Political Theater

from Tales from the Trail:

Cain backers reprise ‘high-tech lynching’ theme

A group of Herman Cain supporters has pulled out the heavy artillery in defense of the Republican presidential hopeful against sexual harassment allegations.

"Americans for Herman Cain" -- an outside group not affiliated with his campaign -- released this ad comparing the media treatment of Cain to what Clarence Thomas went through during his 1991 U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Thomas -- who also faced sexual harassment allegations and a media frenzy -- denounced his treatment as "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks."

The sponsors of the pro-Cain ad reprise the phrase and use video of Thomas speaking two decades ago. It urges Cain supporters not to let the "left" do it again.

Cain complained of his treatment in the glare of the Washington media spotlight in an interview with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Thomas.

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