So I guess I was wrong about Senator Al Franken. I guess according to several accounts he used his position as an entertainer and then as a politician (aren’t they the same thing?) to touch women inappropriately. He has denied the allegations for the most part but did apologize for placing his hand on one woman’s behind while taking a photo with her. (So, why exactly did she let him leave it there?) He also brought up the irony that our President has bragged on tape about his advances towards women, and that a man who preyed on underage girls is campaigning for the Senate with the full support of his party and the President. Never mind the irony, Senator Franken has said he will step down.
I suppose some see this as a victory. Personally, I’m still hung up on the whole irony of it all. Our President has had several women accuse him of sexual misconduct, and we can listen to him talk about grabbing a woman by “the pussy,” and yet he’s still President. Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama is leading in the polls, never mind that he has been accused of having sex with teenage girls when he was in his thirties. Our President said it would be better to have a Republican molester in the Senate than a Democrat. Moore has also stated that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress, that homosexual conduct should be illegal, and that former President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. He sounds like a great guy, just a peach of a man—he’s leading in the polls, so I guess the folks in Alabama don’t mind child molesters, racists, or liars. Remind me, please, to stay clear of Alabama.
Senator Franken’s voting record speaks for itself. Personally, I think it shows a man who cares about equality and fairness, speaks to the idea of democracy and the good of our country. Am I sorry to see him step down? Yeah, I am. Did he make some bad choices? Yeah, he did. But in comparison to our President and to candidate Moore, well, there is no comparison to be made. Is all sexual misconduct created equal? No, it most certainly is not.
So if Senator Franken is stepping down, in all fairness, shouldn’t Moore stop his campaign, and our President step down? Common sense dictates the answer is “yes,” but there’s nothing common here, and no sense in any of this.