Herman Cain, an unlikely Republican champion, is facing a slew of sexual harassment charges recently, the newest of which by a woman he claims he has never met. Her name is Sharon Bialeck, and her story was recently backed up by pediatrician and ex-boyfriend, Victor Zuckerman. The ex-boyfriend slammed Cain saying that he and Bialeck had been to many events and official dinners together.
When asked why she did not come forward earlier Bialeck said that she was “like many women in the workplace, [she] quietly endured what she felt was sexual assault.” However, popular political commentator Ann Coulter called the chain of charges “another high-tech lynching.”
For Cain, the most important question might be, will this end his political career or alter his chances in the upcoming primary elections? The answer: Probably not.
Sex scandals are as much an American tradition as are cherry pie and baseball. Even as early as 1884, a group known as the radical republicans launched a campaign against Andrew Jackson calling him an adulterer. There was widespread knowledge of Kennedy’s indiscretions. Even as late as 1992, Bill Clinton was accused of having an affair with a woman named Gennifer Flowers (everyone knows he was much too much of a gentleman for that), and he still went on to be a well-liked President.
Cain will likely survive the avalanche of sexual harassment accusations and end up being judged on his political outlook. Though, he probably said it best when he said, “I will take your arrows.” He just may have to.