Update: Republican debate is tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. It will be on CNBC. The debate is 90 minutes long and will be held in Michigan. The debate is supposed to be about jobs and the economy. Between such lofty discussion we suspect there will be a CAIN court-martial, er, questions.
At tonight’s debate some Republicans/conservatives will be taking a second look at Gingrich. Very few Republicans/conservatives want Romney even as polls show many are crying that Willard is increasingly viewed as “inevitable”.
Tonight is Republican debate night. We’ll cover the debate spun and spin.
As to yesterday’s elections, the spin today is that Republicans (especially Ohio Governor John Kasich) lost big. We have a contrary view.
But first Herman Cain – who really needs to learn how to do these things with a bit more efficiency.
“At least two liens have been filed against Bialek, according to records from the Cook County recorder of deeds. [snip]
Court records also show creditors took legal action against her during the past decade, including at least one lawsuit filed in Cook County.
Bialek’s fiance, however, denied she had any current money problems. Harwood, a corporate executive in the medical equipment industry, said he supports her financially so she can stay at home with her 13-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Bialek has not had a job outside the home in about two years, according to her attorney, Gloria Allred.”
“As newly reviewed records pointed to deeper financial problems for the Chicago-area woman accusing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment, he wasted no time Tuesday in suggesting she is motivated by monetary gain.
Sharon Bialek’s fiance — who said he is her primary source of financial support — is unemployed and preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Lake County court documents reviewed Tuesday by the Tribune. And in Cook County, lawsuits show she has been targeted by creditors who claimed she owed them thousands in unpaid rent, personal loans and credit card bills.
In a round of TV interviews, Bialek, 50, said she had no financial reasons for coming forward and had not been promised a job in exchange for accusing Cain of groping her in a parked car 14 years ago. She sought to downplay past financial problems.”
See Herman, that’s how it’s done. Sharon and hubby have lied. They do need money desperately. Cain should have had investigators on the job months ago. Cain has an opportunity at tonight’s debate to make his case in a nationwide broadcast – but he also needs to get better staff quickly.
Cain has to stop relying on silly reasons such as this: “I can’t respond any further than that, but from a common sense standpoint, one would have to ask if that might not have been a motivation for her being subjected to this.” Common sense has nothing to do with it sweetie darling. This is a Chicago gangland war and it’s kill or be killed.
Court records show Bialek’s financial problems include many of recent vintage and the Cain campaign better memorialize these events and publicly distribute them far and wide.
Hint: note that Bialek and her husband have made public claims that they do not need money and money is not the motivation for their actions – then show that hubby indeed does need money and that hubby and Sharon have been lying to the public in a most grotesque way. See, it’s simple. (Oh, and she has repeatedly lied about her finances “She gave differing accounts of her income, saying she was making about $90,000 a year in one court filing but about $64,000 a year in another.”)
Today Mark Levin has more about an interview with CBS anchorman Bill Kurtis (Bialek is a former CBS worker!) who strongly suggests she is not a sweet little Bambie lost in the woods:
Kurtis says there is a lot more to this than Sharon Bialek says. Kurtis says that with Bialek’s record it is more likely that if something happened in the car the aggressor was Sharon Bialek! The DailyMail has more on what a friend calls “a golddigger.”
Today there is also more news about another Cain accuser:
“A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned. [snip]
To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. [snip]
“The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said.
Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”
Now Kraushaar and Bennett can’t remember or refuse to comment because it is “confidential”!!!! Not anymore sweetie pie. It’s kill or be killed time.
As with racism, sexual harassment and discrimination against women can be a harrowing fact of workplace life. But apparently Kraushaar’s complaint was a lame email joke about how men and women are like computers (men need to be turned on, women record mistakes in long-term memory for later retrieval). False allegations of racism and sexism for personal profit make a mockery of genuine cases of racism and sexism. As with Obama campaign race-baiting, the Herman Cain accusers appear to be in it for the money. We’re willing and wanting to hear all the evidence.
Herman Cain has a problem for sure. The problem is that much of this could have been avoided. First blaming Perry then the Cain campaign blaming Josh Kraushaar is stupid shadowboxing. It’s Obama that’s doing this Herman. Herman Cain has to not only prove he is ready for prime time but also that his campaign is ready for prime time. Rehearsal time is almost over. You can’t have a campaign that stumbles when attacked by Obama’s drive-by shooters.
Why is all this happening to Herman Cain? David Gregory of sexist/racist NBC/MSNBC says there is no (Ku Klux Klan????) “grand wizard to force out Cain.” [See how easy it is to race-bait David?] We answered yesterday as to who is behind all this. The “why?” is even easier to answer. We are now less than one year away from NObama Nirvana. One year from NObama Nirvana things don’t look good for the treacherous boob:
Does Obama deserve second term? One year out, half say no.
Half of Americans say Obama does not deserve to be reelected, versus 40 percent who say he does, finds a new Monitor/TIPP poll. Independents, in particular, have lost faith.
It’s fear and smear from Chicago, baby – and Herman Cain you are the “it” boy for today, Mitt to follow.
Yup, Mitt Romney to follow. And yesterday’s elections should clue Republicans as to what a disaster Willard Mitt Romney will be.
Yesterday there was a very bright spot for Republicans in Ohio. That was that a lot of Ohio voters voted against Obama’s health scam even as they were voting against the collective bargaining bill. As we have repeatedly warned (HERE with a bonus as to why Newt is a disaster too), Republicans will throw away the health care issue – which is so very potent against Obama – if they choose Willard. Consider this yet another warning.
