TheDC Morning: The Cain Scrutiny

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1.) Elizabeth Warren: 1% Genuine — It takes a lot of cash to bring down capitalism. TheDC’s Caroline May reports: “Occupy Wall Street sweetheart and Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spent Tuesday evening hobnobbing with Hollywood celebrities and fundraising for her campaign at the home of Emmy Award-winning television producer Norman Lear, The Daily Caller has confirmed. Dubbing Warren liberal Hollywood’s new ‘It girl,’ The Hollywood Reporter’s Tina Daunt wrote last month that Lear and his wife Linda would be co-hosting an event for Warren, featuring such stars as Barbra Streisand, Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito and Hans Zimmer. Attending the event required a donation of between $1,000 and $5,000, continuing Warren’s trend of raising money outside the state where she is actually running…” What a waste. Just think how many organic goat cheese & spinach omelets $5,000 could provide for needy protesters in Zuccotti Park. Then again, Hollywood leads the nation as usual: it’s probably best to give Warren your money now before she takes it at gunpoint.

2.) The Cain Scrutiny — Day 4. We still don’t know exactly what Herman Cain is supposed to have done wrong or who claimed he did, but a lack of facts doesn’t mean it’s not news. For the latest dearth of details, let’s go to the Associated Press: “A third former employee considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment… The woman spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared retaliation. She was located and approached by the AP as part of its investigation into harassment complaints against Cain that were disclosed in recent days and have thrown his presidential campaign into turmoil.” Who is this woman? What did Cain do or say to her? The AP doesn’t seem to care, so apparently we shouldn’t either. In other news: The Cain campaign says the Perry campaign tipped Politico to the anonymous, unspecified accusations from at least a decade ago, but the Perry campaign blames Romney. And if you think this was the real goal of this story, that’s only because you’ve been following the news industry for more than a few days. No matter what Herman Cain did or didn’t do, all of the GOP candidates are guilty of the greatest crime of all: threatening Obama’s second term.

3.) Building 7, Truthers 0 — It’s a bad week to be a Truther, but then, so are the other 51. The Daily Mail reports: “Its dramatic collapse several hours after the Twin Towers fell triggered a decade of conspiracy theories. Those who believed that the September 11 attacks on America were not carried out by al-Qaida terrorists pointed to the fall of World Trade Center Building 7 as proof of their wild claims. But a newly released video appears to finally prove once and for all that Building 7 was brought down by the intense heat of the blazing World Trade Center – and not explosives, as conspiracy theorists claim.” What say you, Alec Baldwin?

4.) Holder boulder still rolling — And it’s growing larger by the day. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “There are now 34 members of Congress calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s immediate resignation; on Wednesday, four new congressional voices joined the chorus of calls for Holder to step down. The newest members calling for Holder’s resignation are Republican Reps. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, Diane Black of Tennessee, Bob Latta of Ohio and Kenny Marchant of Texas. ‘I call upon Attorney General Holder to resign his post as our nation’s top law enforcement official,’ Marchant said in a statement to The Daily Caller. ‘Ever since the first details of Operation Fast and Furious emerged, Attorney General Holder has been less than forthright with Congress as to his knowledge of Fast and Furious. Unfortunately, this ill-conceived operation has already led to the killing of a border patrol agent…’ The White House and the Justice Department continue to ignore the surge in calls for Holder’s immediate resignation.” That’s right: the most speechifyin’ administration in human memory is speechless. Are Obama’s little helpers just too tired to cobble together another lie or excuse? Could be. They’ve been working overtime for years.

5.) Labash answers — Just in time for Columbus Day last month, Matt Labash has a few ruminations on the guy who sailed the ocean blue in 1492 to subjugate Native Americans before they were even called that: “Was Christopher Columbus perfect? No. Very few people are besides Jesus, and He had God on His side. Maybe Columbus was guilty of bringing slavery and genocide to indigenous peoples of the future Americas (in fairness to him, he thought that he was bringing slavery and genocide to the Asian continent — he really could’ve used OnStar, in addition to a moral compass.) And never mind that his many present-day detractors never want to talk about atrocities committed by indigenous peoples, such as ‘Indian giving.’ Perhaps Columbus could have benignly accepted more kindnesses from them, if he’d had any assurance that they weren’t going to ask for them back. But the positive side of the Columbus ledger is too often given short shrift these days. For he remains, even in death, a jobs creator. If it weren’t for Columbus, think of the tens of thousands of American studies professors who would be on food stamps if they didn’t have his atrocities to write revisionist histories of. You try writing your doctoral dissertation on ‘Air Supply and Demand: The Business of Rocking Softly in a Recession,’ an actual title from ismythesishotornot.com.” Columbus also created a job for Peter Falk. Remember that show? “Oh, just one last question, ma’am…” That was awesome.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “I wish I was as funny as @adamcarolla”

VIDEO: “Guilty until proven innocent”

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