Until today, one of the primary data points Herman Cain and his supporters cited to prove that he’s the victim of a vast left wing conspiracy was that his accusers were all anonymous.
That stance is obviously going to be a bit tougher to maintain, now that his latest accuser stepped forward at a press conference, insisted that he touched her in an inappropriate way, and asserted that after she objected, Cain said, ”you want a job, right”?
The Cain campaign is flatly denying the accusations, but interestingly, the allegations of a conspiracy against Cain seem to have disappeared.
Cain allies had previously made much of the fact that the women who’d previously accused Cain of inappropriate misbehavior had all done so under over of anonymity. That wasn’t even true — two of the women had originally attached their names to the accusations; Politico only concealed those names to protect their privacy, and didn’t grant them the cover of anonymity to make the charges, which had already been lodged. But that didn’t stop the “anonymity” claim from assuming a central role in the Cain victimization mythology.
Meanwhile, in another disclosure that will make this even worse, one of the lawyers for Cain’s other accusers is now claiming that today’s allegations are “very similar” to the claims of his client.
Separately, in a case of comically bad timing, two new national polls released today — one from Gallup, the other from NBC/WSJ — both find that Republicans are not inclined to believe the allegations against Cain. Needless to say, both polls were taken before today’s presser, and the graphic nature of today’s allegations, combined with the fact that the woman went public with them in such a high profile way, will in theory make the charges tougher for GOP primary voters to avoid.