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Yep.  That's how RepubliKochs roll.

I praise Ms Bialek for coming forward to tell her story.  However, I believe it will all be for naught as Herman Cain continues to steamroll his way through the primaries.  In the end, he will get away with it, and the RepubliKoch voters won't hold it against him.

There will be a lot of "grave concern" coming from the punditry at first.  But slowly and surely opinion will turn against her.

It's already starting.  In the Chicago Tribune today, it's already being reported that Ms Bialek once was involved with local baseball commentator Steve Stone.

And that's just the day after she came forward.  

Yesterday a diary put forth the thesis that Cain is now in trouble, especially in the South.  However, that's not really going to be that much of an issue.  Cain is "one of them", so to speak.  As Ann Coulter would say, he's "one of our Blacks".

In addition to the little snippet I heard on the radio, it's already starting:

Republicans will ALWAYS circle the wagons and use their propaganda machine to destroy the victims.

ALWAYS.

They make Joe Paterno and Penn State look like vigilant and true defenders of the law and victim's rights.

They make the hierarchy of the Catholic Church look responsible.

But, unfortunately, even though RepubliKochs have no shame about debasing denigrating and dehumanizing a victim of a sexual assault, it seems it's not only a RepubliKoch trait.

Just look at Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Kobe Bryant.  We KNOW something happened that was not consentual.  But reputations got destroyed, and the "waters became muddied".  

No, this will pass unless he gets caught red-handed.  

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:52:15 AM PST

  •  While Howard Dean got destroyed for hooting it up (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, zenbassoon, raina, TDreamer

    at a rally.

    Yep, we have our priorities arranged perfectly in our land of exceptionalism.

    Sadly, this diary is likely to have it right.

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:01:13 AM PST

    •  To Be Fair That Was Political Campaign Behavior (3+ / 0-)
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      at the moment, whereas this was private behavior a decade in the past.

      And we've seen that inappropriate sexual behavior, or appropriate sexual behavior not tolerated by Republicans, is routinely allowed for Republicans.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:10:02 AM PST

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      •  Of course, let's be fair. (4+ / 0-)
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        zenbassoon, vcmvo2, Nespolo, TealVeal

        Howard Dean was clearly a dangerous, out of control maniac for lacking the restraint expected of all Democratic politicians, so as to never give voice to the enthusiasm of the moment, if you will, in the midst of a political campaign.

        In contrast, Herman Cain was, and is, clearly a decent, upstanding citizen deserving of understanding and compassion because, you know, trading sex for favors and being a powerful man harassing and even assaulting women is just part of the American Way. By all means, he should be forgiven; it shouldn't even be discussed.

        Of course, IOKIYAR.

        "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

        by flitedocnm on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:34:44 AM PST

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      •  Hold the phone, gang. (5+ / 0-)
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        camlbacker, vcmvo2, zenbassoon, Nespolo, prfb

        The second woman to come forward is both a Republican and a woman with a pretty credible past. Karen Kraushaar now works for the Treasury Department, her husband is a registered Republican and she's written a children's book. Cain can smear Bialek as much as he likes but he's going to have a hard time selling his BS over and over as more and more allegations leak out.

        We are at four and counting and that doesn't include several other allegations of inappropriate conduct and sexual harassment at a local radio station and a restaurant in Virginia.

        This gives loads of power player republicans that know he can't win a great reason to dump his ass and I think they'll use it as soon as the opportunity arises while trying not to be overtly obvious about sabotaging his campaign. More than anything, the Republican players want the White House back in 2012 and they know Cain ain't the way to go about getting that wish. The voters in primary season may go for him but he'll never make it to the general--the GOP won't let it happen.

        I can just about forgive the Brits for starting our revolutionary war and burning DC to the ground during the war of 1812 for giving us Led Zeppelin.

        by Pager on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:43:15 AM PST

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  •  I still don't think he is really running (4+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately this scandal makes him look like more of a candidate. It's not that sexual harassment is unimportant, but they detract from from his obvious incompetence. Unless there is DNA evidence, the hardcore supporters won't care.

  •  I never understood why people here thought Cain (11+ / 0-)

    would be damaged. He would be damaged if this were a general election, but this is a Republican primary. Despite their pretenses, the modern GOP does not care about women or their concerns. It's repulsive, but it's also true. Almost every day here, someone posts an erudite diary on the "GOP attack on women". Why did anyone believe that Cain's reputation would be affected in GOP land?

    Secondly, Cain is not going to be the GOP nominee anyway. He's in the running so that the Republican's can claim they aren't racist. He's the "black friend" of the GOP. He's useful for the short term, but when the time comes to choose a candidate, he's going to be the loneliest man standing, but he'll get a good book deal, line up some high paying gig doing nothing in a front organization for the Koch Brothers . . . a nice payoff for helping the propaganda machine.

