A woman, Sharon Bialek, has come forward with details about how Herman Cain, currently running for president, groped her. She is not even one of the three women who filed sexual harassment claims against him and won settlements from the National Restaurant Association that he headed at the time. Here are the sordid details.
Some conservatives are skeptical about the charges, while others think they ring true. Here is what the conservative blogger the Ace of Spades had to say:
Sorry, I’m now kind of convinced of his guilt. He’s trying to change the subject.
While he attempts to hoodwink you into thinking this is some principled stance, what I see is a guy who does not want to deny specific details (did he meet with Bialek? Did he upgrade her hotel room? Did the meeting end on a positive note or a negative one and if negative, why? ), because I see a guy who is worried that his specific denials will be proven false in turn.
So he keeps to the general. The vague. Even while he says he will not refer to his accusers’ “vague” or “nonspecific” allegations, he ignores the specific and very un-vague ones, and will only offer “vague” and “nonspecific” demurrals in turn.
And what he’s counting on is that the conservative movement is so dumb that it will elect him as a nominee without every figuring out what the damage and downside here will be, and you know what? There’s a good chance he’s right.
We have become pretty dumb. We’re so damned eager to believe we seem to have forgotten that skepticism is pretty useful.
And yes, skepticism on both sides, not skepticism only towards his four accusers, while taking a completely unskeptical, believer-ish posture to whatever Cain says.
Guy can’t even bother to tell me what Bialek said was false. He won’t even say that. He writes a general slam of the media and expects the reader to conveniently read a denial in between the lines, despite it never actually being offered up.
We have a live, on-the-record accuser, who says Cain groped her vagina.
On the other hand, we have Cain, who… refuses to say whether he touched her inappropriately or not. . . .
So, it’s not a he said/she said anymore; it’s a she said/he refuses to say and changes the topic.
via Ace of Spades HQ.
Is Cain finished?
Isn’t it at least encouraging that for all of our culture’s sexual permissiveness that charges like this one are still damaging?