George Stephanopoulus’ toe-curling interview with Ginger White, the alleged mistress of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, is the sound of a candidacy dying. White says Cain’s not fit to be president, among other things.
White’s claims a “very casual affair” with Cain over 13 years, in which coincidentally, he gave her cash and gifts over the past two-three years, and they went on trips together. He also texted her feverishly in the midst of the recent flap over sexual harassment allegations against him. But she says he never asked her to keep her mouth shut. White also says, “It wasn’t cash for sex.”
Stephanopoulos actually asked her, “Was it fun or was it just sex?” Well, there’s highbrow television indeed. He failed to ask her, however, about her position on the economy, Libya, Iraq, health care, and congressional gridlock.
There’s a lot more, but it makes us weary.
For his part, Cain has denied any extra marital, and thus far, isn’t dropping his campaign. He sent out a fundraising letter calling White, “troubled,” and saying, “The woman’s story is completely false.” That’s a hard position to hold when there’s obviously a trail of evidence that suggests the contrary.
One recalls Gary Hart’s challenge during the 1980 presidential campaign to reporters looking into his affair with Donna Rice. “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored,” he said. They did, and found a picture of him with Rice in bathing suit and on his lap. Hart dropped out.