published Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Barrett: Herman Cain faced with the Clarence Thomas treatment

Clarence Thomas can’t leap, two-by-four in hand, to the defense of fellow Georgian Herman Cain. As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Thomas tries to maintain detachment from presidential politics. Plus he’s a class act.

But nobody knows better than he what Cain — a man of humble origins not unlike Thomas’ — is being put through.

Thomas was abundantly qualified when President George H.W. Bush nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1991.

He had been chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the better part of a decade. He was a Yale graduate. And he had been a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. He was confirmed to multiple previous positions by the Senate, which now held his nomination in its hands.

One would think his high court confirmation, if not a trip to Burger King, would have been fairly smooth.

But working against Thomas was a combination of traits that makes liberals spontaneously combust even more reliably than a rumor that somewhere a schoolchild is saying a prayer: He was conservative and he was black. Putting such an individual in a position of national prominence makes it all too clear that conservatism isn’t some eerie white phenomenon.

Liberals couldn’t have that, so they had to destroy Thomas — or try to. And they were at times candid about it.

“We’re going to Bork him,” said attorney Florynce Kennedy. “We’re going to kill him politically.”

She was referring to the Democrat-run Senate’s remarkably vicious campaign four years earlier against Robert Bork, a Reagan Supreme Court nominee. Bork, the nation was told, would bring back segregation.

The smear was baloney-stuffed from the get-go, but it worked. Bork was toast.

The Borking of Thomas, however, would backfire in regal fashion.

It centered on Anita Hill’s allegations that he had said things nearly nine years prior that made her uncomfortable.

Hill didn’t claim Thomas’ words rose to the level of actual harassment, but even what she did allege wasn’t credible. Among other things that are improbable for a harassed person to have done, she followed Thomas to a second job after he supposedly caused her discomfort at the first, and she later asked him to speak to her students. She also called him repeatedly and met with him on numerous occasions — alone or with others — after he was no longer her supervisor.

It didn’t add up, and Thomas himself succinctly jaw-popped his detractors at a confirmation hearing, declaring: “This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.”

Despite a political and media barbecuing, Thomas won a close confirmation vote and joined the Supreme Court. He has served well since.

Which should comfort Cain as liberals seek to make an example of him to other black non-Democrats.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell suggested to all 18 of his viewers that Cain was a racial loafer who hadn’t done much for the cause of civil rights. No word on when silver spoon white Bostonian socialists such as Lawrence O’Donnell became the arbiters of which people did enough for whatever cause in the face of violent opposition.

And now surfaces what Cain’s foes hope is red meat on a silver platter in their effort to puncture his candidacy: thus-far-unsubstantiated allegations from over a decade ago that he sexually harassed two women.

What critics seem to consider proof of the harassment is the fact that the National Restaurant Association, which Cain headed at the time, paid small settlements to the women. That indicates the critics are either ignorant or dishonest. It can be insanely expensive and time-consuming for organizations to defend against even the shakiest allegation. It is scarcely unusual for them to pay a settlement rather than drag things out. The notion that such a cost-benefit analysis proves guilt is mystifying.

I hope Cain is ready for more of the same treatment, though.

Liberals have a special reservoir of hatred for black conservatives. They want not only to defeat Cain but to pulverize him. Based on what we know at this point, it would be a shame if the rest of us abandoned him to that fate.

Reach Steve Barrett at 423-757-6329 or sbarrett@timesfreepress.com.

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lumpy said...

Fantastic piece, Mr. Barrett!! Boy you liberal elites and Dems hate when a black man gets uppity and rejects your idealogy and abandons your party.

It's very reminicent of a slave owner using the whip on a slave for speaking his mind or attempting to run away. The attacks on Cain the last few days are the equivalant of a lynching.

You Dems are so eager to destroy Cain and Marco Rubio, a black and an hispanic, that you're embarrassing yourseleves.

Here's what I'd like, a Cain-Rubio ticket. It would be worth it just to see you Democrats' eyes bulge and the foam build up at the sides of your mouths.

November 6, 2011 at 1:46 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife's income from conservative-leaning organizations for the past 20 years. He claims that he didn't understand the filing instructions. Hmm...he's a sitting judge on the highest court in the land and yet he didn't understand how to fill out a simple legal form? AND he thinks it's perfectly okay for a sitting Supreme Court judge and his wife to show preference to any particular political organization in the first place? He has not made an oral argument of any kind since Feb., 2006. He is known for his rigid silence. He just sits there, as mute as the chair that he occupies. He has done NOTHING to show any manner of competence, let alone exceptionalism, for the job that has been entrusted to him. I'm sorry but just showing up to work every day and donning the robe does not necessarily make one qualified for that job. And yet, that's about all that can be said for the guy.

