RUSH: Carol Costello, CNN, is so upset over my correct pronunciation of the name of the latest aggrieved victim of Herman Cain, Sharon Bialek. I am sure that Carol Costello was furious when the president and others were calling Tea Party activists, millions of people, that is, including women, tea baggers. That had to drive Costello crazy, I’m sure. I know she had to denounce that, right? And Obama, and the others who were calling decent Americans tea baggers? So if a woman alone with a man called the guy a tea bagger or a man alone with a woman called the woman a tea bagger, that would be worth a formal complaint, no? But when a president does it, smears an entire movement, well, who cares, it’s just Obama. That’s just politics, Rush.
So the liberals I guess are into tea baggers now. He-he-he-he-he. Well, I mean, look, folks, it is what it is out there. She’s a Tea Party activist. Allred said that Bialek is a Tea Party activist. I’m just pointing out the media, how they work with the libs. It was perfectly fine to call everybody tea baggers. The president was doing it. All the left-wing journalists were doing it. Costello’s colleague, Anderson Cooper, started the whole tea bagger stuff. I shall say no more after that, but I’m just telling you that there are all kinds of double and triple standards out there. Carol Costello is all righteously indignant over the way I properly pronounced her name, Bialek, exactly as Gloria Allred did twice.
Anyway, just to review. This is probably the best synopsis of Sharon Bialek’s colorful career. In a nutshell, she worked or has worked for at least nine different employers over the past 17 years. Nothing wrong with that. She had two bankruptcies within a ten-year span. Nothing wrong with that. [She had a son in 1999] A paternity lawsuit was filed by the father, a media executive, reportedly at News Corp. She seems to have lost that paternity suit, by the way. On top of all of this, we are supposed to believe that Ms. Bialek was unemployed and living in Chicago in the same building that David Axelrod lives in. And yet she had the money to go to Washington, DC, and rent a hotel room two blocks from the White House to approach the CEO of the National Restaurant Association for a job.
She had been employed by the restaurant association for eight months in a low-level position, and she thought the CEO would help her. We’re told that Bialek is a Republican, so why did she hire Gloria Allred? And lastly, if she is so concerned about sexual harassment, why didn’t she mention her experience when Cain ran for the presidency in 2000, or when he ran for the Senate in Georgia’s Zell Miller’s seat back in 2004? And now they say she is a Tea Party activist. Now there’s a story from a columnist in Chicago, Michael Sneed, “Cain Accuser Hugged Him During a Tea Party Meeting a Month Ago.”
“They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends. She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear. She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying ‘Uh, huh. Uh, huh.’ Huh? ‘I donÂ’t know if what she was giving him was a sucker punch, but he didnÂ’t put his arm down while she was talking to him,’ said the Sneed source. The ‘he’… is GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women. The ‘she’ … is Chicagoan Sharon Bialek, who held a news conference Tuesday as the only woman to PUBLICLY accuse Cain of sexual harassment.
“The Sneed source … is WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, who tells Sneed she witnessed the Cain/Bialek encounter a month ago while backstage at the AM 560 WIND sponsored TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Jacobson: ‘I had turned on TV to find out who was CainÂ’s accuser, and I almost fell over when I saw it was Sharon Bialek accusing Cain of groping her genitals. I was waiting for Herman CainÂ’s “Accuser No. 4″ to surface — and up pops Sharon! I couldnÂ’t believe it. I was shocked. I recall Sharon was hell bent on going backstage at the TeaCon convention — where she cornered him,’ said Jacobson. ‘I was surprised to hear she claims she did not know Cain was going to be there. Cain was expected and was late.’ Bialek told the media on Monday: ‘I went up to him and asked him if he remembered me. I wanted to see if he would be man enough to own up to what he had done 14 years ago.'”
Does that sound… (laughing) see if he would own up to what he did? (interruption) Do I remember the women that propositioned me 14 years ago? Well, let me think, now. That’s a lot of women. Let me think. Fourteen years ago would have been — this is ’11. Would be ’98? Okay, where was I in 1998? I just moved to Florida two years prior, so jeez. Hmm. You may have a point there, Snerdley. Hm-hm. Do I remember a conversation I had under 30 seconds with somebody 14 years ago? No, I don’t. I don’t. Yeah, yeah, she does, she does, she remembers, she’s got that kind of detail. Well, you know, Herman Cain, powerful person and powerful impact, very charismatic, not too many people like Herman Cain. She might remember what he said and did.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite 32. I have a lot of people expressing shock, surprise, anger, what have you, about this. This is Karl Rove on Fox News Channel’s Happening Now earlier this morning co-host Jon Scott said to Karl Rove, “Sharon Bialek only worked for the restaurant association for six months and apparently was already out of that job when she had this meeting with Herman Cain that she says resulted in him behaving inappropriately. I guess it’s the constant drip, drip, drip of accusations rather than the evidence behind them that’s hurting him so much.”
