It seems to me that if you are a Democrat you have a licence to harass women. To be more specific, if you are a Democrat man, support partial-birth abortion, crushing the conscience of nuns and all the other ideas of Leftism, you are free to grope, rape, molest and harass women, and leave one to drown in a submerged car.
It is true that you probably should not do all of these things in a short space of time. That might hurt you. But if you are one of a series of Leftist men who do these things over some decades, as long as you are a Democrat the feminists will defend you.
Let’s start with the most serious case. On Friday, July 18, 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy hosted a party on Chappaquiddick Island for six unattached young women who had served on Robert F Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. There were five other guests, all married men, like Kennedy. He left the party with one of the women, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne. His car plunged off the bridge to the mainland and overturned in the tidal channel. Kennedy got out and swam to safety, leaving Miss Kopechne in the car, which was resting upside down on the bottom of the channel. It was ten hours before he reported the accident. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash and received a two-month suspended jail sentence.
Despite this, Kennedy was referred to as the ‘Lion of the Senate’ by Democrats throughout his long career. Ted Kennedy, I have no doubt, was a serial harasser. But he was pro-abortion – so, you know, whatever.
But that was such a long time ago, you might say, standards were different back then. I’m not sure abandoning a woman in a submerged car was ever ok, but let’s move on to Modern Times™.
Bill Clinton. Good ol’ Bill. In the 1990s, Juanita Broaddrick reported that when she was a volunteer on one of his gubernatorial campaigns, she arranged to meet him in an Arkansas hotel coffee shop. At the last minute, he changed the location to her room in the hotel, where she said he very violently raped her. She said that she fought against Clinton throughout a rape that left her bloodied.
At a different Arkansas hotel, he caught sight of a minor state employee named Paula Jones. She said he sent a couple of state troopers to invite her to his suite, where he exposed his penis and told her to kiss it. Kathleen Willey said that when she met him in the Oval Office for personal and professional advice he groped her, rubbed his erect penis on her, and pushed her hand to his crotch.
This was all before Clinton became President of the United States. As the Atlantic puts it: ‘Clinton was not left to the swift and pitiless justice that today’s accused men have experienced. Rather, he was rescued by a surprising force: machine feminism. The movement had by then ossified into a partisan operation, and it was willing – eager – to let this friend of the sisterhood enjoy a little droit de seigneur.’
When Clinton did become President, he decided to make a move on a young intern in the Oval Office. The feminists might say this was an abuse of power, but Gloria Steinem in 1998 in the New York Times said the Monica Lewinsky case illustrates that ‘Yes means yes’. Nothing wrong with the President pursuing an intern, then, no abuse of power.
In essence, even if Clinton was a monster, he was our feminist monster. The Atlantic again: Steinem’s piece ‘slut-shamed, victim-blamed, and age-shamed; it urged compassion for and gratitude to the man the women accused’.
With the help of the feminists, Clinton survived impeachment.
But Laura, Laura, you crazy woman, that was, like, 20 years ago. Times have changed. Ok, so what about Democrat Senator Al Franken? Senator Franken, you will not know if you get your news from the BBC, is a former comedian who was recently accused of groping and forcibly kissing news broadcaster Leeann Tweeden in 2006. There is photographic evidence of him groping her when she was asleep.
The Atlantic knows harassment when it sees it, and called it out. But the New York Times had the audacity to refer to it as a ‘mistake’. This is because Franken is a Democrat.
And then there is the Guardian. Al Franken, it seems, has ‘mitigating circumstances’. Again, this is because he is a Leftist Democrat. It is Gloria Steinem all over again.
The Guardian’s Jill Abramson is concerned that having a zero-tolerance policy against harassment and holding Democrats to account for sexual harassment while the Republicans are in power might ‘cost women rather than benefit them’. One can only assume this is because Leftist men can’t stop harassing women – otherwise what would there to worry about?
The amazing Abramson admits: ‘In theory, I’m all for zero tolerance of sexual misconduct. In practice, I worry it could result in a backlash.’ So, it is only ‘in theory’ she is against sexual misconduct. If it means holding Democrats to account then it’s best just to look the other way.
The Atlantic understands: ‘The widespread liberal response to the sex-crime accusations against Bill Clinton found their natural consequence 20 years later in the behavior of Harvey Weinstein: Stay loudly and publicly and extravagantly on the side of signal Leftist causes and you can do what you want in the privacy of your offices and hotel rooms.’
I hope the feminists will not do the same this time.