The PJ Tatler

Rush: Politico Story on Cain is an 'Unconscionable Racially Charged Attack'

Rush Limbaugh is holding nothing back in his assessment of the Politico’s story about Herman Cain.

The Politico and the mainstream media has launched an unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack on an independent, self-reliant conservative black because for him that behavior is not allowed. Now, if we had…

I want to look at a couple things today from a different perspective. What would the left be doing right now if, let’s say, there were an assault on Obama of this nature. Let’s say that some conservative publication ran a story exactly like this: Unnamed sources, 15 years ago, with every detail of Obama sexual harassment. What would the Democrat national committee and what would the media be doing? They would be going after the women. They would be targeting these women, and they would name names, and they would destroy them. That is what the Democrats and the media would do. They would set out to find out who these women are that talked to the conservative publication and they would destroy them.

They would call these women racists for trying to destroy a black politician. They would claim that they’re working for the Republican National Committee. They would claim that these two women (or these women, whoever), had been hired by the Republican National Committee to engage in this smear and lie campaign against Obama. They would go after these women. They would destroy them. They would make the women the bad guys. They would dig into every minor thing in these women’s lives that they have ever done. They would trash them, they would make them prove the unprovable — because this is war, and that’s how they fight it. Anything goes, as far as they’re concerned, and they cannot allow a black or an Hispanic to rise to the top of a political establishment that is not Democrat.

I don’t know that it’s a racially charged attack, but unless more damaging material comes out it does look like an unconscionable political hit job. Politico would have launched this against any Republican. If they had identical information about any of the other candidates, or indeed probably any Republican officeholder, they would have run with it. The MSM battered Mitt Romney about a dog in 2007, and Rick Perry about a rock this year  — and this is the same media that hasn’t looked into Obama’s past and actively covered up John Edwards’ love child. But Rush is entirely right that the Democrats would launch a scorched earth campaign against any accuser if a Democrat was the target. We’ve seen them do that many times in the past. Somebody like James Carville would be out talking about dragging dollars through trailer parks and Paul Begala would be out trying to convince the public that it’s all just about sex. That’s how they helped Bill Clinton escape the consequences of his clear misconduct not 15 years prior, but while he was actually in the presidency. The Democrats and their bloggers even trashed Joe the Plumber, when all he did was question Barack Obama about his economic plans.

Unless there’s another shoe to drop or Cain’s camp badly mishandles the next couple of days, Politico’s story probably ends up helping Herman Cain a little bit with the base. He appears to be yet another victim of a mainstream media hit, and the base loathes the MSM. Politico has tossed out the allegation, gotten Cain to respond and knocked his campaign off track, and now they will roll out anything they have that damages his response. If they don’t have anything, Cain will be fine.