As to the loss for Republicans on the collective bargaining bill – is it really a loss? The unions would have been utterly destroyed if the bill was approved and so they fought with everything they had. But it is not as if they advanced their agenda any.
“After Republicans passed Walker’s budget repair bill, Wisconsinites triggered recall elections targeting nine state senators—three GOPers who backed the bill and three Democratic state senators who fled the state to block the measure. When the dust settled, spending in the nine elections reached a staggering $43.9 million, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks money in state politics. Left-leaning groups outspent their right-leaning rivals $23.4 million to $20.5 million. That advantage was enough to oust two Republicans, but not enough to flip the state Senate majority back to Democrats.
Ohio is a different story. Here, labor unions have outmuscled pro-SB 5 groups in the money game. Labor-backed We Are Ohio raised $30.5 million and spent nearly $20 million of that through October 20. Building a Better Ohio, the flagship pro-SB 5 group, raised just $7.6 million and spent around $6 million over the same period.”
What passes for the left these days was completely fired up. Ed Shultz spent a week, or weeks, in Ohio and talking about Ohio. MSNBC devoted itself to the Ohio bill. Obama websites focused every day on the Ohio election. Every Obama supporter was focused on the Ohio election knowing a loss there would be Armageddon.
Republicans barely paid attention to Ohio. It was rare to find an article discussing Issue 2 on right leaning websites. Sean Hannity went to Ohio for one night. Fox News rarely if ever discussed Issue 2. It was an odd silence. Our contacts in Ohio kept telling us there was nothing happening in Ohio outside the ordinary to report just that the labor unions and Dimocrats were hosting many events, sending out a stream of emails, and raising money – but that the Republican effort was nary to be found.
So what happened? Did Republicans fumble or is there something else at play? A knowledgeable commenter at HotAir has the answer:
“I have a bit of skin in this Ohio game. One of my kids is running for office locally. First time at bat.
Have seen a number of flyers and ads about Prop 2 and how if passed thousands of Ohio public sector workers will be paid only minimum wage or that entire police departments will be shuttered or that every other house on the street will burn to the ground because there are no firefighters, and thousands of teachers will be laid off immediately.
Hogwash all bought and paid for by unions who spend more money on political action these days than they spend on actually helping members in need.
Funny thing, though. If SB5 goes down in defeat, it can be re-written and passed again, but more to the point is that if SB5 is defeated a lot of municipalities all across Ohio are looking at major budget deficits over the next several years or longer as they try to pay for the benefits packages average citizens can only dream about. There will be layoffs. Some municipal governments will cease to exist. (A few in Ohio already have this year.)
And then what?”
The “and then what” is that Ohio unions and Wisconsin unions and allies across the country have spent tens of millions for pretty much nothing other than survival. In Wisconsin the Republican victory was obvious. In Ohio the game is much more subtle.
Republicans in Ohio forced labor unions to spend tens of millions to fight for their very lives just to get back what they lost. That’s calling running to stay in place.
As we wrote at the beginning of the Wisconsin fight the Republican goal is the neutering of labor unions and thereby the castration of what once was the Democratic Party. The means to accomplish this is the cutoff of government collection of paycheck union dues on behalf of the unions. Force the unions to collect their own dues and allow workers the option of paying or not paying union dues and the Republicans win their goal.
As that HotAir writer states, the Republican legislature and the Republican governor can and will pass what they want, when they want. The unions may continue to bleed their coffers dry.
More importantly however is the claim that Republican Governor John Kasich is cooked. Kasich’s Ohio budget is not going to be hurt in any way by what happened yesterday. That is something that a lot of people do not understand. Yesterday’s election results do not injure Kasich’s budget which is balanced and has already been passed. John Kasich now can sit back and wait.
The Kasich strategy is simple: local governments now have to balance their budgets and their clamor for budgetary relief from the state government will be denied. It will be local governments that will have to cut back union benefits or raise taxes, not Kasich.
Kasich is not the only Republican that is secretly smiling. The Republican “losses” of last night are something to celebrate, not mourn. That badly worded ‘life begins at conception’ measure even had its supporters squirming. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour said he voted for it but we should be forgiven if we think he is lying.
Barbour noted that the measure could have many unintended consequences every time he was interviewed. The hefty Barbour was having his cake and eating it too. On this issue the Republicans won by losing and not having to defend this mess of a measure.
Also in Mississippi the Republicans gained full control of government as the House went to the Republicans as well. That’s another state run totally by Republicans in the wake of the Obama disaster of 2008.
In Virginia, the Republicans have likely won the state house and complete control of government there. Karen Tumulty wailed that Obama is in trouble:
“Tuesday’s legislative elections in Virginia appeared likely to add more evidence — as if national Democrats needed it — that the terrain of the political map will be significantly more rugged for President Obama next year. [snip]
“The enthusiasm gap has been completely reversed in the state. Republicans have it. Democrats don’t,” said political scientist Bob Holsworth, a former professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who now runs a Web site called Virginia Tomorrow. [snip]
“Independents specifically have rejected the Obama agenda, and they are fully supportive of the McDonnell agenda,” said Phil Cox, who managed the governor’s campaign and is now executive director of the Republican Governors Association.
Meanwhile, the energy of the tea party movement has ginned up Republican enthusiasm in Virginia, as have conservative outside groups.”
Republicans won victories that advance their agenda, reach and control of more state governments. Obama Dimocrats spent millions to stay in the frying pan and not fall into the volcanic hell fires. That’s a “victory” only in Hopium dens.