Though as Alana noted, the polls indicate Republican voters don’t care about the sexual harassment charges lodged against Herman Cain; more charges are now surfacing about the candidate’s behavior. These new accusations, including a third woman who has complaints about Cain’s actions during his time as CEO of the National Restaurant Association and the statement by a GOP operative who also worked at the Association that the candidate behaved inappropriately to a woman at a restaurant.
While each of these stories could be dismissed individually as insignificant or unproved, we’re now up to four separate charges against Cain. His supporters may call this a media feeding frenzy but as the volume of accusations goes up, the more likely it is that this is a pattern of disturbing behavior rather than misunderstandings. As much as Cain seems at the moment to be impervious to damage from the issue, the longer this drags on with more women stepping forward to accuse him the harder it gets to dismiss it as either a function of media bias or racism.
As I wrote earlier today, Herman Cain’s greatest strength is his confident and pleasant demeanor and his utter unflappability. But at this point, it is not unreasonable for some to start to think that there is another side to his personality that the public hasn’t seen. With the lawyer for one of the women who lodged a formal complaint about him and received a financial settlement in exchange for her silence about the matter to meet tomorrow with the Restaurant Association to ask that her gag order be lifted, this episode may be about to morph from a titillating story into a full-blown scandal.
It goes without saying that Cain needs to get out in front of these accusations for once and keep his story straight when he tells us his version of what happened in each instance. Republican voters may still love him but if we’re just at the beginning of this story rather than at the end with more incidents to be revealed as we go along it’s hard to believe that this issue won’t sink him in the end.