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The Herman Cain Sex Scandal Is Going To Reveal If Character Still Matters To The Republican Party

Does character still matter to the Republican Party?  We are about to find out.  Today, a woman named Sharon Bialek fundamentally altered the race for the Republican nomination in 2012.  The Herman Cain sex scandal is not going away, and either Herman Cain is lying or all of these women that are accusing Cain of sexual misconduct are lying.  Normally, I would not write about unproven sex scandal rumors.  And it is very important to note that the charges against Herman Cain have not been proven yet.  But Bialek now represents the fourth alleged incident of sexual misconduct by Herman Cain.  What makes things a lot worse is the Cain was married when all of these alleged incidents took place.  At this point, Cain is denying that any sexual harassment ever took place.  Cain says that he is perfectly innocent.  So will we find out the truth?  More importantly, will Republican voters demand the truth or will they just allow this whole thing to be brushed under the rug?  Back during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Republicans insisted over and over that “character still matters” when it comes to selecting our leaders.  Well, now that a candidate that millions of Republicans have fallen in love with has been accused of sexual misconduct we will see what Republicans actually do believe about character.

Of course we already know that character means very little to Democrats.  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are clear evidence of that.

But now millions of Republicans have been put in a position where they will clearly be tremendous hypocrites if they continue to support Cain if these charges are proven true.

Let me be perfectly clear.

Multiple episodes of sexual harassment (if proven) should disqualify anyone from being president of the United States.

Multiple attempts to cheat on your wife (if proven) should disqualify anyone from being president of the United States.

Lying to the American people about incidents of sexual misconduct (if proven) should disqualify anyone from being president of the United States.

There are many that would disagree with those statements, but character still matters to me.

So did Herman Cain actually do these things?

Let’s take a look at the evidence that has emerged so far.

At this point we know that the National Restaurant Association paid money to two women to settle sexual harassment claims back in the 1990s.

One woman received a financial settlement of $35,000 and another received a financial settlement of $45,000.

Would the National Restaurant Association have paid out money to these women if their claims were totally baseless?

That is a legitimate question.

In addition, last week a third woman reported to the Associated Press that she also thought about filing a sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain.

But none of those first three women have come forward publicly yet.

Bialek is the fourth woman to allege that Herman Cain is guilty of sexual misconduct, and she changed everything when she came forward publicly with her charges.

According to Bialek, after she lost her job with the NRA in Chicago she traveled to Washington D.C. in the summer of 1997 to meet with Cain about potential job prospects.  Cain had previously met her and her boyfriend and since Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association, she thought that he could help her get a new job.

When Bialek arrived in Washington, she discovered that her hotel room had been upgraded to a suite.  Bialek says that Cain admitted to her that he was the one that upgraded her room.

After they had dinner, Bialek says that Cain offered to drive her over and show her the NRA headquarters.  It was when Cain pulled over to park that the alleged sexual misconduct took place.

The following is what Sharon Bialek says happened in that car….

“I thought that we were going into the offices so that he could show me around. I was wearing a black pleated skirt, a blouse and a suit jacket. He had on a suit jacket without a tie. Instead of going in he suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg, under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch. I was surprised and shocked and I said, “What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This is not what I came here for.” Mr. Cain said, “You want a job, right?”. I asked him to stop and he did. I asked him to take me back to my hotel which he did.”

You can see video of the Bialek news conference right here.

Some have even speculated that what Cain allegedly did could have been more than just sexual harassment.

For example, check out what Washington D.C. attorney Debra Katz told Business Insider….

“She [Sharon Bialek] has described an assault and battery”

So can anyone else attest to what Bialek is claiming?

Well, at the press conference sworn testimonies from two individuals that Bialek told about the misconduct by Cain at the time were read.  One of the statements was from her boyfriend back at that time and another was from a friend that she had told about the incident.

So is Bialek lying?

At this point, Herman Cain is denying everything.

The following is a statement that was issued by the Cain campaign….

“All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone. Fortunately the American people will not allow Mr. Cain’s bold “9-9-9 Plan”, clear foreign policy vision and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks.”

Hmmm…..someone is obviously not telling the truth.

So is it the four women that have charged him with sexual misconduct or is it Herman Cain?

More importantly, will the Republican Party even care?

According to a recent Gallup poll, just 53 percent of all Republicans say that they would rule out voting for a candidate if sexual harassment charges against that candidate were proven.

That is a very frightening number.

Look, if you use your power to try to force women to have sex with you, that should automatically disqualify you to be president.

Anyone that believes otherwise is not a real conservative.

So what are the polls saying?  Is Cain losing support?

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released a few days ago had Cain in second place, just two points behind Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

But another recent poll suggests some voters may be abandoning him.  According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, the number of Republicans that view Cain favorably is declining….

The poll showed the percentage of Republicans who view Cain favorably dropped 9 percentage points, to 57 percent from 66 percent a week ago.

Among all registered voters, Cain’s favorability declined 5 percentage points, to 32 percent from 37 percent.

Sadly, the Herman Cain sex scandal is taking the focus off the real issues that the American people should be focusing on.

Even if Herman Cain is completely and totally innocent of these charges, there is still no way that the Republican Party should nominate him.

As I wrote about the other day, the Federal Reserve is at the very heart of our economic problems and has greatly contributed to the financial bubbles that we have seen in recent years.  We need to take the power to issue our currency away from the Federal Reserve and return it to the federal government, which is what the U.S. Constitution requires.

But Herman Cain would not do that.  Herman Cain was once the chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Board, and he sees no problems with the Federal Reserve at all.

The following is what Herman Cain once had to say about the need for an audit of the Federal Reserve….

Some people say that we ought to audit the Fed. Here’s what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it’s ridiculous. I don’t know why people think we’re gonna learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve.

I think a lot of people are calling for this audit of the Federal Reserve because they don’t know enough about it. There’s no hidden secrets going on in the Federal Reserve to my knowledge.

Another big problem with Herman Cain is that the 999 plan would raise taxes on most Americans.

Personally, my taxes would go way up if Herman Cain’s plan is implemented.  There is no way that I want to see the Republican Party nominate him.

In addition, Herman Cain has been making ridiculous statement after ridiculous statement recently.  All candidates get “tripped up” from time to time, but some of the things that Cain has been saying recently absolutely boggle the mind.

For example, Cain recently claimed that China is “trying to develop nuclear capability.

Yes, he actually said that.

Most Republicans just let this slide, but many of us were absolutely appalled when Cain made the following statement about China….

“They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability, and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.”

What in the world?

China first tested a nuclear weapon back in 1964.

China is loaded with nuclear weapons.

But apparently Cain did not know that.

So why are so many Republicans giving Cain a “free pass” when it comes to things like this?

Yes, as I have written about previously, no American should ever vote for Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.

But if you are a real conservative, there is no way that you should ever vote for Herman Cain either.

Look, America is falling apart and we are running out of time.

We cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama.

We cannot afford four years of Romney, Perry or Cain either.

An article in The Independent by Rupert Cornwell tells of a joke that has been going around since Steve Jobs died….

‘Ten years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs,” runs a sour joke that has been doing the rounds since Silicon Valley lost its most famous son. “Now there’s no cash, no hope and no jobs.”

Sadly, there is so much truth in that joke.

America is drowning in debt, it is full of hopelessness and unemployment is rampant.

This country desperately needs to change course.

Please vote wisely in 2012.

  • Pamela

    The only other candidates worth their salt are Bachman or Paul and we all know that neither have a snowballs chance. We will have more of the same with Romney or Obama. We’re sunk!!

    • Joe Johnson

      Isn’t America the best country on Earth. Even someone that believes Bachmann to be an appropriate and viable candidate, capable of leading a collapsing superpower back to greatness, is allowed to cast a vote.

