Cain’s accusers: the axis of Axelrod?

November 11, 2011

Writing in Human Events, Ann Coulter (1) has noticed something interesting: Of all the various jobs Herman Cain has held, he’s only been accused of being a sexual predator at one, the National Restaurant Association. He’s also never lived in Chicago, but that’s where all the allegations stem from. And the head of the Illinois Restaurant Association, who’ suspected of being the source of the leak of Cain’s files,  is the former chief of staff to former Mayor Daley, an Obama ally. As Allahpundit would say, Hmmm….

And then Coulter noticed one other connection: David Axelrod.

Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Bialek’s accusations were certainly specific. But they also demonstrated why anonymous accusations are worthless.

Within 24 hours of Bialek’s press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she’s a “gold-digger,” that she was constantly in financial trouble — having filed for personal bankruptcy twice — and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod’s apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, where, she admits, she knew the man The New York Times calls Obama’s “hired muscle.”

Throw in some federal tax evasion, and she’s Obama’s next Cabinet pick.

The reason all this is relevant is that both Axelrod and Daley have a history of smearing political opponents by digging up claims of sexual misconduct against them.

Coulter then goes on to recount history from Obama’s 2004 US Senate race that bears an eerie similarity to what’s happened to Mr. Cain: the revelations of salacious details and scandal in the divorce records of Obama’s opponents in the Democratic primary and the general election — leaked to the press in spite of  the records being sealed. David Axelrod was a key player in the Obama campaign then, too.

Both men’s campaigns were destroyed, and now that he’s risen in the polls to become a serious candidate to face Obama, accusations of sexual misbehavior arise to threaten Herman Cain.

What a coincidence.

I’m not saying there’s nothing to Bialek’s accusations and that this is all an “Axelrodian plot,” nor am I minimizing the problem of sexual harassment; people in positions of power (male and female) all too often fall to the temptation to take advantage of the vulnerable.

But, let’s face it: politics is a dirty game and Team HopenChange has a past history of getting as dirty as needed to win. And not only in Illinois; I’m convinced Axelrod and company were at least backing the efforts of Palin foes in Alaska who filed ethics complaint after ethics complaint in order to paralyze her administration — back then, they saw her as a huge threat for 2012. (But that’s another story for another day.)

Now it’s Herman Cain who, if nominated, may well draw heavily from the Black vote the Democrats must have to win. And suddenly old accusations, buried for years, get new life, and the common thread seems to be Chicago.

Like I said: Hmmm…

Footnote:
(1) For the record, I’m not a Cain-supporter (nor a foe), nor do I have an opinion about whether the charges are true. Nor am I a fan of Coulter or Human Events. But considering the possibility that this is a particularly nasty political dirty trick, given the many coincidences and connections, is not at all unreasonable. It may even be prudent, since we sure to see more like this in the general election.

via Lance of Lowdown Central

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


And if you believe that one…

May 25, 2010

It’s the maybe-scandal that just won’t die. With Congressman and Democrat Senate nominee Joe Sestak still insisting that someone in the Obama administration offered him a bribe job to quit the primary race, now even the White House marketing department New York Times is getting sick of the stonewalling:

For three months, the White House has refused to say whether it offered a job to Representative Joe Sestak to get him to drop his challenge to Senator Arlen Specter in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary, as Mr. Sestak has asserted.

But the White House wants everyone who suspects that something untoward, or even illegal, might have happened to rest easy: though it still will not reveal what happened, the White House is reassuring skeptics that it has examined its own actions and decided it did nothing wrong. Whatever it was that it did.

The administration goes on to clear itself of any wrongdoing:

“Lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak,” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “And nothing inappropriate happened.”

“Improper or not, did you offer him a job in the administration?” asked the host, Bob Schieffer.

“I’m not going to get further into what the conversations were,” Mr. Gibbs replied. “People that have looked into them assure me that they weren’t inappropriate in any way.”

Via Jennifer Rubin, who observes:

It is a measure of how frustrated the press has become with the perpetual stonewalling and outright contempt this president has shown the media that the Times and other outlets are now aligned with a conservative Republican (nominee Pat Toomey -PF) in demanding that one of the most liberal Democrats on the ballot come clean.

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Malcolm, whose “Top of the Ticket” column is must reading, has too much fun in his headline regarding Team Obama’s self-absolution:

Obama White House probe of Obama White House finds no Obama White House impropriety on Sestak

It’s getting to be a habit with these guys.

Meanwhile, upping the ante in the “No, he’s the liar” department, the White House trotted out chief political adviser David Axelrod to say that there’s no evidence to support Sestak’s allegations:

Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is “no evidence” that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job.

“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

So now we have Sestak insisting he’s telling the truth but refusing to name names, while the Democratic White House says the Democratic nominee for the US Senate is a liar. They can’t both be telling the truth….

Finally, in the “If it had been George W. Bush’s White House” category, we have Archy Cary at Big Journalism wondering why the media has been so slow to demand a special prosecutor?

Um, it’s just a guess, but… Maybe it’s because the Democrats won the election and the media is a bunch of hypocrites?

Nah.   Oh go on


If only Il Duce were here!

February 25, 2010

David Axelrod has a dream. Sadly, we instead live in a democracy.

Maybe he and Tom Friedman should start a club …or a Bund.


Another campaign promise expires?

August 2, 2009

Hey, wait a second. Didn’t Tax-Cheat Timmy’s boss say during the campaign there would be no new taxes on the middle class? That was then, and this is now:

To get the economy back on track, will President Barack Obama have to break his pledge not to raise taxes on 95 percent of Americans? In a “This Week” exclusive, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told me, “We’re going to have to do what’s necessary.”

Geithner was clear that he believes a key component of economic recovery is deficit reduction. When I gave him several opportunities to rule out a middle class tax hike, he wouldn’t do it.

“We have to bring these deficits down very dramatically,” Geithner told me. “And that’s going to require some very hard choices.”

But…but… The One said:

Of course, the Treasury Secretary’s remarks aren’t a thundering revelation; anyone who’s looked honestly at the amount of money committed under the stimulus bill and the current budget, and the amounts needed to pay for ObamaCare realizes he can pay for it only by borrowing, printing money, or raising taxes – probably some combination of all three. What’s clear is that it can’t be paid for by taxing the rich alone. That means he must raise taxes on the middle classes during a severe recession, one of the surest ways to choke a real recovery.

And Geithner’s remarks aren’t the first hint from this administration that the “no middle-class tax hike” pledge would go under the bus: Axelrod was crossing his fingers behind his back over a month ago, as was Obama’s Press Secretary. All this is just laying the groundwork for Obama himself to eventually break his promise, regretting the need to do so while blaming Bush.

Harry Truman once said that a platform is to run on, not to stand on, but I don’t think he meant “stomp it into little pieces,” either.

LINKS: Hot Air, and Hot Air again. Byron York. Sister Toldjah.