Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Architect Jumps the Shark

The 'Architect', Karl Rove, during an appearance earlier today on Fox News where he is a Political Analyst, was commenting about the latest accusation against GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment made by Sharon Bialek and her attorney Gloria Allred.  (I covered this accusation in a post with several updates yesterday.)

Earlier today, on Fox News, Karl Rove was discussing about the credibility of the accusers and the challenges that Herman Cain faces regarding these charges.  One of the main points to Mr. Rove towards providing credibility to the accusation made by Sharon Bialek was the credibility of Gloria Allred...

“Credibility matters here, and Gloria Allred — while she is a Democrat and a liberal Democrat and openly so — nonetheless, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases like Tiger Woods and others, where the charges have been borne out.

So this gives Ms. Bialek’s charges and accusations a little bit of credibility, and that’s what we’re talking about here — credibility.”

What?  Rove sounded a little hoarse, did he indulge in too much cold medication this morning?  Allred and credibility used in the same sentence?  The same smear merchant who practices and encourages the use of character assassination against those who she has political differences with...like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman, and now Herman Cain?  I seem to recall that quite a few people made very cogent cases calling Allred's credibility to question over her sleazy illegal immigrant smear attack on Meg Whitman during 2010's California Governor's race.  In fact, searching through the internet, here's a Hot Air video and post of Fox New's Greta van Susteren absolutely hammering Allred and her lack of credibility over the attack on Whitman.

The association that Bialek has with Allred is one of the worrisome points about her accusation against Herman Cain.  I still believe that the accusers have the burden of proof to present their case to address the presumption of innocence that Herman Cain should have - and that this burden needs to pass the test of reasonable doubt.  It is a concern that there are at least 4, and perhaps 5, accusers all from the mid to late 1990's presenting similar cases - but several of these still appear to have resulted in minor settlements to avoid litigation as opposed to having veracity and the gap of time from the accusations to the present offers a level of doubt that this may represent a character fault of Herman Cain.

If Bialek hired a different attorney, one without a history of what I consider questionable ethics, then I would think more about the accusation of crass behavior by Cain - behavior which was immediately followed up by respecting Bialek's request to stop and take her back to her hotel.  Do these also strike one as something that doesn't quite match?

Back to Rove - one has to wonder just how much his personal support for a candidate other than Herman Cain fit within his inane association of credibility to Allred.  Rove is one of the more vocal members of the 'Establishment GOP' which has strong challenges with the 'Tea Party Movement'.  The former cannot wait to coronate Mitt Romney as the GOP Presidential candidate to run against President Barak Obama while the latter considered Bachmann, then Perry, and now Cain as their preferred 'Anybody but Romney' candidate.

There is a reason why, after running pretty much nonstop since 2007 for President, Mitt Romney still struggles to get more than the mid-20% range for his support numbers.  This has to do with Romney's less than stellar conservative credentials or confidence that Romney is the candidate to embrace the values needed to reverse the course we are presently on. 

However, the Establishment GOP appears to see no challenge with the current direction and continues to fail to learn any lessons from 2006, 2008, or 2010.  That's why I'm getting far closer to saying that Rove and Allred have similar levels of credibility.

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