Your morning jolt: Herman Cain on his own ‘high-tech lynching’ a la Clarence Thomas

Last May, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain gave an interview to the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper that resulted in these paragraphs:

But wouldn’t liberals and Democrats still find a racially-based way to attack Cain? They certainly found a way to attack Clarence Thomas, the black, conservative Supreme Court justice.

“They’re going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate,” Cain responded. “You’re right. Clarence Thomas. And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through — for the good of this country.” Cain smiled broadly. “I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching.”

The prediction by Cain, a Baptist minister married 43 years, may be more accurate than he’s comfortable with.

On Sunday, Politico.com reported that, on two occasions during the 1990s, the National Restaurant Association settled claims by two female employees who alleged inappropriate behavior by Cain, who then headed the lobbying organization.

Fox News is already letting it be known that Cain, whom a Des Moines Register poll said holds a slim lead in Iowa, will appear on the network late this morning to answer the charges.

Cain’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon, didn’t do so well last night in a phone interview with Fox’s Geraldo Rivera, who attempted to wheedle a denial:

Said Gordon:

”I can tell you that we’ve seen this played out before. It’s just a prominent conservative leader targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics. Mr. Cain deserves better than this.”

Which tells you that the specter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is likely to figure into Cain’s defense today. Thomas’ 1991 confirmation hearing included testimony from Anita Hill, who worked with Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She alleged inappropriate behavior on Thomas’ part.

The withering response from Thomas became famous:

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In an interview several days ago, on the topic of Iraq and Libya, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was critical of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy – but with a notable exception:

“He’s had Secretary [Hillary] Clinton out there. She’s a hard worker, has been a very forceful secretary of state, and has done an outstanding job.

This Washington Post piece offers something of an explanation:

Seven months later, with longtime U.S. nemesis Moammar Gaddafi dead and Libya’s onetime rebels now in charge, the coalition air campaign has emerged as a foreign policy success for the Obama administration and its most famous Cabinet member, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Some Republicans derided the effort as “leading from behind,” while many others questioned why President Obama was entangling the nation in another overseas military campaign that had little strategic urgency and scant public support. But with NATO operations likely to end this week, U.S. officials and key allies are offering a detailed new defense of the approach and Clinton’s pivotal role — both within a divided Cabinet and a fragile, assembled-on-the-fly international alliance.

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On Friday, at an Augusta convention, Charlie Flemming was elected president of the Georgia AFL-CIO. He’ll replace the Richard Ray.

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Might lions and tigers and bears on their way here? In a note to constiuents, the escape of exotic wild animals from an Ohio compound was on the mind of state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, who wrote:

Although it failed to pass, during the last legislative session, SB 188 was introduced and would have allowed the creation of harvest-hunt preserves for the hunting of alternative livestock.

Also failing to pass during the 2010 session were two bills (SB 424 & HB 1270) that would have allowed the operation of exotic game ranches and exotic game licenses for those wishing to hunt on them.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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147 comments Add your comment

Buck Hayek

October 31st, 2011
9:18 am

Herman Cain is a complete fraud. His tenure at Godfathers was a failure, they lost market share, they cut 20% of their stores, and Pillsbury dumped them for a big loss. Cain reports only $100,000 of Godfathers equity after his management buyout.

His puny $3 million net worth is primarily from his AM radio connections and his Elmer Gantry style speaking fees as a “motivational” hack.

Now he has serious ethics problems.

Hitch your wagon to this Con man, GOP! You will be sorry.

the original and still the best John Galt

October 31st, 2011
9:20 am

“Sexual harrassment” is the ultimate accusation that is used to intimidate, when nothing else can be found. I don’t know whether Cain did anything wrong, and neither do you, but I do know why this is coming up now.

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2011
9:25 am

“High-tech lynching?” Whatever, Herm.

Menz: the true victims of sexual harassment.

clem

October 31st, 2011
9:32 am

his campaign guy, mr. block, is one smarmy guy…..anyone thinks Politico is strickly liberal, needs to review who really works there….they reported that they have seen documents.

and who really believes clarence thomas deserving of highest court? i saw the hearings and remember thomas very uneasy about his own alleged peccadillo…

mb

October 31st, 2011
9:37 am

Mr. Cain, get over it. You’re not just a talking mouth piece on Faux News anymore where you could say anything you wanted with no regard to the truth or day to day consistency and still have 95% of your listeners lapping up every word you say as the gospel truth. You’re running for President of the U.S. where your words are going to be scrutinized for truth, accuracy, and consistency. If you want to play in the big leagues start acting like it.

