Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door. (Herman Cain attorney Lin Wood/Fox News)
CHICAGO, November 29, 2011- Oh c’mon! Not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public?
What planet is Mr. Wood living on? Herman Cain is running for the highest office in the land. The leader of the free world and the most powerful country in the world. Character counts. Whether Herman Cain cheats on his wife or beats his wife, we have a right to know. The media has a right to inquire and report.
Remember a guy by the name of Eliot Spitzer, who was participating in alleged consensual conduct with hookers? With his socks on? Did we really have a right to to know he wore his socks? Was that appropriate? Where were the boundaries or borders?
There are no boundaries or borders. There are no closed doors. There is no privacy. Not if you are running for high public office and challenging a president who not only locked all his doors, but hid them very well. The media dropped the ball on then candidate Obama. Some say it was done purposely.
We have a right to know if Herman Cain, or any other married candidate, prances about in women’s underwear, visits S&M dungeons, has a predilection for barn yard animals, is a cougar chasing young beefcake, or any other sexual practices outside the bounds of their marriage.
Character counts. People with character do not commit adultery for thirteen years. They get divorced.
We already elected a cypher as a president. A man the media refused to vet and ask hard questions of. After three years, we still do not know too much about President Obama, other than he was born, he went to school, passed the bar, and did community organizing- whatever that is. Oh, and he was elected in “gimme” elections thanks to the good graces of the Chicago Democratic Machine, a culture and cornucopia of crime and corruption. Everything else is a blank. Thanks to the media.
We knew nothing about the president’s character, honesty, or integrity. From the various scandals that keep cropping up, those traits are continually in question.
It took a barely known Matt Drudge to bring almost bring down Bill Clinton. It took the National Enquirer, what the media considers a gossip rag, to bring down one of the media golden boys, John Edwards. Andrew Breitbart brought down Anthony Weiner, another politician with great promise. All while the media yawned and looked the other way.
Once you declare yourself a very important public figure you open yourself up to questions about everything. If you are running for public office and the skeletons start falling out of your closet, we have a right to know about them.
We may live in a tolerant or even libertine society, but, we do expect our married future public officials to behave themselves and we do have a right to know if they are not. If it is OK to keep bringing up the refuted Gingrich divorce papers story, while his wife was suffering from cancer, it is perfectly OK to question whether the married Herman Cain was getting some long term nookie on the side.
It is also perfectly OK for us to decide if it is important or not. It is not up to Mr. Wood or anyone else. It is up to us.
Herman Cain is not a sports idol, movie star, or some celebrity who is famous just because. We expect bad behavior and low character from them. We do not expect it from people running for President. Herman Cain is now a politician, whether he likes it or not, appreciates it or not, or wants to be called one or not. Something Mr. Wood does not seem to appreciate.
Everyone who is trying to topple the media rock star, i.e., President Obama, does so with target on their back. And they better be purer than Ivory Soap©. Or they will get destroyed. That’s the way it is. We deserve people with good moral character to run the nation.
But first we also deserve to know whether they have character at all.
The next person we elect should have an invasive vetting. There are no borders or boundaries. We have a right to know all about Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, or Newt Gingrich. Or any other person running for high public office.
As Mr. Cain’s attorney, Mr. Wood should learn one important lesson. There are no secrets. There is only the media which chooses to do its job or not. When they do it, they do it very well. When they blow it we suffer the consequences.
President Barack Obama is a perfect example of the latter.
Character counts. Character counts. Character counts. That cannot be repeated enough. It appears Mr. Cain has none or his spokespeople are making it appear that way. A man running for President of the United States should be questioned about accusations regarding his sex life outside of marriage.
Herman Cain is not single. He is not divorced. The only time that bedroom door should be shut is when it deals with his relations with his spouse.
There is no fair in politics. There is no justice. This story is not rumor or innuendo. The accusation is out there. Brought by the woman herself. It is up to Mr. Cain to disprove the story or admit he is a man who has flaws. If his wife can’t trust him, why should we?
There are reasons some public relations people are called spokesweasels. Mr. Wood just gave us all the reasons in the world to refer to them as such.
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