I love Roxeanne’s post on the Herman Cain story, first there is the lawyerly perspective:

From a legal perspective, this is absurd. As Erick Erickson points out, sexual harassment cases against a wealthy, high-profile man do not settle for five figures unless the claim is total b.s., and it’s easier to settle than to pay six figures to lawyers to fight it.

And then there is there is this:

I hate sexual harassment. I hate the creeps who have tried to wield their power over me to get me in bed, then trashed my reputation when I did not comply. But to wilt over “non-suggestive” remarks and demand thousands of dollars in a payout? Please, sweetie, grow a set – and don’t reach for your smelling salts when you hear that.

It would also be nice if femisogynists could decide if we are “just like men” and that it’s only the sexist patriarchy that thinks that we have delicate sensibilities, or if we are hothouse orchids in need of protection and huge sums of money when someone says something nasty to us. As of now, the schizophrenia on the issue is ridiculous.

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I have been going back and forth between Herman Cain and Rick Santorum in my mind for the last few weeks. If there is anything that is likely to push me over the edge in Favor of Herman Cain it’s this.

The sources — which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

Because there is nothing more worthy of a five-figure payout than “physical gestures that are not overtly sexual but that made women uncomfortable.”

Mind you this is from the same MSM that still embraces Bill Clinton, longs for his presidency and literally drools whenever he enters the room.

Stacy McCain (A Cain Backer) doesn’t buy it, My friend Barbara Espinosa ( A Perry person) runs with it. Instapundit has some excellent snark:

Well, the press didn’t spend much time looking into the past of the last black guy who looked like he might be President, so they’re putting a lot more effort into it this time. . . .

but it’s Dave Weigel who points out an ugly truth:

If this is the Cain strategy, it’s lacking for two reasons. One: It’s one thing for a movement hero or SCOTUS nominee to get in trouble, because everyone stands to lose if he’s taken down. Quite the opposite is true if a presidential candidate is in trouble — countless people stand to gain from the coming dogpile. Two: This isn’t a one-day story. Politico protected the names of the sources while leaving a Hansel and Gretel trail for others to follow.

Here is what I think:

1. Herman Cain is no fool, if there was some “there” there he would know the MSM would give him the full Clarence Thomas. That would have to be part of his decision-making process when deciding to run.

2. I’m reminded of a friend who ran a French restaurant with a large staircase. People where constantly suing until he finally decided to drop his insurance and let everyone know that if you sue and win, you own a French restaurant. The suits stopped. Apparently the National Restaurant Association has decided against that strategy.

3. If it turns out another campaign was pushing this story I don’t think the tea party right will forget or forgive this. There is an obvious suspect but because there is such an obvious suspect it’s not impossible that a different campaign pushed it to take out both Cain and the obvious suspect.

4. The first instinct of the establishment GOP to either be silent or defend Cain with faint praise. If there was ever something that the GOP can do to lose the tea party and guarantee a 3rd party movement that would be it. I will be watching this VERY closely. Watch Sarah Palin here, if she defends Cain then heads will explode everywhere.

5. It will be very interesting to see how black liberals play this, particularly on TV. There is no indication of the race of the accusers. I predict the race of the women involved will make a lot of difference on how this is played both in the black media and with the black population.

6. Since the media has been spending the last few weeks scoffing and laughing at Herman Cain I suspect they will spend the next few weeks pushing this big time. Considering what the grass roots right thinks of the media and their memory of Clarence Thomas I suspect this will solidify rather than harm his polling.

It is 4:31 A.M EST as I type this (I crashed really early last night) I predict Morning Joe to go long with this, I expect condemnation from Mika and the round table. I further predict they will totally missing the irony of their previous adulation of Bill Clinton and their reaction to this story.

If nothing else the press club appearance will not be dull.

The reactions around the sphere generally seem to depend on where you are on the tea party or on Cain.

I suspect Rush will say: “Liberals will always tell you who they fear.”

My advice on the matter, I’m with Grover Cleveland: “Tell the Truth.”

Update: I’m already seeing “Is Cain a pervert” spam on my YouTube videos.

Update 2: Irony overload on Morning Joe: Herman Cain not answering Politio’s question: Damning. Meanwhile Willie Geist asks Politico exactly what Herman Cain is accused of doing Politico answer: “We’re not going to get into the details of what happened.” Say WHAT?

Update3: My friend Lisa Graas completely misreads me

The suggestion seems to be that Rick Santorum is somehow responsible for these charges coming to light. Why else would he indicate a move away from Rick Santorum? He’s very strongly implying here that Rick Santorum is responsible.

