Is Bradlee’s behavior here what Cain’s was?

This video by the Daily Caller is one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen, from start to finish.

Just take in the following:

The glaring whiteness of the room; all the privileged whitefolk rubbing elbows and throwing back a few drinks.

Begin by noticing that Michelle Fields is covering a party for the launch of Chris Matthews’ latest book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, and the fact that the lionized Kennedy was a known womanizer, and a guy who believed in um, lowering taxes.

They love the guy. Lots of slightly slurred hero-worship of a politician whose three year presidency and dramatic death began a romance between their generation and high drama that continues to this day, and probably has a great deal to do with an inexperienced, secretive, present-voting, elegant Rorschach test residing in the Oval Office, today, and the hyper-glamorization of OWS.

Fields first interview is with the legendary Bob Woodward, who — when asked about the big “someone said they heard someone else say something about Herman Cain and it’s sexy but nobody actually knows anything” story — declares that the subject “is a serious one”. More interesting to me: When asked whether he has any advice for Cain, Woodward says, “journalists shouldn’t give advice!

A memo the journo-listers apparently never received.

Then it ‘s on to the other legend, Ben Bradlee
, who also seems to have had a couple of drinks (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and immediately puts his arm around the pretty young Fields. Nothing sexual, of course. It’s not harassment! He’s just trying to hear her better in a crowded, noisy room, and being the avuncular old lion encouraging a youngster. Right? He gasses on about how much he loves Kennedy, too, and then when Fields ask “what about the allegations against Herman Cain,” Bradlee puts that avuncular hand on young Fields’ shoulder and says chummily, “I think he’s got it coming to him, doesn’t he?”

Let’s put aside the fact that no one yet knows anything, for sure, re the Cain allegations. “He’s got it coming,” for some reason.

I wonder if all Cain did was comparable to what Ben Bradlee did here: had a few drinks, stood a little too close — the better to hear, my dear — used the encouraging arm, put the hand on a woman’s shoulder. Maybe he was just steadying himself.

I could see it making a young woman uncomfortable, for sure. When I was a young woman, I never appreciated an older guy’s hand on my shoulder, at my back or on my waist. And post the Thomas-Hill debacle, women didn’t stand still for it or endure it the way we did in the 1970′s and 1980′s. And that’s a good thing.

In the 1990′s, women became vaporish and victimized over risque jokes, though. An over-correction.

Bradlee, unlike Woodward, has no problem with giving advice to Cain, “run for the roundhouse,” which I think means one can’t be cornered, there.

I don’t know what “he’s got it coming” means. Perhaps Bradlee knows more than everyone else? Perhaps he’s projecting on to Cain all the woman-abusing sins he’s observed in DC over all the years, when he was palling around with oh, Ted Kennedy and the like?

Anyway, I thought it was all very interesting. Your mileage may vary. Seems The Main Point had the same thought I did.

Insty has a huge new Cain roundup.

I agree, btw that the NRA should release everything. The man’s running for president, after all. We should know the story. I want to see if any of it rises to the level of genuine sexual harassment or abuse.

WaPo: Cain still Rising Unexpectedly!
I wonder if people have just finally bought the notion that “this stuff doesn’t matter” that we heard during the Clinton years.

Ed Morrissey: some good analysis
Former NRA Chairman: it’s a hatchet job!
Gingrich: “Gossip”
Double-standards?: But of course.
Rahm: a connection?(not sure I buy)

O/T but Interesting

Also O/T: Can you imagine how big this story would be, if Obama didn’t have a D after his name?

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Highlander

    I think it’s less that people have now come to believe that “this stuff doesn’t matter”, and more about being fed up with present day gutter politics and the role a corrupt media plays in it.

  • Karen Wong

    On the Solyndra story, did you notice the part about how $1 million was paid to Lazard, Ltd to determine whether or not the bailout should happen? Just a cursory look at the board of directors of Lazard brings up the name of Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
    How many other democrat lackeys got a bundle of money out of the “advice” business?

  • friscoeddie

    Ben Bradlee is 90 years old.. maybe he was trying to get his balance so he could go to the unemployment office.

  • kevin

    It is a priceless piece of video. Bradlee, JFK’s old pal and witness no doubt to many of his philanderings, putting his arm around the young reporter. Seems like he got a lot closer than Cain did.

    And then that remark. Had it coming? It almost sounded sinister, like it was retaliation for not being a good little liberal democrat like all the other blacks.