The end result of what transpired between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill boiled down to a matter of he-said/she-said. Nothing was ever proven either way. Thomas could just as easily have been lying as Hill. Yet Barrett and Thomas' supporters staunchly defended, and still defend, him and "lynched" Hill, just as they claim that we liberals were trying to "lynch" Thomas. So stop playing the holier-than-thou card. You guys on the right hate and judge and "lynch" just as much as you claim we libs do.

November 6, 2011 at 3:19 a.m.
acerigger said...

It's gonna be fun to watch when the wingers figure out that Cain is just another con-man scammer .

Bought his book yet? (he has!)

November 6, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.
librul said...

Cain is just a Koch brothers sock puppet. When he quoted a song from the Pokemon movie as the words of "a great poet" during the Rethug debates, he gave away the farm that his candidacy is nothing but "comic performance art" and his sycophants are all being played for the fools they are.

As for Clarence Thomas - he's just another Rethug crook who actually belongs in jail.

November 6, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
Haiku said...

Which should comfort Cain as liberals seek to make an example of him to other black non-Democrats.

The only problem with Mr. Barrets above statement is it's already been exposed the Cain sexually harrassment situation came from one of his very own fellow GOPers.

Thomas was abundantly qualified when President George H.W. Bush nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1991.

And with this statement? According to Bush Sr. Thomas wasn't nominated for his qualification but, according to Bush Sr. own words, "We picked him because we like the way he smiles."

caricature

November 6, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
ceeweed said...

I ain't got time to worry about the president of Um-becki-becki-becki-stan stan, I'm more concerned about China obtaining nuclear weopons.... WHAT A MORAN!

November 6, 2011 at 8:40 p.m.
Walden said...

ceeweed - if you are going to call someone a moron, please at least learn how to spell the slur.

Great article Mr. Barrett. Spot on.

November 9, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

^^^ Looks like someone is new to the internet, or "world wide web". Let's all welcome Walden to this new-fangled series of tubes!

November 9, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.
Walden said...

Thanks Boss! This interwebs thing is really cool. You MORAN.

November 9, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
potcat said...

Of course he's a Class Act in thou eyes,you must think yourself one also, not so! You know it too!!!!

November 9, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
shen said...

The GOP devour their own. They'll eat one another. Like in those old western and war movies, Cain should have figured out a long time ago, the black cowboys and soldiers always got killed off first in those old movies.

November 9, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.
chet123 said...

To my Good Friend STEVE BARRETT....i have read your comments from past writing...Usually you are on "Q"....but your comment above is so so so wrong....You are not entitle to your own facts....you have made statement which is totally,totally FALSES,UNTRUES,MYTHS,DECEPTIONS,PROPAGANDA,LIES....My question is why would you take the LOW-ROAD. Why would you inject propaganda....dont understand. Maybe I can educate you to history.....maybe you need to take crash course when talking about something you have only one side to my friend.

I am a black man....think i know to little bit more than you do about America black Politician and the black community....Republican have always operated from strategic angles....that fine....POLITIC is a SCIENCE! Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas are part of that Strategy....With your great writing skills....you are familar with the "WILLIE LYNCH" theory ha ha ha ha.....I will GET BACK TO THE wILLIE lYNCH THEORY LATER...BUT FIRST I GIVE COUNTER YOUR FLAWED AGUMENT IN FAVOR OF HERMAN CAIN AND CLARENCE THOMAS.

Steve Barrett you said Thomas was well/abundantly qualified as a nominee for US Supreme Court Judge!....nothing could be farther from to the truth...American Bar Association gave Clence Thomas very low rating...inspite of George H. Bush blasting ABA for telling the truth.

You say clarence thomas was head of EEOC(equal employment opportunity commission)...you are so right! but Clarence Thomas was place there to weaken an eeoc that was already on life support...he was against a vehicle that had gotten him where he was....in other words...clarence thomas was tearing down the bridge that had help him alone the way...ha ha ha..this is the type stool Thomas is.... ha ha ha...Thomas is out for himself no matter who he walks over...Clarence Thoams and Herman Cain are looked down on by their community....those two are not mentors to any young black males....they are for promotions and chasing the dollars...

Now Steve Barrett you said something about Democrats being against children Praying in School ha ha ha ...why do republican always try to hide behind prayers and GOD and AMerican Flags ha ha ha....everyone knows they worship only in GOD WE TRUST on front of the dollars ha ha....

STEVE BARRETT...you falsely claim democrats are tried to destroy Clarence Thomas...ha ha now thats funny....maybe because you fail to mention that "ANITA HILL" was black(dark Complexion) consevative Republican ha ha ha.. who had a crush on him....but he married a white female ha ha maybe she..the so-called consevative republican black woman was acting in a jealous rage ha ha ha ....Dont place that on the Democrats....it was "republican against republican"

November 12, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
chet123 said...

