American Elephants


The Cain Conundrum. by The Elephant's Child
November 1, 2011, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: , ,

The airwaves have been full of little but the Herman Cain story, or non story. I hate the pile on quality of talk radio. It is unintended, but each host feels obliged to discuss what seems to be the big story of the day. But listeners may listen to several programs, as well as the news, and for the listener it becomes  — way too much.

In the early 1990s, there was some conventional wisdom that suggested that women had to watch out in the office because men were apt to be hitting on them. And if that happened to you, you should not stand for it.  Sexual harassment was a common factor in American business and it was designed to drive smart ambitious women out of the workplace, or something like that. At any rate, young women were very prickly about what was said to them, or if they were touched, or God forbid, hit upon.

I always thought it was nonsense, largely because I was confident in my own ability to turn aside any unwanted approach. There’s a moment when a married man is making up his mind to see if you are open to suggestion. Think of it as the moment when the bull just begins to paw the ground, before he even starts to snort. Any woman who pays attention recognizes that moment. You smile sweetly and say “Tell me about your children.” That ends the snorting or pawing gracefully, no one has to be embarrassed, and the poor dumb guy learns a lesson.

Still, the 90s were a time when men had to relearn normal behavior. You couldn’t touch someone on the arm to get their attention. You couldn’t tell a woman that she really looked nice today.  You couldn’t touch a woman on  the back to say you go first. There was a regular epidemic in my office of guys getting called down to HR because they made someone “uncomfortable.” Most companies began to give classes for their employees in how to avoid charges of sexual harassment.

So my inclination is to assume the Politico story is simply a typical Liberal hit piece.  I don’t know all that much about Herman Cain as yet, but he seems to be an impressive and accomplished gentleman, and a very likeable person as well.

The current debate system is not a satisfactory way to get to know the candidates.  We get daily reports on the polls, and the media focuses on the gaffes of the previous day. Stepping from whatever position the candidate held before he or she became a candidate — to becoming the victim of the massed attack of the American media is not something that candidates are really prepared for. In spite of the results of the polls, we are also told that 80 – 85 percent of the public is not paying attention and isn’t watching the debates.  So the polls are meaningless, and probably have more to do with name recognition than knowledge.

The question becomes — how do we devise a process wherein we can get to know candidates and what they stand for, without inviting the liberal media to host the process? That should be a non starter. Let’s not pretend that lefty journalists will ask questions devised to inform. They want gaffes and fights, and want to encourage candidates to attack each other. Why would anyone think that a good way to learn about candidates?


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