  • Momma Kyle

    Trust me, if the details on the Cain story would hurt Cain, they would be “leaked” Mark my words–if we knew the details the response would be “All that fuss over nothing”. By refusing to reveal the details–the imagination conjures up something lurid.

  • kenneth

    Whether the details of the incidents truly are that lurid is almost beside the point. It may not have been something horribly aggressive or lewd. At a minimum it was some sort of conduct that was deeply unprofessional and an abuse of power. Remember this incident was not adjudicated by a court or some over zealous EEOC administrator. This was an internal investigation, and the association’s lawyers evidently saw that the complainant’s story had enough legs that they paid over some good money to make it go away. Unless the incident was truly heinous or other women come forward to show a pattern of such behavior, I’m not as troubled by the incident as much as Cain’s response/non response to it.

    If it was really not that big a deal and if he had any sense of accountability, he could have laid the whole thing to rest. “While it was not my intent to offend anyone, I said some things which upon reflection, crossed a line of professionalism and good judgement. We arrived at a financial settlement that both parties considered equitable and which we both agreed not to disclose. I am deeply sorry and I have learned some important lessons about leadership and accountability.”

    Can you imagine how absolutely refreshing that would have been? Instead we got the standard hemming and hawing and dissembling of the ruling class these days. Denial, then “wait a minute, I do remember something of some settlement, let me confer with my lawyers to see what I remember.” Then some belittling and downplaying of the whole thing, suggesting that there was some sort of tumult back then but as CEO he would not have been in the loop about such matters. Then we have the standard partisan hacking to attack the victim on his behalf “women are just too wimpy these days” and the logic which says that since Democrats had their share of sleazy guys, you owe us a pass on this one.

    I think the guy is a complete lightweight when it comes to real credentials in foreign or domestic public policy. I think his popularity comes from a shrewd but cynical populism which is long on “take our country back” rhetoric and very short on real solutions. I think the guy is basically a lobbyist for guys like the Koch brothers and that the Tea Partiers, at least those who take home less than say $150,000 a year, would find their taxes going WAY up under the 9-9-9 plan, and would be subsidizing welfare for billionaires. That said, I could have at least respected him as a man if he had acted like one in responding to this incident, whatever it was.

  • Greta

    Kenneth, no we have the lightest weight ever currently in the white house. He has made more blunders than any president I can remember and yet gets a pass. He has no history of running a company, no history of consequence in politics, nothing, nada.

    I have yet to make up my mind on Cain at this point even before this incident, but have not ruled him out. It is early in the process. I think it is funny that he went up in the polls after they tried to dump on him.

    This is a well done post by the Anchoress laying out the issues with keen comment. Ben Bradlee of course was a life long friend and supporter of Teddy Kennedy and during the last presidential primary did everything possible to make little of the Edwards story. I have to laugh at the democrats who have their shorts pulled up tight after they forgot about sexual harrassment with Clinton. There could be no better example of proven sexual harrassment than with Clinton. From my training on this issue which became mandatory for all companies after Anita Hill and the push by the feminist crowd, one thing was a major no no and that was a person with power doing anythng sexual in nature with someone at much lower power position. There could not be a bigger gap in power than president of the USA and an intern. This was well established law from a supreme court ruling back in 1986 before Clinton and the blue dress… Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson.

    And Anchoress, you are right on with Bradlee. What I see in the video could very well be a sexual harrasment problem in any company today. I would have belted the old fool and would have severly chastised if not fired anyone in my company who acted in this way.

  • Xavier

    Mr. Obama, on his very frequent golf outings, selects his companions from among his male junior staffers. Doesn’t the persistent exclusion of female junior staffers from these outings, and from the attendant possibilities of influence and promotion, suggest that the women are being subjected to a hostile working environment? That, after all, was among the arguments for eliminating single-sex clubs. It’s a continuing conundrum that there seem to be no standards of gender equity that can be reliably and consistently applied, and that, no matter their behavior, some people hold themselves immune from judgement by any standard whatever.

  • friscoeddie

    Xavier; the old golf expression; any man who plays golf with a wife or other woman is on the verge of divorce. You are not a hacker.?
    Watch Rachael Maddow on Cain’s putting everyone on.. with a massive elaborate joke. She gives him high marks for the performance..

  • Greta

    Newt and Cain one on one discussion…

    Excellent and the way to really understand what candidates believe and support…

    I understand this is the first of many of these Lincoln Douglas type discussions.