This is Going to be Awful

For the women, of course.Not Cain:

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.

I feel like we’re going to need a bingo card for all the pseudo-psych, misogynist crap that’s about to come down the pipe. Let’s see, we’ll have “money-grubbing whores” and “they were asking for it” and “why do powerful men cheat?” and probably some “trying to destroy the black candidate” thing about white liberal guilt. I know I’m missing something. What else?


13 thoughts on “This is Going to be Awful

  1. Don’t forget the bad jokes using rap music, misogyny and ethnic stereotyping. “I’ve got 9-9-9 problems, but a b**** ain’t one.”
    I feel bad for even thinking that one up so quickly.

  2. I’ve already seen lots of Clarence Thomas/Cain jokes. Because apparently it’s okay for us lefties to make racist jokes along with the knuckledraggers as long as the targets are successful and powerful assholes.

  3. As of this morning, the Cain campaign went with “the liberal press (Politico???) is trying to destroy the black Republican candidate because liberals are the REAL racists!!”
    If that doesn’t make the story go away — and it won’t — I’m sure they have other “Look! Over there! A shiny thing!” moves planned.

  4. If that doesn’t make the story go away — and it won’t — I’m sure they have other “Look! Over there! A shiny thing!” moves planned.
    You know, I do think there is something to the 24-hour news cycle argument in that there are so many politicians out there DOING STUPID SHIT ALL THE TIME that my default advice to anybody caught doing anything is to just stop talking for two weeks (which was Weiner’s problem, he could not shut up) and wait. I mean, surely Casey Anthony will be back in the news shortly.

  5. Don’t forget “Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke”. He’s already said “some” people don’t get his “humor”…like his bit on electrocuting Mexicans…
    funnnnny…we’ll be here all week

  6. The saddest part of these episodes is that there is a not-so-insignifanct part of the Republican base that will see this as demonstrating strength and not harassment. Same with the electric fence. I’m not sure he wants it to go away. There are definite constituencies that will see him as the victim of “feminazis” and he will want to play to that.
    It was a joke! But not really if you agree. Joke! Sort of.

  7. Hell, just wait until it comes out that one or both of the women werewhite.
    And the folks talking about this coming from “the liberals” lead me to believe the whole thing could be a shell game. Cain’s main policy is the Holy Grail of the flat-tax right wing, and he is botching the marketing of that plan. Not only does he threaten the status quo GOP candidates, he threatens the very flat/fair/land-of-make-believe tax itself. That’s a powerful sacred cow.
    Add to that the fact that Cain has the lead in theRepublican primaries right now. We all remember what happened the last time a Texas governor with a GOP primary challenge needed votes in the South against someone whose last name ended in “Cain,” don’t we?
    Now, if there are women at the other end of these allegations, what a mess politics and media make of things. They’d have to deal with unwelcome crap at work; go through the legal process of a complaint; leave work after doing nothing wrong; have the whole thing dredged up again years later, with all the social risks associated, as well as possibly exposing them to litigation for non-disclosure violations; and all that as a result of someone else’s decision to enter the GOP presidential primary.
    If there is any argument against standing up for yourself, the idea that your own legally addressed complaints will come back to destroy your life years later has got to be near the top.

  8. I expect the corporate media to say:
    disgruntled employee
    jealous of his attention to someone else
    all a man has to do to get charged with harassment is ask for a date
    he rejected them
    women just aren’t team players
    it was all a misunderstanding
    rape jokes are too funny
    what is sexual harassment anyway. Men don’t really know.
    for starters.

  9. Interesting situation. Did Cain or Didn’t Cain. Is this an act of purgation by the repubs, such as Rove. etc.
    Of course, it is hard to forget Clarence Thomas / Anita Hill and how they were both pulled through the mud (even though Thomas is rather Conservative). I also remember rumors of how the repubs approached Colin Powell and threatened him not to run (otherwise they would pull his wife through the mud). At this point, the actual victims aren’t public, so they can’t be vilified like Anita Hill. It would be a convenient way to get Cain off the ticket without it looking like the repubs could have racists in their ranks.

  10. And Fox News is the official winner with High Tech Lynching FTW.
    Alex, tell the folks at Fox News what they have won.

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