Larry Elder
"He's got it coming to him," said Ben Bradlee, former editor of The Washington Post. "You can't do that in this town anymore. Probably could do it 50 years ago, but you can't do it now."

The "he" was Herman Cain. The "that" means sexual harassment. And the "got it coming" means the media firestorm around the Republican front-runner as he deals with the sexual misconduct accusations that threaten to derail Cain's surprisingly strong candidacy.

Bradlee made the Cain comment while at a book party for MSNBC host Chris Matthews' new biography about the Democratic Party's icon, John F. Kennedy, handsome, dashing and forever young -- who screwed around big-time on his popular and elegant wife. When asked what he liked about Matthews' new book, Bradlee said, "I like the guy who wrote it, and I like the guy he wrote it about."

The irony seemed to be lost on Mr. Bradlee.

Bradlee wags his finger at Cain for alleged "sexual harassment" and insists, "He's got it coming to him." But on the same night, Bradlee celebrates a man who not only serially cheated, but who jeopardized national security by sleeping with the girlfriend of a big-time Chicago mobster.

Certainly, "it was a different time," with the all-male reporter's boys club looking the other way. But Kennedy kept his affairs secret from wife and country for a reason. Trying telling your wife -- even in the '60s -- "Honey, this afternoon -- when you're out with your lunch friends -- I'm throwing a nude pool party. There may be, some, you know, some 20-something young ladies, some actually wearing bathing suits. Oh, then I'm going out with the girlfriend of a gangster. Don't wait up."

"Certainly, dear"??? "Have a good time"??? "I'll leave the porch light on for you"???

Not likely. Even in the '60s, on a deal like this, Harriet ditches Ozzie, June leaves Ward, and Lucy drops Ricky.

And if 15-year-old allegations of "sexual harassment" rate high on the Democrats' character scale, please explain the deification of Bill Clinton. OK, he balanced the budget. But there was ...

Paula Jones: About whom a Clinton surrogate said, "If you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find." Apparently you find $850K to settle a lawsuit. Clinton accused Jones of lying about sexual harassment and filing a lawsuit that lacked merit, then settled the case out of court for $850K.

Gennifer Flowers: Clinton surrogates trashed her as a "saloon singer." (Do we even still have "saloons"?) Clinton publicly called her a liar. Years later, Clinton finally admitted that, yes, Flowers told the truth when she said their relationship had been sexual.


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