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Razing Cain?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Nov 30, 2011

The misbehaviors of politicians are the most predictable entertainments since the invention of comedy. Although the venal instincts of our would-be ruling class run a broad gamut, their hardy perennial is the sexual peccadillo. That may not be surprising in a field of endeavor that self-selects for ego-centrics, enamored of attention and control. No less an authority than the homely bon vivant Henry Kissinger once remarked that power is a potent aphrodisiac.

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Posted by Westerner
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

You conveniently left out the credibility of Cain's accuser. Web Link

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I believe your concluding noun should be plural. And this is from the article you linked:

"Ms. White spoke slowly and in a monotone in response to Mr. Stephanopoulos's questions. She seemed calm, if somewhat reserved. But more than her demeanor, it’s her phone records that appear to be the most important evidence of an affair that she has produced so far.

And on Wednesday morning she produced more records. She gave ABC phone bills showing contact with Cain’s private cellphone number into the fall – all the way up to mid-November.

“November 8, 13, 14 – he’s texting you all month long,” said Stephanopoulos. He sounded astonished.

“That’s correct. Our communication was up until just last week,” said White.

Wow. If this is true, Cain was in contact with a mistress during the very period when he was beset by revelations that he had been hit with sexual harassment complaints in the past. Was he trying to get White to stay quiet?

“No,” said White. “Never in a million years did he think I would speak out.”"

It seems to me that with every new revelation, and accuser, the probability that EVerybody is doing him wrong diminishes significantly. I guess we'll see, soon enough.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Although many politicians have been caught having extra-maritial affairs, I believe the only politician who had an affair AND committed perjury under oath when denying the affair, was Bill Clinton. Having no respect for marriage vows AND having no respect for the rule of law and lying under oath about it, showed his absolute lack of character. Those who try to glorify Bill Clinton's presidency have a very short memory of his disgraceful conduct in committing adultery, AND perjury when lying about it under oath.

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Posted by [removed]
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Dear Tom and Editor,

Your column above sparked a unique discussion among news service researchers concerning the public's right to know versus what makes good copy. It seems most researchers did not see a relationship between personal and public lives of politicians being any more important than the personal lives of major executives. Since such extra-marital activities do not impact review of executive job performance, researchers believe such activities have no need for public exposure unless they occurred during the execution of the individual's job. After all the coverage and public entertainment, such activities are only the concern of families of the participants and their lawyers.

What is understood by news researchers is such stories sell newspapers, websites and broadcasts, but it remains a concern, "Is it journalism?"

**News service conference board courtesy**

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Posted by Olden Golden Days
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I believe 100 yrs ags a President's mistress birthed a baby during his campaign. Pres John F Kennedy had steady stream of serial affairs long and short, in the White House. FDR had a permanent
affair in the White House, with the UNacknowledged knowledge of wife and first lady, Eleanor.
Now in addition to Cain, we have twice divorced Newt, who now goes overboard with his newly found catholism. The most electable and truly, purely CLEAN from acandals and affairs, is Mitt Romney....but apparently, hypocritical, very UNchristianlike religious biggots don't really want a competent, clean, once married, non-lobbyist, Washington outsider, and electable nominee... who can also beat Obama.

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Posted by Dave Ender
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Yup, excellent Tom, all of that and also perhaps the Erasing of Cain. His defense strategy is specious as you point out. Herman makes his personal business public when he campaigns for public office as a public servant. A concept that seems to be lost on most of this GOP field. Then one other addition to your three strike call. His wilfulness in defending what is unethical makes him prone to associate with those who are unethical, i.e., to make bad choices in his associations. That's a fatal flaw for anyone in public office.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Dec 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

Ain't Misbehavin'....

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Didn’t Thomas Jefferson fool around? Seems like he was a fairly decent statesman. Benjamin Franklin too.