Frederick Douglass

October 31st, 2011
9:39 am

Wait a minute, let me clear my cobwebs. If this is some made up lie, concocted by the liberal media, then why did the National Restaurant Association settle a suit concerning this matter? Are we to assume that whenever a prominent conservative gets caught with their proverbial “pants down”, it’s going to be a contrived scheme by the liberal media to discredit them?

JAWJA

October 31st, 2011
9:39 am

He wasn’t running for president when these charges were filed. So the charges weren’t of a political nature. They’re coming up now because he’s running for president, and , it’s important for voters to know the kind of man Herman Cain is. Blow some more smoke, maybe you can cloud the issue. This is the most ignorant campaign I’ve ever seen, Surely the Koch brothers can do better than this.

td

October 31st, 2011
9:43 am

Here we go with the lib double standard: I am sure everyone of you talking about sexual harassment charges against a conservative should disqualify them from office were the same people saying Bill Clinton was “lynched” for having sexual relations with a subordinate.

You can not have it both ways people.

td

October 31st, 2011
9:45 am

mb

October 31st, 2011
9:37 am

“You’re running for President of the U.S. where your words are going to be scrutinized for truth, accuracy, and consistency”

Unless you are a socialist African American running to become President in 2008.

RON PAUL 2012

October 31st, 2011
9:47 am

….. Help Restore America ……

Mark

October 31st, 2011
9:49 am

@ Frederick Douglass

Don’t they always blame the Liberal media for everything? It’s pathetic

td called back

October 31st, 2011
9:52 am

Actually, you can have it both ways. The @talkmaster tweeted this morning that if you haven’t been accused of sexual harassment, your nads haven’t dropped. But I recall he had a problem with Clinton’s relationships with women. Maybe you can only have it both ways if your politics skew the “right” way?

Mark

October 31st, 2011
9:54 am

@ mb

October 31st, 2011
9:37 am

Mr. Cain, get over it. You’re not just a talking mouth piece on Faux News anymore where you could say anything you wanted with no regard to the truth or day to day consistency and still have 95% of your listeners lapping up every word you say as the gospel truth. You’re running for President of the U.S. where your words are going to be scrutinized for truth, accuracy, and consistency. If you want to play in the big leagues start acting like it.

Well he’s not actually running for president anyway. His campaign is nothing more than a pocket stuffer to sell his books and make a name for himself within the GOP. If you notice he’s already started flip-flopping with the abortion issue. Stick a fork in Cain, he”ll be a figment of everyone’s imagination very soon.

Edward

October 31st, 2011
9:57 am

Like bullies on a playground, the “conservatives” only answer to every criticism: but but THEY did it first! People like td are so predictably pathetic.

Road Scholar

October 31st, 2011
9:58 am

td: “You can not have it both ways people.”

Exactly td. So Cain is guilty? His campaign chief could/would not answer a yes or no question. I recall Clinton did the same. The crime of having illicit sex was between his wife and family and him. It is not a crime (barring the lieing). The last time I checked sex discrimination is.

Southern Comfort

October 31st, 2011
9:58 am

td

I think you’re projecting just a bit. I haven’t heard anybody say that he shouldn’t be allowed to run for office. If people are indeed saying that, then that’s not a reason to disqualify a person. However, whenever someone’s running for public office, especially one with the magnitude of POTUS, you should expect every little thing you’ve done in the past to be pulled out for all to see.

I’ve noticed that every conservative that has addressed the whole issue on Cain has automatically credited this as some “liberal” attempt at discrediting Cain. Politics in the US is a very dirty game, and it’s not above reproach that another GOP campaign “leaked” these details to Politico just to stir things up. Campaigns always anonymously release dirty information on their competitors when they think they’re losing in the polls. The way Cain is surging right now, I’d suspect another GOP campaign of trying to sabotage Cain’s standing right now just as much as I’d suspect some grand “liberal” character assassination attempt.

