Sexual harassment is the newest in a long line of divisive and emotional topics consuming our time and detracting from the Tax Reform debate and health care debate and foreign policy debate and environmental debate and just about everything else debate.
We’ve gone from Bill Cosby to Harvey Weinstein to Lewis C.K. to Ray Moore to Al Franken and now are even re-litigating Bill Clinton’s Monika Lewinsky scandal. It’s like a multi-episode soap opera with lots of dirty details to titillate our minds nightly on MSNBC and CNN.
Al Franken owns up to his indiscretions and apologizes. Donald Trump denies all of his allegations and is therefore free to condemn Franken’s acts.
Replying to a question about the apparent hypocrisy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders justified her boss’s actions: "I think in one case specifically Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't," she said. "I think that's a very clear distinction."
In other words, never admit you are wrong, and it becomes the unprovable fact.
Roy Moore is following the Trump model of denying everything emphatically. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Liars all of them. They have almost four weeks to solidify their base of evangelical supporters before the election.
Kirsten Gillibrand meanwhile has decided to get into the publicity game by re-litigating Bill Clinton’s romp with Monika Lewinsky saying he should have resigned. Democrats are miffed at Gillibrand pointing out that she took the Clinton’s money and support in winning Hillary’s old Senate seat, and that Clinton had already paid a steep price for his actions.
I certainly believe that they are all guilty to varying degrees, and the media criticism against them is highly warranted. But less face it. Trump and Moore will never be litigated in the court of law for their sexual harassment crimes. Maybe some more women victims will come out to enhance the cases against them, but will it make any difference?
Much of this being tried and sensationalized in the media without the kind of proof that would stand up in a jury trial. It is now consuming us. It goes on and on…
Al Franken (if it is his only black mark) deserves to have his apology taken for what it is…a sincere act of contrition and honesty. However, many Democrats including some running for office in his home state are not satisfied saying Franken should resign. He will be tried again and again.
For those liberals and many Republicans, Al Franken, is a monster and doesn’t deserve to be a Senator.
To be clear, there is no equivalency of Franken’s deed versus those of Roy Moore or those of Donald Trump.
Let’s move onto other critical issues and let the respective constituents of Minnesota and Alabama decide for themselves.