      • REED RICHARDS

        Joe,

        That was cruel. True, but cruel nonetheless.(LOL)

    • REED RICHARDS

      Pamela,

      If only I had the artistic talent here: Some political cartoonist should seize on the criminal nature of Herman Cain and draw the following cartoon: Just picture this:

      CAPTION: TYPICAL BLACK MALE SEXUAL PREDATOR:

      Herman Cain, in front of a crowd of reporters with a Sinestro-style elongated head, clearly pissin’ his pants and scared to death with bullets of sweat pouring down his face with about 20 microphones below his chin and he says:

      MY NAME IS HERMAN CAIN AND I SEXUALLY ASSAULTED THIS BLONDE WHICH BIATCH BECAUSE O.J. TOLD ME I COULD GET AWAY WITH IT………..

    • Michael Spurlock

      The fix is in.
      Romney will be the candidate and he will lose to Obama.

  • Seth

    And how are we supposed to vote wisely if there is no one to vote for who has credibility?

  • mark

    This is a problem for Mr. Cain. Either he did not do this to the women or he did. In the end it will not matter for this will destroy him with enough of the voters. There are people that still do not like black men with pretty blonde white women. Remember in the movie Blazing Saddles, the Black Sheriff, being held by the Waco Kid, yelling at the Clansmen, oh boys and the sheriff says, Where are the white women? This is the reaction the left is trying to have happen to Mr. Cain. Another mistake that Mr Cain made if he did give this woman a ride alone in his car is this: You do not if you are married, give a pretty woman as this woman was 15 years ago, a ride in your car alone with her. He was asking for trouble and his judgement should be called into question. This whole thing does not seem right, but it will hurt Mr.Cain. We are not going to have a perfect person running against Obama. Obama needs to lose this election for the good of this country. Mr Romney has his problems, but he can beat Obama in the general election. This country will not vote for the person that would make the needed changes. We are hooked on using other peoples money. Mr Romney would at least slow the spending down and we might have more time before a collaspe. Even though I am better prepared than 99% for a collaspe, I do not look forward to the pain and suffering it will bring.

    • Colin

      Herman Cain did this to himself. He is a powerful man who is attracted to and desires beautiful women. Like some men, he is very untactful in his advances and, from the perspective of some women, his advances can be construed as sexual harassment.

      The story was first reported by a conservative web site, the Politico, who sat on the story for ten days to give the candidate time to prepare a response. This story was picked up by the corporate media who like to promote and destroy individuals.

      I also feel that you missing the point that some of us are making about this political system. It doesn’t matter who is elected – they are beholden to the corporate class, and will serve their interests. The rest of us are screwed.

    • REED RICHARDS

      mark,

      Anyone who suggests that electing Spitt Romney to the presidency is for the “good of the country” is not a patriot, but a useful idiot for goldman sachs and jp morgan…………….

      • mark

        Well Reed, I am not a useful idiot. If you knew how to read I said that we need to remove Obama for the good of the country. In general I support Gary Johnson or Ron Paul. I bring up Romney because he could win and the country will not elect someone that will do what is needed to cut government down to size at this time. This country was designed to change at a slow pace. The damage brought upon us by the progressives will take time to undo. The problem is that I do not think that we have the time left to repair our country. Even though Romney is to the left of where I stand, he will not do as much damage as Obama is doing to us. Remember, you have to win more than just the primary elections to claim the top spot. Newt is a smart guy and has some good plans. Even he has professed liberal garbage at times and held hands so to speak with Mrs. Clinton in the past. And speaking of his past, if he is the guy the press will beat him to death. At least Romney comes across as a family man. If he wins the top spot, we might have more time to prepare for a coming collaspe. The more that are prepared, the more we might resist a police state. Maybe Romney being a Mormon, might suggest to the public to be prepared for hard times. I see in a later post that you say bring on the pain. That is the speech of a useful idiot, for the odds are that we would end up with the type of government that Stalin would support.

