Herman Cain Is Being Lynched(Updated x3)

Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

This entire debacle is garbage.  Everybody propagating it is full of garbage.  Frankly, it’s nonsense, and it’s empty and plainly a hit-job.  Through all of this, we still have no first-hand accounts, no facts, and no evidence of any kind.  We have nothing except allegations, the disclosure that settlements occurred (which is not an admission of guilt,) and scant little else.  The Politico hacks who broke this story have nothing of substance.  Somebody dumped the story in their laps, and they went out to brow-beat people into giving information.  They asked accusatory questions with the air of insider knowledge, and probably bluffed their way into some answers on their way to attempting to lynch Herman Cain.  Let me make this clear:  Cain is most certainly undergoing a “high tech lynching,” and whatever the facts may turn out to be, the truth is the media is convicting him without any of them.  They know it too, and that explains the drumbeat for more disclosures from the National Restaurant Association.  It’s garbage, every bit of it, but this lynching isn’t happening because Cain is black, but instead because he’s conservative.  Let me say this again:  The whole episode has nothing to do with his race, but everything to do with his being a conservative politician.

Jess Jackson never faced this despite the whole litany of sexual misconduct charges and allegations of illicit affairs he has faced over the years.  Charlie Rangel committed actual crimes while serving in elected office, and he never faced this.  We can list any number of people of color who have had similar or worse charged leveled at them with much more overpowering evidence, which in this case, means “any evidence at all,”  and yet none of them faced this sort of ugly assault by the media.  Clarence Thomas?  Well, but he is a conservative, appointed to the high court by a Republican president.  Understand, however, that it’s not race that is the deciding factor.  Herman Cain is a conservative.  The fact that he is a black man only sweetens the pot for the race baiters and hustlers of the left, who deny that a person can be both black, and conservative; hispanic and conservative; female and conservative; gay and conservative; atheist and conservative.  You see, they have traditionally held sway with these groups, and the notion that those groups might in any measure defect makes it implausible that leftists would ignore it, but more importantly, impossible for the GOP establishment to  demur.

You see, whatever eventually turns out to be the case about these allegations, all we can say with certainty right now is that there’s really no evidence Cain ever did anything wrong and/or improper.  What all of this is intended to do is create an impression and to damage Cain.  The left certainly doesn’t give a damn about facts, and never has.  The establishment Republicans don’t care about facts at all.  Both groups see another opportunity to kill off Cain’s candidacy.  Both groups intend to exploit this.  Both groups hate conservatives.  This is why Karl Rove appears on FoxNews, telling viewers “Cain is done.”  It’s not that Cain is black that motivates Rove or his kindred spirits in the GOP establishment.  They’d nominate anybody who would serve their immediate and long term interests, but they cannot permit a conservative of any description who isn’t in their club to win the nomination or serve in any leadership capacity.

For all the distractions involved in this case, nothing is really more important than these two things:

  1. We don’t know any substantial facts about the cases in question and must therefore assume they’re garbage
  2. We must try to figure out who actually schemed this hit-job, and dropped the story in Politico’s lap

Until we have damning evidence in hand from named sources, with first-hand testimony, and actual evidence of some sort, I think we would be prudent to focus on the second because if the first turns out to be the long and short of it – that this entire episode is concocted, inflated, hyped garbage – we need to know who the scoundrels behind these disclosures are, because they are a toxic part of our national political problem.

Could this have originated with the left?  Sure, but I find that less plausible, if only because of the people involved.  The left is a bunch of opportunistic vultures, and they are particularly lazy as journalists.  No, somebody delivered this story to the hacks at Politico, and my money still bets the source is somebody in the Republican establishment.

As this entire show goes on, one man is escaping examination and vetting, and with the early states rushing ahead, he may escape any vetting at all while we pursue this story about Cain that has no real evidence, no substance, and as yet, not so much as a first-hand statement from any party to the alleged settlements.  Nobody is asking Romney about Romneycare. Nobody is talking about his wheels-for-welfare program in Massachusetts. Nobody is examining the vices or virtues of Perry’s tax notions.  Nobody is looking at any issue of importance, and all the while, Romney hopes to sneak in by running out the clock.

To hell with that.  I have told you before, and I meant it, and I’ll say it again: I’m in favor of ABAR. That’s “Anybody But A RINO.”  If my state’s primary arrives and the leading two choices are Romney and somebody else, I will vote for that somebody else, unless it’s another RINO, in which case, I’ll vote for the highest-polling conservative on the ballot.  If a RINO wins the nomination, I will withhold a vote for President in 2012, and I will work for local, congressional, and state-wide conservatives, and even real conservatives in other states.

