I’ve been trying not to bang my head against the computer over the latest in the ‘Herman Cain Tries to Go to Washington’ saga. My already-brewing migraine has to do with the revelations of his supposed thirteen-year affair, but not for the reasons you might think.
I’m not holding a possible affair against Herman Cain; I’m holding it against the American voters. Here’s why:
1. Reports that sexual harassment claims made by female subordinates while he was employed by the National Restaurant Association were settled out of court didn’t tank his candidacy.
2. Reports of alleged sexual assault made by a woman seeking career advice didn’t make supporters rethink and, in fact, boosted his campaign fundraising.
3. Requests he apparently made of colleagues to help set him up with women he wanted to ask out, as “creepy” as they were, didn’t send supporters packing.
Before I get dizzy with all this head-shaking going on at my desk, I’m’ not going to ask what’s wrong with Cain, because I don’t really care unless he is the one sitting in the Oval Office. The bigger question for me is this:
What is wrong with us?
We, the American voters, apparently have a sex problem. Cain’s supporters didn’t have an issue with Cain being a potential law breaker with the allegations of workplace harassment, and there was little push-back after another made claims of sexual assault, which was still a crime last time I checked.
But apparently reports of Cain’s sex life may be his undoing. Of course, if that’s the case, it could be good news for the Democrats, because that would knock Newt Gingrich out of the Republican pack!
We are truly a county with some serious sexual hang-ups, as well as a disconnect regarding what actions should be disqualifiers for high office. Abuse of power as in workplace sexual harassment deserves a serious look. Consensual sex? Well, I’m not a fan of extramarital affairs, but as between the two, isn’t it worse to be a lawbreaker than a philanderer?
Our country needs some serious head-shrinking when it comes to sex and politics. I think it might be time for a nationwide intervention with Dr. Ruth or maybe the Mominatrix to set voters on the right path for 2012.