At Least Herman Cain Didn't Show His Weiner
2011 is shaping up to be quite a year for political sex scandals. Former New York Republican congressman Chris Lee kicked things off in February when he got busted for sending topless photos of himself to women on Craigslist. That allowed Kathy Hochul to pick up a rare Democratic win in a May special election. But Democrats were all too quick to return the favor when in June, the wildly popular Anthony Weiner was forced to resign after sharing his bulging underpants with women he'd met online. That allowed Republican Bob Turner to come in, with the backing of former Democratic mayor Ed Koch, and steal away the district.
And that brings us to Herman Cain.
As most people who watch the news know by now, the fast rising GOP presidential candidate has allegedly been accused of sexual harassment by two women during his tenure as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990's. Just today, a third woman has supposedly come forward and said that she too was the recipient of sexual overtures from the former pizza man. Naturally, like Mr. Weiner before him, Cain denies the charges, though he has changed his story several times over the past few days, thus creating more confusion about what really transpired. The only way we may truly know is if the ladies at the center of the scandal are allowed to be released from the confidentially clause in their settlements with the association.
Sex scandals are a funny thing when it comes to politicians. Sometimes, we continue to revere them despite their sins (Bill Clinton), and other times, not so much (John Edwards). In the case of Anthony Weiner, a majority of his constituents didn't want him to resign given his reputation as a tireless servant to the Brooklyn community he represented.
Time will tell what happens to Cain. Will he continue to lead in the polls if the allegations against him are proven true? Certainly the Gennifer Flowers scandal didn't damage Bill Clinton enough to prevent him from winning the White House in 1992. Ultimately, I believe it is Cain's disastrous policy positions and lack of overall presidential stature that will do him in. But at least we can take solace in knowing that there aren't any Herman Cain weiner photos floating around out there....at least I hope not.