All day today, conservative talk show hosts, from Rush to Hannity to Levin, have said that he’s the victim of the Left’s smear campaign. I started the day thinking that, too.
This weekend, Cain’s campaign said that there was nothing to it, that it was a “hi-tech lynching.” Mr. Cain started this morning by denying that he’d ever sexually harassed anyone in his life. This afternoon, he admitted to Greta that he was aware of the complaints but that he didn’t know what the settlement amounts were in dollar terms. He later said that it probably was in the range of 2 or 3 months pay.
Though I don’t know what happened back in the 1990′s, I find it difficult to believe that he sexually harassed women.
That said, Mr. Cain’s shifting answers are getting him in trouble. Mr. Cain can’t claim that he’s the victim if he’s getting himself in trouble.
What’s becoming clear is that Mr. Cain has an arrogant streak in him. When asked during a debate how he knew his 9-9-9 plan wouldn’t expand into 12-12-12, Mr. Cain simply said “Because I won’t let that happen.” When initially asked about this story, he was defiant, stubborn. It’s like his reply was ‘that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.’
Except he didn’t stick to it when questioned by Greta.
Mr. Cain can argue that he was the victim of an ambush by Politico. He can’t argue that he’s the victim of his own shifting statements. That’s his fault and his alone.