First of all the temptation to go to Cain over this is not a reflection on Santorum who I like very much as a Candidate, (I must if he keeps flipping between my 1st or 2nd choice) but to spite a media that is going all in on this.

Second of all Rick Santorum would not in fact be the “obvious suspect” on this, both in terms of the tactic and in the ability to spread it. He doesn’t have the reach, the opposition research or the money to do this even if he had the inclination, which I don’t think he has.

I wonder who would?

Update 4: Roger Simon notes the media double standard and has the line of the day:

But never fear, when it comes to a black conservative, Politico is on the case. Never mind that what really happened is of course just as unknown to them as it is to us. That’s not the point. A man like Cain cannot be allowed in the White House. Why… why…. he might just…. harass an intern!


Update 5:

Hey you can trust us at Politico, we answer questions directly.

If you want to know what the story is here, this video is the story. Politico thinks they are Errol Flynn’s lawyer. UPDATE As Ed Morrissey put it: Frankly, that’s not going to cut it.

Red State also raises a great point:

Now Cain has this story drop at 8 PM on a Sunday night—whole cloth, with no evidence of investigation beyond calling the people named in the documents—a mere 12 hours before he’s supposed to have a full day of media availability in Washington, DC at the American Enterprise Institute and the National Press Club. I feel like I’ve seen this movie.

I think he is right, the press and Cain’s foes are now taking him seriously.

Update 6: Stacy is at the press club but Glenn Reynolds asks the single most relevant question of the day.

Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it?

Maybe John Edwards can answer that question.

Went to pick up the wife from work I had the final confirmation it’s a backwards world.

A good chuck of Fitchburg has power many of the street lights that were not functioning this morning are working now. Markets are open and the roads are in pretty good shape from the melting (did I mention the mayor is in a tough re-election fight and the election is in 9 days?). Since Tuesdays was already a “professional development day” the City decided not to take chances by calling off school around 5:12 p.m. this evening.

In Leominster it’s another story. Although the schools are also closed for tomorrow the similarities end. I went to drive my son to work at Marshalls around noon and there was almost n power anywhere, a gas station on the Fitchburg side of the line was swamped by cars in Leominster as is every Dunkin Donuts in sight. When I went to pick up my wife around 4 it was the same, no power and the nursing home still on generator.

Both cities have considerable tree damage, Warren is broken in three spots and the tree in the back yard is broken in 4. All around the roads there are branches everywhere but the one thing you ever when you drive though Fitchburg is lots of power, (we lost ours for about 2 hours) but haven’t seen any in the three sections of Leominster that I’ve been to although I called a friend in the southern part of town, he had power but his brother who lives down the street is out.

Tonight will be dropping below zero so tomorrow’s commute will be slippery and dangerous.

Why do I call it “backwards”? Because it’s usually Fitchburg that has the problems and Leominster that is doing OK. I don’t wish anything bad on Leominster (except on the football field) but it’s a nice change.

I suspect it will be several days at least before things get back to normal.

If you want to know what this blog is all about, Stacy McCain explains it to a T:

I’ve been there on that 0 when I’ve done something I’ve been proud of. Like a closer you just dust yourself off and carry on.

This was at the Maryland Conservative Action Network Turning the Tides conference that one of our guests from yesterday, Jimmie Bise was on his way to before he came on the air. That’s him sitting to Stacy’s right.

One of the side effects of being married to a nurse is that storm or no storm she is expected at work for 6:45.

Got up at 5 and decided that the best move would be to go out the front door, shovel to the street and use the street to access the driveway and dig out the cars from there (My property is in an L shape surrounding the house at the corner.

A good early morning's work

The first thing I noticed was my sign for Rosemary Reynolds was gone, buried or blown away who knows?

Political sign? What sign?

The sun was down and I couldn’t see much but by 6 a.m. the driveway was dug out so me and my neighbor could get out if needed. I drove to the front and picked up the wife and headed off.

My front tree

As soon as I left our neighborhood (and passed the 5th street diner still open as always during storms) we realized how lucky we were.

Same tree from street

Our neighborhood seems to be the only place in sight with power. It was pitch black. At the corner of John Fitch Highway and Summer street there was a large collection of trucks and plows congregated at the parking lot where Dutch Kitchen is located. During the drive to Keystone nursing center we observed trees bent and broken. it was reminiscent of the Ice storm 3 years ago as branches littered the side of all the roads.

a tree bends in Leominster

The wife’s nursing home was on generator and I was unable to enter the driveway, I dropped her off and took these pictures of the trip home, it was both beautiful and not a pretty sight.

