Hinderaker foibles

John Hinderaker describes the moral of the Herman Cain Story and falls into the trap.

Whether the accusations were true or not (and it is hard to believe that there was no fire anywhere in all that smoke), Cain’s effectiveness as a candidate was destroyed.

What happened to Herman Cain is what the Democrats intend to do to whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be. They know they can’t win a debate on the economy or on President Obama’s record, so they will do everything they can to distract the voters’ attention from those matters, which should be decisive, and instead turn the focus to the GOP candidate and his or her alleged foibles. If Republican voters allow that to happen by nominating a candidate with baggage that permits the Democrats to turn him into the next Herman Cain, it is all too likely that President Obama will be re-elected, with consequences that can hardly be overestimated.

As one pundit said, all the smoke is most likely from the media reporters rubbing sticks together trying to create a fire. Like Ann Coulter said, all of the accusers had the ‘full combo plate’ of issues of their own. Where Hinderaker misses is that he presumes guilt and then suggests that the Republicans have to nominate someone without baggage. When the Democrats or their sympathizers create the baggage, the issue isn’t whether it is brought into the fray or not, it is that people like Hinderaker allow those who bring it in to convince him it belongs to someone else.

The moral of the story, whether it is the Duke Rape Case or the Cain harassment allegations, is that we need to be careful in our judgments and not presume guilt as a matter of convenience.

On Cain’s defense, there is a much simpler model, and older and more ancient model, for all the smoke. It is of a gregarious and friendly man of position and influence being attacked out of jealousy and envy. The sad part of the morality tale is that some can only see sex maniacal men rather than a more common social scenario of friendship, caring, envy, and insecurity.

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