American Rhetoric: GOP Witches Brew – Candy Cain and Eye of Newt…

     As the GOP race to the primaries gets hotter and faster, so do the rhetoric and revelations about certain candidates. In recent weeks, there have been two stand-outs; Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. One can’t control his mouth, the other (it has been alleged) can’t control his libido. But I digress…

Pictured: (l. to r.) GOP candidate Herman Cain, Sharon Bialek and Ginger White.

    For as much of a drama-consuming culture as we have here in America, these GOP candidates certainly aren’t letting us down in that respect. Herman Cain has been plagued with allegations of sexual harassment lately, by Sharon Bialek of Chicago, Illinois. The alleged “groping” was said to have taken place during a 1997 meeting with Cain, who was then CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Ms. Bialek had gone to meet with Cain due to losing her job with the association. While Cain denies that he ever groped, or even met Ms. Bialek, her ex-boyfriend has come forward in her defense, corroborating her statements. (1)

     Then there’s Ginger White, an Atlanta, Georgia businesswoman. White claims that she was engaged in a thirteen-year affair with Herman Cain. Cain has countered that White was simply a “friend” that he aided financially but that his wife, Gloria Cain, had not been told anything regarding Ms. White. Now, Herman Cain has stated that he will be “reassessing” his presidential campaign.(2) (3)

     This situation brings to mind not one, but three instances of either alleged or affirmed presidential impropriety. In 1802, allegations were made in the press regarding an alleged affair and children sired between President Thomas Jefferson and one Sally Hemings, a slave woman who was also the half-sister of Martha Wayles Jefferson by Martha’s father, John Wayles. The allegations were published in the Richmond Recorder by one James T. Callender, a political journalist of the day. Jefferson’s response to the allegations? He remained silent. He neither affirmed nor denied the story, thereby depriving his detractors of any ammunition they would have otherwise garnered from a public denial or affirmation.

     During the presidential campaign of 1884, Republicans discovered that Democratic nominee Grover Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock with one Maria Crofts Halpin. When confronted with the emerging scandal, he decided to pursue a two-pronged approach. Publicly he ignored the scandal, but told close advisors that if asked, to tell the truth. While the popular vote was close, the vote in the Electoral College gave Cleveland the majority, with 219-182. Grover Cleveland thus became our twenty-second President of The United States.

     Then there was the infamous Monica Lewinsky affair of 1998, (also known as “MonicaGate,” “LewinskyGate,” “ZipperGate,” pick your pet name!) a media circus impeachment proceeding and a hair-splitting debate on what exactly constitutes “sexual relations.” As we all know, President Clinton famously and firstly announced to the American people at the time, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” but then was forced to backpedal.

     (SOAPBOX=ON) If it t’were me and I was running for high office, any skeletons rattling around in my closets would have to be inventoried first. Then, if any of them slipped out and presented themselves, any “damage control” would be made easier. In Herman Cain’s case, denial isn’t working out too well. His numbers are going downhill fast, and if you ask me, I do believe his days of office-seeking are numbered.

2012 GOP candidiate Newt Gingrich

     On a semi-related note, GOP candidate and former Speaker of The House Newt Gingrich isn’t making any new allies or friends in the low-income sector lately. During a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Gingrich stated that children growing up in poor neighborhoods do not have a solid work ethic.(4) Specifically, he stated that;

     “Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday,” and also that, “They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal.”

     Mr. Gingrich appears to have a very narrow, elitist view of the poor. Are we sure we want to send someone like this to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? I think not.

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5 comments on “American Rhetoric: GOP Witches Brew – Candy Cain and Eye of Newt…

  1. All the refences to Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, et al, are irrelevant to the NOW. Although the information regarding these is mostly accurate, the personal lives and deprevations of ANY political figure pales when compared to the importance of the positions and policies they take. Should Herman Caine or Newt Gingrich EVER become President, their personal failings would be inflicted on the nation by the policies they would attempt to impose. They would divorce us all, for the affections of the moneymen and bankers they represent. These policies are the issue, not the fact that they want to put their hands down my wife’s shirt.

    • Well I don’t know about Newt wanting to do that, but I wouldn’t put it past Cain. (I can’t imagine that the missus is too happy about that either!)

      Aside from that, agreed 200%. (It’s still good blog fodder though, from a historical perspective.)

    • David says:

      Obama took more money from WALL STREET than any Republican has!

      here is obama appointee exporting JOBS!

      Good old General Electric of the USA

      General Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old X-ray division from
      Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Beijing . In addition to moving the headquarters, the
      company will invest $2 billion in China and train more than 65 engineers and
      create six research centers. This is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in
      the United States last year. but paid no taxes-the same company that employs
      more people overseas than it does in the united States .
      So let me get this straight. President Obama appointed GE Chairman Jeff
      Immelt to head his commission on job creation (job czar). Immelt is supposed
      to help create jobs. I guess the President forgot to tell him in which
      country he was supposed to be creating those jobs.
      If this doesn’t show you the total lack of leadership of this President, I
      don’t know what does. Please pass this information to others and think about
      it before you buy a GE product.

      Something to add to that, GE is also one of those unionized company’s that
      President Obama has exempted from his Healthcare bill!!!!

      Bottom line…………
      Don’t Buy Products from General Electric of China.

      http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article… [1]

      http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/… [2]

      • Here we go. I went ahead and processed this comment, but will advise on a few things;

        First, both links are not truly reflective of the article or comment contents. The Snopes link will take you to a section page, the Liberty News OnLine link will return a “404 Not Found” error.

        Second, the assertions made in your comment are not entirely accurate. According to an original Reuters article on the matter, aside from the top execs that will be opening the new office in Beijing, no jobs will be lost in this endeavour. (1) The entire headquarters is not moving. It will remain in Wisconsin.

        The products that we are talking about here are not end-consumer products, so this whole “General Electric of China” thing is a nonpoint. We’re talking about massive x-ray machines, ultrasound equipment…mostly Healthcare industry products that neither you nor I could hope to be able to afford in our lifetime(s)! Aside from that, where do you think a lot of the smaller components for these machines are being manufactured already?

        If the text is coming from Liberty News, which I suspect that it was, then it appears that this is just more “spin-doctoring” by the conservatives of an otherwise normal business decision by General Electric. smh.

  2. Yes, I know. There was also the infamous link between JFK and Marilyn Monroe. The big difference there (at least to me) is that we did not have enough of a JFK presidency to really judge the overall effect of the daliances, because they were overshadowed by his assassination in 1963. I’m afraid the jury’s still out on that one.

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