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We have enjoyed (?) the Herman Cain show, we guess, as much as anything can be “enjoyed” in American Presidential Campaign Politics. But now it’s over, as the funny Republican game of “let’s elevate some wildly unqualified black guy until the dirt we already knew about goes public” reaches its usual conclusion. From the Los Angeles Times late Sunday night:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is denying allegations that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Assn.

The allegations were revealed Sunday night in a report by Politico. Cain had refused to comment on the charges when approached by Politico earlier in the day.

Politico! How did the Mitt Romney fan newsletter come up with such a Hawt Story, we wonder? And what did Herman allegedly do, anyway?

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

This is the kind of Awful Old Man Executive behavior that would’ve probably ruined Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chances to become a terrible governor in California, had Arnold been black. [Politico/LAT]

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  • BarackMyWorld

    Cain's response

    Translation:

    •"…unsubstantiated personal attack…" = We bought them off.

    •"Dredging up thinly sourced allegations…" = We tried to bury it for 20 years.

    •"…spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts…" = We could really use a cigarette right now!

  • MiniMencken

    I sense another "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas" speech is being prepared somewhere right now.

    • BarackMyWorld
      • Blueb4sunrise

        Freepers quote……….

        Cain’s treatment of women was “the same as his treatment of men."

        Hmmmmm.

    • flamingpdog

      This too shall pass. After seeing what happened to Anita Hill, I can't imagine either of these poor women standing up to be identified and backing up Politico's claims.

      • Or getting drunk dialed by Ginny Thomas.

      • Arken

        Anita Hill didn't want to come forward either. Nina Totenberg from NPR identified her and told her that if she didn't come forward, Totenberg would reveal her. I always disliked Totenberg after finding that out. I mean revealing sexual harassment is important, but not at expense to the victim.

      • They signed non-disclosure settlements, so it won't be the women who come forward with the details. The confirmation is from other sources.

        • not that Dewey

          On the other hand, prosecuting the violation of such a non-disclosure agreement could be awkward for the NRA.

          "We paid you off to keep your mouths shut about the sexual harrassment thingie. We want our hush money back" looks bad in a Politico headline.

    • tessiee

      "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas"

      And who are NOT named Barack Obama.
      The uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and ARE named Barack Obama, get the regular old low-tech lynching, followed in rapid succession by a mealy-mouthed "apology" and feigned surprise that anyone chose to be offended.

  • Negropolis

    So, that's why he's smiling so lasciviously at the end of his most recent ad. It all makes so much sense, now. God help Herman if these women turn out to be white. I think that's a capital offense down there in Georgia.

    • flamingpdog

      Mebbe, but Slappy Thomas haz hizself a white woman, and I've never heard any complaints from the teatards. But then Clarence never had to run for office in GA, either.

  • rambone

    This clown has some real potential. Too bad the "Uncle Tom" seat on the Supreme Court is already taken . . .

    • "No, I don't know who Dreddy-Dreddy-Dre-Dre-Stocky-Stock-Stock is. Do you?"

      • Guppy

        He's a Republican. He denies Marbury v. Madison.

  • BarackMyWorld

    And now we wait as the conservative media tries to quickly lower the ridiculously high bar of conduct they set with the Congressman Weiner scandal.

    • Negropolis

      You know, I really don't know. In a battle between the GOP's racist tendencies and heritage, and the GOP's bylaw that demands the circling of the party wagons, I'm not sure which wins out, here. It's seems just as likely to me that they'll cut him loose.

      • Guppy

        There's a very simple way to determine how the GOP will react:

        Are either of the women white?

        • BarackMyWorld
          • Guppy

            I blame you for responding before I noticed my grammatical error.

        • Negropolis

          That's what it really comes down to. I'm only half-joking. Also, their ages. If the women are both young and white, he's through.

  • bumfug

    "Sure I paid them off – that's how America works. You find yourself a successful man, bitch about how he wants to kiss your lady parts and then he pays you off. It's the free market at work. That and free toppings on Tuesday and Thursday."

  • nounverb911

    Needs more pubic hairs on a coke can.

  • BklynIlluminati

    Here is my crazy conspiracy spin…"Oh shit this crazy MF'er might get the nomination…leak some dirt, RIGHT NOW!!!" Yep his own peeps dropped dime on him. Ides of October baby!

    • Guppy

      More like the Calends of November.

      /nerd

    • __kth__

      Not crazy at all. Koch-Ailes are telling the base it's time to put away the XBox and eat your vegetables.

    • Chichikovovich

      Ides of October indeed. Though I don't think Karl Rove has "a lean and hungry look". But it is true that he thinks too much given what he thinks about, and he is indeed dangerous to anyone who gets in his way.

