Herman Cain plays the victim card — didn’t see that coming.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — His campaign rocked anew, a feisty Herman Cain claimed a “groundswell of positive support” from backers on Wednesday and accused critics of trying to derail his White House bid as he worked to stem the fallout from allegations of a 13-year extramarital affair.
“They’re attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try to bring me down,” a feisty Cain told a friendly crowd without naming his critics. “But, you see, I don’t believe that America is going to let that happen.”
Earlier tonight Cain delivered what was to be a “formalization” of the candidate’s views on foreign policy. He would’ve been better off taking questions from reporters about his affair (including “alleged” would be an insult to your intelligence, like saying you phone women at 4:30 in the morning to offer them financial advice).
“Without a strong national security effort, foreign policy would be too – foreign.” Ah, the “1-800-Eat-Shucky Ducky” plan.
History may bode well for a Tiger Woods presidential bid. In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower, then a popular former World War II general and Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe, cruised to victory with 83 percent of the electoral vote over political insider Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic governor of Illinois.
(Because winning The Masters is every bit as impressive as successfully invading France and Germany during WWII.)
She says she has known him for 12 years and he’s “never been anything but a gentlemen – and I am not an unattractive woman.”
[Lori] Klein suggested that if Cain is innocent he should sue White for libel and went on to attack the media for digging up the allegations. She also said that in politics, “we want a virgin to do a hooker’s job.”
Klein is a state senator from Arizona notorious for carrying her raspberry-pink gun around the Capitol and pointing it at a reporter’s face. She is the new front-runner for the GOP nomination.
If the pattern continues Cain will apologize for these comments and say something similarly ignorant a week from now:
He did have a slight worry at one point during the chemotherapy process when he discovered that one of the surgeon’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.”
“I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign–not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign,” Cain tells the audience. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine! She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.'”
Bialek came forward last week and alleged Cain put his hand up her skirt and groped her when she asked his help in finding a job. She and Zuckerman say Bialek met Cain several times while she was employed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in the 1990s.
In a statement read to reporters in Shreveport, La., Zuckerman says Bialek went to dinner with Cain in Washington and returned “upset. She said Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner.”
Zuckerman, a pediatrician, said he was not paid to give his story, adding he’s never been sued for malpractice or charged with a crime.
Cain denies harassing Bialek and claims he doesn’t even know her.
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“I prayed and prayed and prayed. I am a man of faith,” Cain told the Young Republican National Federation at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. “I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I have ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses: ‘You have got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?’ … Once I made the decision, I did not look back.”
But Kraushaar family members who spoke to The Daily said the only lies were coming from Cain.
“His denial of the whole thing, and his making light of it, seems to me to be more damaging to his character than the initial allegations,” said Karen Kraushaar’s sister-in-law, who asked not to be named. “If he would have just come out and said, ‘This is what happened,’ it would have been so much better for everybody.”
“Activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain,” the statement said. “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.”
Translated: You should only ask me questions I want to answer, which mirrors what he said Saturday night when reporters asked about the multiple allegations against him.
“Where’s my chief of staff? Please send him the journalistic code of ethics,” Cain added when pressed to comment on the harassment allegations.
Cain continued to blast the media’s coverage of the allegations.
“If I were running this campaign the way the pundits thought I ought to be running this campaign, I would have dropped out in August,” said Cain to reporters.
Maybe it’s me, but I’d want to clear my name if someone was lying about my conduct. If Sharon Bialek is making this up, sue her for defamation of character.
Or just let Fox do it for you. Bill O’Reilly didn’t even talk about today’s accusations, but he did have a segment about the media’s “obsession” with the Cain story. Sean Hannity hasn’t ignored it, he’s named it: “Anatomy of a Smear Campaign.” Dick Morris said the accuser is obviously lying because she hasn’t held a job for 13 years.
If you said 7 you win the “How Long Before Gloria Allred Capitalizes on the Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Scandal” contest.
That’s not to say Allred’s client, who will speak out today on alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Cain, isn’t telling the truth. I’m just pointing out that her lawyer has been involved in scandals involving Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson and Charlie Sheen and every D-Lister in between.