Clarence Page November 9, 2011
When I first heard Herman Cain call his tax plan 9-9-9, it sounded like something I might have heard a fraulein tell me years ago when I was a GI in Germany: “Nein, nein, nein!”
I hear that talk-show host Conan O’Brien made a similar observation after Cain, a top-tier Republican presidential hopeful, was hit with sexual harassment allegations. Now 9-9-9 sounds like a German translation of something Sharon Bialek might have told him in 1997 — “No, no, no!”
That’s when the Chicago woman says Cain tried to coerce her into performing a sex act in exchange for his help in landing her a job while he ran the National Restaurant Association. Cain ferociously denies her sexual harassment charges — and those of three unnamed women reported earlier by Politico.
Whichever way Cain’s sexual harassment headache winds up, it takes attention away from his other big “woman problem”: His tax plan would cost working women more overall than it would cost their male counterparts.