If you say to me, “But Mark, then Obama will win,” I will say simply that you permitted it by nominating somebody other than a conservative.  This time, you squishy Republicans and RINOs are going to compromise with us, and if you don’t, you’ll lose.  So I’m turning it around on you right now: I’m telling you mush “Repubics” who would nominate another slack-jawed moderate: I will not support them, and  I believe many conservatives are prepared to join me, because they’re as concerned about the future of conservatism as they are about the country, because they realize, as do I, that you will not save the latter without the former.

You don’t like it? Tough. Feel free to read a blog written by a surrender-monkey.  You want mush?  Go elsewhere.  Neither has it been a secret that Cain isn’t my first choice, nor is it a secret that I’m still undecided about who to support in the absence of my first choice.  What is certain is this:  I will not support, by any means, under any consideration, the candidacies of Romney, Huntsman, or Paul.  Had he run, I would not have supported Christie. I would not have supported Mitch Daniels. I will never support another Bush, so you can forget that “Go Jeb” business. I’d sooner hack off my arms than to let them mark a ballot for another Bush.  I won’t consider somebody whose name is coincidentally “Shub” because it’s too close to “Bush” for my comfort.  No thanks. That clan has done two generations of damage to the good name of Conservatism.

Enjoy your lynching of Herman Cain.  Absent verified evidence and/or testimony, you’ll have to do it without me.  It’s disgusting and filthy and until there’s some evidence, every rational person ought to consider this to be pure garbage.  I’ve seen enough of these lynchings of Conservatives, and I’ll have no part of it.  You GOP establishment types can huddle with leftists at the cocktail parties inside the Beltway, and while you do, we’ll lose the country.  You think you’re buying safety from the leftist mobs, but you’re the first people who will be fed to them upon silver platters.  If you want to sacrifice Cain on the altar of the left, have at it.  Barring any useful, meaningful, verified and factual evidence and testimony to support all these vacuous allegations, I will absolutely support Herman Cain in lieu of a better choice, but I will not under any circumstance support the GOP establishment’s choices.  Deal with it.

UPDATE: As this article posted, DailyCaller is reporting:

“Hatchet Job” Former National Restaurant Association Chairman Defends Cain

UPDATE 2: At Hot-Air:  Cain Aide: We are thinking about legal action against Politico

UPDATE 3: At Hot-Air: Accuser: She’d Rather Not Relive this Publicly

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  • http://twitter.com/politiJim PolitiJim (@politiJi

    Don’t DeTrain the Cain Just Yet! (http://bit.ly/vLGgKX)

    I agree with you Mark as I wrote in my article above – that we can't rush to judgement. I also agree in my article that unless Cain has overtly lied to us – he can withstand all of this EVEN IF he has an issue.

    You are factually wrong on the issue of "first hand" witnesses. We now have two people who have WITNESSED Cain making inappropriate remarks to women. One is a Karl Rove surrogate but claims he has corroborating witnesses the other a conservative Iowa talk show host who said Cain made inappropriate remarks to two of his employees RECENTLY.

    Yes. Bill Clinton got away with rape. But that should not be our standard. Conservatives will always be held to a higher standard since we claim to CARE about morality. Dems get a pass because there is no hypocrisy card with who they portray to be. (Jimmy Carter: I have lusted with my eyes). As I wrote it is very possible that Cain is a man of great honesty and integrity with a gene missing regarding appropriate communication with the opposite sex.

    I'm still ready to board the Cain train on three conditions:
    1. He acknowledges that OTHERS saw his behavior as inappropriate whether he did or not.
    2. That he fires his campaign manager and gets a top notch team to help him run this campaign.
    3. That it turns out he has not lied about there being other incidents.

    I can't get too mad at those jumping the train. I am encouraging people to WAIT and let the facts play themselves out. As I said in the article – no matter WHAT he's done – there are some things you can not take away from him.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      PolitiJim, Until they're willing to say what they witnessed in specific detail, which to my knowledge, neither has, I don't consider it worthwhile, and claims of corroboration are equally pointless. Tell us with specificity what was said, to whom, and under what circumstances, and then bring corroborating witnesses who are willing to GO ON THE RECORD.

    • LordChamp

      I see Cain as an extreme extrovert. Very outgoing and friendly.

      Any person like that in a position of power in this day and age is VERY likely to misinterpreted and misunderstood.

      I hate this politically correct BS so much. Everyone is so overly sensitive that we can no longer even laugh and cut up with people even in totally innocent ways.

      I'll support this man to the end unless there is undeniable proof that is unquestionable.

      I REFUSE to let the media and the establishment choose another candidate for me.

  • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

    Speaking as a woman of "a certain age" (ok – I'm an old broad of 65 – 66 next month) this whole thing is ridiculous. I am so sick and tired of women running around being "offended" by things that were not even considered barely insulting when I was a youngun.

    I remember hostessing (cocktail waitress) a Walter Mondale fund raiser in Minneapolis at the Minnesota Club, His aides decided it would be a really, really fun idea for me to visit privately with Mr. Mondale in his room afterwards. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww! I believe my response was something like, "Not in his wildest dreams." Did I get all hot and bothered and offeeeeeeeended? No. I just shrugged and went home.

