From Fox News Atlanta, we meet a woman who says she had a 13-year affair with Herb. From CNN, Herman Cain rats on himself, revealing a new sexual-harassment accuser.
I was pro-Cain at the beginning, when Stacy McCain brought him to my attention and two good friends of mine started working for him. Dale Peterson endorsed him, and everyone I knew jumped on the "Cain Train."
In fact I wanted to be on that train. Loved his speeches, thought he was witty, enjoyed meeting him at CPAC. I had all sorts of viral video ideas for him, back when he was a tabula rasa and no one knew who he was.
Then I tried to correspond with his team. One of them led me on for roughly five months. Eventually I discovered that someone else already had an exclusive contract to do all of his videos. I had been flat-out-lied to. Probably in order to keep me from working with any other candidate. When I called out this "Cain team member" about it, she was highly annoyed that I had the temerity to point out that she was lying to me.
Even so, I was willing to be nice to Cain and not constantly dump all over him like, for instance, Dan Riehl or Ace of Spades have been doing. Yes, I didn't like the rumors that I had made that crappy "smoking" ad for him, and yes, I thought it unseemly that he was trying to compare himself to Clarence Thomas, and his accusers to Anita Hill, when the affairs started seeing the light of day, but that's about the extent of my public statements on him.
But now I am angry.
Mr. Cain: you do NOT run for President in these times unless you are serious about it. It's flat-out apparent now that you aren't, weren't, and never will be. A serious candidate would have released all the dirt on himself before any of it dripped-dripped-dripped out.
But hey, you never thought that your con to sell your books would actually spark, did you? You never thought that good, decent, hard-working American people would actually believe what you said. Now here you are, trapped like a lying fly in amber, hoping to get the big brass ring without any other dirt coming out on you.
All you are doing is playing your friends, your supporters, and some of my very good friends for your own fame and glory. And drinking parties. Yes - you drink like a fish, you flirt all over the place, and everyone who's attended CPAC knows it. Nothing wrong with partying. Unless you lie about it. And try to deceive the public about it. If you want to be the American-Tea-Party Berlusconi, then be up front about it, don't be a damned coward.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
If you didn't have such a ridiculous ego that seems to only recognize television and radio celebrities as your equals (and no one else is worth your glorious time), you'd see that your behavior is destructive, pathetic, and shameful. You are not Presidential material. You are a quasi-conservative, shallow celebrity with a speech impediment who spoke up to Bill Clinton back in the day. Period.
We don't need a Bill Clinton Republican on the GOP ticket, lying and hiding and parsing words in stupid legalese. You, sir, are a sociopath.
Apologize to your supporters and drop out now.
Update 1: Via Ace Of Spades, clips from Cain's press release on the latest...
...this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.
My response: pour it back into the horse! It is ABSOLUTELY a proper subject of inquiry. Either you lie to your loved ones, or you don't. And if you are inclined to lie to your loved ones, you're inclined to lie to your supporters. And yeah, Cain: you're a sociopathic liar.
And oh yeah? If you were applying for a position at the DoD, you wouldn't get a security clearance with all the skeletons in your closet, and you know it.
Update 2: Linked to from The Other McCain. Thanks!
Update 3: Now I'm getting flooded with dm's, emails, and messages from other vendors who were lied to - attorneys, campaign consultants, as well as conservative bloggers. Seems that this, too, is a "pattern" with Mr. Cain and his team. Hey guys? The adult thing to do is say, "Sorry, we already have someone." You don't lock people out from going elsewhere. Is this how Cain ran Godfather's? You can maybe get away with that kind of sleaze to poor people who sell pepperoni. You don't do that to people who want to work for the cause, as opposed to your money. Jerks!
Update 4: No, I don't think this is a matter of the MSM doing another cheesy hit job on a conservative. From Allahpundit:
She says the physical relationship ended about eight months ago, right before Cain announced he was running for president. But the communication did not. When we asked for any corroborating evidence, she pointed us to her cell phone contacts. One name: Herman Cain.
She showed us some of her cell phone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to or from a number starting with 678. She says it is Herman Cain's private cell phone. The calls were made during four different months- calls or texts made as early as 4:26 in the early morning, and as late as 7:52 at night. The latest were in September of this year.
"We've never worked together," said White. "And I can't imagine someone phoning or texting me for the last two and a half years, just because."
We texted the number and Herman Cain called us back. He told us he "knew Ginger White" but said these are "more false allegations." He said she had his number because he was "trying to help her financially."
Look buddy. I'm from New Orleans. I got no problem with some raconteur. And hey, running around and partying is fine for the CEO of Godfather's. It's slightly-kinda-bad for the CEO of the National Restaurant Association. You get some complaints you have to settle every now and then.
It's really damned uncool to do that sort of thing when you are asking people for their blood, sweat, tears, support and money so that you can pretend to run for President - and do a crappy job at it, too.
Update 5: "But Rush was supporting him and dissing all of these allegations..."
Rush could not get Bush The Elder back into office, Bob Dole to replace Bill Clinton, Bush the Younger to have clear victories against losers Gore or Kerry, or help John McCain to defeat Obama. He does what he can with the material provided, but there's only so much one man can do. Sorry Rush, Cain's a good guy to party with, but he's lousy material and a con man.
Update 6 11/29/2011: Stacy McCain tries to put up exculpatory evidence that this is yet again another whack job woman. Yes, Madame White seems to be a woman of low character who can't pay her rent, sues for sexual harassment, and what not...