        • REED RICHARDS

          mark,

          Your own words betray you. In general you support Ron Paul or Gary Johnson? Not exactly a ringing endorsement. The key here is that you admit that you are of the far right, essentially a big government republican. And again, this love of Spitt Romney is exactly my point. Apparently, you missed an article about a week or two back where Spitt Romney is getting more money from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan than even Obama. Any politician who is a tool of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan can not possibly do LESS DAMAGE TO THE ASYLUM than Barrack Obama. They can only increase the dosage of pain and misery that Obama is dishing out. And this idiocy of thinking Romney will be better because he comes across as a “family man” (I guess because the Obamas are black they can’t possibly be family people) is precisely why both wings of the war party, especially the GOP wing, will continue to destroy any vestage of what amerika ever was and people like you will be the reason for its destruction. But hey, ya get what ya ask for and then some. good luck with that big government, banker bailout republicanism.

  • Highspeedloafer

    Cain is just another passing fad. But, like many I see no one on the horizon who can be elected and do what needs to be done.

    • mark

      You are correct that if one was to do what we need to have happen, that person will not be elected. The public will not stop feeding at the public grain bin. The best we will be able to do is just slow down our slide into the deep dark debt whirlpool. I listened to a gal named Ann Lee on Fox Business the other day. She thinks it is ok for the Fed to print money for a long time still. This is because we have the worlds reserve currency and it would take some time yet for the world to switch to another one. These people have no respect for others and act like children in a candy store.

  • KyTim89

    Hey Michael, could you do an article on Ron Paul and why he is the best candidate?

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    Seriously? You are kidding right? Character matters to GOP voters? Hardly. Like their counterparts in the Democrat wing of the war party, character never mattered to Republican voters, not by any stretch of the imagination. Amerikan voters usually vote for the person who promises them the most freebies from government and promises to kill and imprison the most people (i.e. foreigners), period. Promise anything else and you might as well be running for county janitor or night watchman. Only in Hobbes world could buffoons like Herman Cain, Slic Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney even be considered candidates for anything, president or otherwise. Again, Amerikans are getting what they deserve. I say bring on the pain, bring on the misery!

  • William

    You should know, after the Presidency of an evil and clearly crazy IDIOT named Bush, that Republicans favor only one thing: reducing taxes for the wealthy. Cain wants to drop the top tax bracket for the wealthy from 35% to 9%, while greatly increasing the tax burden of the quickly vanishing middle class…….Republicans have NO moral compass, or sense of basic fairness and common decency.

    • REED RICHARDS

      William,

      While this is true, electing a bought and paid for democrat will not solve the asylum state’s problems………..

  • John

    Presidents are “selected”, not “elected”.

  • Paul

    No one is going to be allowed to even get close to becoming president unless they are all ready pre-approved as a team player by the powers that be (handlers). This should be common knowledge by now. There is no chance for anyone that is challenging the “system”. Of course its quite easy for them to pull this off when the vast majority of people let that propaganda tube in thier living room do all thier thinking for them. TURN OFF YOUR TV! NOW!

  • Gary2

    I thought he was just on a book tour?

    Seriously there is a good book just out called “Liberty and Justice for Some” by Glen Greenwald.

    It very clearly shows that the rich elite get away with things regular people are prosecuted for starting with Fords pardon of Nixon. The author documents this and many other examples. This is not a political book as he simply reviews facts that everyone can agree and remember happening.

    If I ever did anything remotely like Mr. Cain no employer would pay off the accuser to protect me. I would rightly be terminated and probably sitting in jail. ( I am smart enough to never do what cain did nor morally would I ever do this)

  • Gary2

    Given that his poll numbers have risen the answer is obvious. Many republicans do not care about this so I am assuming Michael is asking a rhetorical question.

