Things have gone from bad to worse in the offices of Democrat Senator Al Franken. Last week, after having just finished badgering a highly qualified judge for what the Minnesota Senator deemed tweets that were in poor taste, a news anchor named Leeann Tweeden dropped a photographic bomb right under Franken’s moral high horse.
The jolt from that bomb – a photograph that showed a creepily grinning Franken sexually groping Tweeden as she slept – knocked Franken to the ground, but only temporarily. Soon, the chorus of Democrat Party tribesmen that care far more about politics than they do the dignity of women began waging the standard “blame-the-victim” defense:
“It was clearly a joke.” “Why did she wait so long to bring it up?” “She wasn’t alone like her story alleges.”
What initially began as an almost guaranteed end to Franken’s not-so-illustrious Senate career suddenly seemed to be morphing into another “believe all women (unless they are accusing a high profile Democrat)” campaign. Franken seemed to sense that as well, bizarrely responding to the allegations by volunteering for an ethics investigation. People with brains were left to ponder the obvious: if he’s already admitted to what was happening in the photograph, precisely what was left to investigate?
But that’s the way leftists notoriously weasel out of the consequences for the very crimes that they so often exploit for political points: pretend to be an open book of forthrightness all while questioning the definition of the word “is.”
As major media outlets began to predictably swing in defense of Franken, the Senator seized the moment and announced that while he was doing a lot of soul-searching, he was going to remain in the Senate. Then 33-year-old Lindsay Menz came forward to accuse Franken of touching her inappropriately as well.
As Team Franken scrambled to respond to what the Clinton machine, demonstrating the high regard they held for the fairer sex, used to refer to as “another bimbo eruption,” the New York Post prepared this morning’s photo cover story:
The never-before-published images, taken for a magazine in 2000 and obtained exclusively by The Post, include a number of frames showing the former “Saturday Night Live” star grabbing the media mogul’s buttocks as they pose back to back.
An even more shocking snap shows the pair posing on a bed, with Franken cupping Huffington’s breast with one hand.
“Franken was clowning around, but it really isn’t funny,” said a source from the shoot. “That’s his tactic, pretend like it’s all a big joke. Arianna was pushing his hands away. He was groping her. There was some fun attached to it, but she wasn’t enjoying it. She definitely told him to stop and pushed him away.”
This “source” has it exactly right: Franken’s defense is always that he’s just joking around. To this point, liberals and leftists – because they like his politics – have accepted and repeated it. Will they continue? If so, they will continue to demonstrate that modern feminism has nothing to do with advancing femininity or promoting the well-being of women, but instead is merely another front for advancing liberal politics at all costs.
With the Clintons securely out of the picture when it comes to the future of the Democrat Party, several leftists have found it acceptable to suddenly see the light on their decades-long, vile, manipulative mistreatment of women. Since there is no political sacrifice to be made, Chelsea Handler, Kristen Gillibrand, and others are willing to throw Bill under the bus.
Here’s their chance to show the strength of these supposedly new-found convictions. Will they demand that creepy Al Franken step down?