Branches on the side of the road just like the ice storm

I tried to take some running video but there just wasn’t much light, here is what I managed

At the nursing home

On the Road

I set my camera on automatic double shot, opened my drivers window and let the camera take shots as there was no safe place to stop.

The snow is a griping snow

Although the roads were fairly empty driving still involved dodging branches in the road and it was time to put the camera away.

By the time I got back to the intersection at John Fitch all the collected trucks and plows were gone as I got to the 5th street diner I stopped in to check on Tina and Ed

Neither rain nor wind nor 14 inches of snow...

Their home in Lunenburg was without power and the drive in involved dodging wires. I talked to a city worker who had been out since 3:30 p.m. yesterday who stopped in for breakfast before going out again.

The biggest problem he said was the wires, they were not allowed to touch trees in contact with wires that had to wait for Unitel. The second problem was the surprising number of people on the road. He suspected he would easily be flat out for the rest of the day. With the number of downed wires and trees Unitel and the city has their work cut out for them.

A downed wire on Mavrick street

As the sun rose it was clear things were worse than I had first thought, a tree in my back yard had snapped and the back yard was both impassable and unsafe

snap goes the tree

View from the driveway

My backyard

From the back door

back yard from back deck

And the tree in the front that my wife named Warren (don’t ask me why) wasn’t doing so good either

Warron on the ground

I suspect the only reason it didn’t snap is my son and I shook some of the snow off last night

Either way as I still have power, the roads are possible and any damage is minimal I got off very light compared to almost everyone else.

There is also an interesting political angle, in 8 days there is an election for mayor, the challenger City Counselor Joe Solomito had been safely ahead but Mayor Lisa Wong on the basis of a strong performance in the final debate had closed the gap considerably. This storm and how it is handled, fairly or unfairly, could be the make or break point in the election. As Tip O’Neill always said, all politics is local, and that’s particularity if you are without power or with downed wires and trees blocking your way.

Update: Instalanche. Hope the increased traffic doesn’t tip it over the edge. Remember it hit 80 here just 3 weeks ago.

…or at least that is my assumption since there is so much snow on the ground:

It's a wet snow that sticks fast

The Bridge got covered pretty fast

5th street bridge Fitchburg

Vote for who for city council?

My wife’s decorative grass has done poorly

Please don't snow on the grass

As have my grape vines

No guard snake in sight

and here is my quick video of the area:

If there was ever a good time for Mitt to shift on Global Warming, this is it.

Update: Driving really bad, at Mass St. Anthony church lost power just before the 1st reading, finished the mass by candlelight, trees bending and plows out in force, several signs of sirens and ambulances all over. Don’t travel unless you absolutely have to.

Update: Instalanche and a post storm update in the AM

Comes from this youtube video via cnbc

Now this is clever and doesn’t present a health hazard, a smart protest. I don’t mind it one bit.

Of course the bank will pass on the costs this protest creates to their customers making higher prices for consumers and lower interest rates to customers and the whole “join a union” message is should actually say “send your job to india” because if the clerk who reads it followed that advice, that will be the result but of course if the occupy wall street useful idiots understood economics they would not be doing it.

And although it doesn’t solve any of the problems the occupy protesters are protesting about it does solve the public hygiene problem….

and the phony tent problem

and the internal violence problem

and the pimping teens problem

and the embezzling problem

and finally the public masturbation problem.

Now the Anchoress has a better solution but this is an acceptable 2nd best.

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I was going to do a post on these developments but Ace of Spades just pardon the pun ACED it.

Making this all the more interesting is the fact that the “In-Group” here — the OWS protesters — are largely white, while the Out-Group they seek to exclude are largely not.

At this pace, in a week they’ll have full-on Jim Crow Laws, and then begin making arguments that “these rules help both Those People and us too, because different socio-ethnic groups really shouldn’t mingle. That would produce a mongrelized, debased movement, after all.”

Speaking of Jim Crow it looks like selective law enforcement in the south is making a comeback:

Authorities began moving in a little after 3 a.m. using a newly enacted state policy that set a curfew for the grounds near the state Capitol, including Legislative Plaza where the protesters had been staying in tents. The state’s new rules specifically banned “overnight occupancy” at the public space and require permits and use fees for rallies.

But later in the morning, Jeff Blum of the Davidson County Sheriff‘s Office said the protesters were being released after a night court judge wouldn’t sign the warrants. He didn‘t elaborate on the judge’s refusal.

But Morning Joe insisted they were peaceful today!

via Stacy McCain who opines:

And death threats! Nothing says “peaceful civil disobedience” quite like a bunch of hippies threatening to kill each other over a PayPal account.

Paging Admiral Akbar

Update: Verum Serum about that Marine hero….