Your morning jolt: Never mind the allegations, Post/ABC poll puts Herman Cain on top

Despite a bad week in Washington, the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain doesn’t appear to be sinking. From the Washington Post:

Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain’s campaign.

Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s–allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by Cain’s campaign–do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.

But the same poll says Cain’s support among Republican women appears to be dicey.

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The National Restaurant Association will say today whether it will allow one of the women, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment while he headed the lobbying group, to make a statement. She is currently bound by a confidentiality agreement.

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The Cain campaign is becoming quite comfortable with interior contradictions. On Thursday afternoon, Cain campaign manager Mark Block said he accepted denials from the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that one of its consultants, Curt Anderson, had no role in leaking the existence of the sexual harassment complaints against Cain to Politico.com..

But in a radio interview with Sean Hannity several hours later, the candidate himself was unwilling to let his rival off the hook. Said Cain:

”Two weeks ago, this writer who wrote the story, tried to goad us into saying something. It was also two weeks ago that Mr. Anderson, who used to work for me, when I ran my Senate campaign, went to work for Rick Perry. Connect the dots.”

Cain also spoke of his wife, Gloria, who hasn’t actively participated in his campaign:

”It is having an impact on her. Not because she believes any of this stuff, but because she sees that it puts an extra physical burden on me, just because we’re not canceling anything – we’re keeping our commitments.”

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Gloria Cain, who has been married to the GOP presidential candidate for 43 years, won’t be appearing on Fox News any time soon, according to news reports. But my AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska has this tidbit:

While her husband votes Republican, Gloria Cain has voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs numerous times since 2000 — including the 2008 presidential primary that Barack Obama won with 66 percent of the vote, according to local voting records.

In 2004, Gloria Cain voted in the March Democratic primary for president, and then the Republican primary in July when her husband was on the Georgia ballot for U.S. Senate.

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While in interviews, Herman Cain points the finger at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in this new Internet ad, Americans for Herman Cain blames the liberal media:

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Good piece by CNN contributor Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush:

If Herman Cain committed sexual harassment and is now lying about it, his goose is cooked and it should be. But if he is telling the truth, there is something terribly disconcerting about the way the Washington “scandal industrial complex” — full of reporters, former campaign workers and pundits — has reacted to this sad story….

Cain’s reaction has been human. It’s been just the opposite of what a politician who prizes political survival above all would have done.

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One of the most important figures in Georgia Democratic politics stepped down last week. Richard Ray, who had been president of the Georgia AFL-CIO since 1999, is retiring. Wrote David Moskowitz in an e-mail:

Richard’s story is truly Horatio “Algerish”. He grew up poor in North Carolina with absolutely nothing. He is the one person that I know — had he the chance to receive a college education — would have truly gone much further. Instead he was forced to work as a glazer in the trades. From there he served in a leadership position in labor for over 30 years.”

A host of Democratic figures will give him and exiting secretary-treasurer Charlie Key a send off at 5 p.m. today at the IBEW building near Turner Field.

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At Southern Political Report, Matt Towery says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to remove Occupy Atlanta from Woodruff Park is holding up:

An InsiderAdvantage poll conducted for the city’s biggest television station revealed that an overwhelming 69 percent of registered voters in Atlanta said they approved of the action taken by their mayor. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

And here is the kicker: Every demographic — ranging from men, women, African-Americans, whites, you name it — favored Reed’s action by a large margin. For example, African-Americans favored his removal of the protesters by 67 percent. Oh, and those “youngest voters” who seemed to dominate the pictures on the news, well, 62 percent of those “young rebels” approved of Reed’s handling of the “Occupy Atlanta” group, as well.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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BILLY MAYS HERE

November 4th, 2011
8:52 am

Ari Fleischer, still trying to be relevant after all these years

HR Pufnstuf

November 4th, 2011
8:52 am

Well at least Cain’s wife has some common sense.

DannyX

November 4th, 2011
8:53 am

I guess Gloria Cain is still on the plantation.

Bootnewt

November 4th, 2011
8:54 am

Cain’s motto: “Ignorance is Bliss.”

Sonny LIED!

November 4th, 2011
9:06 am

I LIED and everyone still knows it!!!

