No One Looks Good in 'Seedy' Cain Scandal
Dana Milbank suddenly finds the 2012 race distasteful
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2011 12:16 PM CST
Sharon Bialek, left, a Chicago-area woman, prepares to addresses a news conference at the Friars Club, with her attorney Gloria Allred, in New York, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – It’s kind of fitting that Sharon Bialek delivered her risqué account of her sexual encounter with Herman Cain at New York’s Friars Club. After all, the Club touts itself as a "ribald comedy" destination, and ribaldry is exactly what we got, writes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. Bialek’s tale "instantly succeeded in giving a pubic-hair-on-Coke-can seediness to the 2012 campaign. And nobody came out looking particularly good."

To be fair, Bialek herself seemed genuine—more so, at least, than her scandal-chaser lawyer, Gloria Allred, who dropped such groaners as, "Mr. Cain decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package." And Bialek’s story could indeed damage the candidate. "Now Cain is the one who wants a job," Milbank quips. He has already faced questions about his skills and organization, "but for now, unfortunately, the issue at hand is where Herman Cain’s hands have been."