As can clearly be seen in many previous posts here, a sane person would have great difficulty holding the views promoted by the far right. Their positions are based upon multiple falsehoods regarding current events, government policy, history, economics, science, and the beliefs of others. As a consequence, the far right is having a very hard time finding a candidate to take on Mitt Romney. At some point Mitt Romney has claimed to hold the views of pretty much everyone, and although he has moved much further right than would be consistent with many of the views he held in the past, not even conservatives are dumb enough to believe his act. Despite this, Romney had quite a good weekend as two of his major rivals for the Republican nomination, Herman Cain and Rick Perry, self-destructed.
It was bad enough for Herman Cain when Politico broke a story of sexual misconduct last night. Things got even worse this morning when the news story became the inconsistencies in his story as Cain “remembered” new things about the allegations. From The Note:
Facing a controversy that has the potential to either topple his presidential hopes or simply embolden his supporters, Herman Cain has spent the past 24 hours offering a meandering series of recollections about sexual harassment allegations leveled against him more than a decade ago.
His lack of clarity threatened to further complicate an already dicey situation for his campaign that began late Sunday night when Politico surfaced accusations of harassment against Cain during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association.
“In all of my over 40 years of business experience, running businesses and corporations, I have never sexually harassed anyone,” Cain said in an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, adding that the entire episode amounted to a “witch hunt.”
But that’s where his consistency ended.
“I am unaware of any sort of settlement,” Cain said, referring to reported payouts to two women who worked with him in the 1990′s. “I hope it wasn’t for money because I didn’t do anything.” http://abcn.ws/uBYU2m
But in a series of television interviews later in the day, Cain’s hazy memory of the events appeared to clear up.
It continues to get worse for Cain. The Washington Post quotes one of the accusers of saying she would like to tell her side but is blocked by the confidentiality agreement.
Meanwhile Rick Perry, whose public appearances in debates have already done serious harm to his campaign, might have destroyed his career in politics with a speech in which he appears to be drunk or high. The full video follows:
Here are some excerpts:
Jon Stewart provides further coverage of the Republican race:
As Jon Stewart said, “Best case scenario, that dude’s hammered. Worst case scenario, that is Perry sober and every time we’ve seen him previously, he’s been hammered.”