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And now a fifth woman has come out and and accused Herman Cain of… well…in this case, of thinking dirty thoughts.According to Politico, the new accuser says a beautiful woman asked Cain a question at a speech and that Cain quickly asked the new accuser to set up a dinner with the woman.
But the new Cain accuser suspected that Cain might want something other than food, so she decided to set up a group dinner instead.
So this is becoming a pattern.
One of the previous Cain accusers, you will recall, described his having made an “inappropriate gesture” to her, like his holding his hand up to his chin to illustrate the height of something [his wife, he says. His you-know-what, the accuser probably says.]
And, yesterday, Sharon Bialek told her story of how Cain upgraded her hotel room, bought her a fabulous dinner, and then made a physical pass at her in his car. Bialek rebuffed this overture, she said, and asked Cain to take her back to her hotel, which he did.
In other words, this is an unusual political sex scandal, in that no one has actually accused Cain of having inappropriate sex.
Cain may have wanted to have inappropriate sex, it appears. But so far no one has come forward and admitted that they actually had it with him, or that he forced it on them.
And, unlike some men, Cain appears to have honored the wishes of the women he propositioned and to have understood that “no” actually meant “no.”
No, we’re not saying it’s OK to shove your hand up a former colleague’s dress without being invited to, if that’s what happened with Bialek.
And, no, we don’t mean to make light of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. And we certainly don’t think it would have been smart or appropriate for Cain to have showered the recently canned Sharon Bialek with gifts and then hit on her while she was asking for his help getting a job.
But it’s seems worth pointing out that we’re not talking Gennifer here. Or Monica. Or Marilyn. Or a secret love-child with the housekeeper. Or a secret love-child with the videographer. We’re not talking about “he fired me because I wouldn’t have sex with him.” We’re not talking about lying publicly about not sending pictures of your schlong to college students.
What we’re talking about, so far, is a man who may have propositioned a bunch of women–and made an unexpected and unwanted physical advance on one of them–only to be rejected by all of them.
If Cain behaved inappropriately–and especially if he did what Sharon Bialek described–we’d like to see him acknowledge that, apologise, and stop blaming the media.
But, so far, anyway, what’s most striking about this sex scandal is how little sex it appears to have involved.
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