The Cain Scrutiny
More trenchant media commentary from Rush Limbaugh on the content-free scandal swirling around Herman Cain, that some say, seemingly with an air of wishfulness, could be the undoing of his quest for the Presidency.
For it appears at this point that the scandal, over his alleged sexual misconduct with women which has still yet to be publicly described, is doing more damage to the media's tattered reputation, such that Limbaugh sees the media shifting into damage-control mode.
"Five days in and nobody knows what he did," the talk show titan observed last Friday of Cain, whose fund-raising, far from being damaged, appears to have benefited from the allegations.
Moreover, a Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that 70% of Republicans say the Cain allegations don't matter.
"Politico, you failed," Limbaugh intoned. "You attempted, along with others in the mainstream media, to take the guy out and you failed. Your influence isn't what you thought it was."
As to why this might be so, Limbaugh offered a number of possibilities:
Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block, appearing on Fox's American News Room with Martha MacCallum, says "This is the last day I'm going to talk about this... the media has turned Washington into a cesspool and we're not going to swim in that cesspool any more. We are not gonna play by the rules that the media has established."
This story was supposed to destroy Herman Cain by shifting the focus of the American public away from President Obama's dismal handling of the American economy.
With that strategy clearly not working, the media has shifted again, concentrating not on the truth of the accusations, but on how poorly Cain is handling them in the news cycle. But with his lead over Romney still holding in the polls, and his fundraising success on the rise, this gambit too appears to be failing.
"How about a poll on how good a job Obama's doing on handling the economy?" asked Limbaugh.