Saturday, November 05, 2011

Cain Accuser Won’t Come Forward, and For Good Reason

If you have been following the news lately you are well-aware that presidential hopeful (or book seller?) Herman Cain has stumbled of late due to several accusations from at least four women that Cain, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, had sexually harassed them.

Having absolutely zero effect on his polling. Teabaggers love them some sexual harassers.

The revelations actually increased his rate of campaign contributions. I kid you not.

So having laid all of this out before the media and the public, should one wonder why none of the four women want to go public? Well, for one thing, there is word of signed settlements – cash for silence. Something that has been breached, although what do you do if someone who was harassed decides to come out anyway, sue her?

No, I think not, although I may be selling short the level that Herman Cain can descend to.

No, the reason you stay out of the klieg lights of modern fame is Anita Hill.

Anita Hill came forward when the Senate was considering confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice. Her story was credible. And her story was ignored, Thomas was confirmed, and Thomas has subsequently been a participant in some of the worst SCOTUS decisions in US history.

The reason you don’t come forward is that there is absolutely nothing in it for you to do so, and it destroys whatever self-respect and credibility you once had.

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