Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. He has not responded. I wonder if he has my address? Yes, that must be the problem.
Dear Mr. President,
It must be troubling to watch all the pressure on Herman Cain over these accusations from women who say he sexually harassed them. Not because you Democrats have any fondness for Republicans, or sympathy for his situation, but rather because up until this happened I could fairly hear you all dancing behind closed doors over even the distant hope that he might be the GOP nominee.
Don’t pretend it is not so.
This is one of those rules of politics. There is nothing that Republicans like better than a Democratic challenger who fits neatly into the “liberal” box, and conversely nothing that Democrats like more than a Republican foe who can be painted with a bright red “conservative” brush.
Cain seemed to be playing that part pretty well; his comments about the electric border fence, his 9-9-9 plan, and his smiling populism all ignited the right, and inflamed the left, and as for the middle? Well, more than one political analyst has suggested that he will have his hands full winning over the much-needed independents and moderates should he get the party’s nod.
Which means, of course, in that event, you might have a somewhat easier job scooping up those votes.
But, to be honest, I would not bet on any of this. Sure, maybe for a moment your side was thrilled at the possibility of Cain being the candidate; maybe now you are disappointed that he may see his hopes slip away; but all the maybes don’t mean much, do they?
He could yet emerge from this storm. He could yet be your challenger. And you could have a heck of a time beating him. The odds say all of that is quite unlikely. But then, as I’ve noted before, the odds said you would never win either…and here you are, in office, waiting to see who you will run against this time.
Anyway, I trust all is well. Busy as can be today, so I ought to sign off.
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Washington (CNN) – The identity of the first woman to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment became public Tuesday. After she was named by the IPad news source The Daily, National Public Radio spoke to her and she confirmed she is one of the accusers.
Her name is Karen Kraushaar, and she is a director of communications at a bureau within the Treasury Department.
She is one of two women who allege they were sexually harassed while they worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s during Cain's time at the head of the organization.
Kraushaar, who worked at the association from 1998 to 1999, is a long-time civil servant and has held several communication jobs within the federal government.
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This profile of Gloria Allred was written in October 2010 and updated November 7 to include her representation of Sharon Bialek.
Los Angeles (CNN) - Her clients include mistresses, starlets and allegedly wronged women from all walks of life. So, when Gloria Allred calls a news conference, media types know they're about to hear some dish.
So it was on Monday, when Allred stepped in front of the cameras at the Friar's Club in New York City and presented client Sharon Bialek.
Bialek, a former manager with the National Restaurant Association and a registered Republican, described in graphic detail how GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain sexually groped her in 1997 when she sought his help in finding a job.
Bialek, a single mother from Chicago, said she was coming forward to provide a public face to sexual harassment claims against Cain from three other women.
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