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November 9, 2011
Herman Cain, in the process of excoriating the formerly Democratic House for not passing a piece of legislation, referred to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.” That he couldn’t recognize such a crack won’t serve him well in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal is a surprising thing, even for somebody with no political experience; Nancy Pelosi was, after all, the first female Speaker in American history, and as such does occupy a trailblazer role in our political culture. Bad move by Cain, though the GOP audience did seem receptive.

Herman Cain, in the process of excoriating the formerly Democratic House for not passing a piece of legislation, referred to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.” That he couldn’t recognize such a crack won’t serve him well in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal is a surprising thing, even for somebody with no political experience; Nancy Pelosi was, after all, the first female Speaker in American history, and as such does occupy a trailblazer role in our political culture. Bad move by Cain, though the GOP audience did seem receptive.

21:04 // 2 years ago
The American people deserve better than somebody being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations. And I value my character and integrity more than anything else. And for every person who comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably a thousand who would say that kind of behavior did not come from Herman Cain.
Herman Cain, fielding the first question of the night relating to the allegations of sexual harassment made against him. Boos rang out when the moderator asked him about it, and his response was met with a round of applause.
20:26 // 2 years ago
This administration has done nothing but put stuff in the caboose, and it isn’t moving the economy.
Herman Cain, accusing the Obama administration’s economic policies of stagnating growth.
20:08 // 2 years ago

dcdecoder:

laughinghieroglyphic:

Mike Tyson as Herman Cain in his campaign promises video.

Perfect.

We have nothing to add. Nothing.

Dear Funny or Die: Please make a series of these videos.

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17:13 // 2 years ago
This is how low we’ve gotten with Herman Cain: We’ve started claiming that reporters at the publication that leaked word of your scandal somehow have a massive conflict-of-interest problem. Then, it turns out to not only be false, but extremely off the mark. Do you guys actually research this stuff? Can we just stop throwing out meaningless accusations all over the place already?

This is how low we’ve gotten with Herman Cain: We’ve started claiming that reporters at the publication that leaked word of your scandal somehow have a massive conflict-of-interest problem. Then, it turns out to not only be false, but extremely off the mark. Do you guys actually research this stuff? Can we just stop throwing out meaningless accusations all over the place already?

11:08 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011

In case you missed it: Today’s Herman Cain press conference, in full.

19:01 // 2 years ago

The Lewinsky scandal’s spazzy little brother

"It’s not just men who potentially sexually harass women." Herman Cain just gave a press conference addressing the sexual harassment accusations his ex-employees keep hurling at him, and we can’t say it went very well. He clarified nothing, repeated what he’s been saying all along (“These women are lying and I never harassed anyone”), and made a few unforced errors—such the true but utterly irrelevant reminder above—that can’t do anything but hurt him going forward. Here are some of the best/worst.

  • On his time as CEO"I have seen instances where it could be interpreted as sexual harassment, and if I saw it…I dealt with it immediately, before the other person perceived it as an infringement of their privacy." In other words, Herman Cain can detect harassment before the victims even know they’re being harassed!
  • On taking a polygraph"Yes. Yes, I absolutely would [take a lie detector test]. But I’m not gonna do that unless I have a good reason to." This is the kind of thing someone says when they don’t want to take a lie detector test.
  • On who’s behind it all"The Democrat Machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations." Cain initially claimed that it was Rick Perry’s doing; now, it’s the Democrats. Also, Cain is fooling himself if he thinks Democrats want to prevent him from getting the nomination. source

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18:29 // 2 years ago
Yes, I’m saying that in as nice a way as I can.
Herman Cain, discussing whether or not he thought Sharon Bialek, who made groping accusations against him yesterday, was lying. “When I first saw her [Bialek]… I didn’t even recognize her,” he said in an ABC News interview. ”I am honestly telling you, I can’t even recall knowing her back then.” 
16:24 // 2 years ago
briancolligan:

And here’s the sadly inevitable “Blame the Victim” press release from the Herman Cain campaign, which arrived in my inbox a few hours ago.
Whenever these type of allegations emerge, it’s fairly predictable how they will play out. IMPORTANT and POWERFUL MAN is clearly being targeted by VENGEFUL woman who never ACHIEVED in life. But it is precisely the power relationship between the two that makes the allegation so believable.
In discussing the claims against Cain over the weekend, I was reminded that the restaurant/food service industry is a tangled maze of mixed messages. There is a common mix of alcohol, late nights and flirting, be it in the early morning closing of a bar or, I would expect, in situations that executives might encounter with subordinates.
Yet, one must adhere to a higher ethical standard when in a position of power, to avoid compromising situations and to set a tone for conduct that inspires employees rather than makes them feel uncomfortable or, in this most recent case, that their job depends on sexual favors.
As more women tell stories about the candidate, it becomes more difficult to believe that Cain upheld that expectation of behavior. And his case is certainly not served by attacking the character of the women speaking up.

An ugly letter, and an awful strategy. Look at yourself before you look at the accuser. Basic rule.

briancolligan:

And here’s the sadly inevitable “Blame the Victim” press release from the Herman Cain campaign, which arrived in my inbox a few hours ago.

Whenever these type of allegations emerge, it’s fairly predictable how they will play out. IMPORTANT and POWERFUL MAN is clearly being targeted by VENGEFUL woman who never ACHIEVED in life. But it is precisely the power relationship between the two that makes the allegation so believable.

In discussing the claims against Cain over the weekend, I was reminded that the restaurant/food service industry is a tangled maze of mixed messages. There is a common mix of alcohol, late nights and flirting, be it in the early morning closing of a bar or, I would expect, in situations that executives might encounter with subordinates.

Yet, one must adhere to a higher ethical standard when in a position of power, to avoid compromising situations and to set a tone for conduct that inspires employees rather than makes them feel uncomfortable or, in this most recent case, that their job depends on sexual favors.

As more women tell stories about the candidate, it becomes more difficult to believe that Cain upheld that expectation of behavior. And his case is certainly not served by attacking the character of the women speaking up.

An ugly letter, and an awful strategy. Look at yourself before you look at the accuser. Basic rule.

15:40 // 2 years ago
I’m going to talk about it … we are taking this head on.
Herman Cain • Offering a defiant tone in regards to sexual harassment and assault allegations that have dogged his campaign in recent weeks, including one yesterday that made Cain sound extremely bad. He plans to clear the air and answer the allegations directly later on today.
11:29 // 2 years ago