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
9:07 am

The non-partisan and Republican electorate discounts the left biased media and their attacks on non-Democrats. The media took the hit here, instead of Cain.

bart

November 4th, 2011
9:07 am

You CAN fool some of the people….

Tea Party Hobbit

November 4th, 2011
9:08 am

DannyX, el contrere…Mrs. Cain bounces between the two parties. It means she has a brain, unlike people who’d never consider switching aisles. Besides, how do you know she was not just voting against Hillary, whom many of us conservatives (wrongly) believed to be the most dangerous candidate in 2008.

Darwin

November 4th, 2011
9:10 am

It’s anyone but a Democrat. It’s exactly how I feel about Republicans.

Buzz G

November 4th, 2011
9:12 am

Everyone knew the attempted lynching was coming. The press has shown themselves to be the low class partisan hacks we always knew they were. And Herman has shown himself to be a classy individual. This event has actually cemented peoples’ support for Mr. Cain.

Go, Herman, go.
Power to the people

clem

November 4th, 2011
9:14 am

anybody who has watched cain and his team perform this week and still votes for this fellow….my goodness!

it is not just his lies, but really the man is dain brammaged!

DC

November 4th, 2011
9:16 am

You mean the mainstream media “hit piece” has failed to stop his momentum?? Uhoh, must be time to pull out some even more salacious stories…..likely not true, but who cares, because the “ends justify the means” (taking out a conservative black person is crucial, if we are going to keep the rest of the black voters on the Democrat Party Plantation).

DC

November 4th, 2011
9:19 am

It still amazes me, btw, that Clarence Thomas wasn’t a lesson to more Americans. The “accusations” against him were trivial and idiotic, but the mainstream press tried to turn it into a crucifixion (can’t have a black male conservative, after all!!). Fortunately, more and more Americans are beginning to see through the crap that our media tries to sell as news, when it’s goal is simply to get us to vote into office who they want running things.

Road Scholar

November 4th, 2011
9:19 am

I’m sorry, but if someone had a sexual harrassment charge fied against him, and it was settled out of court, I think they would remember the item and details, esp after being given 10 days to “remember” and to come up with a defense/response.

As a manager, I had to investigate a SH charge against an underling. I had another direct manager in the room as I asked questions, reviewed e-mails, etc. from both the affected parties as well as possible/probable witnesses. We both wrote down what was asked and said by each party. I also asked assistance from personnel and the EEO office. That way there was no doubt on the outcome!

Where are their notes/documentation? It may not be discoverable, or admissable, but that would be the “smoking gun”.

DannyX

November 4th, 2011
9:22 am

“The media took the hit here, instead of Cain.”

Make up your mind Centrist. This was one of those “liberal” biased polls that you constantly complain about. Now you’re using a “liberal” poll to make a point? Lol.

Another Cynic

November 4th, 2011
9:22 am

So…let me get this straight. Cain points his finger at Perry for the leak and Perry turns around and points his finger at Romney, yet the media is blamed? Honestly, who really cares about the source! The real issue should be… Are the allegations true? and if so, why did Herman feel the need to lie about them? This whole thing has blown up because Cain continues to speak out of both sides of his mouth.

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
9:27 am

Not just the Clarance Thomas accusation that so parallels this, but the “Borking”, October surprise just before an election to highlight G.W. Bush’s old DUI, and Dan Rather FINALLY getting fired after his G.W. Bush vendetta. The entire leftist media followed these things with nodding heads, daily repetitive stories and only the “Borking” worked.

Never an apology over the constant accusations. They were only sorry it didn’t work but once.

clem

November 4th, 2011
9:29 am

sahame it did not work on bush

carla roqs

November 4th, 2011
9:31 am

i think i like gloria cain

The Snark

November 4th, 2011
9:31 am

I drove to work today behind one car with a bumper sticker showing President Obama as the Joker, and another with his face superimposed upon a Nazi flag. Then I turned on my computer to read Herman Cain complain about “gutter politics,” and conservative pundits blaming the “liberal media” for a story put out by Cain’s Republican opponents.

I’m just about ready for some of that ol’ LSD.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 4th, 2011
9:36 am

“LAMESTREAM MEDIA DRIVE-BY MEDIA HIT PIECE!!! RAAAGGHH!!!”

–Every Republicans’ response to negative news. Get a new act, yall.

DannyX

November 4th, 2011
9:37 am

“I’m just about ready for some of that ol’ LSD.”

