Advice of the Day (Dealing with Allegations of Scandal Edition)

“When I was at the White House under President Reagan, one time Henry Kissinger spoke to us, and he said, "In politics and government, when it’s bad news, get it out fast. That bad news is not like fine wine. It doesn’t improve with age." So I think what he wants to do is get back on message, and the way to do that is to get all the facts on the table, get it behind him.”—Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) discussing the Cain sexual harassment story on Meet the Press today.

At the moment one gets the impression that the whole story has not been told and that the Cain campaign is leaving themselves vulnerable for the drip-drip-drip of speculation and further information being revealed.

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  1. HAVE A NICE G.A. says:

    Is this a drip 🙂

  2. Dunce says:

    The left does not want all the facts out for inspection. The accusers do not want it known that they extorted a settlement under threat of a lawsuit, they might find it hard to get future employment. They also might lose the respect of many associates. Putting the truth on the table would end the smear campaign.

  3. Rick Almeida says:


    If that’s the case, you should write the NRA and encourage them to release these accusers from their confidentiality agreements.