    These whiny ass women wanted to be equal. Now they are. How's that working for them? Dopes!! They need to grow up and act like, well – a man. heh

    • http://olioartshop.com stephanie hart

      Love this Adrienne – political correctness had gone so far it's disgusting! I like you say 'get a life' and a sense of humor! Yes, women have done this to themselves – liberal women who want to be equal and all of us women are paying for that. Men cannot even tell a joke without these women yelling harrassment and wanting $$ for it. Cain will prevail and 'deliver'!!!

      • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

        Thank you, Stephanie. When you're my age you'll find a lot more things to laugh about, too.

      • Terri C

        Stephanie & Adrienne you are both so right ! PC is so run amok! I love Herman Cain and just read a sweet article on the Blaze.com about him and his wife, Gloria! I tell you something, if you are a christian and a conservative you have a BIG, FAT bullseye on your back! So i say…keep on going Herman and don't let the PC crap establishment get you down!

  • http://twitter.com/mustangmike289 paulreverewritesagai

    Mark, you are hot tonight! Great article! I am with you, my friend. I will not vote for a RINO just because they say they are a real conservative. Yes, Sarah is my first choice, but with her not in the running, I support a Cain candidate. I can't imagine any other person coming out of the woodwork right now. I will wait and see for sure, but, like you, if only RINO candidates are on the ballot, I will not vote for President.
    Good writing, Mark.

  • http://gravatar.com/bigmamas52 bigmamas52

    PolitiJim (@politiJim), from what I've read the talk show host in Iowa is a Romney supporter and the so-called "offense" against his receptionist was that Cain said she was pretty. OMG….how horrible, a man said she was pretty. The other is a GOP pollster who runs a Perry Super Pac. So, IMHO, to put any stock in what either of these 3rd party, so-called withnesses is ridiculous. Mark is dead on correct that unless and until the actual parties involved come forward and lay out their version of the case, no one should put any merit in anything said in the media. This is once again a he said/she said, and in this case only HE is saying, because these women for whatever reason are choosing not too. In this country we supposedly have the right to confront our accuser…..and supposedly we are presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty. Just because the media claims something, or some other party claims something, does not make it true, or even worth listening to. We are wasting time even spending a moment on this trash and not looking into where all the candidates stand, their positions, their records. I'm with Mark that I will NOT pull the lever this time for another RINO. I have voted GOP all my life but once, and I was just too young and dumb that time, but I am a conservative FIRST, and this time I'm voting for the best conservative. Until we all have the guts to stand up for principles we will continue to get an unprincipled government, like we have now.

  • http://twitter.com/MinneMike Michael Wiley (@Minn

    Some of the accusations of sexual harassment are pretty chuckle worthy. Read one accusation that Cain conveyed "sexual overtones," not sure what that means.

    Just think this whole matter is one big scam leading to business deals analogous to Levi Johnson and his equally deprived sister.

    • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

      "Sexual overtones" got me most my jobs…

  • skeeter

    Amen and Amen…

    You are so spot on with your article. I would also say much to do about nothing…. If we as a country can overlook the Kennedys and Clintons indiscretions (and they were out in the open and proven) then even if these accounts are proven, why can't we overlook what a conservative might have done.
    People, the very survival of our country is at stake. What has to happen for you to wake up and smell something besides free coolaid. As a conservative, this only causes me to bow my neck and want to VOTE for Cain no matter what. I truely believe that he is the only one who has the inner confidence to turn this liberal red tide away. Nothing will make me happier than to see a peoples choice win this whole thing. All the money, slander, lies, backroom scheming, and behind the scene machinery will have been for naught. (and I mean from what looks like both sides of the isle.)

  • http://minorityrightsadvocate.wordpress.com mrfixit

    Well said!
    The good news so far… This may end up helping Cain. I know it has made me more supportive, since I know the enemy will attack the biggest threat on our side, and that is clearly Cain right now.

    I felt similar last time with McCain, but when Palin was put on the ticket, I then could support the ticket, but without Palin, I think I would have not voted like you say here about the RINOs.

    It was McCains to lose, and he did lose, and it is clear his own people sought to cast Palin in a bad light, clear from her book and the results.

    We have issues with elitist progressives in BOTH parties.

  • http://twitter.com/StevenDufresne Steven (@StevenDufre

    Amen Mark! Ammmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeennn!!!!!!!!! My sentiments exactly! And I too, don't have my first choice Sarah Palin to support, but I am with Cain! Because as long as he is willing to put it all on the line for conservative, Tea Party principles, I will stand with him. I won't sit on the sidelines! Cain is able, Cain 2012!

  • Joshua

    Best blog post in regards to this issue I've seen to date. Well done Mark.