Be careful, there is some bad stuff going around. It makes you believe that Obama is a fist bumping terrorist Muslim who was born in Kenya who doesn’t wear a flag pin.

The flashbacks are horrible, you hallucinate that W is still president.

Justin

November 4th, 2011
9:37 am

While her husband votes Republican, Gloria Cain has voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs numerous times since 2000 — including the 2008 presidential primary that Barack Obama won with 66 percent of the vote, according to local voting records.

In 2004, Gloria Cain voted in the March Democratic primary for president, and then the Republican primary in July when her husband was on the Georgia ballot for U.S. Senate.

TALK ABOUT HYPCORISY! GLORIA CAIN IS ON THE LIBERAL PLANTATION TOO! LOL!!!

I’m so enjoying this Republican circus!

cartoon

November 4th, 2011
9:38 am

Didn’t Zsa Zsa Gabor warn us about the “Scandal Industrial Complex” (sic)???

What a total idiot Fleischer is, honestly.

tom

November 4th, 2011
9:38 am

Somewhat amazing that we had a President that was having oral and cigar-vaginal sex with an intern at least 30 years his junior in the Oval Office BUT we are now concerned with behavior that at worse, is verbally offensive and more likely trumped up by overzealous “victims” seeking payouts….

Dee

November 4th, 2011
9:39 am

Boy, people love to use buzzwords nowadays: lynched, Hitler, etc.

Help me understand!

November 4th, 2011
9:41 am

First of all, prior to this incident, Mr Cain laughed off the idea that racism plays a role in successes and failures in this country. But now, this is all being done to him because he is black? I can’t take him seriously. I am a registered Democrat who happens to be like Mrs. Cain. I have voted for a Republican. You see, I will vote for the person that will make my life easier. The person that allows me to pay my fair share as well as the guy that makes seven or eight figures. My problem with the a lot of republicans is that their level of tolerance is extremely low. None of us are perfect. We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. If I hear something from Mr. Cain that sound possible, I will continue to listen. But I need for you to have a plan! For me, Mr. Cain has failed a major test because, he should have known this was going to come up. When you run for office, you accept the fact that people are going to dig way down in your laundry basket and find that pair with the stain! He wasn’t prepared and neither was his team! What happens if he is president and a major crisis comes up with, say Russia. Is he going to come forward and blame China for the problem in Russia or is he going to deal with Russia? This country has serious problems and we need a serious candidate who is not afraid to do what it takes. The sad thing is, we have slim pickings to choose from!

DannyX

November 4th, 2011
9:43 am

“BUT we are now concerned with behavior that at worse, is verbally offensive and more likely trumped up by overzealous “victims” seeking payouts….”

Just the kind of actions one would expect from a far right Family Values minister!

Who would Jesus sexually harass?

Help me understand!

November 4th, 2011
9:46 am

…and quit blaming the media! Mr Cain did something that warrented the restaurant association to pay two women settlements! Someone found it, reported it, and asked for a response from Mr. Cain. He should have answered the question and moved on!

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
9:48 am

“Who would Jesus sexually harass?”

Had Jesus said he was a Republican, Mary Magdalen would have been hounded by the MSM.

clem

November 4th, 2011
9:49 am

vote against job bill fairly illustrative of what is really going on in DC

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 4th, 2011
9:49 am

At least he harassed women instead of anonymous men at an airport or minors like other Republicans

Another Cynic

November 4th, 2011
9:49 am

@Tom
At worse verbally offensive? That’s an ignorant statement to make considering we don’t know all of the facts And you weren’t the recipient of the harassment. If it were no big deal then why did Cain lie about it? Cain could have embarrassed the media with this issue, but his double speak is making him look like a fool. My concern is not so much about the allegations.. But his integrity!

Real Athens

November 4th, 2011
9:50 am

The majority of everything you read, watch and listen to in the liberal media is controlled by one of six corporations. Their interests are anything but ‘liberal.” Don’t let facts get in the way, though.

http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/main

Damn those liberal corporations.

Independent voter

November 4th, 2011
9:51 am

I will vote for Cain in the primary and the general election will vote for Obama.

Another Cynic

November 4th, 2011
9:52 am

@ help me understand
Well said! Thank you

DannyX

November 4th, 2011
9:52 am

“Had Jesus said he was a Republican,”

Jesus a Republican, LMAO!!!

