Herman Cain is learning one of the lessons of life. Nothing comes easy, but there is good news and there is bad news for Cain.
First the good news and there is a fair bit of it.
The latest Iowa poll from The Des Moines Register shows Herman Cain leading the GOP field in the Hawkeye State, with 23 percent support. That’s a 13 point jump since the Register’s last poll, taken in June.
Amazingly, Cain’s lead comes despite almost no campaigning in the state: Since the August 13 straw poll (in which he placed fifth), he has been to Iowa just once.
Mitt Romney, who has also spent little time in Iowa (just one visit since August), is running a close second in the poll, with 22 percent. There’s a cautionary note for the former Massachusetts governor, however: Among those who say they “definitely” plan to vote in the caucuses, he is at just 10 percent support, compared with Cain’s 27 percent.
As if that were not good enough for Cain, there is good news from Texas.
From USA Today:
There's a new poll out today that shows Herman Cain and Rick Perry essentially tied for the GOP presidential nomination, but the results are in Texas where Perry has been governor for 10 years.
Cain edges Perry 27% to 26% among Texas voters who say they're Republicans in the new survey by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is third with 12%. The Cain and Perry numbers are within the poll's margin of error.
Cain has been surging in national and state polls in recent weeks as Perry, who upended the race when he joined the field in August, has slid.
In one tell-tale sign: Cain has a 13-percentage point lead over Perry among the most conservative voters, the Texas poll shows. Cain also does better than Perry in rural areas and in the suburbs.
The bad news for Cain is allegations of sexual harassment from the nineties. This is something that could torpedo Cain as a viable candidate if his campaign does not do something about it quickly.
From Fox News:
Maybe if Herman Cain’s campaign manager had spent less of the past two weeks on self-promotional smoke breaks, the GOP’s putative presidential frontrunner would be having a better Monday.
Politico says that in the less than three years Cain led the National Restaurant Association, the trade group paid two female accusers more than $10,000 each to leave the organization and to be silent on the subject.
Despite having known that the story was in the pipeline for weeks, the Cain team and the candidate seemed utterly unprepared for the onslaught that has predictably followed. They have issued evasive denials and immediately gone to political DEFCON 1 by invoking the fricasseeing of Clarence Thomas, also a conservative black man from Georgia, in 1991 for allegations of bawdy talk at his office.
“Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before -- a prominent conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics,” said spokesman J.D. Gordon (who is the campaign’s “vice president for communications” as well as a senior foreign-policy adviser).
While conservatives still bristle at having Thomas hectored by none other than Sen. Ted Kennedy for lasciviousness, jumping right to the infamous “high-tech lynching” doesn’t leave Cain a lot of running room. Remember that Justice Thomas’ ordeal was hardly a public relations success, even if he survived to go on and become a distinguished jurist.
It is stunning that Cain’s people were not ready for this. If Cain is to continue, he had best have the top media damage control people working on this right now. This story has the possibility of spinning out of control and if it does, Cain could be sunk.
However, looking at the facts of this, if Cain’s campaign will do the right thing, this is survivable. Neither of the alleged complainants has come forward. Most importantly, both suits were settled for about $10,000 each. That is the red flag right there.
Lawyers know some lawsuits have what is called nuisance value. What that means in plain, non-lawyer English is that a lawsuit might have very weak but the defending party may wish to settle the suit simply to avoid the hassle of litigation, the damage to reputation and sometimes just to avoid attorney’s fees.
Had these claims gone to trial, even if Cain were totally vindicated, the legal fees would have easily exceeded $10,000. If these cases were stronger they either would have gone to litigation or the settlements would have been much higher.
In short, it looks like these lawsuits were made to go away simply on the theory it would cost more to defend them than settle them (which was a very popular legal strategy in the 90’s).
Cain can beat this if it is handled right. But judging from what I have seen of his campaign team so far, I’m not that optimistic.
Most of the Cain supporters KNOW that this is false & just a distraction initiated by the progressives who are terrified of Herman Cain...a brilliant conservative black, NON-career-politician! If he were a Progressive, Socialist black man, this would've been buried as deeply as our "Dictator-In-Chief's" records! I don't think Mr. Cain has to worry much about it, but it should be nipped in the bud to satisfy all those who believe everything they hear from the alphabet "news" liars!
I think Cain said it the way it is, he doesn't know anything about a payoff. And the Restaurant Ass. may have settled with two female employees, but that certainly doesn't prove anything - we can sue for just about anything. My daughter works for UHG and the suits they settle out of court on aligations just like this are too many to count. Disgruntled employees know the laws inside and out, they also know they can recieve some enumeration if they yell loud enough, because lawsuits going to court cost UHG and arm and leg.
This isn't anything really due to the fact these two people settled out of court with someone for a very minimlal fee of 10,000.
If Cain in actuality didn't know about any settlements, what should he do other than say he didn't settle with anyone? Tha t leaves the burdon of proof on someone else at that point.
Can't get past Cain leading Newt by a hugh margin can you Judson? So these speculations about Cain date to the '90's with no names, no facts, just the liberal press hounding Cain. Still think Newt's documented dirty laundry is no big deal? Hmm, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have infinitely more confidence in Cain's approach to this smear than I have in your objectivity in handling it.
If Herman Cain can survive thus, and point to the LSM for smearing him, for the simple reason that he is, in the eyes of the LSM, an "uppity black, who does not know his place" then we have a chance to absolutely destroy the LSM by their own actions and deeds.
It will expose the LSM to those Americans who are fair and neutral in racial affairs, which I believe are the vast majority of Americans, as he absolute racist they are.
It is the LSM and the Poverty Pimps like Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Congressional Black Caucus, who made a good life out of trying to keep "Blacks on the Plantation", on the assumption their brothers can not make it on their own.