Update Nov. 4th: See powerful “high-tech lynching” ad on behalf of Cain, here.
It was just a matter of time!
I have no clue how much of what is being alleged about Herman Cain and a couple of women sometime/somewhere in the 1990s is true, but whatever happened, it pales in comparison to the serial harasser Bill Clinton who received a pass by the media for well-documented cases of sexual harassment where women actually came forward, faced the media, and were further abused for daring to be honest. And, how quickly we forget John Edwards!
The Left is without shame, they bully their way forward through these types of allegations (with media help) and leaders on the Right tend to hang their heads and give up — let’s hope Cain doesn’t do that this time and he will help break the vicious strategy of the Left to play on the decency of people on our side of the aisle.
Here is an AP story about how conservative media personalities are sticking by Cain and reminding us of another time and another black man being lynched by the media—-Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I think the left is totally and completely terrified of a conservative black man coming to power and prominence,” said Debbie Dooley, a leader of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots. “They are trying to do the same thing to him that they did with Clarence Thomas.”
It was view that echoed loudly across talk radio and the Internet as conservative pundits weighed in.
“It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative,” fumed pundit Ann Coulter.
Radio show host Rush Limbaugh lashed out at the mainstream media for pursuing “the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative.”
“This is about blacks and Hispanics getting uppity,” Limbaugh continued. “(Liberals) cannot have a black Republican running for office, can’t have a Hispanic, the Left owns those minorities, those two groups can’t be seen rising on their own.”
The head of the conservative Media Research Center, Brent Bozell, labeled the story a “high-tech lynching,” evoking Thomas’ divisive Supreme Court confirmation hearings two decades ago, where he was confronted with sexual harassment allegations from a onetime employee, Anita Hill.
The Clarence Thomas hearings
I remember vividly being glued to the TV in 1991 as none other than Senator Joe Biden presided over the public lynching of Thomas. For youngsters out there, visit at least the wikipedia page on Thomas for an overview of the travesty many of us watched in shock and disbelief. Anita Hill testified before “plugs” Biden exactly two decades ago in October 1991.
Changing the subject!
Here is a little bit of the intellectual witch hunt that Biden orchestrated (in addition to the dirty tactics involving Anita Hill). I had forgotten about this part of the hearing, but at the time I was fighting like so many landowners to keep my farm from being taken by the National Park Service, so Epstein’s book on “takings” / the Constitution/ and Thomas’ view of it resonated.
At one point in the beginning of the proceedings, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden asked Thomas if he believed the Constitution granted any sort of property rights to individuals as described in Richard Epstein and Stephen Macedo’s book Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain, which had been published by Harvard University Press in 1985. Biden held the book up for Thomas to see and denounced its contents. In their book, Epstein and Macedo argue that the government should be regarded with the same respect as any other private entity in a property dispute. The Cato Institute later paraphrased Biden’s general line of questioning in the hearing as, “Are you now or have you ever been a libertarian?” [Property rights are of concern to all conservatives, not just libertarians---ed]
Epstein later said, “I took some pride in the fact that [Sen.] Joe Biden (D-Del.) held a copy of Takings up to a hapless Clarence Thomas back in 1991 and said that anyone who believes what’s in this book is certifiably unqualified to sit in on the Supreme Court. That’s a compliment of sorts.”
The Left is still merrily figuring out how to take property rights from landowners—-Plan Maryland anyone?
Back to Herman Cain
I was going to write about this excellent column by Wesley Pruden on Cain entitled “The awful sin of Herman Cain” (no not the Politico story!) a couple of days ago but got sidetracked by the MD CAN conference where Cain won the straw poll by a wide margin. But, here is how Pruden begins and I recommend that you read it all.
Pruden (emphasis mine):
Things have gone from bad to badder for the self-righteous artsy-fartsy elites, who for all their book-learning and self-regard just can’t figure out America.
The Herman Cain phenomenon is the latest puzzlement of those who think only they’re wise enough and entitled enough to tell the rest of us which fork to use. Mr. Cain’s sin is not that he doesn’t have the usual qualifications for president. Barack Obama established the precedent that presidents can attempt to do the job with on-the-job training. Mr. Cain’s sin is that he demonstrates, with considerable eloquence, that the notion that Republicans and other conservatives are mean-spirited bigots is the enormous lie of conventional media wisdom.
The media elites (and some who only want to be among the elite) are beside themselves with rage.
Read it all by clicking here.
Let’s hope Cain hangs tough, doesn’t let the media jackals win, enters the primaries and then the voters can decide his fate!
Update: Here is Gloria Cain—looks like a breath of fresh air compared to the angry Michelle.