"Here we go again," Herman Cain told Wolf Blitzer yesterday, right after he denied having a 13-year-long affair with "acquaintance" Ginger White. Both Cain and political pundits are putting White's story under the same scandalous umbrella as those pesky sexualharassment charges, with Cain describing White's story as "accusations" and likening them to a "smear campaign." But let's get one thing straight: A steamy, consensual affair and a creepy, unwanted sexual advance are two different things. In fact, they're pretty much opposites.
'Tis the season for sex scandals. More possible victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky are coming forward, and Herman Cain's sexual harassment allegations remain in the headlines. Earlier this week, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan took pains to acknowledge Penn State's scandal, which has echoed the Catholic Church's ongoing problems with sex abuse. At a news conference, Dolan said “we once again bow our heads in shame" and reminded listeners that sexual abuse is a universal problem plaguing most institutions.
There's a hot new meme making its way around the internet, but this one is far less innocent and cuddly than Keyboard Cat and Hipster Ariel—much less funny, too. This one's a political meme, and it blends Herman Cain antipathy with old-fashioned racism. Apparently, it's now en vogue to call Cain, the embattled GOP candidate for president, an "Uncle Tom." Get it? He's bad at being black!