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TheDC Morning: Politico has a treat for Herman Cain

1.) Politico has a treat for Herman Cain — Or, depending on your perspective, a trick. Welcome to Republican presidential politics, Mr. Cain. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports: “Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign is accusing Politico of ‘unsubstantiated personal attacks’ after the news outlet published a story Sunday night claiming two unnamed women made sexual harassment allegations against the candidate more than a decade ago. ‘Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,’ J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman, said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller… Politico doesn’t name sources or the identities of the two women who the story says ‘complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain’ while he served as head of the National Restaurant Association during the ’90s. The news outlet described the allegations this way: ‘These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.’” It took four reporters to assemble Politico’s 2,000-word hit piece, which is four more than the specifics it provides. If you’re curious about the particulars of these alleged conversations and gestures, apparently you’re supposed to use your imagination. None of it was quite at a “pubic hair on a Coke” level, presumably. But let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that for once Politico is correct. Who does Cain think he is, a Clinton? Or even worse: a Kennedy? And if Politico isn’t correct, that’s beside the point. The accusation is its own proof, unless the accused is a Democrat. (Remember when a presidential candidate fathered an illegitimate child on the campaign trail, and news outlets like Politico looked the other way as long as possible?)

2.) Congressional Republicans grow bolder against Holder — And now for an accusation with some actual facts behind it. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “Nine more members of Congress have told The Daily Caller that they’re calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his handling of Operation Fast and Furious, more than doubling the number on record before the weekend calling for his ouster. A total of 17 members of Congress have now called for Holder to step down. The latest group of members includes Republican Reps. Dan Burton of Indiana, Allen West of Florida, Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Trent Franks of Arizona, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Duncan Hunter of California, Devin Nunes of California and Dennis Ross of Florida… It also appears Holder misled Congress on May 3 when he told the House Judiciary Committee that he had known of Operation Fast and Furious for only a few weeks. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley told TheDC he personally handed Holder a letter on the topic while the attorney general was in his office months earlier… President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both discussed the operation in media interviews about a month before Holder claims he knew of it… Attorney General Holder had avoided talking openly about Operation Fast and Furious for months until Gosar told The Daily Caller that administration officials responsible for the program could be considered ‘accessories to murder.’ Holder finally spoke out on October 7, citing Gosar’s comments as the reason.” At this point, Holder’s only defense is incompetence. Much like his boss…

3.) Obama [heart symbol] Occupiers — Fistfights in Zuccotti Park. Rioting at Occupy Denver. Public masturbation at Occupy Madison. The Occupiers have really been covering themselves in glory (among other things), and their efforts have not gone unnoticed in the highest offices of power. TheDC’s Paul Conner reports on the Occupy movement’s biggest fan: “President Barack Obama and Occupy Wall Street are speaking the same language. In his weekly address to the nation, Obama cited an economic report showing that the middle class has lost ground to ‘the top one percent.’ ‘The average income for the top one percent of Americans has risen almost seven times faster than the income of the average middle class family,’ he said. ‘And this has happened during a period where the cost of everything from health care to college has skyrocketed.’ Obama explained that Americans should not spite the wealthy, but that prosperity should be available to all classes.” That’s right, don’t spite the wealthy. Leave that to Obama. The executive branch’s equine excrement continued: “Now, in this country, we don’t begrudge anyone wealth or success — we encourage it. We celebrate it. But America is better off when everyone has had the chance to get ahead — not just those at the top of the income scale. The more Americans who prosper, the more America prospers.” Yes, Mr. President, that theory’s been working really well so far. It used to be that when Obama said stuff like this, the media covered for him by… oh, let’s say, going nuclear against an unlicensed plumber in Ohio who had a tax lien and went by his middle name. A mere three years later, Obama is saying it in his weekly address, emboldened by a bunch of filthy, violent, publicly masturbating freaks. Joe the Plumber = BAD; Joe the Rioter = GOOD. For the sake of the nation, let’s hope Obama embraces these grimy, ignorant children for the next 54 weeks.

4.) White House on Solyndra: ‘Oops’ — Hey, you know what might be a good idea? Not throwing away billions of taxpayer dollars on “green energy” companies that quickly go bankrupt. Obama keeps insisting everything’s great and you shouldn’t worry about it, which is why he’s now trying to fix it. The LA Times reports: “Shifting its position on Energy Department loan guarantees, the White House said it would review all pledges to avoid such ill-fated decisions as the much-publicized $535-million loan guarantee for California solar equipment maker Solyndra, which fell into bankruptcy early last month. The step aims to defuse the embarrassing Solyndra episode, which has given rise to criticism that the Obama administration has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in public money. White House Chief of Staff William Daley on Friday ordered the 60-day evaluation and asked for recommendations about ‘how to improve the loan monitoring process,’ the White House said.” Well, you could start by, um, monitoring the loans. Next up, the White House will take decisive steps to put the nation’s valuable toothpaste back in the tube.

5.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “‘@MaximillionChaz: @AlecBaldwin when are you going back to the protest?’ After you pleasure me.’”

BONUS: Even more words of wisdom from the next mayor of New York — “‘@MaximillionChaz: @AlecBaldwin thought you switch hit. But you are a funny son of a bitch.’ I’m gonna rest a part of my body on your chin”

VIDEO: Occupy DC wants to secede from the U.S. Aww, isn’t that cute?

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