Nov 09 2011
For those who watched Cain’s press conference on the sexual allegations I can pretty much assume those outside the Beltway with an open mind (sorry libs, that leaves you out) are good with his statements and already are moving on. There are no facts behind the allegations, and calls to address trumped up charges in detail (I am talking to you Gloria@CNN) are idiotic. If they did not happen or Cain was not there, there is no detail to address.
The Political Industrial Complex is still shivering from the media spotlight applied to Cain – but the are truly like cockroaches who scamper away whimpering when the left does their staged smear-craft. O’Reilly nailed it – no facts and no hard evidence means the voters are not interested any more. While inside the Beltway shudders at the media generated noise, the rest of us just shrug.
Cain was professional, balanced and controlled the press conference, and he did not equivocate or dodge. It was very refreshing.
The media may try to squeeze more out of this, but parading a few women with probable axes to grind against Cain is not going to hold anyone’s attention.Update: As I wrote this post guess what hit Drudge:
A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment,…
To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.
We have a serial alarmist here who abuses the system for personal gain. And these are tax payer dollars this quasi-extortionist was trying to wrangle here. This one’s done. - end update
They can come out it one’s, two’s or three’s – it ain’t going to change the conclusion. Cain is innocent until proven guilty, and there is not even a hint of proof he did anything – except vindictive women pretending to be victims. This story is spent.
As is the Occupy Boredom movement. They have yelled, pissed, rioted and slept in tents for weeks. Ho-hum. Like I tried to say before, this kind of petulant temper tamper does not impress America in 2011 like it did in the 1960’s:
Take me for instance. I grew up in the 60?s and 70?s and relished the dying days of the protest movement of those times. I grew up with protest rock, the generation of defiance, etc. But in the end my generation learned that while it was great to have and experience fantasies, reality was very, very different.
The protests are neither moving nor nostalgic nor intimidating. And they are rapidly losing their newsworthiness. Heck, even the homeless are getting tired of the occupiers. This movement is dying of boredom.
More importantly is what happened in the elections. They were closer than most people thought, and the left dodged some bullets (but not losing is not quite the same as winning). In Ohio the key vote of interest was not the union busting measures being rolled back, but the resounding defeat of Obama’s signature accomplishment in Ohio is telling.
66% voted against Obamacare in this bellweather state. That is the only success Obama has in his first term and people hate it. If 2012 is a referendum on Obama, then it looks to be a wipe out that will make 2010 look mild.
I am not surprised many of referendums and races did not go as well as some on the right hoped. The union busting may have been too much too fast in Ohio during economic hard times. A more measured and slower pace should win the day. The Personhood vote in MI was worded so badly I would have voted against it (why ‘clone’ was included is a mystery, but it could be read to say clones are people too). Races to eject long time and popular Democrats did not go well as hoped in VA.
But that is because people are not reacting in knee-jerk, mob mentality. They are thinking things through. Which is a good sign. It means stunts and spin and the other tools of the tiresome Political Industrial Complex are becoming useless. It means Cain can weather these hits if he just stays on message and swats these lame dirty tricks aside like he did last night.
And it means the Dems are in real trouble, because in the end they are not popular centrists in Southern Virginia. If that was the heart and soul of the Democrat Party they would have a chance. But they have slid so far left they have become a serious minority in America:
Self-professed conservatives now outnumber self-professed liberals in the United States, 42 percent to 21 percent, according to a Gallup poll published Monday. Another 37 percent described themselves as moderates.
Conservatives now outnumber liberals 2 to 1, and are on par with ‘moderates’ – which is a catch all term of no meaning. So when voting comes, the conservative always start with a 2 to 1 advantage. I think the libertarian Tea Party portion of the electorate is even larger. It would consume a good portion of the moderates, while maybe losing some social conservatives who want to use government to brow beat people into behaving the way they want them to. My guess is the Big-Government verses Limited-Government split is also 2-1, but with very few non-committed (unlike the ‘moderates’ category).
If so, 2012 will usher in a Sea Change of attitude towards government – one the Political Industrial Complex is scared out of their wits to see happen. The rest of us just can’t wait to see it happen.