Herman Cain’s unconventional approach (and why it’s not working)
The Union-Leader kerfuffle — there is NO better word in the English language than “kerfuffle” — is far from an isolated incident. Here’s a look at a few (and, trust us, there are more) of Cain’s more “unconventional” political moves in the last few weeks:
* In response to sexual harassment allegations against him, Cain initially said he was unaware of the settlements paid to the two women in question but less than 24 hours later he recanted and acknowledged that he knew that one of the women received a financial payout from the National Restaurant Association.
* Cain said that a consultant to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign had leaked the story to the media. He later walked back that accusation, acknowledging that he wasn’t sure of the origin of the leak.
* Cain campaign manager Mark Block accused a former Politico reporter of being the son of one of the women involved in the allegations. That, um, wasn’t true.
* Cain sat for an extended interview with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this week in which he struggled to answer a question about his policy toward Libya and “joked” that he had asked Henry Kissinger to be his Secretary of State. Why was Cain even in Wisconsin, whose presidential primary isn’t until April, in the first place?