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Herman Cain’s Anita Hill
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In my column today on the main site, I argued that the main reason the sexual harrassment charges against Herman Cain haven’t damaged his candidacy is that they are anonymously leveled accusations with little detail. There is just a whispering campaign. There are no props like the Coke can. There is no Long Dong Silver. There is no Anita Hill.

Well, Sharon Bialek came foward today to be Herman Cain’s Anita Hill. Her allegations are specific and graphic. She is the fourth woman to accuse Cain, but the first to put her name on the line and make her case in public.

It remains premature to say this will hurt Cain in the Republican primaries. The Bialek press conference was a circus. Her lawyer is Gloria Allred, who weighed in Allred-like with her reference to Cain’s “stimulus package.” There was a Breitbart-like cameo appearance by Howard Stern’s producer. And Bialek has some Anita Hill problems. She isn’t one of the woman who filed a complaint at the time. By her own account, she sought Cain’s assistance in getting a job.

That doesn’t mean the charges are false, necessarily. I’m agnostic on that question myself. An attorney for one of the anonymous accusers told the New York Times that Bialek’s story jibes with his client’s experiences. But as was the case with Anita Hill and Paula Jones, the charges have not been leveled in a way that maximizes their credibility with people who are not already ideologically predisposed to believe them.

So even with a name, face, and details, I don’t think the state of play has changed very much today. Unless more comes out, I don’t see this derailing Cain’s GOP presidential campaign — though I do see this circus-like atmosphere becoming a real problem should he make it to the general.

UPDATE: On reflection, I don’t think Bialek asking for Cain’s help in getting a job damages her story since the request for advice came before, not after, the alleged incident.

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