ROVE: Credibility matters here, and Gloria Allred — while she is a Democrat and a liberal Democrat and openly so — nonetheless has been involved in a number of high profile cases like, uh, Tiger Woods and others where the charges have been borne out. So this gives Ms. Bialek’s charge accusations a little bit of credibility, and that’s what we’re talking about here is credibility.
RUSH: Oh, so people are saying, “Oh, my God! Karl Rove is saying Allred has credibility?” It’s politics. It’s obvious that Herman Cain is not Karl Rove’s candidate, and I think that’s what that means. Eh. It is what it is. Let’s go to the Herman Cain last night. He was on — ah, admittedly here a comedy show — with Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel said Herman Cain, “How was your day?”
CAIN: All things considered, I’m still alive.
CAIN: It got off to somewhat of a rough start. We had a little surprise to show up on TV.
KIMMEL: Yeah. Did you watch that? Were you watching?
CAIN: We watched it.
CAIN: Because we didn’t even know that this whole, uh, thing about woman number four was gonna even come out.
CAIN: So that was a surprise.
CAIN: At least it wasn’t one of the many thing that have the first name “Anonymous.” So now this one actually had a name and a face so we watched to see what it was and who it was, and we are dealing with it, and tomorrow we’re gonna have a press conference.
KIMMEL: Oh, you are having a press conference?
CAIN: Yeah, we’re gonna have a press conference. We are taking this head on.
RUSH: Kimmel said, “Have you considered hiring Gloria Allred as your lawyer?”
CAIN: You almost made me say something that my handlers say you should not say.
CAIN: Let me put it to you this way: “I can’t think of anything that I would hire her to do, okay?”
CAIN: I can’t think of a thing!
RUSH: I hope everybody got that one. I really hope everybody got that one. By the way, Gloria Allred has been involved in cases where the charges weren’t borne out. That’s true. So Jimmy Kimmel finally says, “Look, I was thinking about this stuff. I know obviously you can’t get into the specifics but I was thinking about kind of the human factor and imagining you watching this, like just putting myself in that position. I was imagining your wife. Did you speak to her today? Was she watching it with you?”
CAIN: My wife is in Atlanta. We were in San Francisco because I had a speech at noon. My wife did watch it and I called her immediately afterwards. I had a few of my staff members there with me, and I’m sitting here and they’re watching me and they could see steam coming out of my ears, and the feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated… You go from anger, then you go — you get disgusted. You try to control yourself to make sure you watch this thing all the way throw and I was listening very closely and then when it was all over with, I said, “Well, I know what we got to do,” because there’s not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations and my team is putting this stuff together.
RUSH: Okay, so that’s Herman Cain last night with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. Also last night on CNN’s Erin Burnett Out Front… Now, I wonder if the title of that show makes anybody nervous, uncomfortable. Is that an inappropriate name from TV show hosted by a female: “Erin Burnett Out Front”? Could be up there, you know, with “Anderson Cooper 360.” Yeah, really. What does that mean? Okay, so, anyway, James Carville was on Erin Burnett Out Front. She said, “We’re all bringing to mind your former boss, Bill Clinton. A man who was a skirt chaser in the White House. A man with Monica Lewinsky. Your life as adviser changed when you got that phone call. He lied and came clean and people still love him.”
CAIN: Well, one thing is people saw underlying talent in Bill Clinton and they wanted him to be their leader. We went through this in ’92; we went through it again in ’98. Now I think I’m safe in saying he’s probably the most popular political person on earth now, but there’s a little bit of a difference between Bill Clinton and Herman Cain. (snickering) Don’t need to gloat about my boss, but, you can’t get ’em out in the same breath. Herman Cain is not demonstratin’ the sort of political skill that Bill Clinton had.
RUSH: And there you have it. Bill Clinton can run around and say to Monica Lewinsky, “Don’t worry about Kathleen Willey. Her breasts are too small,” and he didn’t say “breasts,” I guarantee you. That’s real skill! That’s the kind of political skill that the Democrat Party celebrates and recognizes and promotes. “Don’t worry about Kathleen Willey, Monica. Her breasts are too small! I’d never have a thing to do with her. You are all I think about.” That’s real skill, political skill. Bill Clinton had it; Herman Cain doesn’t. By the way, Bill Clinton committed perjury in a sex harassment case. He lied to a federal grand jury. He suborned perjury in a sexual harassment case. He did it with skill.
Who’s next? Steve in St. Louis. Hello, sir. Glad you called. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Hey, my comment is, I think that we know that they’re going to viciously attack whoever the nominee is, but I think they’re going after Cain with no-holds-barred early with the dirty tricks because Cain had something that none of the other candidates have, and that’s the ability to split the black vote. I don’t think… I’ve never heard anybody talk about this, but certainly is a factor. Didn’t Obama get 90 or 90-plus percent of the vote? So if Cain was a candidate? Whoa, look out! What would happen if he got 40 or 50 or 60% of the black vote? What would happen?
RUSH: It wouldn’t take that much. If Herman Cain got 10% of it, that’s sayonara.
