And Now, An Affair?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 29, 2011

Herman Cain’s candidacy has taken yet another hit. Note that Ginger White has records of cell phone calls and text messages between her and Cain. Maybe those calls and text messages did not involve an affair–Cain claims that he was trying to help White out financially–but their existence doesn’t help demolish this story.

Neither does the following statement from the Cain campaign:

Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.

That’s a non-denial denial if I ever read one.

Cue the Cainiacs to astroturf the comments section with claims that all of this really helps Cain out, because it increases his name identification, or some other such desperate attempt to spin this most recent fiasco in the best possible light.

  • BestGuest

    We get it: you don’t like Herman Cain and think he’s a piece of crap. You really don’t have to harp on stuff (Andrew Sullivan, anyone?) as much as you do. In fact, it makes you seem like a petty and mean sort of person.

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      I think this is the part where I write “it’s my blog, and I will discuss what I please.”

      • BestGuest

        Of course that’s true. Just think about how you’re coming off.

        • Pejman Yousefzadeh

          Cain is a candidate for President, and Sullivan is a bigtime blogger. I hardly think that little old me can bully them, and by being public figures, they subject themselves to scrutiny, however exacting that scrutiny may be.

          • BestGuest

            Again, that’s all true. But you still seem to have the tendency to harp on people in a way that comes off like you’re kicking them when they’re down. It’s unbecoming and below you.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know how Sullivan was “down.” As for Cain, his supporters astroturfed my comments section with attacks on me for pointing out just how vapid and flawed how candidacy is. They invited any “I told you so” follow-ups on themselves. Moreover, as a Republican, I expect a lot from my party, and see no reason why I shouldn’t criticize individual Republicans when they fail to meet expectations.

  • nicholas

    Well, I am very glad to hear that Ginger has come forward, for the good of the country, and we all should applaud her laudable sense of patriotism for doing so now.  I am heartened to hear that the ‘affair’ is now over.  She admits to being cognizant that Mr. Cain was a married man.  Clever girl.  I am sure there are some parts of her conduct that she realizes were less than exemplary.  They say confession is good for the soul.  I am so glad she has availed herself of this opportunity to lighten these troubled thoughts that have so haunted her and that she felt at liberty to share with us all, at this time, what must have been a heavy burden indeed.  Hers has been an excellent contribution to our electoral process.  

Previous post:

Next post: