What a shame — on all of us.
Herman Cain’s behavior has been — and remains — shameful.
When three women all allege the same thing at the same place and the same time — where there’s smoke there’s fire — there is certainly enough here to make us all back off our support for a fellow so-called-conservative and demand that he clear things up before we accept him as our leader.
But instead the professional right — talk-show hosts and columnists — who have so twisted themselves into pretzels that they have forgotten what being a conservative means — has rallied to defend a man none of them even know!
Has Herman Cain been in the trenches with us over the past decades fighting for conservative causes?
Has Herman Cain fought for even one cause?
Has Herman Cain ever even supported another conservative?
Has Herman Cain run as a real conservative in this campaign?
He has been pro-choice on abortion. (Until he was prompted to change his language.)
He has been in favor of trading all the terrorists at Gitmo for one hypothetical American hostage. (Until prompted to change his tune.)
He claimed he wanted to prevent China from acquiring nuclear weapons. (Until he was informed that China has had nukes for 50 years; then he tried to talk himself out of his self-created trouble.)
What is happening here is the self-destruction of the right, the tea party, and the Republican Party — all through a justifiable loathing of the left and the so-called mainstream media.
Many conservatives figure it this way: “If the lefties are going after Herman, then he must be a good guy.”
In fact, it is Cain’s own abhorrent personal behavior toward women that has gotten him in trouble. Not just these three women — but an Iowan conservative talk radio host has now come forward to tell of Cain’s over-the-top behavior toward two women at his radio station when Cain came in for an interview.
It is shameful that so many on the right ignore these allegations. Would we ignore them if they were the very same allegations made against Barack Obama?
Shouldn’t we Republicans want our candidates to be better than the amoral Democrats?
Don’t we see ourselves as better than the Democrats? If conservatives and Republicans allow ourselves to be as low as Democrats, then the country is doomed.
Conclusion: Herman Cain needs to answer every single charge. Period. Clear it all up. If there is nothing to it, then he can resume regular campaigning. If not, we on the right need to know so we can resume our search for a clean, true conservative to lead this nation back from the brink of disaster.
But for him to drag down the GOP and the right and the tea party this way is selfish and disgusting. Oh, by the way, the tea party hates lobbyists and sees them as part of the inside-the-Beltway corruption; guess who we now learn was an inside-the-Beltway lobbyist for more than two years? Herman Cain.
Oh, and the tea party also hates career politicians. Guess who we now learn has run for president before (in 2000) and for the U.S. Senate (in 2004)? Herman Cain.
Maybe there is a lesson here for everyone: Like in romance, go slowly before you commit to someone.
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