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Andrew Kla­van on why con­ser­v­a­tives need to be cau­tious in any accep­tance of inno­cence for Her­man Cain regard­ing this sex­ual harass­ment scan­dal and charges.

So the dou­ble stan­dard con­tin­ues with Cain. Not only have the reli­ably left wing news sites like ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN been act­ing as if this were the story of the decade, but right wing sites like Fox and our own PJMe­dia have added fuel to the fire, eagerly track­ing down more details. You can be sure that will keep hap­pen­ing as the story pro­ceeds. And if Cain turns out to be guilty, you won’t be hear­ing any excuses for him here.

And yes, it’s unfair. But there’s a rea­son it’s unfair—a rea­son it should be unfair. There’s a rea­son we right wingers vet our can­di­dates while the left adu­lates theirs, a rea­son we con­demn our mis­cre­ants while the left ele­vates theirs, a rea­son our news out­lets cover sto­ries that the left cov­ers up.

The rea­son is: we’re the good guys. We have to do what’s right. The left doesn’t. Sorry, but that’s the way it works. It’s the price you pay for defend­ing what’s true and good, the price of hold­ing your­self to a high moral stan­dard. Our politi­cians have to be bet­ter than their politi­cians. Our jour­nal­ists have to be more hon­est. Even our pro­test­ers have to behave with deco­rum and decency—and still suf­fer being slandered—while theirs can act like ani­mals and com­mit acts of vio­lence and law­less­ness and spew anti-semitic filth and still find them­selves excused and glorified.

There’s a rea­son the bad guy in movies is always chuck­ling darkly while the hero fre­quently finds him­self with a laser beam cut­ting a path toward his vitals. The world is a place that has to be fought for and wrong­do­ers hold high power in every field. Liars wear ties and sit behind desks and tell us “That’s the way it is!” while draw­ing seven fig­ure salaries from main­stream cor­po­ra­tions. Truth tellers—the Becks, the Lim­baughs, the Coul­ters, the Bre­it­barts—have to cre­ate their own venues while dodg­ing brick­bats and charges of big­otry and mean­ness and insanity.

Her­man Cain is going to have to run the gaunt­let, not just of a racist and dis­hon­est left that wants to destroy him but of a fair-minded and decency-loving right that wants him to come fully clean and let the vot­ers decide how we should pro­ceed. The fight for truth, lib­erty and moral­ity requires sac­ri­fice and self-examination. The self-righteous quest for power over oth­ers does not.

The world is just as unfair as you think it is. You’ll never catch the devil hang­ing on a cross.

That being said, I think Cain’s done after today.  Cor­rec­tion, after he goes on “Jimmy Kim­mel Live” tonight.  And if that doesn’t kill him, the FEC will likely more than pro­vide the final nail in the coffin.

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