Shine

October 31st, 2011
9:58 am

td, Sexual harrassment will be more of a concern for conservative voters than liberal ones so your statements are lame as usual. If you flirt its sexual harrassment and if you dont your “gay”. But Cain has come out in favor of states rights and now is in favor of the illegally ratified 14th ammendment. As you say, cant have it both ways.

Raquel Morris

October 31st, 2011
9:59 am

I guess we now know why Mrs. Cain hasn’t bothered to join Herman on the campaign trail. She’s known all along that his campaign has a fatal flaw.

td

October 31st, 2011
10:02 am

Edward

October 31st, 2011
9:57 am

You are partially correct with the “THEY did it first” comment. It is a pure double standard libs live by. If there leader does it then it is nothing more than an attack by the “religious zealots” and “a persons private live has nothing to do with the way they can lead” but when there is a similar charge against a conservative then this is the worst thing in history.

Road Scholar

October 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Edward: Remember that they raled about the repubs being more righteous and that they would do it correctly and that they would not be separatists. They would include both parties in decisions, ya know that bipartisan stuff? Does “Family values” ring a bell?

So what do they do? The same crap!

LCarter

October 31st, 2011
10:04 am

NO Candidate deserves ANYTHING, when you run for POTUS, you address and or refute information and claims that arise during the vetting process.

Sorry, I’m really sick of the double standard and hypocrisy of some the campaigns and supporters. We already have one great speaker with Teflon.

This allegation needs to be refuted, if not it goes directly to his ability to lead an organization. If this is true, this will be the second lawsuit payout that Cain has been involved in. In the business world, that’s a management bailout for bad behavior that costs the company and its shareholders.

Wake up people.

td

October 31st, 2011
10:07 am

Road Scholar

October 31st, 2011
9:58 am
td: “You can not have it both ways people.”

Exactly td. So Cain is guilty? His campaign chief could/would not answer a yes or no question. I recall Clinton did the same. The crime of having illicit sex was between his wife and family and him. It is not a crime (barring the lieing). The last time I checked sex discrimination is.

If I am not mistaken just the fact that a person has agreed to relations with a person they have power over then by definition that is considered harassment or at least abuse of power.

Centrist

October 31st, 2011
10:07 am

Yep – standard Democratic party procedure (including the media).

Jon Lester

October 31st, 2011
10:10 am

Either the women had all the evidence they needed, or the association made a very careless business move by spending a large amount of money to shut them up. Isn’t Cain’s business acumen his whole selling point?

I could say similar things about his questionable theology as practiced, but the problems in that area ought to be obvious by now.

td

October 31st, 2011
10:14 am

It is time again for the daily educational announcement:

Any Georgia voter that is planning on coming to the polls next Nov. to just vote for Obama needs to know that there vote is not going to be counted. All 16 votes from Georgia will be cast for the Republican nominee and zero votes will be cast for Obama. If you are just coming out to vote for Obama then you are wasting your time and your gas money.

JacketFanMarcus

October 31st, 2011
10:15 am

This is an establishment GOP and Rick Perry scheme against an GOP outsider. The Dems and liberals would wait until the general election to attack Herman.

Ain’t it interesting that the story breaks when Herman “happens” to be in Washington DC today. Not in Iowa or South Carolina.

Hmm…..

vote for cain because he is black....

October 31st, 2011
10:16 am

Southern Comfort , October 31st, 2011, 9:58 am— i would put money on a repub having let that cat out of the bag. in fact, am sure they all knew before now and were just waiting for the right opportunity.

cartoon

October 31st, 2011
10:17 am

I wouldn’t have put it that way.

vote for cain because he is black....

October 31st, 2011
10:18 am

td- tell them again. AAs did not/will not put Obama in office.

vote for cain because he is black....

October 31st, 2011
10:20 am

oops, not saying to not vote though! everyone needs to vote!!!

Becky

October 31st, 2011
10:20 am

I would like to know what percentage of sales Boortz is getting from Herman’s book.

Always follow the money trail.

Frederick Douglass

October 31st, 2011
10:22 am

Hell maybe Herman forced a couple of subordinates to dance with him at the National Restaurant Association’s annual Halloween ball. It’s almost 2012, heaven forbid we let something get in the way of the Republican’s mission statement of removing Obama from the White house.

