Is anybody surprised that the Herman Cain scandal is no longer a big deal now that he isn’t at the front of the GOP primary pack? The more I learn of this scandal the more it looks like a manufactured story aimed at tarnishing a GOP candidate who would’ve made the ridiculous nature of the claims of republican racism obvious to anybody who is willing to think about them.
Yes, there are still new articles being posted that show up in Google news, but they are primarily editorial in nature or are primarily on sexual harassment in the work place. So basically nobody in the mainstream media cares about this case for it’s own merits and it will be ignored unless or until Cain gets to the front in the polls again.
I’m still not sure this is even worth talking about, but here goes. Last week, Politico came out with an article claiming that Herman Cain had sexually harassed two women. That number is now up to four. Only the fourth woman has said in public what she claims Cain actually did to her. (For those that don’t know Politico supports President Obama’s bid for reelection. So that’s where they stand politically.)
To summarize we have three women who won’t even say what happened, one who says Cain grabbed her genitals, forced her head towards his crotch, threatened to fire her for not complying, and NO evidence beyond he said/she said. I can only hope that people will remember that he has not been found guilty, no corroborating details have been provided, and that sexual harassment claims are a tool easily abused. As Ann Coulter put it “If the details helped liberals, we’d have the details. “(By the way she has a better article on this than I do.)
Also, even if he did do as he is currently accused of. He is no Bill Clinton, who it is fairly clear (despite a lack of charges) rapped at least one woman and lied under oath about a long term affair with a young unpaid intern.
On the upside at least the DNC smear machine is learning. For example, if you can only find one person who claims to sexually harassed by a particular black conservative in professional setting (like what happened with Clarence Thomas) claim that you have more who won’t show their faces.
We now have some details and a second accuser. Still no corroborating evidence that I know of.
According to Howard Nemerow at Pajamas Media the ATF has been claiming that no guns were walked in operation Fast and Furious, because ” According to the narrowest possible interpretation, a gun is walked only when an ATF agent physically places an AK-47 into the hands of a straw purchaser and then lets that straw purchaser walk out of sight.”
This is not good.
For those who don’t know, operation Fast and Furious involved the ATF attempting to track guns through strawman buyers to find a network of gun smugglers. I am unclear as to what evidence there is that there might be such a network. But, once again the rules and training were thrown out for a specific operation, with as near as I can tell from the House oversight committees report, no attempt being made to retrain agents. (Other instances in which changing the rules for a particular event have caused problems include such infamous instances as the Ruby Ridge incident, Waco Texas and the branch davidians, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.)
According to the House committee’s report, “ATF agents are trained to “follow the gun” and interdict weapons whenever possible. Operation Fast and Furious required agents to abandon this training.” Also, “ATF’s long-standing policy has been not to knowingly allow guns to “walk” into the hands of criminals. Yet DOJ and ATF used a 1989 ATF order to help justify allowing straw purchasers allegedly connected to Mexican drug cartels to illegally buy more than 1,800 weapons during Operation Fast and Furious.This is well beyond the scope of the original order which allows the agents to at their discretion allow guns to walk, while maintaining surveillance of the arms, ie. agents are not allowed to just let the guns go and see where they turn up. Instead this was setup by higher officials, not in direct contact with the situation, not allowing the agents, who were under the 1989 order given the discretion to let the guns travel while following them, to have the discretion to sieze these guns before they dissappeared.
The worst bit is that “Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, DOJ continues to deny that Operation Fast and Furious was ill-conceived and had deadly consequences.”. This is a good example of how not to handle a problem, stonewall and refuse to admit that anything went wrong or that it might not have been a good idea in the first place.
Update: According to Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com, “During an Oversight Committee hearing on June 15, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings stated the following: “No legitimate examination of this issue will be complete without analyzing our nation’s gun laws, which allow tens of thousands of assault weapons to flood into Mexico from the United States every year, including fifty caliber sniper rifles, multiple AK variants and scores of others. When Mexican President Calderon addressed Congress in May, he pleaded for us to stop fueling a full-scale drug war with military-grade assault rifles.”” So they allowed the guns to go through in order to try and get more government power isn’t this the definition of a false flag operation and abuse of power? The path to impeachment is now set.