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TheDC Morning: Do we finally have Cainfirmation?

1.) Do we finally have Cainfirmation? — We now have a second Herman Cain accuser with a specific accusation, and the first to be named like a Bond girl. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“A woman identified as Ginger White went public Monday with allegations that she had an affair with GOP presidential contender Herman Cain. ‘I’m not proud,’ White told Atlanta station WAGA-TV. ‘I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not.’ She had no qualms with admitting the affair was inappropriate. ‘It was pretty simple,’ White said. ‘It wasn’t complicated and I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.’ White said the relationship was an escape from everyday life.”

Cain is denying it, as TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told supporters at a fundraising event Monday night that fresh allegations that he had an extended 13-year affair with a woman in Georgia are untrue. Washington, D.C. attorney Mary Brett, who attended the event, told The Daily Caller that Cain swore to supporters that if he had a Bible, he’d put his hand on it and vow that the allegations are false. ‘He said you’re probably going to hear — if you didn’t before you got here — another allegation about a 13-year affair and it’s absolutely not true,’ Brett, who lives in Reston, recalled as she left the Hilton hotel where the event was held.”

And as ABC News reports, Ginger White might be every bit as credible as Sharon Bialek:

“Like one of his earlier accusers, the latest woman to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual misconduct has a history of financial trouble, with a threat of eviction for non-payment of rent just two weeks ago. Ginger White, who claimed in an interview with Atlanta Fox News affiliate WAGA to have had a 13-year-affair with Cain, has liens and civil judgments in Kentucky and Georgia dating back to 1994. Eleven of those liens have been filed since 2009, with nine in 2011. The owners of her apartment complex in Dunwoody, Georgia have sued her for non-payment of rent nearly every month since the beginning of the year… While living in Louisville, Kentucky, she worked at Recruitment Plus, LLC. According to WAGA, she filed a sex harassment claim against an employer ten years ago, and the case was settled. The station also found a bankruptcy filing from the late 1980s. In January, there is a scheduled court date in an unrelated civil suit filed against her by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, who alleges that White stalked and harassed her and had sought a protective order. A judge has entered a default judgment in Vay’s favor.”

None of which means she’s lying, of course. Two points in Ginger White’s favor so far: She says she’s got phone records of numerous calls from Cain, and she’s not represented by Gloria Allred.

2.) The Audacity of Audacity — It’s good news that the media is thoroughly vetting Herman Cain. It used to be that delving into the past of an African-American candidate for president was all racist and stuff. For example, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright had nothing to do with Barack Obama’s rise to power and there’s no reason to even bring him up, correct? Wellllll… TheDC’s Nicholas Ballasy reports:

“Video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller shows Illinois Senator Barack Obama, then campaigning for Democrats before the 2006 midterm elections, praising Reverend Jeremiah Wright and telling an audience that he ‘stole’ the title of his book ‘The Audacity of Hope’ from Wright’s sermon of the same name, which he ‘loved.’ Obama also referred to Wright as ‘my pastor.’ ‘I’m not plugging the book, but the title of it, “The Audacity of Hope.” Some people have noticed that I actually used that line in the speech that I gave at the 2004 Democratic Convention,’ Obama said on November 4, 2006 in Bristol, Pa., at a rally in support of Patrick Murphy, who went on to serve two terms in Congress. ‘But I tell you what: I’m confessing to all of you here today — it’s a big crowd, 2,000 people — I’m confessing in front of the TV cameras: I actually stole this line from my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.'”

It’s unclear whether the “Wright-Free Zone” established back in 2008 by CNN’s John Roberts is still in place, now that Roberts has moved to Fox News. But we’re probably still not supposed to talk about Rev. Wright, because shut up.

3.) Bawny Fwank has no wegwets — Yesterday marked the end of an era. Yay! TheDC’s Christopher Bedford reports:

“Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank announced at a 1 p.m. press conference that he will not run for re-election in 2012, citing a tough political battle due to redistricting and ‘too many restrictions against what I want to do.’ ‘I would have had to work very hard,’ Frank said, conceding that with — by his count — 25,000-26,000 new voters in his district, ‘It would have been a tough campaign.’ When asked if he had any regrets about his role in the financial crisis, Frank replied, ‘What about the financial crisis?’ adding, ‘I don’t have any regrets.’ The congressman instead laid the blame for the Fannie Mae–Freddie Mac subprime mortgage crisis on Republicans, especially then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Frank only became concerned for the wellbeing of the federally-backed lenders, he said, in 2005, asserting that in 2003 ‘I thought Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were doing well.'”

Let that be Barney Frank’s legacy: He wasn’t afraid of anything except hard work. And of course, the mistakes he made and the lies he told while in office are all somebody else’s fault.

4.) The end is nigh, etc. — You might have heard about another round of Climategate e-mails, in which climate scientists conspired to hide data that conflicted with their theories, and to destroy the careers of their critics. But don’t let that distract you from the irrefutable scientific fact that we’re all going to die from global warming. TheDC’s Josh Peterson reports:

“Attendees at a United Nations meeting in Durban, South Africa began this year’s round of climate change negotiations on Monday, and global-warming evangelists say the stakes are high. The U.N. Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan, issued a statement calling for a ‘preventative’ international solidarity among ‘old and new polluters’ to confront ‘the massive irreversible damage that has already been caused not only by natural disaster but as well, by man’s activities.’ Dandan, appealing to the ‘Global Village,’ said that the ‘Durban negotiations are a make or break for humanity… Failure in Durban would impact on the three pillars of the U.N., namely peace and security, development and human rights, and pin the world down to ground zero.'”

Because that’s what science is all about: scaring you into giving up your money without question. You might think it’s clever to point out the irony of people from all over the world flying to a conference about pollution. Well, um… why do you hate science, science-hater?

5.) Highly Cyrus? — Miley Cyrus celebrated her 19th birthday last week, and she made some comments that have gotten her into some bongwater. But don’t throw out those Hannah Montana dolls just yet, moms of America. She wuz framed! TheDC’s Betsi Fores reports:

“After making ‘stoner’-like comments about her Bob Marley birthday cake, Miley Cyrus now claims she was just kidding about her affinity for marijuana. In a video obtained by The Daily and promoted by Perez HIlton, she says of the cake: ‘You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake — you know you smoke way too much f***ing weed!’ Cyrus reps are now saying that the cake was taken out of context and that is ‘was intended to be sarcastic.'”

If you’re still skeptical, keep in mind that a character witness has stepped forward in Miley’s defense: none other than Kelly Osbourne. Show’s over, people, nothing to see here.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from the Twitter feed of Alec Baldwin, who is proud of how he’s learned to control his anger — “I am so tired!!!!!! Of all this right wing trash!!! Saying I promises to leave the country!! Or seriously threatened to Stone Henry Hyde, that broken down old Republican hack!! I’m staying’ right here!! All you Mark Levin loving zombie hater trash!!! OBAMA!!!!! 2012!!!!! And all you Free Republic, American Renaissance, gun-loving, war-mongering, trolls…. bring it!! Obama!!! 2012!!!”

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