Let me put this another way:
Let’s say that you were once the subject of a sexual-harassment complaint (or two). Let’s not only posit your innocence, but posit your pristine innocence. Let us posit that you never even met the parties in question, that you refused to even consider a settlement, and that, having been refused, the parties in question had a surge of conscience and submitted to you a statement in writing, legally notarized, that the whole thing had been a fraud from day one, and in fact you had been in church at the time of the alleged incident, meditating with two deep divines, from whom you have sworn affidavits. You could not possibly have come out of the situation looking any better.
If you are running for president of the United States and have a sexual-harassment complaint or two in your background — no matter how specious — what possible excuse can you have for not knowing how those complaints were resolved, well before you announce that you are running for president? Especially if the resolution reflected well on you? How can you possibly justify your not being in command of basic facts about your own career — the career that is the centerpiece of your campaign?
Let’s say you’re not even running for president. Let’s say you’re interviewing for a job as CEO of IBM. You go to meet with IBM’s board. IBM’s general counsel says, “You know, we’re really proactive on workplace standards here. Have you ever been the subject of a sexual-harassment complaint? And, if so, how was that handled?” If you could not quite answer that question, how much confidence would you inspire in the board?
I don't pretend to know what did or din't happen with Cain in this matter. If he is a letch, then kick him to the curb. I'll happily lead the way.
If it was nonsense allegation (as it curently appears to be*), then let's let all the details out, and let the Court of Public Opinion decide if it is a campaign killer for Cain.
What bugsthe daylights out of me is the rampant double-standards employed by the Left and the MSM here.
John Edwards was caught hiding from reporters in the basement of a Hollywood hotel at two in the morning. He turned out to have an illegitimate child with his mistress, while his wife was dying from cancer. The MSM and Left covered for him.
The Left and the MSM acceptedAnthony Weiner's lie that someone had hacked into his Twitter account, inserted a few raunchy photos, and then tweeted them to a random follower. Weiner took this event so seriously, that a U.S. Congressman could be compromised in such a manner that he did.... nothing. The MSM and Left covered for him.
Bill Clinton was accused of sexual harassment by several women, the names of which we all know (Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, just to name a few), thanks to a complicit MSM and Left that felt the best defense for their guy, was to attack and discredit the women who were brave enough to step forward.
Today, Politicocan't even give the details of what the "harassment" was, because that just wouldn't be prudent. Yet they are fine with turning the guns on a Republican Presidential Hopeful with this "evidence", in an effort to destroy his chances in 2012.
What a disgrace the "profession" of "Journalism" has become.