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