Ruth Dudley Edwards: Cain is well able to win the White House nomination
The Republicans may have found a candidate who can fend off racist slurs from Obama supporters, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Published 06/11/2011 | 05:00
Herman Cain -- currently seeking the Republican nomination -- is hot in Indiana, where I've just been. Hoosiers -- as they call themselves for disputed reasons -- see themselves as no-nonsense types who hate being talked down to.
They would love their popular governor, Mitch Daniels -- who manages to be intelligent and effective and yet stay a man of the people -- to run for the presidency, but his family have vetoed it. His wife of 15 years divorced him in 1993, married a doctor in California and remarried Daniels in 1997. She is, apparently, an intensely private person who fears she would suffer invasive scrutiny over this.
As if to prove her right, the liberal media are now gleefully talking up allegations that when Cain was CEO of the National Restaurant Association, two women who alleged he had sexually harassed them were given a financial settlement; a third claims he told her she was attractive and invited her to his apartment. The liberals Cain so excoriates are delighted: his supporters point out that sexual-harassment claims are an everyday feature of corporate life and that it's cheaper to pay off even vexatious claimants; others say, 'So what?'