Today Senator Al Franken resigned from the Senate floor amid sexual harassment and assault accusations, But also today Senator Luther Strange, the Republican ‘placeholder’ from Alabama, also bid farewell after losing a primary challenge to a candidate accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers.
So lets us take these two separate stories and see what they mean.
In roughly two weeks, if my math and dates are correct, since the sexual harassment stories have stirred the ire on Capitol Hill, Democrats have cleaned house. They rounded their wagons, met in the middle of the combined effort and jettisoned their baggage. One can make a claim that Franken was thrown under the wagon wheels, but the end result is the Democrats cleaned house on those who had a tarnished name.
Congressman John Conyers was able to find the way to remove himself. Then today, after a pack-herd mentality took hold of Democratic senators on Wednesday, Franken took to the senate floor and delivered a speech that allowed for him to make clear all the charges were not true.
And so the focus now shifts to Republicans.
What will the GOP do with the teenage loving Romeo from Alabama? What happens with Roy Moore should the evangelical voters think Jesus needs another Republican in the senate, even if that candidate comes with pimple cream for his sweethearts?
What about the actions of Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold?
What about the 20 named and publicly spoken accusations against the president of the United States?
So you know what I wish to see happen?
While I know this goes against my better instincts and judgement about our government and political institutions, I would like to see Moore win. Because that would be the absolute worst outcome for the Republicans who have sheltered, rationalized, and denied the predatory ways of Trump. If Moore wins he becomes the most famous senator in America. Each and every day Democrats will be ready to use him in political attacks against the GOP.
Trump endorsed Moore, the RNC is again pumping money to his campaign, and the Bible-thumpers are championing their local perv. Why not have all that shameful activity come around and benefit the Democratic Party?
And it Moore wins, it will!