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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Conservatives, Cain and blacks


Of all the things that have emerged in the story of Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations, the loud, race-based support of conservatives for the former Godfather’s Pizza chief is just plain offensive. After years of derision, stereotyping and crudeness, why the sudden fit of (paternalistic) concern, y’all?

“This is gutter partisan politics, and it’s the politics of minority conservative personal destruction,” Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show yesterday, according to the Huffington Post. “ . . . It really is about blacks and Hispanics getting too uppity.”

“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” Ann Coulter declared on Fox last night. “To become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow . . . and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in the Republican Party.”

“Our blacks” is not to be confused with “the blacks,” with whom Donald Trump famously said he has a great relationship.

The writers of the Politico story first approached the GOP front-runner on Oct. 20. Then again on Oct. 24, Oct. 26 and Oct. 30. And over a day of “rolling disclosures” yesterday, we watched a seed of denial blossom into a full crisis under the intense media spotlight.

Circle the wagons around Cain all you want. But know this: He’s not in his current predicament because he’s a black conservative being targeted by “the liberal media.” This is a jam of his own making, which could get worse now that one of the women is just dying to speak.

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