Now that Herman Cain's chief aide has gone on the record accusing Rick Perry's Republican campaign of leaking the sexual harassment story this week, and now that the story continues to take shape with additional information, where does that leave race-baiting zealots on the right-wing fringe who accused liberals, Democrats and journalists of colluding to launch the "racist" Cain attack?
Yes, the Perry camp denies any involvement in the story. But the fact that not even the Cain campaign thinks the controversy was cooked up by "the left," leaves race-baiting pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Brent Bozell with even less basis to claim Cain's woes were cooked up by black-hating liberals.
Limbaugh, of course, has been unhinged all week, insisting Cain has been targeted by the "left" for being an "uppity" black. Ann Coulter announced that the "false" harassment allegations proved "liberals detest, detest, detest conservative blacks," and Media Research Center's Brent Bozell embarrassed himself by claiming that, "In the eyes of the liberal media, Herman Cain is just another uppity black American who has had the audacity to leave the liberal plantation."
There were others. Andrew Breitbart blogger Jim Hoft denounced the "racist" members of the "liberal media" who reported the Cain story, while a crew of conservative commentators called the Cain story a "high-tech lynching" by liberals.
All the usual, right-wing race baiters rushed forward this week without any facts and attacked liberals, Democrats and journalists for manufacturing the "racist" Cain story. Days later, and with the knowledge that Cain aides think a Republican was behind the sexual harassment story, the pundits' allegations look even flimsier.