But I also know a rat when I smell one. As Hillyer notes, the allegations of sexual harrassment took place before Cain ran for political office. Fair enough. But it begs the following questions.
Why didn’t this come to light during his brief run for the White House in 2000?
Why didn’t this come to light when he ran for GOP nomination for the Senate in Georgia back in 2004?
And why didn’t this come to light when he announced he would be running for President back in May?
I’ll tell you why. It’s because Herman Cain now has a chance to be elected President of the United States and that scares the purveyors of the status quo to no end. I submit that these allegations would never have seen the light of day if he was down in Jon Huntsman territory. Up until a few hours ago, people were fuming because Mark Block puffed a cigarette in a campaign ad. Up until a few hours ago, the actions of his campaign manager was the worst thing you could say about Herman Cain.
Well, they’ve upped the ante now. But as the old saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” I have a feeling that peple will take one look at these allegations they will be inclined to quote The Church Lady and say, “Well, isn’t that convenient?” When it’s all said and done, I believe this will galvanize even more people to Cain’s corner.