Entries Tagged as 'Herman Cain'

D’OH!

November 9th, 2011 at 5:04 pm 114 Comments

Post Debate Analysis:

The most memorable moment from the November 9th CNBC debate was Rick Perry’s very embarrassing verbal fumble. (You can watch the video of it here.)

Perry began listing the three departments he would eliminate as president, but stumbled on listing department #3. Click here to read more

The Knives Come Out for Cain

David Frum November 8th, 2011 at 7:55 am 182 Comments

Politico has a big headline this morning: “GOP urges Herman Cain to address allegations.” But when you ask “who precisely in the GOP is doing this urging?” you get a more modest list:

Oran Smith, who heads the Christian conservative Palmetto Family Council in South Carolina, Chuck Hurley, the President of the Iowa Family Policy Center, Penny Nance who runs Concerned Women for Amierca, William Bennett, the conservative author and commentator, Governor, Haley Barbour, and fellow presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

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What if the Cain Story Came from…Gingrich!

November 6th, 2011 at 9:08 am 20 Comments

After watching the Herman Cain-Newt Gingrich debate last night, I got to thinking (as I’m sure you did as well): What would Agatha Christie’s great detective, Hercule Poirot, think of the last week in news, and the Mystery of Who Tipped Off the Cain Story? What follows is what I think he would say…

Let us go back to the beginning.

Not to the beginning of the week–no!–to when this story truly began. When Gingrich’s campaign nearly imploded as his staffers resigned en masse.

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Cain is Unqualified Even Without a Sex Scandal

November 3rd, 2011 at 3:27 pm 55 Comments

Well, view I still don’t have a candidate. Herman Cain’s not the guy. His weaknesses now outweigh his advantages. Just as I never disliked Sarah Palin and actually loved it when she was announced as the Vice Presidential pick by John McCain, cialis I have never disliked Herman Cain. But for similar reasons I have to say he ought not be President.

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Herman Cain is No Clarence Thomas

November 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 am 38 Comments

Liberal pundits attributing Herman Cain’s unlikely rise to his role as racial scapegoat may now rest their voices: Conservatives themselves will prove their case from here.

After the sexual harassment story broke, treat Cain saw the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter rush to his defense. Coulter immediately invoked Justice Clarence Thomas in his own words: “This is another high-tech lynching.” Another already? It’s only been 21 years!

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Cain’s $35k? Sounds Like a Nuisance Suit

November 2nd, 2011 at 3:20 pm 74 Comments

About those Herman Cain settlements:

I defended these kinds of suits in the 1990s. Keep in mind that discrimination lawsuits are an exception to the usual American rule that each side pays its own legal fees. If an employer loses a discrimination suit, the employer routinely pays the attorney fees of the Plaintiff. That creates unusual incentives to settle discrimination suits, above and beyond the fact that the average defense cost in 1990 for any claim of employment discrimination was $85,000.

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The Coming Herman Cain Culture War

David Frum November 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm 156 Comments

It’s only a matter of time before the Herman Cain sexual harassment settlement is unsealed. The exact nature of the charges against Cain will be revealed. They will most likely turn out to be very ambiguous: banter, innuendo, etc.

At that point, here’s what will happen:

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Overlooked Clue in Cain’s Sex Harassment Story

David Frum October 31st, 2011 at 2:44 pm 118 Comments

Here’s the most neglected detail in the Politico story on Herman Cain and the sex harassment charges:

Both women received separation packages that were in the five-figure range.

In the context of late 1990s sex harassment litigation, that is a small settlement.

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The GOP’s Best Case/Worst Case

David Frum October 31st, 2011 at 12:09 pm 62 Comments

In my column for CNN, I discuss how the Tea Party will react to the different possible outcomes of the 2012 election:

A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility.

That second group of Republicans has received remarkably little media attention this cycle. Yet their man — Mitt Romney — has held steady in first or second place for the past three years. Meanwhile tea party Republicans have bounced from Sarah Palin to Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to (now) Herman Cain, transfixing the media every time they lose faith in one messiah and search for another.

Yet sooner or later, the tea party Republicans must converge on a single choice. When they do, they will present the non-tea party Republicans with a troubling menu of possibilities.

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Perry’s New Gambit

October 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am 40 Comments

Perry’s chances of winning the Republican nomination depend entirely on his ability to sell himself as a Teastablishment candidate. Perry has a ten-year record in Texas that shows an interest in governance, prescription and he has way with sharp rhetoric (“treason”) that sends thrills up the leg of your average Tea Partier.

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