Thus far, DFL politicians and activists have protected Sen. Franken. Despite the fact that he’s done some utterly despicable things, the DFL has defended him. There’s a method to their defense that’s worth exposing. Part of the DFL’s protection of Sen. Franken is to pretend that they’re doing something. That’s what Amy Klobuchar is doing. Sen. Klobuchar issued a statement that said “This should not have happened to Leeann Tweeden. I strongly condemn this behavior and the Senate Ethics Committee must open an investigation. This is another example of why we need to change work environments and reporting practices across the nation, including in Congress.”
Sen. Klobuchar, what’s to investigate? Wasn’t the picture of Sen. Franken groping Ms. Tweeden enough? Sen. Franken admitted that he’d groped her. The Senate Ethics Committee shouldn’t take more than an hour before recommending expulsion from the Senate. The vote should be unanimous, both in committee and on the Senate floor.
Another technique that the DFL has used is talking about all the times Groper Al has voted for pro-women legislation. Friday night, that’s how Ember Reichgott-Junge attempted to defend Groper Al. The other 3 women on the political panel tore that defense apart. Ms. Reichgott-Junge said that Groper Al had earned the trust of millions of voters. First, I’d seriously doubt that. I think people voted for Groper Al because he had a D behind his name on the ballot and because they didn’t care whether he was a tax cheat, a drug addict or a pervert. They just wanted someone who’d vote their way on their issues. Next, it isn’t difficult to find other DFL perverts that are willing to vote for such legislation.
Ultimately, the DFL is to blame. They’re the political party that didn’t care whether Sen. Franken was a pervert. They didn’t set a high standard in terms of ethics. The DFL was totally comfortable looking past Sen. Franken’s talk about raping Leslie Stahl. Democrats now profess to have adopted a zero tolerance policy. That’s odd. In the 1990s, Democrats only cared whether their candidates committed to voting for partial birth abortion legislation.
I won’t pretend that all Republicans are trustworthy. I will say, though, that the DFL hasn’t established a high standard of conduct for its elected officials. That’s why Sen. Franken’s gotten away with being a pervert.