Darwin

November 4th, 2011
9:55 am

What does this have to do with the liberal media? Didn’t Obama’s past get scrutinized? Don’t all candidates for president get reviewed? What, just because he’s a Republican and you don’t like what’s been found? If this was a Democratic candidate would you be trashing the mainstream media? You guys need to start working on some new talking points. The Koch brothers are depending on your simple minds.

Real Athens

November 4th, 2011
9:55 am

Herman and those who support his actions think “harass” is two words.

william henry talbot walker

November 4th, 2011
9:56 am

“The types of sports and other leisure activities in which a person participates is often related to his or her economic status or “class.” “In much of the capitalist world one can continue to place a person socioeconomically by his or her participating and spectator sports.” Alex Kreit

The quote references professional wrestling, but is applicable to politics. Cain’s supporters, in all probablility, are not strangers to the world of professional wrestling, and Cain, Perry, et al, possess all of the characteristics of a pro wrestling school graduates.

clem

November 4th, 2011
9:58 am

real athens, don’t think you’ll change one-tract thinking of centrist….wonder why most political talk radio shows are conservative if the mainstream media is liberal?

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
10:03 am

@ Real Athens – In addition to the big 6, if you select “Print” from that chart you will see that the company that owns the AJC, WSB-TV and Radio is many times bigger than the Washington Post and New York Times holdings.

Cox Enterprises 2009 revenues: $14.7 billion
Whose subsidiaries include Cox Cable, Cox Television and Cox Radio, controls 80 radio and 15 television stations, 43 newspapers and several publishing companies.

ZinoDawg

November 4th, 2011
10:05 am

The power brokers in Washington hate the thought of a non career politician in the Oval office. Just like a third party to threaten the Dems and GOP, they will fight it at every turn.

Well screw them all – Herman is the man and has my vote!

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
10:07 am

clem posted “wonder why most political talk radio shows are conservative if the mainstream media is liberal”.

Because it wildly more popular than other formats, and draws more advertising dollars. The liberal part of the media is how they bias the NEWS and POLITICAL portions (along with liberal values promoted in TV shows and movies).

mum

November 4th, 2011
10:08 am

While conservatives think that Cain or any of these candidates are qualified to lead this country, coupled with their lack of knowledge of the world outside the US, many of the former soviet block countries are looking to reconstitute their union when Putin regains power. If that happens, would Mr. Cain just laugh it off or ignore it until something bad actually happened? Would Mr. Romney try to buy them, restructure them, then sell them to the highest bidder and pocket the profits before they implode?

GaBlue

November 4th, 2011
10:09 am

Can we GET REAL here about sexual harassment for a minute? ALL of you… STOP pretending like this isn’t the absolute NORM of behavior in the workplace. Helllooooo? If Mr. Cain made unwanted advances or repulsive commentary, it was just another day at the office.

Detractors: Stop acting shocked (shocked, I tell you!) at such behavior.
Defenders: Stop acting like a “good Godly Christian man” would never do such a horrible thing! (Heh… from what I’ve seen, they’re the most frequent offenders.)

Anyone who has ever worked anywhere has DONE it, SEEN it, ENDURED it, or all of the above. That it’s being used as a political smear now is just *bleeping* stupid.

No way Mr. Cain could begin to handle the job for which he is currently (allegedly) applying, and THAT should be the issue. GROW UP.

(Sorry for shouting.)

td

November 4th, 2011
10:10 am

Darwin

November 4th, 2011
9:55 am

“Didn’t Obama’s past get scrutinized?”

Please go and show me where the MSM looked at Obama other than in a positive light? He has gotten the biggest pass of any Presidential candidate ever. The press has been like the three monkey’s when it comes to Obama (See, hear and speak no evil).

Help me understand!

November 4th, 2011
10:13 am

Sorry @GaBlue, I haven’t had the priviledge of seeing it, doing it or enduring it and I’m a pretty good looking chick! If someone tries it on me at this point, I might have to put my orange belt skills to good use! LOL

Becky

November 4th, 2011
10:14 am

If you didn’t watch Jon Stewart the night of GROPE! you missed the best show yet, by far.

Centrist

November 4th, 2011
10:15 am

Gotta agree with GaBlue today.