HERMAN CAIN & THE PUBLIC.
Must it be lenient?
There seems to be nothing much to say about Herman Cain, since his own friends have taken on the responsibility to advise him on the sexual harassment charges facing him.
Not mincing their words, they want him to come clean, and let the chips fall where they may.
Bill Bennett, author and former secretary of education, is urging Cain to give a full press conference, "dedicated exclusively to this issue and these allegations." and to put them behind him.
Newt Gingrich, fellow contestant in the Republican Party nomination race for the party's choice to face President Barack Obama in the 2012 general election, is quoted as saying,
"I think at some point in the near future that Herman and his campaign have to lay all this out and put it to rest."
Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, has a similar advise for Cain, urging him, "to get ahead of the sex harassment scandal in the wake of a woman coming forward at a press conference." to reveal the truth of the matter. A sensible piece of advisement from one friend to another.
It was obvious that Cain has become a distraction to the Republican Party, whose main agenda was to put up a good fight against a formidable foe as Obama.
The party needed all the concentration it could muster for that purpose; and now this. It was a hindrance that their party could not afford.
Cain himself has been stoic about those charges, and calling them falsehoods; with a fresh and new accusation coming from a fourth woman, by the name of Sharon Bialek, who met with news reporters on national television and told her story in graphic detail.
Instead of him taking the issue in a different direction and making it easy on himself, he has chosen to face it (issue) "head on," and make what he has described as a firestorm to Jimmy Kimmel, of ABC TV, to become an inferno.
He could use the press conference in Arizona to apologize to those women, and to say that he regretted offending them in such an awful fashion (separately, of course); and they should let bygones be bygones; for all of them to move on together to a brighter future.
Would that work? Nobody knew; but he could give that a try. His stubborn nature was beyond belief, if he would continue to deny the sexual harassment charges from all four women; and there might be some more; who knew?
Some of them would rather bear their pain and anguish, due to the backlash that might result from them coming forward. They could all wish that his political ambitions would go to ....; and who could blame them.
The best he could do for the general public would be for him to set all pride aside and rendered an apology to the women. It would not solve the problem, but it would be better than nothing.
It (public) would be lenient with its reaction, when judgment day should come upon him.