You can't tell the players without a program, folks... Started to roam around the internets in search of reactions to the Cain Mutiny, and some of them are predictably right on cue.
Rush Limbaugh blasted the Politico piece as an "unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack" with the "ugliest of racial stereotypes." Rush would know all about ugly racism, believe me. He's a master of it.
Ann Coulter crawled out from under her rock long enough to say the Cain allegations were a "lynching."
Cain himself insisted the entire thing was a "witch hunt", and that he had been "falsely accused." The charges were "baseless" and "never have I committed any sort of sexual harassment." He went on to say he was unaware of any settlements having been paid to the women who had brought those baseless allegations against him when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late '90's, but hoped if there WERE settlements they weren't for much money...
Meanwhile, the only person in the choir singing a song I could possibly hum along with is Mike Huckabee, who said he believed in his heart that the allegations were dredged up by campaign operatives of a rival Republican candidate. I wrote earlier that I suspected someone along the lines of Karl Rove might have been behind the "leak", and here's what Karl himself had to say about the Cain campaign's initial waffling when asked about the sexual harassment claims:
Karl Rove has made no secret of the fact that he supports Mitt Romney. He's blasted Rick Perry's campaign, and of late he's been highly critical of Herman Cain's positions and potential success as the GOP nominee. When you want to find out who might be behind this entire thing, don't be surprised when all flags point back to Rove in the end.
And if Rove DID inspire the leak to Politico, rest assured he's certain of the facts in the case and knows it will ultimately sink Cain's campaign.
The interesting aspect of this sexual harassment story is how quiet the Democrats have been as it unfolds. The same Republicans who made such a stink about the sexual misconduct of President Clinton now demand verifiable proof that Cain has done anything wrong, and they're lashing out at all sides to defend the man.
Must be a partisan thing... If President Obama were accused of sexually harassing women while working as a community organizer, think they'd call it a media lynching? Think Limbaugh would go on the air to call the allegations an "unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack"?
Nope, they'd be all over this, and it wouldn't end until everyone who ever met the President had been interviewed on the matter. Now, however, they're quick to condemn the women involved, much as they did when Anita Hill brought similar allegations against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Funny how the same people can play either side of an issue, isn't it?