    "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

    by Uwaine on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:02:22 AM PST

  •  I don't understand why the folks here thought Cain (1+ / 0-)
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    would be damaged. He would be damaged if this were a general election, but this is a Republican primary. Despite their pretenses, the modern GOP does not care about women or their concerns. It's repulsive, but it's also true. Almost every day here, someone posts an erudite diary on the "GOP attack on women". Why did anyone believe that Cain's reputation would be affected in GOP land?

    Secondly, Cain is not going to be the GOP nominee anyway. He's in the running so that the Republican's can claim they aren't racist. He's the "black friend" of the GOP. He's useful for the short term, but when the time comes to choose a candidate, he's going to be the loneliest man standing, but he'll get a good book deal, line up some high paying gig doing nothing in a front organization for the Koch Brothers . . . a nice payoff for helping the propaganda machine.

    "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

    by Uwaine on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:02:57 AM PST

  •  NPR just outted the first womans name (10+ / 0-)
    Earlier Cain Accuser Is Republican, Longtime Government Employee

    Until now, Karen Kraushaar has been known to many in Washington as "Woman A," one of two employees who settled claims of sexual harassment against Herman Cain more than a decade ago when he headed the National Restaurant Association.
     On Tuesday, after another woman went public with her harassment accusation against Cain, Kraushaar's identity was revealed by an iPad news site, The Daily.

    Kraushaar has confirmed to NPR that she is one of the first two women, but declined to say more about the incident, beyond an anonymous statement her lawyer issued last week.

    Kraushaar, 55, a career federal employee and registered Republican, currently works as a communications director at the U.S. Treasury Department.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:03:47 AM PST

  •  I apologize for the double posts. My browser (1+ / 0-)
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    interaction with dKos is really screwy right now. I can't rec comments or diaries, I don't get the normal posting box, and I didn't know it had already posted.

    "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

    by Uwaine on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:06:05 AM PST

  •  I'm still not sure at all which way this will go. (3+ / 0-)
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    I was saying yesterday, if I had to cast a woman who rightwing repub women would 'see themselves as' it would be Ms. Bialek.  she looks like a texan booster, someone who would host fundraising garden parties for the repub nominee.

    unfortunately that look also translates as "retired porn star" so I dunno.

    the women being white (I'm ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE all the women are white) would, in any other time period, be automatic deathknell for dude, but these are weirdo times and I'm about ready to toss out everything I know about American sociology lol.

    regardless, these accusations will not fly in the general.  those "independent suburban PA housewives" tweety's always talking about will not stand for it.

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:11:14 AM PST

    •  As far as skin color goes, look to Clarence Thomas (1+ / 0-)
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      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:13:56 AM PST

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    •  rec'd for: (2+ / 0-)
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      unfortunately that look also translates as "retired porn star" so I dunno.

      Isn't that the truth, though?

      About those other time periods and your very astute observations, I'd say in the current time period means exactly the opposite of a death knell, it plays right into the hands of those trying to use Cain to fight against the charges of racism in the GOP attacks on Obama.  That it may chafe folks in unspoken and unspeakable ways is probably still true, but the times and the GOP propaganda games dictate that it remain the unspoken piece.  It's a little bit like a game of sociology "chicken": the first to mention it aloud will gain the "racist" label.  So each side is just going to try and feint the other with it.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:39:19 AM PST

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  •  If my wife is at all typical of American women (6+ / 0-)

    Herman Cain is so toast that you couldn't spread 1 milliliter of marmalade on him.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:14:37 AM PST

    •  but does your wife typically (2+ / 0-)
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      vote in GOP primaries?

      The thing is, once he's no longer in the spotlight this will be forgotten.  It shouldn't be, but it will.  And Herman will go on to sit on multiple Koch corporate boards and make loads of money while the legal departments of all those corporations and entities clean up his piggery behind him with settlements and confidentiality agreements.

      That's how it's done in the land of 1%.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:42:46 AM PST

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  •  There's a story circulating on the wire today (5+ / 0-)

    that the reason Ms. Bialek came forward now is that when Cain touched her leg in the car she had a "Dead Zone" moment.

    Apparently she saw in a premonition President Cain massing our armed forces for the invasion of China as he chimes in "Well,  they don't got no nukes yet and we need the job stuff!"

    apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

    by oopsaDaisy on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:14:50 AM PST

  •  it's not a bug, it's a feature (5+ / 0-)

    he's not harrassing women, he's being BOLD.

    AP carried the water, citing his "bold sexual advance".

    the same people who impeached Clinton are increasing their donations to Cain.

    it's sick.

    The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

    by papa monzano on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:15:57 AM PST

  •  "The White Woman Asked For It". (6+ / 0-)

    This is going to be offensive, but franky true, and if you need to HR it, do it, I can take it on my mojo:

    80 years ago, Cain would have been lynched, and not even given the benefit of the doubt.