    Given the republican war on the poor this comes as no surprise.

    I really do consider the tea baggers as the American version of the Taliban. Given that the Taliban cut off women’s noses for sexual things, it comes as no surprise that the American Taliban is supporting Cain who did sexual harassment to a women. Same thing but less extreme.

    How any woman could ever vote republican is beyond me. (actually how anyone can vote republican unless part of the 1% is beyond me)

    I have 2 wonderful daughters and I am sickened that people like cain would treat women like this. I wonder if his patron the Koches and Neal Boortz have daughters?

    • KnightOwl

      The left didn’t care about this with Bill Clinton…it didn’t care about this with John F Kennedy, they didn’t care about Barney Frank’s partner running a brothel….

      We don’t even know if this true….It seems that this is an issue if you are a conservative…

      Remember we are electing someone to run the government, not the preacher in chief…The president is not in charge of our morals, is not the head of our religion….If he had flirted with 1000′s of women like many of our celebrities, it would not disqualify him from the presidency. The pulpit yes, the White House NO…

    • Vladimir

      Mr. Gary,
      just like Cato the Elder used to conclude his speeches with “Carthago delenda est”, may I suggest you to conclude your posts with: “furthermore, tax the rich!”.
      Regards

    • Guido

      Whoah there, cowboy. There’s been no evidence. That politico article was all rumors and innuendo with no evidence of any sort. So far, we haven’t seen any proof or heard any real facts until this one lady popped up. From what the news is saying, she’s a flake. Oh, BTW, she appears to be a neighbor of Obama’s campaign wunderkind, Axelrod. That’s one heck of a coincidence.

      And why didn’t one of these people actually go to court? If any of these happened back in the PC 90s, why not sue and see if you could double down on a mere 20-30K? Ever heard of a nuisance suit? Sometimes, businesses pay off plaintiffs just to keep things nice and quiet, regardless of the veracity of the complaint because it’s easier and cheaper than long, drawn out battles. Banks in Chicago, for one, are quick to fire embezzlers, yet rarely press charges-the idea being it’s easier to fire a thief than let the public think their money isn’t safe.

      I can’t prove he didn’t do it, but they can’t prove that he did it, either. Still, he’s not exactly a low profile dude-why wait til’ now to do something?

    • Randome-11

      “I really do consider the tea baggers as the American version of the Taliban.”

      Then, the joke is on you.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    Seriously? You are kidding right? Character matters to GOP voters? Hardly. Like their counterparts in the Democrat wing of the war party, character never mattered to Republican voters, not by any stretch of the imagination. Amerikan voters usually vote for the person who promises them the most freebies from government and promises to kill and imprison the most people (i.e. residential minorities and foreigners), period. Promise anything else and you might as well be running for county janitor or night watchman. Only in Hobbes world could buffoons like Herman Cain, Slic Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney even be considered candidates for anything, president or otherwise. Again, Amerikans are getting what they deserve. I say bring on the pain, bring on the misery!

  • Nick Nailer

    he should change his name to “sugar cain”

  • Hefsmaster

    Michael, Got your e-mail and responded. BTW. Thank you….

  • Joey G

    5 different women, and now the spinmeisters are out to destroy the victims. Why was a settlement paid to others?? This guy is a power hungry psychopathic predator, he gets right in the camera and denies it, even when caught. No character does not matter to the Religious Right 700 club group. There is a long history of this same type, swaggart, baker, etc.

    • Guido

      No proof either way to this point.

  • josh

    hes shady and will never get my vote

  • Ken

    Character does not and did not matter to the Republican Party. If it did, Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul would have been nominated during their respective runs.

  • Groener

    Character? Grover Cleveland sired an illegit son and still won on 1884.

    Enuf said.

    Cain is bad on other things, but this kind of stuff will only prove his virility and actually raise his popularity among some segment of voters!

  • Lucky Chucky

    Cain will be the next POTUS. This is a hit job by those that would be able to control the others, but know they can not control Cain. I will vote for him.

