Herman Cain has a remembering problem. Following Politico’s damaging report about sexual-harassment allegations made against him during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the nineties, Cain sat down with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren, presumably to continue the damage control he began Monday morning, only the Republican front-runner couldn’t recall much of anything. First, Cain was unable to recall the age of one of his two female accusers; then he couldn’t recall signing a settlement agreement with her, nor could he recall having a private conversation with his second accuser.
Cain claimed that he knows little to nothing about the allegations, though he later remembered (finally!) the settlement with the first woman: “My general counsel said this started out where she and her lawyer were demanding a huge financial settlement … I don’t remember a number … But then he said because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement.”
Following the awkward, hemming-and-hawing performance, in which Cain demonstrated his mysterious chin-high gesture that he believes might have offended his accuser, Cain was really no better off than when he started. Maybe worse, actually, because of a bizarre answer he gave in response to a Susteren question toward the end of the interview, about whether Cain has “Got a roaming eye at all?” Cain replied: “I enjoy flowers like everybody else — no, no not at all — well, I wouldn’t say not at all, it depends on what you mean.”