Over the last few days, I’ve had a number of conversations with both right- and left-leaning friends about the political futures of Al Franken and Roy Moore. Without equating the severity of the alleged offenses (Moore’s are obviously worse), I’ve been struck by the extent to which people across the political spectrum will tolerate misconduct in politicians that they’d never, ever tolerate in their own workplaces. In most functioning corporations, if there’s pictorial evidence that a senior executive groped a woman, then that executive is forced to resign. If there are known, credible allegations that an applicant for a senior
David. Where is the proof? This thing looks like a set up. Maybe it isn´t, but there needs to be some kind of reality check here. Franken admits what he did. They are not the same. Every day we seeing how bad the left really is and how much they lie and set people up. It is much worse than I actually thought.
The aptly named French references the "known, credible allegations" against Judge Moore levied decades later and right before an election, then, serving as judge and jury, states that "now we face the very real possibility that the world’s greatest deliberative body will feature a man who once abused teenage girls..." This is virtue? And why does French not mention sitting Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who faces not only corruption charges but very recent and credible allegations that he made frequent trips to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage girls? This from what once was the voice for conservatism.
Bill Clinton was accused (quite believably, IMO) of far worse, far more recently, yet his approval rating was in the 60% range. But we are supposed to totally destroy the life of a man that is accused - just weeks before his election - of violations from 40 years ago!
Sorry - seen this movie before - it doesn´t faze me.
This is despicable. The manager of the mall at the time Moore was said to have been banned says he wasn´t. Nelson´s accusations are being shown to be a complete lie and the 14-year-old is a serial accuser/mental health case.
So what are Trump´s horrible crimes (besides winning an election the dems and GOPe thought was theirs)? Dating girls of legal age who were considerably younger than he was at the time. No pressure, no sex, no creep factor.
In this country, one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. Moore´s accusers have not come close to meeting that standard.
However, I strongly suspect that the left desperately wishes they did not open this can of worms. Franken and now Conyers are just the tip of the iceberg in what used to be the respected halls of Congress.
I´m sorry David, but I believe you´ve gone "round the bend". "Moore´s are obviously worse"? Franken is a disgrace and always has been, wouldn´t be in the senate if it were not for the illegal votes of felons and other nefarious characters. Judge Moore is the target of the establishment being smeared by false allegations. I guess in your world an accusation against him equals guilt.
In the beginning if Judge Moore had simply gone before cameras and said "When I was young, I did and said stupid things as do many young men. If those dumb actions caused anguish, I am sincerely sorry. I have learned, I have matured and I have tried to live the rest of my life in a way my family and friends can be proud", it would have been over in two days. But, he´s reacted much as our president does. He kicks back and keeps kicking.
Just think, Mr. French et. al., how much fodder the Trump Presidency is giving you. I love this President! I would vote for him again tomorrow! Wasn´t it YOU who was being touted by Kristol as our next Republican nominee for the Presidency?
AND if National Review had the same kind of virtue for which they long, they never would have hired David French.
Why do politicians escape when private citizens face consequences? There are two main answers: an inflated sense of importance and the reality of the binary choice.
NO Dave, you don´t get to get away with not including Door Number 3 which is THE main answer; YOU and your peers in the education-entertainment-media complex make sure they get away with it especially when the politician is a Marxist.
How many Democrats are saying today — when pondering Al Franken — that there is no way they will force out one of their own when the Alabama GOP is rallying around a man credibly accused of terrible sex crimes?
Yo Dave, name ONE member of the GOP rallying around Moore? Just one.
Liberal filmmakers are crawling all over Hollywood.
In the same way incompetent wannabe conservative lawyers at National Review are crawling all over DC.
And, to #10´s response, I am really glad they do otherwise the liberal mindset would dominate.
What is so ridiculous about all of this is liberals brought on this "anything goes sexual attitude" especially with Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. If liberals didn´t expect Bill Clinton to become a role model for this kind of behavior, they must live in some kind of make-believe world.