  • mondobeyondo

    The first thing that any presidential candidate does when faced with a sex scandal (or any other scandal) is to deny everything. It happened with Gary Hart in 1988 – or maybe it was 1984?

    Did Cain actually do these despicable deeds? Well, it’s 4 womens’ testimony against 1 man’s denials, so unless these women all conspired to bring down this man, you can assume these actually occurred.

    The important thing is to just get far enough to get elected and take the presidential oath. After that, you’re pretty much home free. All you have to say is, “I did not have sex with that woman…not a single time. Never.” (Maybe that only works with Democrats, I don’t know.)

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    The Herman Cain situation is a He said She said and it’s sad. I happen to agree with Michael that character does matter. It’s more then as little depressing that this is the best we can conger up to run for President. Lets face it if you don’t fit the current narrative, or they simply didn’t like your world view the MSN will ignore you or portray you as some sort of kook. That said I think Cain is dead in the water nobody can resist the constant drumbeat of one woman after another accusing you of groping her. I think it’s Mitt and Perry if BO get reelected will depend on events.

  • Randome-11
  • C Fitzsimmons

    Character does matter. Regretfully, not good character. They’re not good; then, get corrupted in DC. They climb the ladder of corruption to get there. “To be successful, it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be polite”–Voltaire.

    Which is worse, that the government doen’t represent the majority; or, that it does ?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “I heard this guy Herman Cain, the pizza king running for president, saying that Occupy Wall Street are anti-capitalist. You got it wrong, Herman. It’s anti-capitalist to bail out banks and to bail out your buddies. That’s anti-capitalist. If you or I fail, nobody bails us out. In capitalism, you’re supposed to rise and fall on your own merits.”—Gerald Celente

  • Guido

    Umm, if they’re not anti-capitalist, then why are they supporting anti-capitalist ideals and pushing Socialism? This site previously published their demands, including this quote from Charles Gasparino “It’s not an overstatement to describe Zuccotti Park as New York’s Marxist epicenter. Flags with the iconic face of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara are everywhere; the only American flag I saw was hanging upside down. The “occupiers” openly refer to each other as “comrade,” and just about every piece of literature on offer (free or for sale) advocated socialism in the Marxist tradition as a cure-all for the inequalities of the American economic system.”

    Soooo you sure they’re pro-capitalist???

  • _Underscore

    I would say that partisan politics usually means that allegations such as this are “OF THE UPMOST SIGNIFICANCE” if they are leveled at someone in the opposition party, and “irrelevant smearing” when it’s your own.

    However, if you allow me to get a bit partisan here, since Republicans are more likely to be running a ‘conservative’ campaign championing ‘family values’ perhaps they should be judged more harshly on such misdemeanors?

  • Randome-11
  • jed

    ‘….we will see what Republicans actually do believe about character.

    Of course we already know that character means very little to Democrats. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are clear evidence of that.’

    This seems a bit unfair. Do the names David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani or Mark Foley ring a bell? How about Ken Lay or Jack Abramoff?

    And of course, on 5 February 2003, Colin Powell stated during a speech to the UN, that the Bush Admin knew for a fact that Iraq had biological and chemical weapons, and rods for nuclear reactors. Not that there was a good possibility, but that it was absolutely a known fact.

    In the Valerie Plume case, Vice President Cheney put in danger the lives of any contacts/informants who may have provided information to an undercover US operative – Why? To score points in a political vendetta.

    Oh, how wonderful it would be if we all had the character of our Republican leaders.

  • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com D.L.

    Character does not matter to Republicans, period, end of story. If you don’t believe me, see the online movie “Conspiracy of Silence” about the Boys Town/Franklin Scandal/Lawrence King (who is black, BTW, like Cain…Gee, was Cain involved with this as well???) If character mattered to Republicans, they’d nominate Ron Paul in a heartbeat.