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AP Parrots Dem Flack Talking Points On Cain

From the Democrats’ lickspittle minions at the Associated Press:

Cain’s line in the sand: Denials invite scrutiny

By NANCY BENAC – Associated Press
November 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Herman Cain drew a line in the sand, and now he has to hope it sets like concrete.

Cain, a surprise leader in recent Republican presidential polls, has responded to allegations of sexual harassment with a series of definitive statements that invite closer scrutiny of his past conduct.

During 40 years in the business world, Cain says, he’s never sexually harassed anyone. He ticks off a long list of employers — Burger King, Coca-Cola, Godfather’s Pizza and more — and says he was "never, never" accused of impropriety. "There’s nothing else there to dig up," he says.

The AP is hereby begging others to come forward with allegations. (True or not. It doesn’t matter for their purposes.)

It may well be that Cain has nothing to hide. But any number of politicians past were derailed after issuing a public invitation to check out their conduct, none more famously than Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart in 1987.

The Colorado senator challenged reporters to "follow me around" after questions arose about whether he’d been stepping out on his wife.

"I’m serious," he said. "If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’d be very bored." They weren’t.

Reporters caught model Donna Rice entering Hart’s townhouse while his wife was away. And a photo surfaced of Rice sitting on Hart’s lap near a yacht called the "Monkey Business." Hart was soon out of the presidential race.

Two decades later, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told people they were welcome to tape his public and private phone calls. "Whatever I say is always lawful," he insisted.

A day later, he was arrested on corruption charges — built in part on what prosecutors had heard when they bugged his phones. Now Blagojevich is awaiting sentencing on federal corruption convictions.

Hart and Blagojevich already were in peril when they publicly invited extra scrutiny, but their bravado ultimately only sharpened their comeuppance.

What a subtle way of accusing Cain of lying and being guilty of the same kind of hubris as Hartpence and Blagojevich, who are both Democrats. You can just see the AP rubbing their hands in anticipation.

But why not cite Bill Clinton as an example of taunting the press. After all, he stated quite definitively that, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"?

With Cain’s firm declarations about his past conduct, "he’s rolling out the ‘Monkey Business’ talking points," says Democratic strategist Chris Lehane. "You’re effectively drawing a line in the sand and doing exactly what Gary Hart did, which is challenging people to go back in your life and turn over every rock to see if there are other incidents."

Notice that this Associated Press ‘news article’ is really just a reformulation of comments from a Democrat strategist. And now we know why there was no mention of Bill Clinton. Chris Lehane is a Clinton flunky from way back.

That’s fine if Cain’s past is unblemished. But it raises the stakes for the businessman-candidate and could serve to inflate the importance of even marginal information, Lehane says.

Any new allegations may seem to be "much bigger than they in fact warrant, because you have made it a much bigger deal, and you have issued this challenge," he says

Because otherwise the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party would have left "marginal information" alone. Still, isn’t it nice to see a supposed news organization taking dictation from a political hack and reporting it as news.

Cain’s campaign manager has insisted the story is over. Done.

That looks to be wishful thinking.

"That’s like the pitcher being able to call his own balls and strikes," says Lehane. "That’s not how it works in baseball, and that’s not how it works in politics."

Who is really engaging in wishful thinking here? It sure sounds like Mr. Lehane and his stenographers at the AP.

For the record, Chris Lehane was a lawyer in the Clinton White House Counsel’s Office. He was responsible for managing the various scandals throughout the 1990s, such as Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair.

In 1995, Lehane authored a 332 page ‘report’ on the media "conspiracy" against the Clintons. Lehane’s report originated the phrase "a vast right wing conspiracy" that is now attributed to Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, no less an authority than the New York Times has called Chris Lehane the "Master of the Political Dark Arts," for his notorious ‘opposition research’ work on behalf of his Democrat and union bosses. Lehane also flacked for Michael Moore’s’ Fahrenheit 911 and Sicko.

So it is no wonder the AP turned to him here.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP Parrots Dem Flack Talking Points On Cain”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Joy Behar: “Mr. Cain, uh, may I call you Herman?” (looks at audience with a smirk)

    Cain: “Of course.”

    Behar: “Mr. Cain is it true that black men are genetically predisposed to treat white women as sex objects and would you, as President …”

    Audience member smacks Behar with a Clue Bat™

    Break for commercial

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