“I don’t even know that lady!”
Cain went all in during his press conference today, claiming that dirty Democrats are behind this scandal. He further claimed that he does not know Bialek, didn’t recognize her face or her voice, and categorically denied the allegations.
Throughout the press conference, Cain repeatedly referred to the allegations as “anonymous” before finally claiming that the allegations came from “both anonymous and non-anonymous sources.” He also blamed Democrats: “The Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations.”
Right — because Politico is the bastion of liberal journalism.
When trying to explain his initial flip-flopping regarding whether he recalled any settlement agreement, Cain tried (and failed) to walk a tightrope and draw a distinction between a “settlement” and an “agreement.” He claims that at first, he didn’t remember there being a settlement agreement, but then later that day — “after all those years” — he recalled that there was an agreement — emphasis on agreement:
“The woman filed a complaint that was found to be baseless. There was no legal settlement… Settlement, to me, has legal implications… Later in the day, I remembered that here was an agreement. ‘Settlement’ implies legal implications… There was an agreement. That’s what businesses sign with employees who are departing the company — they call it an agreement. Settlement implies legal implications.”
Herman. Dude. No one in their right mind is going to believe that the National Restaurant Association (NRA) paid women tens of thousands of dollars as part of a simple employment termination agreement. And if the termination agreement was an agreement with no legal implications, why the hell was there a nondisclosure agreement? That dog isn’t hunting, bro.
Ultimately, I find it hard to believe that any Cain victim was paid thousands of dollars but was not required to release all liability in return. For a lawyer to fail to seek a release of liability would be malpractice, in my opinion. Otherwise, there would be nothing stopping any of these women from turning around and suing the pants off of Cain in a civil suit. Duh and/or hello!
Probably the most ridiculous moment during the press conference came in response to a reporter who asked whether Cain would be willing to take a lie detector test:
“Yes, I absolutely would. But I’m not going to do that unless I have a good reason to do that. … of course, I would be willing to do a lie detector’s test.”
And it was at that point, all logic and reason ran screaming out of the press room, while, in Cyberland, the Countertop Brigade gathered its minions and distributed wingnut talking points: (1) That lady can’t be trusted cuz she’s crazy; (2) it’s Obama’s fault; (3) But-but-CLINTON!; (4) librul hippocrits; and (5) it’s a lynchin’!
Meanwhile, Cain’s nomination chances have already taken a hit. Senator Murkowski said today that Cain should drop out of the race if the allegations are true.
Also, Cain’s favorability ratings have taken a dive in the last week. As reported in The Christian Post today “Sexual Harassment Claims Begin to Hurt Herman Cain“:
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday found the percentage of Republicans who view former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Cain favorably dropped from 66 percent a week ago to 57 percent. His favorability declined also among all registered voters, from 37 percent to 32 percent.
“The most striking thing is that Herman Cain is actually seeing a fairly substantial decline in favorability ratings toward him particularly among Republicans,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson observed.
Notably, just four days ago, The Christian Post reported the following under the headline “Amid Scandal, Cain Support Remains High“:
A Rasmussen Reports poll has Cain leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 3 percentage points as of Thursday among self-described conservative voters. Also on Thursday, a Cain spokesman released a statement revealing that his candidate has raked in over $1.2 million in donations since Sunday, despite being hounded by attacks on his character.
“Mr. Cain’s supporters around the country have rallied around him, and we have been encouraged by their strong showing,” spokesman J.D. Gordon said in an email to Reuters.
Unfortunately for Cain (and fortunately for those of us who are enjoying this soap opera), it looks like things will only get worse for Cain. One of the “anonymous” women, Karen Kraushaar, has come forward:
Karen Kraushaar, 55, an employee with the Treasury Department’s inspector general office, said she never wanted her name to be made public as one of Cain’s accusers. But a news organization published her name Tuesday and she now says she is ready to go before cameras.
“I am interested in a joint press conference for all the women where we would all be together with our attorneys and all of these allegations could be reviewed as a collective body of evidence,” Kraushaar told The Washington Post.
The Post learned Kraushaar’s name last week, but did not publish it, honoring her wishes to remain private.
When The Daily made her name public, she said she realized that she could not keep her identity private any longer.
“When you’re in a work situation where you are being sexually harassed, you are in an extremely vulnerable position,” Kraushaar said. “You do whatever you can to quickly get yourself a job someplace where you will be safe. That is what I thought I had achieved when I left.”
Ms. Kraushaar, a registered Republican, has a strong supporter in Democratic strategist Maria Cordona:
Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, who said she’s a friend of Herman Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar, told CNN that the former NRA employee was grateful for help in getting a job when she left the trade group after alleging the now-candidate made a series of harassing actions.
Cardona recalled Kraushaar saying at the time, “You saved me – and this is a quote from her – from this monster.”
Even worse for Cain? Kraushaar kept copies of all of her allegations and the
agreement settlement, and she doesn’t need to seek permission from the NRA to disclose this information because the non-disclosure agreement has been waived. Hoo boy!
Here are the videos. The whole affair was a hot mess:
Hermy? It doesn’t look good buddy.
But you know that. After all, you yourself said about the slow drip of allegations from previous employees and colleagues: “There will probably be more.”
Somewhere, Newt Gingrich is growing a moustache, just so he can twirl it.[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]