Tinfoil hat courtesy of Digg.com
New York Daily News: Republican White House hopeful Herman Cain says sexual harassment claims against him were baseless.
“Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless."In the 1990s?
Asked if there was a settlement, regardless of the truth of the accusation: "If the restaurant association did a settlement I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much because nothing happened," Cain said.
Cain was responding to an explosive report by Politico.com Sunday claiming that two women had accused him of improper sexual behavior in the 1990s.
Here's the play, as I see it.
Because of his stellar performance, and his ongoing potential to further privatize things that no Republican President could pull off with such ease, the oligarchy wants four more years of Barack Obama.
The perfect foil for this anti-coup would be a Republican opponent with anemic appeal to the Republican base in order to compromise turnout. Additional bonus points if said candidate could be counted on to kneel before Party cant, just in case Obama screwed the pooch so bad that he accidentally wins.
In other words, Mitt Romney.
So, the GOP hobbles together a comedy cast of primary opponents to compete with their favored sock-puppet, a batshit retinue of folks like Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich... including, yes, Herman Cain. All designed to buff Romney as the "reasonable" and "serious" candidate.
Enter Tea-Party politics, that WMD of yore that is now producing unwelcome blowback to the GOP's normally smooth-running political machine. These folks aren't waiting for the general election to trash the GOP's dreams - they're foaming at the mouth during the friggin' primaries, and they ain't having Romney.
So, the most "reasonable" of the batshit alternatives, Herman Cain (well, Paul might fall into this category, but measures would be taken if he began to ascend, believe you Wall Street) becomes an uncomfortable gathering cloud.
Enter the ol' sexual crime card, a favorite of the GOP movers and shakers. Of course they've had this in reserve all along, are you kidding me?
Hello, Mitt Romney - the next Republican Presidential candidate of Election 2012.