Say what, Herman?

"The Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make accusations, many of which exceed common sense," Cain said. "And they certainly exceed the standards of decency in America" [Justin Sink, "Cain Denies Allegations as Another Woman Speaks Publicly," The Hill, 2011.11.08].

Democrats are manufacturing the Cain sexual harassment scandal? Herman, I have reality caliing on Line 1.

To explain, permit me to channel my inner Machiavelli. Suppose I'm an unprincipled Democrat (cue the peanut gallery: "Hey, that's redundant!"). Suppose I'm hell-bent on re-electing Barack Obama and am willing to lie, cheat, and steal to ensure that result. When do I attack, and whom?

I certainly don't attack right now. At last report, my guy has $61 million on hand. Let's look at the GOP challengers:

I don't spend money unless I perceive a threat. The only man who can beat my guy is Romney. I save my money for autumn and let the GOP challengers do my work for me for as long as they can stick in. If Romney wins the nomination, then we fire everything we've got at him. If anyone upsets Romney, we smoke some cigars, get ready for batting practice, and turn our main attention toward positioning someone to run as Obama's successor in 2016.

If we Democrats were going to risk manufacturing a scandal with twelve months to go, with all that time for Andrew Breitbart or Steve Sibson to ferret out and reveal our dirty tricks, we wouldn't launch that risky strike against a non-threat. We'd launch that risky strike against a clear and present danger, a moderate Republican showing the ability to rally Republicans and Independents across the spectrum. No one like that has gained traction in the GOP field.

If Herman Cain can deceive himself with a fantasy of persecution at the hands of a Democratic machine terrified of his power, it's hard to say what other fantasies and deceptions he might be capable of.

Update 20:18 MST: Dang: I'm thinking just like James Carville and Donna Brazile.

Update 2011.11.09 07:16 MST: I always get nervous when wingnuts agree with me. But Ed Randazzo does: he says Romney is the inevitable GOP nominee, and he says Romney will lose to Obama.