      • BerkeleyBear

        More of a "about to explode if he eats a mint but he's going to have that fourth lobster, dammit!" look.

    • tessiee

      "this crazy MF'er might get the nomination"

      I almost wish he *would* get the nomination (calm down, I said "almost"), for the sole reason that I want to see the looks on the faces of all Repigs when they realize that Cain is running against Obama, and no matter what they do or who they vote for, they're going to have yet another urban preznit.

  • Guppy

    So he's straight (or at least bi) and knows how the little ladies at the office should be treated. That should be another 5 points among Republicans right there.

  • plinkleton

    Beware: now his rabid right wing wife is going to be Drunk Dialing all of y'all wanting an apology

  • SheriffRoscoe

    This is our Cocktober Surprise.

    • I can hardly wait for what Dick-cember will bring us!

      • mannacler

        The real question now is that since Bachmann, Perry and Cain have faltered will Santorum come up from the rear?

  • mavenmaven

    As Borat can testify, that kind of behaviour is apparently perfectly acceptable in Uzbeki beki stan stan or whatever it is this country would become with a clown like Cain at the helm.

  • flamingpdog

    Cain’s treatment of women was “the same as his treatment of men."

    Well that makes sense. I guess that explains why his campaign manager is smoking a cigarette with a satisfied look on this face while Herman is leering at the end of his commercial.

    • nounverb911

      Has Herman met Marcus yet?

  • The allegations involved teabagging.

    • Limeylizzie

      I thought it might be more along the lines of "Would you like some extra pepperoni with that?"

      • Hey, you called this weeks ago, along the lines of "he looks like he enjoys a filthy kink," didn't you?

        • Limeylizzie

          Indeed I did, he looks such a lecherous character , like a friend's father who always hugs me and does the extra close hug and for about a minute too long, so he can feel up my bosoms while he's at it.

          • Barb

            Or the old dude who just HAS to tickle you when he sees you, despite knowing that you hate to be tickled.

          • Limeylizzie

            Oh, I have never had that foul experience, I am so noticeably gifted in the bosom department that they always just hone in on those.

          • Tundra Grifter

            2L:

            Nobody's perfect.

          • Limeylizzie

            He's about 90 years old!

          • Tundra Grifter

            2L:

            It's gross – no doubt about it. Chances are the guy was a jerk when he was just a kid, and he never grew up.

            It certainly isn't anything any one should have to put up with.

          • Limeylizzie

            I find it kind of hot when you call me “2L”.

          • Tundra Grifter

            2L: Now the secret is out! Everybody's going to copy me.

            You watch.

            Every. Body.

          • Limeylizzie

            I won't respond to anyone but you.

          • tessiee

            "so he can feel up my bosoms while he's at it"

            *inadequately suppressed laughter through nose*
            Phhhawww!
            You guys, Lizzie said "bosoms"!

      • BerkeleyBear

        Pretty close, reading between the lines. Apparently he propositioned at least one of the women at a trade show, along the lines of "Wanna come see the suite?" type lameness. Like everything Herm says, it was probably a "joke" since she turned him down.

  • flamingpdog

    Wow, Herman Cain sexually harasses women! Now if someone could uncover the story of Rick Perry sexually harassing men and Mitt Romney sexually harassing ……

    Pfft, I thought fer shure I had a trifecta going there.

    • GeorgiaBurning

      Yeah, that third one would have been science fiction.

      • Numbat_Dundee

        Trifecta? So Mitt's into the gee gees? Being a Mormon, he'd have a whole stable of them.

    • Negropolis

      Thai ladyboys, maybe? It's got to be an extra special group, right?

    • BerkeleyBear

      Inanimate objects? I know the charges wouldn't stand up, but given his robotic nature I'm guessing Mitt's closest relationship may be with a terminal that he plugs into for recharging/software patches.

    • OneYieldRegular

      It's early still.

    • Callyson

      There's a reason that Romney's dog had to ride in the crate on top of the car, you know…

  • 102415

    And now Herman is *tired* and will be doing some * resting*. I'm more than a little unsatisfied with this Cocktober.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    While the government should have laws against sexual harassment, the decision to sexually harass is a decision that should be made in consultation with a person's family. It is a choice that the family should make, and the government should keep out of that choice.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Will the Republicans in the house start Mr. Cain's impeachment hearing even before he is in office? I assume they want to be consistent.

  • Limeylizzie

    Fabulous from the Freepers…

    To: montag813
    Geraldo tried to pigeon hole Gordon, Cain’s campaign manager, by trying to get him to categorically deny the story or that payments were made… this is what they do, lay out an impossible scenario so that whatever you say, you become entrapped. You can’t categorically deny the story, because it has not been fully flushed out yet… and you cannot categorically deny that payments were made, cause they probably were, but if you confirm that payments were made, they have the noose around your neck regardless the explanation… may God grant Cain wings of eagles, that he may soar above the filthy antics of these media elites and leftists bastards… and I account Geraldo a bastard.