CALLER: Well, there you go, but really, you know, you’re in the booth, you’re a black person; you have to decide do you want Obama or do you want Cain? You’re not gonna be thinking about their skin color. You’re gonna start thinking all kinds of other things, and they are scared to death of that.
RUSH: Yeah. You might have a point, but I still think tendency in that ballot box situation you talked about always is default Democrat no matter what else.
CALLER: Oh, I don’t know.
RUSH: It’s always gonna be default Democrat.
RUSH: But it could be a valid reason. Clearly somebody, or a number of people, want to take Herman Cain out. Obama got 96% of the black vote, I have just been informed. So lose 8% of that, 10%, and that’s potentially a game-changer. So you may have a point. It could very well be the case.
RUSH: This is Jennifer from parts unknown. You’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you so much for taking my call.
RUSH: It’s my pleasure.
CALLER: Mega, mega dittos. I’m really, really nervous right now. My heart is pounding in my stomach. But, anyway, what I wanted to say is this stuff with Herman Cain, this is just absolutely ridiculous. I listen to you every day, but I miss some of your shows sometimes because I’m working; I am self-employed. But to hear all these people that call in and just totally chew you out for stuff, you’re the highlight of my day. You make me laugh a lot.
RUSH: Wait a second. There aren’t that many people chewing me out.
CALLER: Well, there are some that do. I hear some of these calls, these people are absolutely ridiculous. But anyway, just listening to you, it’s the highlight of my day. I love the parodies. I just don’t get to hear most of them. But, anyway, what I was telling Snerdley is I used to work for a large retail grocery chain, and I was in a department with mostly men. And sometime during the course of my employment there they instituted a zero tolerance program for the harassment and all that, and they had their guideline book and what you could and couldn’t do. We have violated that so much, myself included. I mean some of the gestures and hands which probably didn’t belong where they did. We goofed off but we laughed, we got our work done. I’m kind of wondering, are these women, are they just that uptight?
RUSH: What, did you tell each other dirty jokes, that kind of stuff?
CALLER: Oh, they were bad. Oh, they were just bad. If anybody in management walked in and heard half the stuff we said we probably all would have got fired.
CALLER: And we just had a lot of fun and there was no harm done because nothing ever went beyond that.
RUSH: Well, these guys musta really trusted you.
CALLER: I had one of them tell me that. He goes, “I am so glad you play along with this because we’d be in so much trouble.” But I would say stuff to them, too. I’d tell off-color jokes. Some of the gestures we used to make, you wouldn’t believe it. But like I said, it was a lot of fun, and we didn’t —
RUSH: There is a lot of uptightness out there, there’s no question. Everybody is wound up so tight it’s just unbelievable, and it’s a cultural thing. It’s been a slow evolution. It really has. And I’m telling you, more and more people are just afraid to be themselves, afraid to be who they are, say what they really think about things, do what they want to do. It’s just more and more robots walking around out there, and then those robots feel comfortable in passing judgment on everybody else. They get holier than thou, and some of them become tattletales. It’s just a shame. You only get one life, and to live it with constant shackles, and we all do it. It takes a constant effort to avoid it. It’s really more and more hard work to avoid being trapped by not just societal shackles, but I mean just the normal human tendencies that we all have, it’s tough to bust out. It really is. So, Jennifer, I’m glad you called.
Kimberly, you’re next from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Mr. Rush.
CALLER: Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I just wanted to say that I really don’t care what Mr. Cain did 14 years ago. I am a divorced 51 and a half-year-old woman with no education. I was married for 24 years, and that’s really all I ever wanted to be was a mom and a good wife. I never thought I’d be getting divorced and now —
RUSH: You know, that’s like Sharon Bialek. Sharon Bialek was a stay-at-home mom when her kid was with her husband.
RUSH: The kid was with the father, she was a stay-at-home mom. You have to explain that to me, but that’s what she was out there.
CALLER: Well, anyway, now I clean houses because that’s all I know how to do, and I am barely making ends meet. I have to spend over $7,000 a year just to have medical insurance. That doesn’t even count my $3,000 deductible. And I don’t care what he did, I’m looking for someone with solutions, someone that can help me. I mean I can’t afford to hire people because I can’t afford to match the unemployment debt, you know, how employers are supposed to match the unemployment that you take out —
CALLER: — and I can’t afford to match with my own money, and so now I’m working alone, which is physically taxing on my body, and I’d like to know more about this 9-9-9. I mean is it like when I go to church and I give my 10% tithe it all makes it relative so that everybody’s giving the same amount. Is that basically what the 9-9-9 thing is?
RUSH: Federally, yeah. But he’s got a website that explains all this. 9-9-9 Means Jobs I think is what it is. I know that because Herman’s running spots on the program. I think 999MeansJobs.com, something like that. Yeah, as Bill Clinton — it’s very relevant here for you, Kimberly — as Bill Clinton, I’m paraphrasing here, once said, (imitating Clinton) “No allegation of sexual harassment ever created a job or ever fed a hungry child. No allegation of sexual harassment, rape or anything ever, ever fed a starving maid.”