Is it safe to say anything remotely good about Al Franken? Particularly if you happen to be a man and even with his record of support for women’s issues in Congress?
Is it safe to even suggest that he was abandoned by his party and apparently his base back in Minnesota, before being given a fair hearing before the Ethics Committee?
Is it safe to imagine that not each and every one of his accusers was credible, and seeing how the potential of what were mostly unproven accusations doesn’t come close to what’s been proven about the leadership on the Republican side, that his party and base should have withheld judgment until the Ethics Committee had been permitted to hold hearings on the matter, hearings Franken had requested?
Is it reasonable to even suggest that the Democrats have lost one of their best and brightest by their own hand, while the opposition continues to support and promote the very worst the Republican Party has to offer?
Perhaps Franken did some of what his accusers are saying. Does that merit treating him like a rapist, with the loss of his career, not to mention a future of being labeled a groping masher for the rest of his life? And there is no proof he groped anybody. There’s just a photo showing him mimicking a grope during an entertainment tour. Bad taste? Yes? But that’s all. Why is he being treated like a child molester? The woman making the charges is a right-winger, and she’s accepted his apology. Come on Democrats, get over it. There isn’t a man alive who hasn’t done something he doesn’t regret. In both parties.
It’s okay to suggest that men need to respect women and that there is a process going forward that will hopefully make us all better at respecting one another, but isn’t it also possible that Al Franken may have been crushed by a rush to judgment? Is it safe for Democrats who were so eager to abandon Franken to even discuss both sides of this issue while Republicans continue to say anything about anybody, no matter how outrageous, in their blind push to win?
Of course we need to listen to what women have to say, but we also have to try and determine whether some of those same women might be political operatives out to control the system by torpedoing careers.
You don’t win a political war by throwing one of your best fighters under the bus based upon a pack of mostly unproven allegations.
Is it okay for me to say I don’t feel so hot about being a Democrat right now? In fact, I’d leave the party and go back to being an independent were it not for the antiquated closed primary system here in Maryland.