|Republican candidate Herman Cain (left), as President Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did in the past, has denied allegations of sexual harassment. In those prior cases, both men survived the claims that women brought against them. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)|
Sexual misconduct claims may not sink Cain
Similar scandals have failed to move public
Sexual misconduct charges didn’t drive Democrat Bill Clinton out of the White House. Why should they drive Republican Herman Cain out of a presidential primary race? As a candidate and a president, Clinton was the target of a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct, from sexual harassment to adultery to rape. His reputation suffered and he was called to account for some of them. But Clinton, who served two terms as president, ultimately survived multiple sex scandals and maintained high approval ratings, for a number of reasons.