Three Women (With Apologies to Robert Altman)

Herman Cain on Greta Van Susteren’s show, on October 31:

There wasn’t even an inkling of a sexual harassment charge in all of the other jobs that I had, all the way up until the time that I worked for the National Restaurant Association. To my knowledge, no. Is it possible that someone is going to make something up? Yes. But is it going to be credible in terms of there was an actual sexual harassment case filed? No, because I would have known about it. If someone is going to step forward and say that I made some inappropriate comments or acted inappropriately that they could call sexual harassment, even though they didn’t file a formal complaint – not to my knowledge.

And today, per the AP:

A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s. She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

So we enter the third ring of He-Said-She-Said – Cain has pre-emptively claimed that any new charges would be lies. Based on my conversations with Republicans today (a piece about this is coming), there’s already an expectation among people who like Cain that people coming out with stories like this have got to be lying. He’s gotten this far on that kind of conservative goodwill.