The second leading story of the past week after all things Kardashian was the claims of sexual harassment against Republican Presidential nominee Herman Cain. From USA Today:
"Joel Bennett, a lawyer for one of Herman Cain's accusers, says there was a "series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances" by Cain that led his client to file a sexual harassment claim.
Bennett issued a statement on behalf of his client, who does not wish to be identified or speak publicly.
Cain, who is leading polls for the GOP presidential nomination, has repeatedly said he was "falsely accused" of sexual harassment when he led the National Restaurant Association from 1996-1999.
In an impromptu news conference, Bennett told reporters the incidents occurred over "a month or two" but declined to say what specifically took place. He said "it qualified as sexual harassment in our opinion."
"Beyond what's in this statement she has decided not to relive the specifics of the incidents so I cannot give any further details," said. "She has made a decision that she does not want to do that."
Asked about the other two women referred to this week in news stories about Cain's alleged behavior, Bennett said: "Where there's smoke, there's fire ... more likely than not, there was some sexual harassment activity."...
The allegations of misconduct don't seem to be making an impact with GOP voters.
Seven in 10 Republicans in a new ABC News/Washington Post survey say the allegations don't matter when it comes to picking a presidential candidate. A majority of GOP and GOP-leaning voters, or 55%, say the allegations are not a "serious matter."
Read the rest here. Over the past week, I've been asked by no less than three people how I feel about Cain. Okay, so three isn't that many. But considering I've only been out of the house once in the past week, that's pretty impressive. Anyway, I don't know how I feel about him. He kind of reminds me of a deacon from a storefront church in Jersey City or Irvington (woot woot, big up Jersey!) I met at some Women's Day Service back in the day. Notice I said deacon and not elder or pastor.
I do know I'll most likely pay MORE in taxes under his "9-9-9" plan than I do now, and I already pay a lot so that makes it a major "womp womp" to me. I actually think the whole "9-9-9" thing sounds like a leftover from his Godfather's Pizza days. Like, "get your choice of 9 different toppings on 9 different crusts for only $9!"
The highlighted portion reveals that Cain seems to have staying power- despite reported shortcomings- something Bachmann and Perry don't have at this point. When it comes to the support of the Millennial Generation, President Obama is lacking as well. From NPR:
It felt like 2008 all over again in Philadelphia this week. A DJ played a song by the Black Eyed Peas to warm up a crowd of about 500 students from local colleges. President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, exhorted the crowd at the University of Pennsylvania to volunteer, to apply for internships and, of course, to vote.
"There's 8 million registered voters who are 18 to 21 who weren't old enough to vote last time, who are going to cast their first vote, and they're going to do it for Barack Obama," Messina said. "Raise your hand if you're 18 to 21!"
President Obama needs a lot of help from this demographic if he's going to win a second term. In 2008, millennials — born between 1981 and 1993 — voted for Obama by a ratio of 2 to 1. They gave time, money and a sense of excitement to the campaign. And they came out to vote in record numbers.That's the largest margin of victory within any age group since 1972, according to the Pew Research Center.
Alec Tyson, a research associate at the Pew Research Center, calls himself a card-carrying millennial.
Tyson — who was born in 1983 — helped prepare a Pew report called "Generational Politics." He says millennials are more ethnically diverse than other age groups. They're more likely than older voters to hold liberal views on social issues, and to express support for an activist government. Millennials still give the president a higher job approval rating than do other groups, at 49 percent. But Tyson says they're not as enamored of Obama as they used to be.
"Shortly after Obama took office, millennials expressed very positive emotions towards Obama," Tyson says. "They felt inspired or hopeful by him. Two years later, there's a sign that they've become, to use their own word, disappointed."
Read the rest here. Election Day 2011 is tomorrow, but Election Day 2012 is right around the corner.