Hillary Clinton v. Herman Cain: Impropriety, scandal and teflon
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2015 – In October 2011, during a very heated GOP primary campaign, the Wall Street Journal and NBC announced the results of a recent showing pizza mogul (a very fun thing to say) Herman Cain leading the pack.
Many factors contributed to his success.
His “9-9-9” tax plan struck a chord with many Americans sick of paying a third of their paycheck to a corrupt and inefficient system. He was a very energetic speaker, he was charismatic and he was angry, all of which tend to draw support when combined with political savvy and a good image.
Then, as Herman Cain seemed he could do no wrong within the GOP, allegations began to surface of possible sexual misconduct and maybe even extramarital affairs with three women.
What did Herman Cain do in the face of allegations of impropriety? What did Herman Cain do when he knew that Americans would not have faith in him, would not believe in him?
He withdrew from the race.
Flash forward to the 2016 presidential race and hop over the aisle to the Democratic primary campaign.
Hillary Clinton is running for office. She has an enormous public following, the support of wealthy donors and a network of political connections around the world.
And she is doing a good job running so far, too.
According to a recent Reuters poll, Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over her the rest of the field. She is the biggest kid on the playground, and the others do not even come close. She rules the jungle gym of Washington politics with an iron fist, staring down all of those who dare to tread upon her coattails.
However, it may get stormy on the playground.
It has been reported by numerous news agencies that she indeed kept and passed along confidential state secrets on her personal server in violation of government protocol and the Federal Records Act. The Federal Records Act, for your information, requires that all work related email be kept for storage, which is probably why federal employees are mandated to use federally monitored email servers.
According to multiple reports Hillary Clinton allegedly kept State Department emails on a personal server, which may or may not have even been capable of keeping any information secure.
So, following the example set down by Herman Cain and so many other candidates who resigned in the face of even alleged scandal, we can probably expect Hillary Clinton to politely bow out of the race, while she deals with these ongoing legal issues.
Except none of it matters.
It does not matter to her poll numbers or supporters that it was alleged that gross incompetence or negligence led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi or that her foundation took bribes from foreign companies to buy her favor as Secretary of State or that she has a history of destroying documents linking her to possible wrongdoing.
Herman Cain, a conservative black businessman, bowed out of the race because of an alleged sex scandal that, according to many reports, has turned out to be fraught with false allegations.
Hillary Clinton, who has been linked to the sale of uranium rights to Russian businessmen, to the support of dictators and leaders with abysmal human rights records and to the violation of federal law, has not even once acknowledged the faintest possibility that these scandals would knock her out of the race, nor have her defenders in the media.
To her, these scandals and allegations are just the far-flung efforts of tea party political operatives trying to torpedo her campaign, and her supporters have upheld that image with a willful defiance.
The enormous disparity between the treatment of the American media of Herman Cain in 2011 and Hillary Clinton from 1996 to now is a glaring example of the media bias present in this country. When conservatives have allegations levied against them, the media runs 24/7 coverage of their alleged infractions, tries them in the court of public opinion and demands their resignation or exclusion.
However when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have allegations levied against them, the media circle the wagons, silence detractors and run 24/7 coverage of downed planes or try to tell the country that everyday household items are offensive.
Hillary Clinton plays by a different set of rules, a set of rules only she is allowed to play by. She did not come by this easily; she has worked tirelessly on her image as a champion of women, minorities and a great number of other causes. She has built a political empire through her Washington connections, and she has turned her fame into a business as she charges a quarter of a million dollars to speak for an hour.
She has made herself powerful since she left the White House, and it will take a lot of power to knock her out.
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