In comedy, timing is everything. The same can be said for politics. In what seems to be a semiannual event, attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference yesterday representing yet another oppressed female at the hands of a dominant man. The latest of Allred’s clients is a step up from the two porn stars she represented during last year’s Tiger Woods sex scandal.
Sharon Bialek, hailing from Chicago (red flag), came out Monday accusing Presidential hopeful Herman Cain of what she calls “inappropriate sexual advances” during a meeting in 1997. Bialek claims that Cain put his hand on her leg, attempted to slide it up to her nether region and then attempted to force her head toward his “crotch” with his other hand. Cain has vehemently denied the charges.
But that’s where it ends, at least as far as Bialek and Allred…. Or does it?
Allred, at the presser, said that there will be no formal charges or complaints filed. Bialek has stated repeatedly that she is not in it for the money; she lists her profession for the past several years as a “stay at home, single mother.” Reports quickly circulated that she had been involved legally with David Axelrod in a proceeding in 2009 in Chicago. As it turns out, it is true that her attorney was David Axelrod, just not the same Axelrod as the President’s senior advisor (yes, that means there are two of them; please resume work on your secret underground shelters).
Different from the accusation of harassment levied at Cain for the past two weeks from anonymous sources, this one has a face and a name. Rather than being gummed to death, this accusation against Cain has teeth. However, what may have been the thing that caused the biggest visceral reaction from the right was, not the client, but the lawyer.
Gloria Allred, a person who strikes fear in the hearts of ambulances around the country, probably garnered more attention at first than the fact that there was a real person, with fingerprints and everything, making an accusation against Herman Cain. The unlikely GOP candidate turned frontrunner has survived several hard jabs since his meteoric rise to the top of the polls, but this is an unobstructed blow to the gut. The political pundits are predicting that Cain’s campaign will crumple to the canvas, but he may very well have a secret advocate in his corner – the opposing counsel!!
It could be that the site of Gloria Allred creates such a “GERD-like” reaction in the tummy’s of conservatives, that they could respond in a way contrary to Allred hopes; especially after her jab that Cain was providing his own version of a “stimulus.” It was good for a momentary laugh from the press, but in the long run, it could be the catalyst for a massive rallying of the troops around Cain.
It is ironic that the retaining of a high profile lawyer may actually serve as a detriment to Bialek’s cause, rather than an aid. Bialek may want to check the contract for a money back guarantee. Allred’s purpose is yet unclear with no further actions plan, except for a quick joyride on the media circuit. Perhaps Allred is experiencing the “Jesse Jackson” effect – he becomes irrelevant when racism does not exist.
Allred’s track record of defending the “innocent” against the man (and I do mean that literally) apparently didn’t make a stop in Juanita Broaddrick’s town. Broaddrick supposedly sought her counsel in 1997, claiming that sitting President Clinton had actually “raped” her back in 1978. Perhaps her own statute of limitations is somewhere between 14 and 19 years; Allred refused to represent Broaddrick.
Time of course will write the last chapter – does this end Cain’s run for the top office in the land or does it upgrade his armor to Teflon with an increase in support? We will know by Thanksgiving if Cain’s turkey is pardoned.