Road Scholar

October 31st, 2011
10:26 am

td: Clinton’s indiscretion was acceptible to both parties. Remember the bimbo’s kiss and smiles? I doubt if Cain’s alledged indiscretion was mutually acceptible. Huh?

clem

October 31st, 2011
10:27 am

so if this were happening to a democrat, centrist and td would not be saying anything? i doubt it.

DannyX

October 31st, 2011
10:29 am

Centrist is right, this is another act of the evil liberal media!!!!!

50 years ago the liberal media planted that Obama birth announcement in that Hawaii newspaper knowing that Obama would some day need proof of his US citizenship when in fact Obama was born in Kenya.

The sneaky liberal media then framed Herman Cain when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association knowing full well that Cain would someday run for president! This is a major conspiracy!!!

Hey Obama, where is your flag pin???????

Mark

October 31st, 2011
10:29 am

@ td

October 31st, 2011
10:14 am

It is time again for the daily educational announcement:

Any Georgia voter that is planning on coming to the polls next Nov. to just vote for Obama needs to know that there vote is not going to be counted. All 16 votes from Georgia will be cast for the Republican nominee and zero votes will be cast for Obama. If you are just coming out to vote for Obama then you are wasting your time and your gas money.

I guess this same old announcement is your only comeback since everyone else on here is in disagreement with you today. LMAO! you are too funny!

clem

October 31st, 2011
10:31 am

$10 bucks says this was revealed to news sources by a republican….remember rove makes block look like an amateur when it comes to dirty tricks

RGB

October 31st, 2011
10:31 am

@td re: “Unless you are a socialist African American running to become President in 2008.”

Your characterization of Obama as a socialist is incorrect.

You see, socialists protect their borders and support their military.

double

October 31st, 2011
10:32 am

sexual harassment-Here goes the libs-td you done it first-Time about fair play-Repeat centrist liberal news,democrat party.why do we know what to expect from you?Like two little kids,you hit me firs-no-you hit me first.

Garth

October 31st, 2011
10:35 am

Same ol’ liberal tactics–false allegations, where’d they get these women–accusers of the Duke Lacrosse team? It’s literally quite funny to hear the left describe a black man as a “racist.” Can’t the left come up with something novel . . . and with substance?

yellowdog

October 31st, 2011
10:39 am

most men can be rightfully accused of such indiscretion; lets move on to brains! cain is woefully lacking and says nothing in the time allotted him whether debates or interviews….there is no lynching here, as there was none with thomas; both lack intelligence, purely and simply.

vote for cain because he is black....

October 31st, 2011
10:39 am

….and because he is a racist. check the records garth.

carla roqs

October 31st, 2011
10:41 am

hold your horses yellow dog, thomas has tons of sense, just not when it comes to women. and no i am not a supporter of his at all, do not like him at all. but cannot let you equate his level of ignorance to that of cain, omgosh.

DannyX

October 31st, 2011
10:44 am

“Same ol’ liberal tactics–false allegations”

Exactly, the liberal media forced Cain to settle. Disgusting.

More bad news. Last week the liberal media planted a birth announcement in a Boise Idaho newspaper, knowing that Alejandro Lopez Carrillo will someday need proof of his US citizenship so he can run for president. Don’t let the liberal media get away with this, they changed Alejandro’s name to Logan Brandon James. When Logan runs for president in 50 years he will have all the cover he needs! Alejandro was born in Guadalajara! Don’t be fooled again America!!!

Frontman

October 31st, 2011
10:47 am

Just like Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, Raquel?

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

October 31st, 2011
11:00 am

Unlike our Mayor, this proves that Cain is straight.. You go boy..

UGA 1999

October 31st, 2011
11:05 am

Hey atleast Cain didnt use the oval office as his personal brothel….aka Clinton.

girl six

October 31st, 2011
11:10 am

heartless– say whaaaaa?

Becky

October 31st, 2011
11:10 am

Even without the UGA moniker, one would know you aren’t exactly a genius there Bubba.

UGA 1999

October 31st, 2011
11:14 am

Becky….not worthy of a response!