I remember when the fatwa came out on Salman Rushdie and people ran out to buy his book because of it. I thought about it myself but then said: “Would I buy this book if there was not a threat, and if I buy it due to the threat am I not letting it move me?”
I kept my money in my pocket (full disclosure, I’m cheap!)
I remembered this when I saw this piece from Larry Klavan:
we’re the good guys. We have to do what’s right. The left doesn’t. Sorry, but that’s the way it works. It’s the price you pay for defending what’s true and good, the price of holding yourself to a high moral standard. Our politicians have to be better than their politicians. Our journalists have to be more honest. Even our protesters have to behave with decorum and decency—and still suffer being slandered—while theirs can act like animals and commit acts of violence and lawlessness and spew anti-Semitic filth and still find themselves excused and glorified.
Odd or no, fair or unfair it’s up to individuals to decide if you want to buy this. Undoubtedly some will believe her and some will not but what can’t do is sell our judgement to our instincts just because we don’t like the media.
So Instead I watched it to judge for myself.
After watching it I find her statement certainly possible, but then again I also find Herman Cain’s denial possible, but my gut says this is fishy because of the sequence:
1. We have the politico story, with totally unnamed accusations by unnamed accusers.
2. We have the press spend a week pushing said story without questioning the lack of said people and sources
3. We then have the press push for the NRA to drop confidentially
4. They do and the accuser takes a powder.
5. All during this time Cain not only maintains his lead but fundraises more in said week than he did in the previous month.
6. and THEN the other accuser pops up with a high-powered ambulance chasing Democratic partisan at her side.
So lets summarize. After a week of trying to destroy Cain without evidence fails suddenly different evidence comes forward, and doesn’t just come forward but with Gloria Allred and you expect me to buy this as sold?
If this woman had come forward when she claims she encountered Cain after the tea party event I might think differently but there is one other factor from her story that comes to mind.
Consider the story: This woman has just lost her job and has just had an encounter with Cain after losing her job, she doesn’t have a sexual harassment case, but if he laid hands on her, as she said, unless I’m very much mistaken that is not only actionable, but for a person who has just lost a job and needs a new one a potential source of revenue from a rather well off person in an organization who would have a lot to lose. Yet she did nothing.
I find that odd, don’t you?
Is there a chance she is being straight? Sure, but the lack of evidence and sequence of events suggests otherwise. So sans actual evidence I’m going to go with Cain on this
It’s unlikely the media will do the same, as the Anchoress points out:
My advice to Cain has not changed he has to tell the truth, but then again I think he already is.
Finally the November fundraiser is going on without a top page post, please consider kicking in.
Update: Legal Insurrection comments, key phrase:
Allred did not allow Bialek to answer any questions.
As she is not part of any suit I find that….interesting.
Update 2: Big Government for the prosecution:
Part of Ms. Bialek’s statement included the description of a personal encounter she claimed to have had Mr. Cain at WIND’s Teacon in October of 2011. She claims to have confronted Mr. Cain and that he became uncomfortable after he recognized her.
Big Government has spoken with a source who helped organize Teacon 2011 and who confirmed that Sharon Bialek attended, as did Mr. Cain (who was a featured speaker).
Our source also remembers Ms. Bialek personally, and therefore can confirm that the woman who attended was not a different woman with the same name.
That does not affirm or deny the substance of Ms. Bialek’s allegations, nor her account of her interaction with Mr. Cain at Teacon.
True but it confirms part of her story. That’s important.
Update 3: And for the Defense the Chicago Sun Times:
They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.
She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.
She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”
“I don’t know if what she was giving him was a sucker punch, but he didn’t put his arm down while she was talking to him,” said the Sneed source.
Not what you’d call a “confrontation” is it? And Dr. Helen answers Klavan
The point is, we must not let the left use our morality to hold us hostage. You may never catch the devil hanging on the cross, but your double standard will leave the right hanging in defeat, just like Uncle Phil, but without the safety net of his opponent dying. Life isn’t a nostalgic TV show or fiction book. The good guy doesn’t always win just because you want him to. And though you can feel noble about being the honorable one, honor is no substitute for the loss of freedom, increased government regulation, and economic woes that our country will suffer if the left wins on election day.
Hey maybe we should ask Bill Clinton, or not