Ginger White . . . has liens and civil judgments in Kentucky and Georgia dating back to 1994.
Eleven of those liens have been filed since 2009, with nine in 2011. The owners of her apartment complex in Dunwoody, Georgia have sued her for non-payment of rent nearly every month since the beginning of the year. White, a 46-year-old unemployed single mother who is at least twice divorced, was described by WAGA as an Atlanta-area businesswoman. . . . According to WAGA, she filed a sex harassment claim against an employer ten years ago, and the case was settled...
In January, there is a scheduled court date in an unrelated civil suit filed against her by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, who alleges that White stalked and harassed her and had sought a protective order. A judge has entered a default judgment in Vay's favor.
All of which begs the question: Why the hell is Herman Cain hanging out with such women? Why is he talking to her at four o'clock in the morning, according to cell phone records? Does he make a habit of hanging around with women who are in desperate need of money? If so, why?
Sure. It's all a hit job.
Update 7: 11/29/2011: Ministering? You mean like Bill Clinton ministered to Monica Lewinsky?
Look guys, nobody is perfect. But this is a whole lotta not-perfect here.
Update 8: 11/29/2011: Ace writes a good comment on his own site:
I hate the media too, but the media is not alleging an affair. The media is not claiming that they, the media, had a 13 year affair with Cain.
The media can bury stories or overpromote them, based on political bias, but they rarely make up named accusers. I mean, what, is this woman being put up to this, by "the media"?
Hating the media has become something of a Get Out Of Jail Free card for people choosing their own facts. Don't like a fact or an on-the-record accuastion? Say you hate the media, and don't trust them, and that gives one license to pretend it's not real.
Solipsistic supporters. If only we could not believe everything in the newspaper. This is why I feel so strongly now about Cain having to resign:
He has a moral obligation to the people who supported him. It's disgusting ego-mania to drag them along like that. These are good people, Mr. Cain. And you played them for a book tour.
Update 9: 11/29/2011: Stacy McCain, I think, is a lot angrier than he lets on in his cool prose...
Suggestion for Mr. Cain: Fire whoever it was on your staff who left me off the conference call to which Robert Costa was invited...
How to Win Friends and Influence Enemies and Also, Piss Off Your Biggest Champion.
Go away, Cain.
Update 10: 11/29/2011: Linked from Pundit and Pundette, thank you!
Update 11: 11/29/2011: Linked from Weigel at Slate. One quibble: It's not so much sour grapes as outrage at seeing so many good people's hearts and souls (and money, let's not forget the money) accepted by a guy who wasn't ever serious about his campaign. It bespeaks an arrogance and "royalty" mentality that I just can't stand - it is what I, and my friends, have fought against for so long.
Update 12: 11/29/2011: Also, Dave, I'm not the only one who noticed the fishiness.
Update Triscadeckaphobia: 11/29/2011: Linked by Sundries Shack, which has some very good analysis.
On December 9, according to the complaint, White sent a "defamatory" note to a master email list of the company's clients and to city officials. The email said that White's business had "come tumbling down [on] the day I invited Kim Vay into my life and my business" and that Vay had turned her "dream" into a "nightmare." According to the complaint, the email alleged that Vay, a competitive bodybuilder, injected veterinary drugs into her system prior to contests," and also said that Vay preferred to date black men but had made derogatory comments about black women's hair.
Some people are linking to this story because they think it exonerates Cain of the affair charge and should put the train back on track. It just brings up other questions.
Update 15: 11/30/2011: Mario Piperni offers excellent analysis for a liberal. I'd like to see him focus those smarts on some of the people and philosophies on his own side of the aisle. If he did, I think he'd come to a different conclusion about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It took this latest scandal for some conservatives to understand Cain's game. Namely, that Cain never imagined in his wildest dreams that he'd be leading the pack one month before the Iowa caucus. He lucked into a situation where none of the candidates had broad appeal which left him as the anti-Romney candidate after both Bachmann and Perry failed to deliver. Cain's play from the start was to brand his name, sell more books and create enough buzz about Herman Cain to allow him to increase his motivational speaking fees. He might also have been looking for a Fox News gig after the primary similar to the deal that Huckabee and Palin received after the 2008 election.
Now with his dirty past exposed, all might be lost for Cain and, ironically, his downfall will have been his success. If he had been able to maintain a 5% showing in the polls, he would have been able to remain under the radar and hung in until after the Iowa caucus in early January. Not seen as a threat, no one would have cared much about Cain's total lack of preparedness for the job of president nor would his sexual dalliances have been used against him. Instead, what would have been remembered were his magnetic personality, lovely sense of humor and great baritone voice. He would have solidified the Hermanator brand, sold a ton of books and given Roger Ailes an opportunity to offer a black man with solid conservative creds his own time slot on Fox. A win-win for all.
But the gods had a different plan in mind for the lying and conniving pizza man. By mid-December, Herman Cain's books should be available in the $1 book bins at your local Barnes & Noble.
Yup. Abandon your collectivism, Mario; the bright side of individualism and freedom beckons. No true artist can ever be a collectivist.
Update 17: 11/30/2011: DaTechGuy weighs on the apparent lack of loyalty by Herbie The Love Bug and its inability to keep its biggest supporters in on the action. These sorts of things don't happen when the candidate isn't a sociopath, and actually wants to win.
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