Herman Cain’s “Sexual Harassment”: High-Tech Lynching 2.0

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Twenty years after the media’s “high-tech lynching” of Clarence Thomas, the Left’s tactics have not changed a bit.

The political world is reeling over allegations that unlikely Republican frontrunner Herman Cain sexually harassed two women while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which he headed 1996-1999. The two women, who accused Cain of acting “inappropriately,” reportedly received settlements “in the five-figure range.”

What was Cain’s offense? No one really knows, presumably including Cain and the reporters who published the story. Politico reports: “These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.” (Emphasis added.)

Cain announced just as this article was being written that one “gesture” in question was that Cain once placed his hand at chin-level, saying, “You’re about the same height as my wife.” He did not touch the woman, Cain said, but she felt “uncomfortable” about being sized up.

Mary Ann Cricchio, who served on the National Restaurant Association board at the time, had a different assessment. Cricchio said, “Herman treated everyone great.”

This morning, Cain took to the airwaves to defend himself. Cain told Fox News reporter Jenna Lee, “I’ve never sexually harassed anyone, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. And I say falsely, because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless.”

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Later in the day, he said substantially the same thing at the National Press Club.

Cain alluded to the allegations at the American Enterprise Institute earlier, saying, “I am an unconventional candidate, and yes, I do have a sense of humor, and some people have a problem with that.”

But when it comes to angry, gold-digging feminists, jokes can be deadly serious. The Austin-based law firm of Melton & Kumler answered the question,”What’s the difference between friendly joking and sexual harassment?” by saying, “The difference lies in how they are received.” If a woman is offended, the joke constitutes sexual harassment; if not, you may be the life of the party.

The infiltration of radical feminism into the legal system has criminalized a host of otherwise innocuous behavior, discussion, or unconscious actions and left besieged employers walking on eggshells. Mary Boland wrote in her book Sexual Harassment in the Work Place that an off-the-cuff reference to “dumb blondes” or stating the fact that women are more emotional than men could land you in court. In 2004’s Lust v. Sealy Inc. a litigant won $150,000 in damages (reduced from $300,000) after “proving” a boss was sexist by citing such outrageous statements as “oh, isn’t that just like a woman to say something like that,” and “you’re being a blonde again today.” A court allowed a case to proceed because a Wisconsin Agriculture Department employee made a joke about keeping women “barefoot and pregnant.” Another did so after a man nicknamed a co-worker who was expecting “Prego.”

The United Nations’ definition of sexual harassment includes such offensive savagery as….

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Video: Herman Cain, “I Have Never Sexually Harassed Anyone”

Responding to rumors that he sexually harassed women, Herman Cain forcefully refuted the allegations at the National Press Club today. Like Clarence Thomas before him, Herman Cain refuses to back down and cower before the lynching of a liberal media.

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The Left’s Vicious Smear Campaign Against Clarence Thomas Turns 20

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, FloydReports.com

Twenty years ago this month, Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The battle to confirm him was vicious, and Floyd had a front row seat.

Thomas was tapped by President George H. W. Bush earlier in the summer of 1991, and we all knew it was going to get ugly. We didn’t realize it would be a racially charged lynching. We knew it would be ugly because, as the Left has lost the power of ideas, they have increasingly turned to the politics of vilification and personal destruction to destroy conservative jurists and leaders in the media.

Most conservatives watched in horror as the Left shredded the career and personal life of Judge Robert Bork. Bork had been nominated by Ronald Reagan for the court in 1987. By all accounts Bork was brilliant and qualified. When the Left was done pawing his garbage and stealing his library records, we hardly recognized the man. So, we were prepared in 1991.

L. Brent Bozell III and Floyd, knowing the dubious character of the U.S. Senators on the Judiciary Committee prepared an ad entitled “Who will Judge the Judge.” Then we reviewed the resumes of the panel: “Ted Kennedy, suspended from Harvard for cheating, left the scene of the accident at Chappaquiddick and this year Palm Beach.” We finished the ad by sharing about Joseph Biden’s plagiarism and Alan Cranston’s cozy relationship with busted banker Charles Keating.

Needless to say, when the dirt started to fly about Clarence Thomas, the senators’ pontificating would be exposed as hypocrites. When we prepared the ad and aired it to massive television coverage, we had no idea….

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Did the Government Let Brian Terry Die to Save an Illegal Alien?

Suzanne Eovaldi, FloydReports.com

Was Brian Terry left to die in the desolate Peck Canyon region of Arizona because government officials decided to airlift out the injured illegal alien first on the only Medivac helicopter available? Hard to fathom, but apparently true according to an credible tip this website received soon after the horrific shootout with Fast and Furious guns, which the Obama Justice Department put in the hands of Mexican criminals.

No one is reporting the allegation that Brian Terry was left to die, because some politically correct official decided to airlift out the illegal border jumper on the only BORSTAR helicopter available. CiR.com received this alleged information from a tipster who said: “Bottom line: a series of bad Border Patrol/Department of Homeland Security procedures, policies, and protocol, all designed to protect Mexican criminals inside the U.S., most likely resulted in the needless death of Agent Brian Terry on the night of Dec. 14, 2010.” The news tip went on to say: “The word is out that when Agent Terry and the illegal alien, a bandit, twice deported, who assaulted another Phoenix cop, were wounded in their shootout, the decision was made to airlift out the alien on the only BORSTAR helicopter available in that desolate region of the U.S. Now under a very strict gag order by brass, D.C., Nogales, and Tucson agents have been threatened with firings, job terminations if they are caught talking about the facts of Terry’s murder!”

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Obama “Can’t Wait” — to Act Like a Dictator

Daniel J. Flynn, Human Events

Barack Obama campaigns against a “do nothing” Congress. The “do everything” president is the real problem.

“The truth is, we can no longer wait for Congress to do its job,” the president announced in his Saturday radio address. “The middle-class families who’ve been struggling for years are tired of waiting.”

The White House hammers the verbiage home on its website with the ubiquitous message: “We can’t wait on Congress: The time to act is now.” For the leader of the free world, like the leader of the Heartbreakers, the waiting is the hardest part.

So the president issues a series of frenetic executive orders. One involves limiting some annual student loan payments to 10 percent of debtor income. Another establishes a website. Another encourages community health centers to hire veterans.

This is what America has been waiting for?

It’s sad to see a president employing the impatient rhetoric of dictators. This is mitigated, however, by the meek deeds of a humbled chief executive. Actions speak softer than words here.

Perhaps we should be pleased that the president is going small. Launching an unauthorized war in Libya or using the Federal Communications Commission to impose internet rules that Congress had explicitly rejected were consequential usurpations. But shaving half of a percent off of a few students’ loans is Barack Obama channeling Bill Clinton on school uniforms. Who cares?

Circumventing the legislative branch is a tacit admission of leadership failure….

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