When it comes to Herman Cain's sexual harassment mess, many conservatives are crying racism. Not so, Karl Rove. In an appearance on Fox News last night spotted by the Hill, Monica Crowley asked the Republican if Cain "should be prepared for more of this because he is a black conservative?" No, said Rove: "He should be prepared for things like this because he’s a serious presidential candidate." And as a "serious" contender, Rove had a bone to pick with the way Cain and his team are handling things.
"What gets me is, look, I've talked to people in the news business today and they say this has been going around for at least 10 days. I find it hard to believe that the campaign didn't know that this was coming and was as badly prepared as they were. You'd rather be where you're going to be at the beginning rather than be drawn there by the events," he noted. But "right now he has a good answer," acknowledges Rove, "that he was falsely accused, but that's going to require then for the National Restaurant Association to respond to the media by laying out the details." (Read more Herman Cain stories.)