Maddow uses improv to explain Herman Cain’s sexual harassment defense

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 11, 2011 15:55 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, explaining Herman Cain's sexual harassment defense. Image: MSNBC.
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In a segment Thursday night, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow used a bit of improv to analogize the defense being employed by Republican presidential candidate Hermcan Cain, whose history of grappling with sexual harassment allegations has become a national story in recent weeks.

Explaining that he’s basically a driver who only hit one pedestrian, Maddow picked up a steering wheel and had a staffer dress up as a police officer, and put tape over the eyes of her theoretical victim.

“What is the Herman Cain argument in this situation?” she asked. “Listen, officer, listen. I know, I know. But look at all these other people walking around, safe and sound in this street scene. I drove right past them, and they’re all fine! I mean, yeah, but the vast majority of people I drove by have not been hit by my car, officer!”

“That’s the Herman Cain argument,” she concluded.

This video is from The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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