It's a good thing The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis has got his finger on the pulse of the American electorate... or then again maybe not -- Poll: Majority Of Americans Think Cain Harassment Allegations Are True.
Sadly the media continues to focus on
Sadly the media continues to focus on his harassment problems instead of some of the larger troubles with his campaign as Karoli wrote about here -- Herman Cain and Mark Block: The Blocktopus, or the fact that Cain looks like he's a whole lot more interested in selling his books than actually being taken seriously as being qualified to hold the office he's running for.
KURTZ: But I do get the sense, Matt Lewis, that journalists are backing off, not just because other stories have come to the fore, but because Cain blamed the media repeatedly and he stayed pretty high in the polls. You heard those boos at the debate.
What's your take?
LEWIS: Well, I think ultimately the problem for the media is that there is no stained blue dress. We do know that a decade ago, that these two, you know, accusations were made and that settlements were made. But that's all we know. We don't have any proof or evidence.
KURTZ: Wait, wait --
ASHBURN: Are you kidding me? I'm sorry. I mean, no proof or evidence? I mean, these women are coming forward. It's their word.
In all of these issues, it always becomes a he said/she said.
ASHBURN: So, basically right now what you're saying is you're taking the advantage -- you're taking the he said point of view.
LEWIS: No, I'm saying that if someone is accused, that they're innocent until proven guilty. And you're assuming that Cain is guilty. I'm assuming that I don't know he's guilty. I don't --
ASHBURN: I'm not assuming he's guilty. I'm just saying we need to take these women seriously.
LEWIS: I agree. I would agree with you on that. I don't know that we're in disagreement.
KURTZ: Just briefly, you seem to be setting a pretty high standard since often there is only circumstantial evidence in this case. I mean, there are four women and two legal settlements. That if there's no semen, it can't be proven?
LEWIS: What I'm saying, and this isn't my opinion of what ought to be. This is based on what will the public believe, and the court of public opinion. And I'm of the opinion that if there were no stained blue dress, Bill Clinton would not have been impeached.
Likewise, I think Herman Cain was definitely damaged by these accusations. But I don't know that they're deadly to his political future unless there is some sort of proof, because anybody can accuse -- you could be accused, I could be accused.
ASHBURN: Oh, my gosh. I can't believe I'm hearing this.
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