Friday, December 8, 2017

Dealing with sexual harassment, Dems take the high road while GOPlins go low

Another way of putting it: Democrats purge for purity while Republicans wallow in their own political pig sty (with apologies to pigs).

Yesterday, Dec. 7th, 2017, Senator Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate. Franken was bedeviled by allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women and ultimately had to bow to political pressure from a wide swath of his own, Democratic party.

The New York Times provides the full video and transcript of Franken’s Senate speech.

Following are just some of the many published reactions to the resignation.

Franken’s speech announcing his resignation drewmixed reactions on the Senate floor.

When Franken concluded, several senators approached and hugged him. They included Klobuchar and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who slapped him on the back as they tightly embraced.

Franken then turned to the 26 aides seated behind him, shaking each of their hands and giving hugs. The final aide he greeted, a young woman, laughed and cried as they spoke.

But despite the warmth evident on the Senate floor, it became clear as the minutes passed that no senator would speak in tribute to Franken. None did.

Aaron Blake (Washington Post) offers explanations Why Al Franken is done-for — and Roy Moore isn’t.

Taking them in reverse order:

… while Franken probably handled this about as well as he could have politically, his approach was always more about buying time than actually mitigating his problems. Franken repeatedly and profusely apologized, and plenty of Democrats and reporters focused on those apologies rather than what specifically he was (and wasn’t) apologizing for.

That may partly account for why “Al Franken is done for” but it does not explain why “Roy Moore isn’t.” Blake’s first reason is a better, simpler explanation.

The first reason is that the Democratic Party has simply staked out a much stricter position on these issues than Republicans have with Roy Moore and President Trump. A poll released Wednesday shortly after the senators called on Franken to resign showed why. Quinnipiac University asked Americans whether a lawmaker facing multiple sexual harassment accusations should resign. While just 51 percent of Republicans agreed, a full 77 percent of Democrats agreed.

AZBlueMeanie concurs with the first reason: Democrats begin to clean house of sexual harassers while Republicans embrace them. The Blue Meanie concludes:

In a just world, these latest developments would bring more pressure to bear on Roy Moore and Donald Trump for their sexual improprieties. But we live in a world where half of the country lives within the media bubble of “Trump world” and are impervious to facts, or to reason, or to morality and justice.

Quoting Franken from the [Times’ transcript]:

I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.

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