Al Franken's delusional defenders
“The defenders of Sen. Al Franken are perhaps the single most embarrassing group of allegedly progressive people in the Democratic coalition,” said Amanda Marcotte. Nearly 20 months after Franken resigned from the Senate following eight accusations of “sexual impropriety,” Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has portrayed the Minnesota Democrat as a “victim” of #MeToo hysteria. Seven senators are quoted saying they regret demanding Franken’s resignation, because he deserved “due process.” Mayer’s piece does present “a strong case” that Franken’s original accuser, fellow USO performer Leeann Tweeden, was a right-wing operative who had a partisan motive for claiming Franken kissed her against her will. But seven other women with “nothing to gain from lying,” including Democrats and constituents, also said Franken had kissed them on the lips or groped them. If Franken had stayed to fight the allegations, he’d have sat on the Judiciary Committee for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Republicans would have had an “irrefutable piece of evidence” that Democrats take sexual abuse seriously only “if it benefits them politically.” Franken had to go, even if some Democrats still find it “crushing to believe” that he was creepy with women.