    • x111e7thst

      I'm just trying to decided whether that was modeled after King Lear or Paradise Lost.

      • Limeylizzie

        I think it's more Lear, it has a wee touch of Edmond to it.

    • OccupytheDashboard

      Purple prose prepared for a pandering politician.

      • jqheywood

        That's a lot of alliteration

      • tessiee

        "Purple prose prepared for a pandering politician"

        Precisely.

    • ProgressiveInga

      Another quote from a major-league a-hole:
      "How can parents instill values and morality in their children? How can educators teach our children? How can the rule of law for every American be applied equally if we have two standards of justice in America–one for the powerful and the other for the rest of us?"
      ~Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
      Clinton Impeachment Hearing

    • baconzgood

      Geraldo a media elite leftist bastard? Well media, elite, and leftist don't apply.

      • SorosBot

        I guess he's liberal by the standards of Fox News hosts, by being right-wing instead of far-far-far-extreme-right-wing?

    • Tundra Grifter

      Limeylizzie:

      That was pretty much a brilliant Post! You are right.

      The only thing you missed was Geraldo's phony "Hey – I'm trying to help you – we're all friends here!"

      Maybe Mr. Cain should blame the Fog of War.

    • tessiee

      Shorter: Garry Trudeau may or may not refer to this in "Doonesbury".

  • I am assuming of course that the conservatives will scream about this as loudly as they did the Anthony Wiener nonsense when it first broke. Because otherwise, they would be totally morally bankrupt.

    Besides, they already got other candidates so I figure that they are breathing a sigh of relieve to have to no longer keep letting Cain use the front door to enter their clubhouse.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Hey Margaret, look look look"
    Hey lady, did you order a pepperoni pizza? Well, here's the pizza, and here's the pepperoni! "zzzzzzzzziiip"
    "My god, that guy's a human tripod! Look at him go. Ah, he's faking it. Whoops, I guess not!! Oh, look, Margaret, it looks like your grandfather eating ice cream! I wonder what they're gonna bring out next. Oh wow, it's a dog! Say, he's a friendly pup! Go Rinnie!!! This is great. What can they do to top that? What? Oh, shit, will ya look at that. A god damn colored guy. He's not gonna kiss her with those big old mambo lips, is he? OK, that's it, let's go Margaret. Margaret, come on, let's get out of here. Margaret!!"

    • OccupytheDashboard

      Cheech and Chong?

    • mourningnmerica

      "Hey, I didn't order black pecker on my pizza…"

  • Come here a minute

    So racist — this would never happen to a white guy.

  • stew1

    Herm's like the crazy uncle who tries to show you how he can play chopsticks on the piano with his penis.

    • OccupytheDashboard

      Thanksgiving must have rocked at your house when you were a kid.

      • stew1

        And remeber you need two, uh, fingers to play chopsticks.

  • That's just Herman being Herman.

  • “My Presidential Run is In God’s Hands”
    Herman Cain! Oct 15, 2011 from, um, Christianpost.com

    Herman, I think "God" just flipped you the bird.

    • stew1

      Translation: Gimme a hand job, bitch!


    • Herman, I think "God" just flipped you the bird.

      Kinda like Timmie "3:16" Teabow?

  • Sounds like nobody liked Cain's 69-69-69 plan either…

  • stew1

    Misunderstand. When he said he "wanted some hot pie" he was referring to pizza.

  • McRibzgood

    I’m ready for the ‘scandal’ questions, and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me, ‘Who did you sexually-exually harass-ass-ass I’m going to say you know, ‘I don’t know. Do you know?’ And then I’m going to say, ‘How’s that going to create one job?’

    Herman Cain

    • Sparky_McGruff

      Harassment? Whatcho talkin' about. Her ass meant NOTHING to me. I just grabbed her tits!

  • "But a White guy got a BJ in the WH" argument in 3…2…1…

  • ProgressiveInga

    Hey Nerds Sitting at Home w/o a Jerb or Playing Hooky Like Me!:
    Herb Cain is on CSPAN-2 right now talking to the American Enterprise Institute. What, no live-blogging?

  • Indiepalin

    You just have to ask who has something to gain by this unfounded smear? Certainly none of the GOP candidates since they are united in their effort to defeat Obama. It must be the democrat party because they fear Cain much more than Romney, Bachmann or Santorum. Shame on the demoncrats!

    • stew1

      You've landed on the wrong website again.

