Now that a woman has come out and said she and Cain had a 13-year affair, Cain is considering whether to continue his bid for presidency. Speculation is being passed around in the media like a joint. Is it true? Are any of the allegations true? What will he do? How will that impact the Republican race overall?
Reading about this, I ran across an ugly little piece of opinion in The Washington Post:
“What if it is true?” said Niger Innis, a civil rights activist who said he has advised Cain’s campaign, speaking of the alleged affair. “This isn’t sexual harassment. If Herman Cain needs to apologize to anybody, it’s his wife — not anybody else.”
So. As long as the other woman consented, it doesn't matter at all if Herman Cain strayed beyond the bounds of his marriage. As long as his sexual advances weren't rebuffed, it doesn't matter at all if Cain systematically deceived his wife, the person he is supposed to be closest to in the world, for over a decade. Niger Innis, I don't know if it's possible to say anything more stupid.
The brand of selfish dishonesty it takes to have a long-term affair is definitely not a characteristic that someone in any leadership position should have. Especially someone that wants to run our country. How could you trust anything he ever said if he was capable of lying day in and day out to his entire family? How could you think that he would act with integrity and selflessness as a leader when he's proven that his own jollies are more important to him than basic values or respect for his loved ones?
I just find it disgusting that someone could so casually brush off the potential of Cain being a liar and an oath-breaker because he has "good ideas." Good ideas don't mean a whole lot if you don't have the strength of character to implement them. But I guess we have good ole Bill Clinton to thank for establishing the precedent that even if a man is a total rat to his wife, he's still "capable" of being a "good" president.