This is disappointing. It was starting to look like we were going to get to skip the customary political-wife-defends-scandalized-husband part of the Herman Cain saga, but no such luck. Greta Van Susteren landed the big interview tonight (teaser video here):
“To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman, and I know that’s not the person he is. He totally respects women,” Gloria Cain told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in an interview that will air Monday night at 10 p.m. ET.
Four women have accused the businessman of sexually harassing them when he led the National Restaurant Association between 1996-1999. The most recent accuser, Sharon Bialek, is the only one to go on record publicly.
“I looked at especially this last lady and the things that she said, and I’m thinking, ‘He would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said,’” Gloria Cain said of Bialek.
Will this be enough to stop the bleeding? I very much doubt it. Gloria Cain seems like a lovely woman, but she’s not going to convince many people that the allegations are false. Of course she believes Cain respects women. Of course she can’t imagine that the accusations are true. If Cain was fooling around on the side, the last person he’s going to tell is his wife.
I get that the whole point of the interview is to show that Mrs. Cain is still standing by Herman, but it seems like a risky strategy to me. Usually the wife is dragged out at the end of the scandal, after the guilt is pretty much a certainty and it’s time for the mea culpa. Information about Cain is still trickling out, as we saw with the Gloria Allred press conference this afternoon. If more shoes end up dropping after Cain sends his wife out to publicly defend him, he’s going to end up looking like a complete creep. Also, remarks like these strike me as needlessly dangerous: “He would have to have a split personality to do the things that [Sharon Bialek] said,” Gloria Cain told Van Susteren. With a line like that, the Cain campaign is either totally confident that Herman’s account is accurate, or much more reckless than previously imagined.