“Totally False”

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 31 2011 @ 12:22pm

So we have two new data points: Cain denies any serious impropriety and denies knowledge of the payments to the women, the critical evidence of serious impropriety:

Mr. Cain said that he was not aware of the details of any financial settlement paid by the National Restaurant Association. He declared, “I hope it wasn’t for much because nothing happened.”

He really had no idea that his own organization had arranged compensation in the five figures to two women claiming harassment? So who did authorize this? And how did it get by Cain himself? Was he that off-hand a manager?

Then this rather amazing fact: he has been aware of this story for ten days, and yet seemed completely incapable of responding. AEI kept questions at bay, and then he goes on Fox for a friendly chat. The legacy of Palin endures. But even she knew in the end that this kind of national spotlight is a brutal personal vetting.