Are Politico's reporters guilty of hypocrisy? Nope. Their critics are forgetting something -- and you'll kick yourself if you don't guess what it is
Herman Cain gives Americans no reason to think he'd be even adequate at shaping foreign policy, crafting domestic policy, or making appointments, so I tend to agree that the sexual harassment allegations against him are irrelevant. I wish we'd ignored the sex lives of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton, if only because scrutiny of politicians' personal lives is now so intense that a majority of Americans think their own pasts preclude them from seeking election. That distortion is a high price to pay given the quality of politicians we get in return.
But the divergent reactions to the story is fascinating.
Among non-conservatives the conventional wisdom is as follows: a) it is unsurprising that Politico would run a news story exposing a sexual harassment settlement -- the folks who run that publication would kill for a similar scoop on any prominent candidate in any presidential primary; b) it's impossible to know the truth in cases like this, which is too bad; c) the most likely impetus for this story was one of Cain's rivals in the GOP primary; d) who cares anyway, surely this guy won't win. In contrast, here's the conventional wisdom among movement conservatives. a) "the left" is targeting Cain b) this is "a high-tech lynching" motivated by the racism of liberals c) the people doing it are hypocrites because look at how they defended Bill Clinton.