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