Mr. French, your "bias" slip is showing. Roy Moore´s behavior is worse. Don´t buy it.
FTA: Without equating the severity of the alleged offenses (Moore’s are obviously worse),
He just did. And French is being proved wrong as former employees of the diner are coming forward, dispelling these lies which are being led by the evil McConnell against a citizen with no prior offense... other than defending our Constitution and biblical principles!
Nobody ever mentions that Charlie Rangel owns a home in the Dominican Republic (which he also uses as a tax dodge) and is no doubt down there for the same reasons as Menendez. This recent flood of behavior problems is not new, the revelation is.
Well, that was a load of hypocritical moral hogwash. Mr. French trots out his highly developed moral character and decries his recent epiphany that partisan politicos will cover up the peccadillos of their own perverts. Quite a sleight of hand here as he uses virtue to cover his own duplicity and immorality by joining the smear of Judge Roy Moore. For a virtuous man he apparently has no qualms equating conveniently timed unsubstantiated charges from forty years ago with known and documented life-long predatory behavior. There is absolutely no comparison or equality between the characters of Judge Moore and Senator Al (D-SNL).
Another hit piece from another Deep State water carrier dressed up like a thoughtful discourse on the value of virtue. Phttt!
“Without equating the severity of the alleged offenses (Moore’s are obviously worse), I’ve been struck by the extent to which people across the political spectrum will tolerate misconduct in politicians that they’d never, ever tolerate in their own workplaces.”
Ok Davie let me ask you a couple of questions. Who is accepting misconduct? In Moore’s case misconduct has not been established. The day it is and we “accept it” feel free to call us out. In weird Al Franken’s case we have an admission, we have the pic. In Ted Kennedy’s case we had the body. What real proven misconduct have Republicans just accepted? Did we just accept Denny Hastert, you might want to ask him how that’s working out for him. With crazy Willie Clinton we had the blue dress and eventually an admission. Who just accepted that? Does Trump’s locker room vulgarity stack up to that?
To say nothing of the"Lion of the Senate," #3. Mr. French gets the vapors over unproven allegations, as though Mr. Moore is some fresh and singular adulteration of that lofty deliberative body.
It appears that merely expressing interest in someone now constitutes abuse, whether it is unwanted or not. Courtship has become harassment. Having been a teenage girl at one time, I recall being delighted when an older man was interested in me (my father, on the other hand, wasn´t).
But at that time, the so-called sexual revolution was gearing up and sometimes those advances were perceived as opportunities, in a way -- it used to be common for young men to be "mentored" by a pro. A lot of my peers were open, if not eager, for initiation.
A month ago, when Roy Moore was accused of having pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, he equivocated. “Do you remember dating girls that young?” Sean Hannity asked him. Moore hedged: “Not generally, no. If I did, you know, I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that.” Hannity asked Moore about Debbie Gibson, who said she had dated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34. “I don’t remember going out on dates,” said Moore. “I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates, then we did.” Moore’s uncertainty
Senate Republicans will have decisions to make. First, they must decide what to say. Members who believe the most serious allegations against Moore and don’t think the passage of nearly 40 years matters should feel free to say Moore is unfit for the Senate and thus should resign. Once they say so, they will have done as much as Democrats did to John Conyers and Al Franken. And much more than they did to Bill Clinton. But if they declare Moore unfit, they should be prepared to explain why they consider Donald Trump fit for the presidency. The allegations of
Ed touched on this earlier. I think Franken’s play in his “resignation” speech was fiendishly clever. He’s quitting, yeah — but not for a few weeks, coincidentally after Alabama and Senate Republicans will have rendered their verdicts on Roy Moore. He was careful this morning not to admit to any wrongdoing, merely saying that he’d lost the confidence of his colleagues and therefore had to go. Imagine now that Moore wins and, as expected, McConnell’s caucus immediately starts hemming and hawing about whether he should be expelled. Some Republicans will deflect by insisting that the ethics committee should look into
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