J'accuse. I accuse Republicans of promoting prostitution by killing off the American dream of an affordable college education for the middle class and the poor. I accuse Republicans of turning a once great nation into a huge whorehouse in which money and power relationships rule. I accuse Republicans of neutering government to protect the rich and the powerful instead of the weak and the poor, of coddling the money changers and turning Wall Street, the Temple of American Capitalism, into a den of thieves. Rachel hosted Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, for her interview last night. He spoke of his experience among the Occupy Wall Street movement. We could use more Episcopal, more genuine Jesus, and a lot less Catholic and evangelical in our spiritual, economic, cultural and political lives. Watch:
This blog is also known as the Zeitgeist Formulator, we're cutting edge, we cut to the chase and the heart of the matter and boldly go where others dare not venture. So at the risk of providing the Herman Cain campaign with new excuses for obfuscation, these are Cain's limited options, as I see it:
(1) Deny everything; standard reflexive response from guilty politicians which only serves to incense and provoke the blood-thirsty media pack. It's like kicking a hornet's nest, and it never works.If that fails, Herman Cain can always try the nuclear option: 'Bubba Big Dog' Bill "I never had sexual relations with that woman" Clinton. But I wouldn't advise it. In truth, don't even go there, Herman, because, well, you're no Bill Clinton.
(2) Cast aspersions on the accuser. Rush Limbaugh mocked her name, said it rhymed with "by or buy(?) a lick" — amazing how such a juvenile guttersnipe can make tens of millions from it. Raise doubts based on her personal appearance, demeanor, and dress. (You can't judge a book by its cover, except that you do.) This is a favorite lecherous Republican line of attack, fond as the are of justifying rape and sexual assault asserting a woman invited it by the way she was dressed. It's always the wanton, fallen woman's fault. The media says Bialek is "credible" but their standards in these matters are lax. I'm guilty as charged, too, but the hair covering her left eye really bugged me, like nails scraping a chalkboard. It's a pet peeve that didn't go unnoticed to a reporter or photographer in the room who asked her to move the wayward hair. If you're going to have a bad hair day, don't do it by design. Sometimes this works because the accused's supporters are asked, insinuatingly, to make a subjective judgment of her credibility based entirely on the superficiality of her outward appearance. For those predisposed toward Herman Cain, that could be enough.
(3) Blame the media, blame the opponent campaigns, blame liberals, blame Hollywood, blame the poor, blame the unemployed, blame the French, Greece and Italy, blame Obama, blame Occupy Wall Street, blame Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, blame the economy ... In short, blame everyone and everything but yourself. That could work if not for, as the POLITICO politicos breathing an almost audible sigh of relief said, "we now have a face and a name." This train has left the station, Herman.
(4) Finally, though, the only avenue open to Herman Cain if he wants to ensure his campaign's ultimate survivability is this: COME CLEAN, Herman. Tell the truth, admit mistakes of "judgment" were made, ask forgiveness for your sins and throw yourself on the mercy of your Christian (in-name-only) supporters. Evangelicals are big on the redemption and salvation of sinners. It's like an escape clause that allows them to be Christ-like and sinful hypocrites at the same time. Everything is forgiven as long as you're not one of those highly ethical, utterly moral "secular humanists" and "socialists." Remember, reaffirming "In God We Trust" is far more important than passing a jobs bill that will put hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans to work.