Maybe it was political. Maybe she decided the Ds couldn’t focus on the economy, democracy or fairness with Al Franken in the picture. Maybe the NY Sen. just had enough – she’s been on this issue for years. The Senate is a hierarchy, but she didn’t wait for permission from Leader Schumer. 33 colleagues soon followed (including Sen. Schumer). Sen. Franken was gone. Will any Rs who intend to stay in Congress say “enough” about anything?
The Senate’s decision to banish Sen. Franken without an ethics review will be debated. In government and elsewhere, some men will surely be swept away on unproven accusations, some for actions that are disproportionally minor. But ranking the acts (rape is worse than a lewd text, which is worse than a little squeeze) doesn’t quite get to the issue.
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With all the noise, it’s easy to forget there’s still a tax bill to pass. As Senate and House Rs try to settle on a final version, the deals they made to buy votes are at risk – even without their newly discovered big mistake.
- Brad Wenstrup: 513-474-7777, 202-225-3164, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Steve Chabot: 513-684-2723, 202-225-2216, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Rob Portman: 513-684-3265, 202-224-3353, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Sherrod Brown: 513-684-1021, 202-224-2315, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Thomas Massie: 859-426-0080, 202-225-3465, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Mitch McConnell: 859-578-0188, 202-224-2541, Facebook, Tweet, email
- Rand Paul, 270-782-8303, 202-224-4343, Facebook, Tweet, email
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The speed and force of #MeToo is dizzying. Listen to a riveting conversation about the week in DC or a view from Wall Street. We’ll know it’s a true cultural moment when people stand up to sexual predators, harassers and jerks in restaurants and other unglamorous places where so many work.