Herman Cain’s alleged yesteryear’s sexual harassment problem surfacing in the midst of the 2011 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign suggests that he fits the national anti-Conservative African American leadership template cast during the confirmation hearings of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The Republican Caucasian Conservatives wanted Justice Thomas to do their long term bidding with a black face put on decisions that would be counterpoised to the liberal bias of the black community when it comes to Affirmative Action and public school integration.
The battle to destroy Justice Thomas’ public persona with the allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior with Professor Anita Hill was a failure because the conservatives had moved beyond his blackness now embracing his conservative ideology. The ultra-rightwing conservative Republicans had developed their nationally recognized White Corporate Clone – in Black America he might be construed an Oreo (black skin color outside but mentally white inside).
Cain provides the ultra-rightwing Republican Tea Party Movement a black face in the national spot light to allow them to show that they are not modern day iterations in the evolution of the yesteryear’s Ku Klux Klan.
So far, about the only thing the public knows definitively, is a lawyer for an alleged hush money taker now wants to renege on the deal when the potential for making big money and global recognition appear imminent. I dislike Herman Cain intensely, but I am more concerned about the potential of legal agreements being forced to change from selective leaks to entice the public’s appetite for the gory details.
I worry that the two women, who purportedly took hush money to keep their mouths shut, will meet the same media fate as Anita Hill where they fade away in the public debate. My guess is the Tea Party Movement will keep Cain in a prominent leadership position in the Republican Presidential Candidate Primary Race unless there is a revelation too awful to sweep under the rug comes to light. Bottom-line: Cain’s demise means that the Tea Party Movement’s lily white conservative persona, yearning for a return to yesteryear’s mainstream mindset, may no longer be shielded by the Herman Cain minstrel show.