The double standard by the media, completely predictable to most of us, is glaring.
When Bill Clinton had to deal with similar allegations, most of them completely believable, he simply denied them and the media swept them under the rug or, worse, investigated the victims and made them out to look either like the victimizers or like women of ill repute. And that strategy largely worked. Clinton was arguably seen as a hero when all was said and done by his supporters and by his willing accomplices in the media.
So when I read the following, I thought to myself, why not have Herman Cain offer Clinton a job? Raise the issues I've just outlined. Talk about how the media largely ignored the onslaught of accusations leveled at Mr. Clinton, dismissing them as personal issues not relevant to his ability to lead and how this made Clinton uniquely qualified to handle these harassment charges.
Then ask them to treat him similarly. Anything else would smack of racism:
Responding to allegations of inappropriate interactions with two women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain said Monday that he "never sexually harassed anyone" and called the allegations "baseless."
"I've never sexually harassed anyone, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association, and I say falsely, because it turned out, after the investigation, to be baseless," he said on Fox News.
"It is totally baseless, and totally false, never have I committed any sort of sexual harassment," he added.
Cain was asked if he has ever had to settle a sexual harassment or sexual misconduct claim, false or otherwise.
"Outside of the Restaurant Association, absolutely not," he said. "If the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I am not - I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much, because nothing happened. So if there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers that worked for me at the Association. So the answer is absolutely not."
Cain was not asked what he understood the allegations to be, and was not pressed on his claim that he was unaware of a settlement in the wake of the allegations.
Cain said that if more allegations surface, it will be because people "simply make them up." He said "the only other allegations will be trumped up allegations."
"There is nothing else," he said.
Cain, who is at the top of polls for the Republican presidential nomination, vowed to "stay on message" going forward.
"Now, obviously, some people are going to be turned off by this cloud that someone wanted to put over my campaign, but a lot of people aren't going to be turned off," he said. "We will just have to wait and see what happens."
Waiting to see what happens is not the best strategy. Get out in front of it. Openly and publicly offer Bill Clinton a job. Explain the reasoning. Then return to the message.
If anyone can get away with this, it's Herman Cain.
Sounds smart to me. Comment on why I would be wrong.