Op-Ed: Cain's blame game can lose 2012 voters

Posted Nov 3, 2011 by Paul Bright
The problems with the Herman Cain blame game is beyond the fact he was accused of sexual harassment. His handling of the issue is the real problem. If he makes it to the general election, his campaign could be in real trouble.
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
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Until this week, the largest controversy about Herman Cain was the details of his “9-9-9” plan. But then the press began reporting on a bombshell: in the 1990s, Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two former employees. The cases were settled by the National Restaurant Association and the victims were not allowed to speak about it.
This wouldn’t be the first time someone in the political arena had been accused and found guilty, not guilty or settled out of court. It certainly isn’t the first time a political figure would be involved in a sexually-oriented controversy. Elected officials on both aisles- From Weiner to Ensign to even former President Bill Clinton- have had their dealings.
If Herman Cain wants to come in as an outsider of the political theatre and lead our nation to freedom, then he can’t act like many insiders have done when faced with these allegations. He can’t blame everyone else without direct evidence.
Cain or his top aides shouldn’t blame former campaign workers, as Mark Block did, without a smoking gun. He accuses Perry campaign consultant Curt Anderson of leaking the story. Anderson used to work for Cain when he ran for Senate. Even if Anderson leaked the story, it’s still something that happened. Blaming the opposition doesn’t help your case and it won’t garner supporters should you make it to the general election.
He also shouldn’t put the blame on racism by members of the left or extreme left. So far, Cain had kept the “race card” from even entering his campaign. It doesn’t make sense to bring it up now while under duress. If people were so racist against conservative blacks, then how do you explain Condoleeza Rice and Collin Powell holding high-level positions in office? Or even Justice Clarence Thomas still receiving approval to the Supreme Court even after he was accused? There was no out-of-court settlement involved with him. No one accused them of being born in other countries, or having a deep-seeded hatred against white people.
He can’t blame the media. It’s the ultimate hypocrisy to blame an entity you use to promote more than your political stance. For example, singing gospel songs in front of the press to demonstrate your faith opens the door for any questions about any other character issues, to include how you treat women. And if your story changes or evolves with every press interview, then you are opening the door for more questions. Eventually the truth will come out and if the truth is in your favor, you have nothing to worry about.
Politically speaking, It doesn’t matter whether you did it or not in the past. History shows that the American public is really more concerned with advancing our country than what goes on behind closed doors, even in the Oval Office. There’s enough of the blame game going around Washington. If Mr. Cain doesn’t stop, he’ll become another player and lose his outsider status.