Franken Accidentally Forces Liberals to Put Up or Shut Up
Call it Al Franken’s funniest bit to date: Through being exposed as a hypocritical, sexual harasser, the Democrat senator from Minnesota has stolen away all of that unearned moral high ground his party had been enjoying over the past couple of weeks.
While every Democrat in Washington and New York took turns trying to outdo each other in the “Roast Roy Moore” Olympic Games (while sleazily trying to gain even more moral ground through long overdue denunciations of Bill Clinton), Leeann Tweeden was waiting to come forward with a secret she’d been harboring for more than a decade. But now the cat’s out of the bag, the Democrats are back down in the slime, and suddenly they’ve been handed an ultimatum: Put up or shut up.
While there have been a few unseemly attempts to cover up Franken’s behavior as “just a joke” or “something that happened before he was a politician,” we’re pleased to see that Democrats – by and large – are taking these accusation against him seriously. Whether that will continue or come to a quick end remains to be seen; then again, if the Hollywood scandal party has come to Washington, we may have forgotten all about Moore and Franken by the end of November. There’s no telling what kind of dirty laundry may be ready to spill out all over the steps of the Capitol. Or how many high-and-mighty politicians will wish they had been a little slower to run to a microphone over the Moore allegations.
“Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in response to the Franken accusations. “I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment.”
Big talk, but we’ll see if it goes anywhere. If Democrats continue to treat Franken like a trusted and valued colleague while calling for Alabama voters and, indeed, the Senate leadership to reject Roy Moore, then we will be witness to the greatest instance of rank hypocrisy in the history of politics. Well, not counting all of those liberals who acted like the Access Hollywood tape was the epitome of horror while turning a blind eye to the allegations against Bill Clinton, that is. Oh, and not counting about a thousand other instances of left-wing “do as I say not as I do” foolishness. But at LEAST the worst hypocrisy this week.