Last night, at a meet-and-greet in Michigan, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain laughed with his audience at the prospect of an endorsement by Anita Hill – the woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of improprieties. Fox News showed the video last night:
One of his rivals – Newt Gingrich — was not amused. The former U.S. House speaker’s reaction, on Laura Ingraham’s radio show this afternoon, was noted by Alexander Burns of Politico.com:
“He may well be innocent,” Gingrich said of Cain, “and I think it’s perfectly reasonable for him to defend himself and for him to make clear who his accusers are, but these are not things, I think, that you joke about.”
This morning, a CBS News poll showed Gingrich inching his way back into the fight for the nomination. Yesterday, we pointed out that a new Gingrich super PAC had taken a video slap at Cain, whom the former Georgia congressman has described as a good friend.
In other words, Gingrich’s criticism today is no slip of the tongue.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider