The Heat is Off

Hey, remember how Politico was the Herman Cain harassment story hub for about two weeks? Remember how there were two, then four, then five, then four again, then only two who spoke? One, of course, filed an actual charge.Then she filed another charge at her very next job. The other one didn’t even work for Cain.

This event started around the time Cain’s 9-9-9 plan had put him at the front of the pack, polling near 30%. After the allegations and his response, his numbers dropped in a matter of days. The media credited the loss of faith by women and others. Of course, at the same time, Cain had made a number of mistakes and outright incorrect statements.

Now, Herman Cain is in third place. He’s polling at about 15%. Somehow, the serious charges against him have lost their steam. That’s due to one simple factor. No one really cares about smearing the guy in third place. One of the funny things about Newt Gingrich being in first place now is that scandals have pretty much been wrung out of him. Heck, the infamous divorce story has been debunked by his daughter.

One sign that a political smear doesn’t have staying power is that it goes away when the candidate doesn’t have staying power. This story disappeared faster than most.

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15 Responses to The Heat is Off

  1. myiq2xu says:

    The cumulative effect of smearing one contender after another (even if the smears are true) is it tends to innoculate later contenders.

    Newt really does have lots of skeletons, but most of them are old news.

    • 1539days says:

      That’s one of the ways Bush got reelected. The drunk driving arrest days before the election was supposed to be the nuclear option in 2000. In 2004, that National Guard memo blew up so bad it practically made him bulletproof.

      If this stuff makes it a really competitive race where 3-5 people are running in primaries, it’s going to put Republican registrations at all time highs. If Obama is a foregone conclusion on the Democratic side, turnout is going to be terrible in the general election.

  2. Susan says:

    I’m sure that Herm appreciates you smearing and dismissing the women who stood up for themselves when they were abused by a more powerful man.

    It truly was inconvenient for him to actually be vetted before people were asked to hire him as POTUS. The nerve of some people! To even think that they have the right to conduct a background check on somebody before he’s given the job of the most powerful person in the world.

    As to Newt, even his daughter acknowledges that he divorced his wife when she was recovering from cancer surgery in order to marry his mistress. It was only the “hospital/papers” story that she debunked.

    • Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:


      I’ve never seen “condescending sneer” font before.

      • Remember, if a man is accused by a woman of something, it must be true no matter what. When will you ever learn squirrel? Don’t make me call Boris and Natasha.

        • Three Wickets says:

          It’s probably true in DSK’s case no matter how much his lawyers are trying to spin the press these days. Also probably true in Julian’s case. At least they are going to trial there.

          Btw I’ve enjoyed seeing Naomi Wolf humbled in the past week. She was pushed aside by the new feminists on Assange. And I believe she was called out by Crooks & Liars for bad reporting on OWS.

        • Three Wickets says:

          She’s no Chris Hedges apparently, though I find his attention seeking noise-making annoying too.

        • DandyTiger says:

          You mean all the insane crap about DHS was just that, a pile of crap? Who would have thought.

          We here at the special humor branch of the DHS did not appreciate that one bit.

        • DandyTiger says:

          My favorite bit from that article:

          It’s a factless, incendiary assertion dripping in hyperbole, grounded in speculation that’s been going on for a couple of weeks now. It began with a tweet. A tweet from Michael Moore speculating that the coordination seemed like something being coordinated by DHS and sanctioned, nay, possibly even requested, by the Obama administration.

          It goes on from there. Quite a hoot. Such an obviously pathetic idea and meme? Can you imagine being so gullible to actually run with that idea? Maybe there was a promised unicorn.

          Kool-aid is a hellofa drug.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Though given Crooks & Liar’s johnny on the spot quick response time, you wonder how closely they work with OFA. If there is a close connection there, it would be ironic. Naomi getting smacked down by the Admin she called Christmas and Hannukah all rolled up into one.

    • 1539days says:

      I smeared with the facts. The woman who filed the harassment claim did file a claim at her next job. Sharon Bialek was not an employee of the NRA. I didn’t denigrate anyone with my opinions. You’re the one who took it as fact they were “abused” because you don’t like Cain’s politics. Karen Kraushaar never did unseal that complain so we could find out what the allegations were without the influence of present events.

      Even your version of the Gingrich story is inaccurate, which no doubt is out of the Mother Jones article, which is single-sourced hearsay. His daughter’s story is here.

      • Lulu says:

        You are a better person than I am 1539days. I find myself automatically skipping any comment by this person because they are SO ANGRY all of the time. And have one point of view that so colors everything they seem to see in the world. I am so tired of the outrage as it seems to be professionally ginned up to effect rational thinking in every area of public discourse. Enough.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Actually this daughter’s version does not contradict what the mother told at the time in an interview or the stories of the day. If the story got exaggerated to the mother being on her death bed, that’s unfortunate. But the rest of the facts remain, and the daughter doesn’t contradict them.

        Newt had an affair. The mother asked for a divorce. At the hospital visit Newt brought divorce papers and pushed for a signature. The mother told her story and it still stands. Newt was quite a horrible monster then. He hasn’t improved much.

        This is the guy who while speaker wanted to bring back the poor house, to take children from poor families and put them in orphanages, who seems to now be continuing that heartless path with his recent rhetoric.

        If Newt is nominated, I’ll actually vote for Obama. That’s how bad he is.

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