You knew it had to happen sooner or later. As Herman Cain, a popular and outspoken black conservative, gained traction in the presidential polls, someone would set out to knock him down a few pegs, and the press would reflexively pile on.
It could well be, as some have speculated, that one of Cain's Republican primary opponents provided Politico with its story that two unnamed females charge Cain with sexual harassment against them back in the 1990s when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. No sources were named, which casts some doubt on the story's veracity.
And just because some out-of-court settlement money was paid doesn't mean Cain was guilty as charged. It is commonplace to pay people off to shut them up and make them go away when they threaten to tie up your organization with expensive litigation based on frivolous charges. And "expensive" means not just in dollars, but also in reputation and bad publicity.
This reminds me of a New York Times hit piece on John McCain during the 2008 presidential primary season that alleged, on flimsy evidence, that McCain had an affair with a lobbyist a few years earlier. When a Democrat is whoring around, a la Bill Clinton, that's a personal matter that doesn't affect his ability to do his job... Or, it's just "nuts and sluts" who are making these allegations -- don't pay them any heed!... utter trailer trash!
But come up with one weak piece of hearsay or innuendo against a Republican, and the jackals of the mainstream media jump all over it. The liberal media smells blood, and they're circling like sharks in the water.
The left wing drivel has been all over the airwaves. Displaying the usual condescending leftist view toward blacks who don't toe the liberal line, MSNBC analyst Karen Finney described Cain as "a black man who knows his place."
As is typical of leftists steeped in identity politics, Finney is obsessed with race, and her take on how members of the GOP interact with Cain completely revolves around skin pigmentation. She believes white Republicans can assuage their guilt over supposedly being racists by liking and approving of Cain. As Finney puts it, Cain "is giving that base a free pass." Is this not disgusting, yet entirely predictable? But that's the way leftists think.
In the coming days, the press will try to bait Cain and hammer him mercilessly. But I believe he'll fare just fine, in part because he's a man of strong faith, but largely because he is confident, has a strong sense of self, and is a gentleman. And his calmness and refusal to lash out is likely to anger the liberal media hacks even more. Love it!
There is also that reverse mojo thing to keep in mind: As I've pointed out in the past, the mainstream media's credibility is so bad that if they're ganging up on someone, that target becomes a sympathetic figure in the minds of millions of average Americans. Watch this phenomenon happen with Cain. What'll you bet his poll numbers will rise in the coming weeks?
Leave it to the ridiculous, juvenile media to overplay their hand. Shake your head in disgust, but don't be shocked, and get used to it. That's just the way it is, as the song says.