    Today, the woman will be "lynched" in the media.

    Both are wrong, profoundly wrong.

    No one will "lynch" Cain, but everyone will throw themselves all over one another to discredit a woman who says she was inappropriately touched, just like they did to protect those who violated Altarboys. Because women are STILL NOT EQUAL.

    Our country is full of shit as a Christmas Turkey. I do hope we can finally, and forever, get ourselves on the right track. Blaming the victim is never right.

    Capitalism may be our enemy, but it is also our teacher. --V.I. Lenin equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:18:26 AM PST

  •  Get away with it how? (2+ / 0-)
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    He's not going to be the nominee.  Which is unfortunate because it would push Obama way past 60% of the vote in November.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:26:00 AM PST

  •  I have faith in Herman (1+ / 0-)
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    I am certain that he will keep running his mouth until he says enough offensive things to ruin his campaign.  I hope I am wrong.  I hope that the GOP faithful rally 'round Herman and make him their nominee.  But I think he will soon say something so awful, so repulsive, that he will have no choice but to withdraw.  I give it two weeks.

  •  Of course he'll get away with it... (1+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon

    The Right-wing needs one of "their blacks" to prove that they don't support racism.  They need their great black hype too!

    "Math is a theory, so it's not taught in the Bible."

    by lcj98 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:36:19 AM PST

  •  Whether he is the nominee or not... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... he has already gotten away with it.

  •  Americans need to get hip to political theater (1+ / 0-)
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    It is shocking how simple minded the American population is when it comes to politics, which accounts for the perilous situation the country is in presently. Check this out.. We have a year to go before the election and the Repubs have been trying to create a lot of continuous media buzz in order to keep the public's attention glued to what the Republican candidates are doing, saying, etc. However, since the Repub candidate lineup is loaded with uninteresting clods this has turned out to be a difficult task even though the Repubs control the MSM.

    Then along came the Herrminator. A brash showman with a stage presence and wit and timing that quickly snagged the MSM limelight. The Hermanator was an experienced genuine American minstrel with the natural burnt cork hue and a great baritone. Not only that on stage with the other candidates he turned out to be a smart exoerienced "end man" to keep the show rolling.

    The plan was to give ol' Herm some real soap opera exposure with a series of sudden ominous public complaints of "sexual advances" dug up from his past life. ( Organ interlude here..) Now don't get me wrong, I am not passing judgment on Herman's guilt or innocence. I am just saying that I beleive the release of these decade old sexual harrassment complaints fits in well with the Republican goal of keeping Obama crowded out of the public media. All of America was holding its collective breath as we waited to see if the sexually abused women were white or colored. The suspense continued to be dragged out as each accuser refused to put a public face onto the complaint.

    Suddenly lawyer Allred ( she who has made a career out of chasing down black celebrities, namely O.J. Simpson, and Michael Jackson ) shows up with a "Miss Piggy" lookalike ready willing and able to put a white face on her purulent recitation of the Herminator's disgusting sexual advances back in the day when his was running the National Resturant Association.. I am certain that Ms. Allred solicatated some hush money from the Kochs and others without success, so it was time to go public with that long anticipated white female face.

    Now the political drama has deepened with suspicion and doubt emerging all over the place. (More organ interlude sounds...) Will Herman Cain prove his innocence? Will his campaign continue to grow? Will he emerge from these scandals unscathed to become the man of the hour? Will he become acceptable to mainstream Republicans around the country? Will he make the cover of Time Magazine?There is more than enough cliff-hanging questions to keep this drama going for months, which is what the Republicans want. As mentioned above the ultimate Republican goal is to deny President Obama any access to the media spotlight, regardless of what they have to use to keep him obscured.

    Therefore I fully concur that Herman Cain will survive these sexual harrassment complaints to continue his one man minstrel show right on schedule.
    Do I think that he will become the Republican Party's presidential nominee? I think that the odds are definitely in his favor, because the big time Republican money is backing this horse. They not only want a "yes" man in the White House, but they want a smart and clever "yes" man to meticulously carry out their wishes and plans.

  •  I share (3+ / 0-)
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    your pessimism. Sex with a minor? Murder? They'll just rationalize it away. If about half the country can vote for an eminently unqualified person such as the Wasilla Quitter to be next in line to touch the "football," they'll vote for anything.

    The world that you are hearing now is the same world that I see. from "I Hear Your Hand" by Mary Jane Rhodes.

    by raina on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 12:42:37 PM PST

  •  that's fine with me (1+ / 0-)
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    if Ms. Bialek decides to file a criminal complaint, then the situation changes.  
    If Cain can shake this off and win the nomination, i say great.  Obama will destroy Ol Hermie, and it will probably drag a whole bunch of R'Thuglicans out of office with his paltry showing.

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