Thursday, December 7, 2017
Tucker Carlson: Kirsten Gillbrand's Cynical Hypocrisy On Sexual Harassment And The Clintons | Video | RealClearPolitics
Franken was a mediocre senator and a thoroughly miserable person. Cruel to those beneath him, narcissistic, monumentally self-righteous. Al Franken should have been exposed years ago for the nasty poser he always was.
Instead, he was celebrated by the media, he was protected by a Democratic establishment that found him useful. Very few people who knew Al Franken personally, including me, are mourning his departure from Washington. Good riddance.
But there is a downside to all of this, and it ought to worry anyone who cares about justice or due process, or for that matter, living in a free country.
Today's calls for Franken's resignation were sparked by a new accusation that he tried to kiss a woman against her will eleven years ago after a radio interview. It certainly sounds plausible. On the other hand, the accusation is unproven. Worse, it is anonymous. That means Franken can't really answer it.
None of this would pass muster in a court of law, but in a trial by social media, this is what we're seeing, it is enough to destroy a reputation, a career, a life.
Maybe the new equilibrium is that you don't get to be a miserable a person as Franken. But probably not.