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Senator Al Franken has been accused of groping another woman. But Democrats need his votes in the Senate, so he will likely survive. This same logic is motivating Alabama Republicans to continue their support for Roy Moore. Political power matters more than anything else.
In short, nothing has changed from the Clinton years. Like the current Woke Era, the 1990s were supposed to be a feminist decade. It began with feminists praising Anita Hill; it ended with feminists praising Bill Clinton.
In 1992, Clinton’s staff trashed his many female accusers, trying to prevent them from derailing his walk to the White House. The ugliest claim came from Juanita Broaddrick who alleged Clinton had violently raped her in his hotel room. Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey accused him of other predations which his campaign derided as “bimbo eruptions.”
The liberal establishment responded to Clinton’s pattern of abuse with rage. Not at their skeevy president, but at his female accusers. “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park,” Clinton strategist James Carville said, “you never know what you’ll find.” Even then-Clinton fan Donald Trump called Jones “a loser” trying to take down a president.
What Clinton was accused of was worse than most of the sexual predators being targeted today. Far worse. Yet the Democratic Party and many feminists fiercely defended him.
Gloria Steinem penned an op-ed for The New York Times claiming, “Even if the allegations are true, the President is not guilty of sexual harassment.” Betty Friedan said that Clinton’s “enemies are attempting to bring him down through allegations about some dalliance with an intern … Whether it’s a fantasy, a set-up, or true, I simply don’t care.”
The reason Democrats sided with Clinton in the 1990s was simple. He had a D after his name. Clinton supported their issues, and they’d be damned before letting those Republicans get a win.
As much as conservatives condemned Bill Clinton, here we are 20 years later and many in the GOP are doing the same thing. Roy Moore has an R after his name, therefore he’s innocent (and even if he isn’t innocent, he’ll vote the right way). Political power is all that matters; if there are a trail of broken women in his wake, they should just “put some ice on it,” as Clinton said.
Within a day of Democrats feigning disgust at Franken’s groping, they too are doing the same thing. The Minnesota senator refuses to resign and the usual suspects are denouncing Leeann Tweeden and his new accuser as either frauds or women who were “asking for it.”
Our priapic political class knows that they can sexually abuse interns, pages, or anyone else. Because when the victims come forward, the party base — R or D — will call them sluts, liars, or anything else it takes to keep their precious, pampered political elite in power.
Hollywood might reform itself, but Washington never will. At least not until voters drop their amoral tribalism.