      • not that Dewey

        I don't think so. Indiepalin earned that big red pee the old-fashioned way — trolling the Breitbart sites.

  • They were FEMALE employees? How disappointing.

    • jqheywood

      Yeah, are we SURE he's a republican?

  • SorosBot

    Once Cain's run is over maybe they can make him O'Reily's co-host; just imagine what a great work environment that would be, with the loofah, you know, the felafel thing…

  • Cain is reportedly an "Associate Pastor" at his church in Atlanta. The congregation is so spirit-filled when he leads them in a rousing rendition of "Did You Wear That Dress So Tight For Jesus?"

  • SorosBot

    This is part of his new 6 – 9 – 6 – 9 plan.

  • __kth__

    Cain was probably never in it to win it anyway, so from a business plan standpoint this is probably a good thing. High-tech lynching and all that. His customers will love him more, not less.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Imagine my big penis, it isn't hard to do, something you can suck on, and balls to play with too…

    Poor Herm. The guy who was supposed to just help push the convo to the extreme right didn't expect people to think about him long enough (heehaw) to get into all this shit…

  • Pragmatist2

    The Republicans are speed dating and they just got around to leaning across the table and asking sweetly "Tell me, Herman, when you grope your employees how much do you pay them in hush money?"

  • dahBoner

    Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools….

  • stew1

    Bookselling? You'll be able to get them for under a buck on Amazon by tomorrow.

  • DaRooster

    WWKD?

    (What would Kourtney do?)

    • Callyson

      Run away screaming and grab the nearest vegetable.

      • ShaveTheWhales

        But Reagan's dead.

  • Beowoof

    Oh I think the comedy will continue over at Fox News. This has been one long job interview and Fox is always looking for a little (house nigger) diversity.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Head of the National Restaurant Association? And he claims to never having been a politician? He was a lobbyist – lower than pond scum (no offense, Wonkette Lobbyist, wherever you and your boobs are!).

  • DaRooster

    Only 2 accusations? Shit man… I get 2 accusations by breakfast…

  • Limeylizzie

    When I was 25 and working as an au pair , a mother of "my" children's best friend accused me of flirting with her 14 year-old son!

    • OccupytheDashboard

      and?

      • Limeylizzie

        Well, of course I was flirting with him…I was the au pair-it's in the job description.

  • OccupytheDashboard

    ABC headline: Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Allegation: ‘Bring Me The Accuser’

    then what…"Off with her head!"

    • tessiee

      Well, some sentence with the word "head" in it, anyway.

  • ttommyunger

    "Where all the white wimmen at?" At their lawyer's office, Hermie; at their lawyer's office.

  • DahBoner

    "NBC News has confirmed that one woman received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association after complaining about inappropriate sexual conduct by Herman Cain."

    Money talks and bullshit runs for office….

  • Callyson

    He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”
    He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he responded by asking the reporter, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”
    That's convincing. Bitches set him up!

  • DahBoner

    "Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Allegation: ‘Bring Me The Accuser’"

    TRANSLATION: WE PAID HER TO BE QUIET SO I WANT TO BITCH SLAP HER TO SUNDAY AND BACK….

  • BigDumbRedDog

    They must not have wanted the extra sausage with their pizza.

  • chascates

    More from black male defender Ann Coulter on noted Geraldo Fox News program:
    The idea of civil rights laws to begin with ironically was to protect blacks from Democrats from the South who won’t protect them. Now it’s you know, white women from Scarsdale who say, ‘Oh, I don’t like that he called me honey.’”
    Coulter also questioned some of the details of the report and if they merited the definition of harassment.
    “It’s not groping, it’s not touching or demanding sex,” Coulter said. “It’s that he had remarks that they found inappropriate. One is he had inappropriate gestures that were not overtly sexual. Well, what were they then? This isn’t dropping your pants and saying ‘kiss it.’ This is an outrageous attack on a black conservative who is doing extremely well and will be our vice-presidential candidate.”

    • io9k9s

      This is an outrageous attack on a black conservative who is doing extremely well and will be our vice-presidential canidate
      1. Until further notice MLK's assasination owns outrageous
      2. What a backhanded little bitch

    • mourningnmerica

      Ha ha.

  • Cheneysleftnut

    "That's right – If you're not gettin' laid – blame it on ya'self!"

  • tessiee

    OMG!
    Somebody call Newt, right now!
    He'll be so happy and excited that somebody other than himself got caught doing something sexually inappropriate that his overburdened "heart" will just blow out like an old tire, and we'll be rid of him once and for all.

  • carlgt1

    wow a bad week for the Koch brothers – first the climate study they paid $150K for backfired; now the millions invested in Cain going down the tubes..

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