessmen of his level aren’t involved in negotiating settlements and getting these women to go away. And if Cain was a serial sexual harasser, why are all the accusations from his tenure at the National Restaurant Association? Surely, there would have been instances at Coca Cola and Pillsbury and Godfather’s Pizza. People don’t become gropers or harassers in their late 40s or early 50s. Not only doesn’t a leopard change his spots, but he doesn’t just suddenly get the spots when he’s 60-something.
If the women who settled with Herman Cain thought he was such a bad guy who should pay, they would have either sought their day in court–where the record would be public and other women would be forewarned–or sought more money. It’s interesting how they were easily and quickly bought off and went on their merry ways. It’s the equivalent of being a prostitute without having to perform the sex acts. It’s also interesting that these women now want to be released from the confidentiality portions of their agreements . . . and it’s clearly political. Otherwise, why do this only now, when he’s running for President?
Still, I think we should know the women’s names. The media clearly does, since the women and their professions and locales have been described in quite some detail. Why is it that the rape accuser is always shielded and the alleged perpetrator–who may be the real victim–never is? If women are accusing a Presidential candidate of sexual harassment, we deserve to know who they are . . . and why they took the money and ran. If you’re that easily paid off, it was probably nothing. And these women are cowards hiding in the shadows in their whispers campaign, regardless of the desperate Perry campaign’s involvement in the whole mess. If they do come out of the woodwork, do ya think they’ll get the treatment Paula Jones and Linda Tripp got? Dream on. They’ll be sainted like Anita Hill, who, after all these years after her non-credible pubic-haired Coke can (who says that?!) claim, is still gushed over.
I’m more concerned with the fact that Barack Obama never really registered for the draft and that his Selective Service form on file with the government is a forgery and a fraud. But try getting the media to touch that one.
Remember, there’s a “D” after his name.
Tags: Anita Hill, conservative, GOP, Herman Cain, National Restaurant Association, Republican, sex, Sexual Harassment