Herman Cain Inexplicably Gains Momentum in Wake of Alleged Naughtiness

There’s nothing like a good ole’ fashioned sexual harassment scandal to boost your poll numbers.

Herman Cain Inexplicably Gains Momentum in Wake of Alleged Naughtiness

Rational thinking would suggest that sexual harassment allegations surrounding a presidential candidate would gravely disrupt a campaign. Harassment, particularly that of the sexual variety, is a serious claim — the kind that can do severe damage to someone’s perceived character. It’s a shame we live in a country where rational thinking went out the window and was replaced with “gut feelings.” Because if America were still comprised of sensible people Herman Cain’s poll numbers wouldn’t have increased in amidst what seemed to be potentially campaign derailing claims of sexual harassment.

Since Politco broke the report about two women claiming to be sexually harassed by Cain while he served as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza has received a bump in the polls. Since the initial story made waves another woman has made claims that she was also harassed by the GOP nominee. However these serious allegations don’t seem to changing the minds of Cain supporters — in fact the legion of 9-9-9 followers have increased over the course of the past week.

Nearly a quarter of all Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now back Cain as the party’s nominee, his best showing in Post-ABC polls this year, and up significantly from early October. At 23 percent nationally, Cain is neck-and-neck with Romney (24 percent) atop the GOP field.

“I think [the charges against Cain are] mostly garbage that they throw at people who want to be president,” James Kindsch, from Middleton, Wis., said in a follow-up interview.

“I don’t believe it,” said Paul Bradley from Fishersville, Va., adding: “The further in the past they happened, the less accurate they are.”

In the poll, a majority of Republicans — 55 percent — see reports of Cain’s alleged misconduct as “not a serious matter,” and 70 percent say the situation makes no difference in their vote.

The logic of Cain’s supporters is quite baffling. Dismissing these reports as “garbage” that isn’t accurate because it happened “in the past” is rather shortsighted, especially considering reports from Politico and the New York Times tie huge$45,000 and $35,000 figures with these claims. But who cares about evidence, right? I still think Santa Claus is real even though I found all my gifts under my parents’ bed as a child.

More baffling than Cain’s supporters’ blasé attitude towards his alleged inappropriate sexual mischievousness is the fact he has so many supporters to begin with. Cain is currently in a dead-heat with Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Who honestly thinks this man is fit to run our country? The mere idea of Herman Cain in the Oval Office is silly, and I’m not even talking about his flawed policies. It’s hard not to scratch your head at a candidate who concerns himself with bringing a sense of humor to the White House.

Rational thought would suggest… ah never mind, we left sanity on the side of the road a long time ago.

[Washington Post]