The inexperience of Herman Cain and his campaign team is really showing today as they struggle to deal with the allegations of sexual harassment during Cain’s time as head of the National Restaurant Association (the NRA with food, not guns). Smart political operatives who have been around the block know that you don’t do drip, drip, drip, you get your response out in a full and coherent fashion, and then you stick to it.
But Cain, having denied knowing even if there were financial settlements paid to the women, let alone the details of them, back-tracked in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, admitting to knowledge about the settlements.
Once you get caught in a lie about an allegation, as Cain now has, you lose credibility for the rest of your version, even if you’re telling the truth.
However serious these allegations are, Cain and his staff are doomed to make the situation worse simply because of who they are, untested and unready. Whoever got the story to Politico — Mitt Romney? Rick Perry? — would have known that because they knew they were hitting a bunch of amateurs.