Comments on: Politico’s rush to cane Herman Cain http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Arthur_500 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-320 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:35:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-320 The problem with these allegations are not the timing, they are not the opportunity for Mr. Cain to respond. The problem is blackmail from which Mr. Cain is guilty until proven guilty.

If there were information available to resolve these claims at the time then they would have been resolved. Instead it is She said and he can’t respond. The NRA settled with two women so they didn’t have to deal with any future problems.

However, extortion is never a good idea. Now these women have the cash and they are still willing to make their claims against this individual. He has nothing with which to defend himself any more than he did 15 years ago. They get the cash and he gets destroyed all with no proof that he knowingly ever did anything improper.

There is nothing Mr. Cain can do. He can’t get a fair hearing so what is he to say? People now say that he has to answer about the allegations and yet he can’t speak about something he feels never happened.

This is a witch hunt. If you drown then you are obviously a witch. If you escape then you are obviously a witch. I think Politico, and these women, are guilty of slander but as a public person Herman Cain has no protection.

Is this the new political landscape? Issue a claim that cannot be refuted or substantiated and the political hopeful is guilty until proven guilty. Unless you are the darling of the media, then you get a pass.

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By: RynoM http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-284 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 22:57:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-284 Funny… I agree with the first three posts, although they might not all agree with each other. He is innocent until proven guilty. Timing of allegations is critical and are usually made in order to affect votes. Politics is a full contact sport and Breitbart and O’Keefe currently qualify for varsity.

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By: rmnbike http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-283 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:42:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-283 The oft forgotten second part of your quote: Innocent until proven guilty IN A COURT OF LAW. Seem that paying “hush-money” and with a non-disclosure ties the hands of the accusers, though I think the public will see clear to allow it in the end. Your statement implies that if you can afford to pay someone off, you will never face the prospect of facing justice: You can never BE proven guilty in a court of law. My question is, given that the Cain campaign was notified 10 days prior to the publishing of the story, why were they unprepared to deal with it? Why did his story seem to change of the course of the day?

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By: Art_In_Seattle http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-282 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:59:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-282 Give me a break…politics is a full-contact sport, people. Furthermore, all Politico is doing is pulling the skeletons out of the closet. Compared to Breitbart and O’Keefe, they’re playing pretty nice.

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By: Bernborough http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-281 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:15:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-281 Shafer, your basic premise is wrong. Politico did not RUSH to publish this article at all. In fact, it approached the Cain campaign 10 days ago and asked for comment and re-approached them several times. The fact that Cain and his advisers did not even bother to get their story straight before embarrassing themselves, show how unfit this comedian is to be President. If an other proof were required, when asked about his expertise on foreign policy, he invoked his learning curve for making pizza! And you say Politico was unfair to this nitwit??!!!

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By: GLK http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-279 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:04:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-279 In politics it doesn’t matter if the allegations are true. What matters is whether the allegations are destabilizing enough to cost the accused votes. To those on their self-righteous soap box I politely ask, would you have voted for Clinton had you known about his escapades before he became President? I suspect the vast majority of Herman Caine bashers would have which makes your judgement rather irrelevant.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/10/31/politicos-rush-to-cane-herman-cain/#comment-277 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:04:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=249#comment-277 INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. Until then, I’ll believe that Mr. Cain is the victim here: Politico’s as-yet-unsubstantiated allegations appear designed to create an emotional response so as to militate against Mr. Cain’s progress in the elections (or at least, distract from the political message he is trying to promulgate, which, as an entirely separate matter, is quite crazy and reckless).

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