ALso you mention...about Clarence Thomas stating lynching of uppity black..ha ha ha...maybe he though too high of himself....i know uppity black...and clarence Thomas didnt have enough monetarily nor intellectually ha ha ha...

You Flawly said Thomas had serve well...well...well...by what standard "STEVE"... cowtailing to conservative on every argument, failing to argue on his own..because hes too incompotent to make a valid argument..hmmmmmm hmmmmmm!

STEVE BARRETT...you say liberal/democrats have hatered for Clarence Thomas....THere you go again....hatered...hatered....because we aginst his philosophy of butt kissing....Steve Barrett...dont know what party you are in...and dont care...but today you are talking like a neo-conservative propagandist...hha ha ha ...this is democratic defending their own beleif...TO YOU MY FRIEND...LOVE NOR HATE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT HA HA HA.....this is politic...ha ha ha republican are really really thin-skinned ha ha

November 12, 2011 at 11:46 a.m.
chet123 said...

STEVE BARRETT....regarding to Herman Cain....dont make me laugh! ha ha ha ha the republican are eating it up ha ha ha...do you think Herman Cain just sprung up.....Herman Cain was in the Clinton town hall meeting back in the 90's....who place him there hmmmmmm ha ha... STEVE you cant be that "naive".. Herman Cain was recruited by the Billionaires neo-conservative KOCH brothers....this is part of republican political strategy.....REALLY SMART POLITIC!....republican know that their will always be BLACK JUDAS in AMerican...Blacks who love money so much they will betray their own people for 30 pieces of SILVERS....Herman Cain is a egotistical,pompous,self-asorb,chauvinist,pig-headed,"me,my,myself"...i got mine...you get yours.. type of man!...He fit well into the tea party wring of the republican.

STEVE, Let me ask you this question....why is it that Herman Cain is the only candidate who wife wont show her face....maybe just maybe....she dont support him....maybe she knows he's full of BS ha ha ha....he speak on her behalf....what a controller ha ha...

let me educate you for a mintue STEVE...since you dont have a clue.....The republican are using Herman Cain to divide...and he knows it...but hes so greedy that he dont care!!!They are doing the same thing with Florida SENATOR Marco Rubio.....and Rubio is taking the 30piece of silvers....Rubio is running into problems since it was discovered that he lied about his parent exile by Castro was a lie ha ha ha...they slip in like Mexican to get jobs.

You say Liberal hate Black Republican...you are wrong!!! 98% of black american are democrats....and black American know the motivation of most Black republican....their are a few with honor like Colin Powell,Sen.mass Edward Brooke,Ralph Abernathy(SCLC),J.C.Watts,Dr.Louis Sullivan(Sec.Health&Human Services)Wilt Chamberlain,former basketball NBA,Sammy Davis jr, Thurman Thomas(buffalo Bills)Sheryl Underwood(comedienne-Steve Harvey),Lynn Swann(football-NFL), eazy E(rapper),Dwayne Johnson(the ROCK),Don king(boxing promoter),T.D.Jakes(televangist)and James Meredith...none of these republicans that are black are hated....dont confuse them with ALLEN WEST< HERMAN CAIN< CLARENCE THOMAS..and a few others who will sell not only their race out but the country for 30pieces of silvers

STEVE BARRETT if you need more info....i will call you and leave my PH# since you are mis-guided.....have a good day

November 12, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Chett, please get a life your multi-comments show you have a very small one.

November 13, 2011 at 3:55 p.m.
chet123 said...

LIVN4LIFE....I SEE YOU RATTLING YOUR PEA BRAIN COMMENTS ON HERE THAT YOU GET FROM YOUR HATERS...NONE OF IT SUBSTANCIAL..I WILL RUN FACT CHECK ON YOU AS I DID "BARRETT"..YOU AS HIM SPEW PROPAGANDA AND LIES....I WILL CALL YOUR HAND BUDDY ..NOONE TELL YOU TO BE QUIET NOR TRY TO CENSOR YOU LIVNLIFE....SO DONT TRY TO SHUT ME UP....I KNOW THE TRUTH HURT YOU....TAKE IT LIKE A MAN!!...TAKE IT LIKE A MAN!!!! HA HA

November 13, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Thank You Professor Walden for lernin me howl two spel. If only Iwuz haf as brite as yur former CEO of a 3rd rate pizza chain, maybe then you would like me two.

November 13, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
acerigger said...

OK Barrett,stick a fork in Cain,he's done! Try to figure out how to sell "Th' Newtster" next! Can't decide, hilariously pathetic or pathetically hilarious.

November 15, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
chet123 said...

HA HA HA HA! HERMAN CAIN HA HA HA HA HA HERMAN CAIN HA HA HA HA......I TRIED TO TELL YOU DELUSIONAL REPUBLICAN HA HA HA HA

November 28, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.
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