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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Mrs. Cain for the defense

We’ll have to see if the complete interview provides a more compelling defense of her husband, but from what we know of the interview to air tonight on Greta Van Susteren’s show, Gloria Cain seemed only to underline doubts about her husband’s treatment of women.

The Post reports:

“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” she said, according to partial transcripts of an interview with Greta Van Susteren that will air on Fox News Monday night. “And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”
Cain, who has been married for 43 years to the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has been silent for much of her husband’s race for the White House. Her last public appearance came in May when her husband announced his candidacy.
“I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said[,” Gloria Cain said.]

We’re thinking that too. And we’re also wondering what other support there is for the conclusion that Herman Cain “totally” respects women. Consider that, of all the outside advisers he has fessed up to on economic issues and foreign policy, not one is a woman. On his full-time staff, he has only one woman in a senior spot, Linda Hansen. By e-mail she told me: “We have many women working on the campaign, but I am the only one at this level.”

Contrast that to the Romney campaign (e.g., Kerry Healey, Meghan O’Sullivan, Gail Gitcho, Andrea Saul) and the Perry staff (e.g., Brandy Marty, Victoria Coates, Emily Domenech, Deirdre Delisi), both of which are stocked with senior women aides.

Cain’s use of “Princess Nancy” to refer to the former speaker of the House didn’t sound so respectful. Totally not, actually.

Maybe the rest of the van Susteren interview will prove compelling. Maybe the National Restaurant Association paid $80,000 to two women for nothing. And I guess it’s possible that Sharon Bialek is making up a highly detailed but false story.

Or maybe, he’s not totally respectful of women. Voters will have to decide.

Unfortunately for Cain, while some viewers might find Mrs. Cain convincing on the harassment front, Cain himself has systematically diminished support for himself by revealing himself to be unknowledgeable and unprepared for a presidential campaign. Totally.

By  |  09:30 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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