November 28, 2011

Herman I Hardly Knew Ye


So, here I am enjoying an adult beverage and a fine tobacco product. I have heard on an earlier talk radio show that a new Herman Cain hit piece would be coming out today so I was not surprised when indeed it did surface. The new charge apparently is a consensual affair. What floored me was the lawyer's statement, released to the public, presumably with Mr. Cain's approval. And I quote Mr. Cain's lawyer, L. Lin Wood:

"Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

"Rather, 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.

"Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media."

Regardless if you believe Mr. Cain's private life is off limits. Regardless if you believe that the details of the story are necessarily sensationalized for a conservative candidate. This statement by his lawyer is a tantamount admission that Mr. Cain will never be qualified to be President of the United States of America through a Republican primary process.

Why don't you have an aggressive PR strategy Mr. Cain? Why have you allowed me to get excited about your candidacy, knowing how slanted the American press is? Why haven't you done opposition research and found who is behind these stories? At the very least you have shown a complete and utter ignorance of the electorate to which you presume to solicit votes. At the very least, you have shown a naivete, wholly unacceptable in today's political environment. Mostly, you have shown an arrogance and stupendous ambition that allowed you to lead on a group of desperate American Patriots who yearned for a savior of this nation. By doing so, you have doomed us to a Hobson's choice between a career politician with baggage indescribable, or a RINO who will likely lose to Obama. Shame on you, sir. Shame on you.

I cannot describe my disappointment. At a time when our nation hungers for real leadership and principled conservatism, we find that our greatest hope, is incompetent in dealing with a classical smear campaign. We now find ourselves questioning if you have been forthright from the beginning. You have lost the most important characteristic of a non-politician; trust. Without it you are nothing. I am nothing. Our nation is nothing. We are lost.

We now must choose between bad or worse. God help us all.

by: Keith D. Rodebush

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