I like Herman Cain. I like him a lot and not just because he’s a former colleague here at the American Family Radio talk network. He’s taken a totally unfair beating over anonymous and vague accusations of doing or saying something sexually inappropriate, although nobody knows exactly what it is he is supposed to have done.
The only one who could shed some light is refusing to talk, which is as likely to mean she’s got nothing to say as that she has something explosive to reveal. Plus, if Herman Cain was the sexual harasser she is supposed to have said he was, it was inexcusable and cowardly for her to accept hush money and so put every other female in the NRA environment at risk. So it’s time to put that whole sad, sorry incident to rest, and to expose Politico for the journalistic and political hacks that they are. Ninety stories over absolutely nothing! Nothing!
Meanwhile, we are getting daily and quite credible reports from the various Occupy sites of actual and genuine sexual harassment, up to and including rape. Things got to the point where one site set up gender-segregated housing for the protection of female Occupiers, which is supposed to be outrageous and unconscionable discrimination by leftist lights.
Politico remains strangely and hypocritically silent to a nauseating degree on all this seedy Occupy stuff. I told a journalist from the The Nation early last week that this whole Cain episode was just going to wind up making Politico look bad, and it’s looking like I was right.
Meanwhile, the Washington Times gave both Herman and Gov. Rick Perry space to tell America what they would do in their first 100 days. Herman gave a pep talk, while Gov. Perry presented a plan.
Both have the right philosophy, but Gov. Perry has both the philosophy and a plan to implement it. This sets him apart from Cain for those who are looking for a horse to back between those two.
Romney is clearly unacceptable to conservatives, and for many good reasons. In fact, the real question, given Gov. Windsock’s (to borrow James Carville’s colorful metaphor) past support of abortion and the homosexual agenda, is not how evangelicals can support him but how Mormons can support him.
Perry, with his specific policy proposals, has put some significant daylight between him and Herman Cain, his only realistic challenger for the conservative vote. (Newt’s troubled marital history will continue to be an anvil about his neck for social conservatives.)
Gov. Perry laid out four specific things he would do in his first 100 days: stop implementation of ObamaCare, open up energy exploration, impose a moratorium on federal regulations, and send as many National Guard troops as necessary to the southern border to seal it up.
Then he’d lay out his flat tax proposal, cap federal spending at 18% of GDP, halt earmarks cold-turkey, and work to freeze federal wages and hiring until the budget is balanced.
Herman is very likable, and has been cruelly and unfairly savaged by irresponsible and buffonish “reporting” over his tenure at the NRA. He will continue to have great appeal to many conservatives. He remains relentlessly upbeat, and a promoter of the American Dream. He is our Good Humor man.
But Gov. Perry has pledged to be a “wrecking ball” when he gets to D.C. If conservatives have a choice at this time in our history between the Good Humor man and the wrecking ball, they’re going to want the wrecking ball.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)