November 04, 2011


In Defense of the Cain Story Tipster

Whether or not Rick Perry is behind Herman Cain's sexual-harassment troubles, Paul Begala says there's nothing "despicable" about giving reporters a tip about a candidate's impropriety,

"Here's the Begala Standard: if an attack is fair, factual, and about the public record, it's not dirty. Business experience -- and, yes, one's conduct around the office or in an after-work watering hole -- is relevant. Scrutinizing it is fair. You don't attack someone's race or religion or gender or sexual orientation. You don't go after family. You don't pry into private lives, but you look at public performance in office, or in prior campaigns; you look at business and financial matters, votes and quotes (and for the presidency and vice presidency I think health is a legitimate inquiry). And there's nothing wrong with encouraging journalists to do so as well."










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