Can Al Franken be rehabilitated?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The New Yorker has published a long article suggesting Franken was "railroaded" (author Jane Mayer's word) and reporting that several of Franken's old Senate colleagues now regret calling for him to resign. Nobody really checked out any of the allegations in November and December 2017. They dispensed with even a hint of due process (in this case, an Ethics Committee investigation) and hustled Franken out the door. It doesn't matter -- Franken won't be back. Judging from reaction to the New Yorker story, he is unlikely to regain the support he once had in the progressive world — no matter how hard some might try to rehabilitate him.

50 years ago, a young woman—and a presidential candidacy—died

50 years ago, on July 19 or 20, Mary Jo Kopechne died in a submerged car. There was no “me too” movement 50 years ago.  Americans were not as aware as we are today, in the Epstein era, of the pervasive moral corruption of their elites.  So her killer, Democrat Senator Edward Kennedy,  went on to a long career in the D.C. Swamp, being hailed by fellow Democrats as “the lion of the Senate.”

E. Jean Carroll, Donald Trump, and a rape accusation from an earlier era

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The alleged incident took place more than 20 years ago. Carroll remained silent as Trump, already famous at the time of the alleged incident, became a TV star in the 2000s, flirted with politics, and then ran for president beginning in 2015. Carroll remained silent as the #MeToo movement, spurred by allegations of rape and sexual assault against some of the very men she features in "The Most Hideous Men in NYC Walking Tour," got its start. She spoke out only when she had a book to promote. So in the end, the E. Jean Carroll story will likely join a long list of contentious issues that Trump supporters and adversaries fight over and never, ever settle.

Media Curiously Incurious About MLK Story

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

American journalists, who normally salivate over throwing mud on historical figures and find themselves in hysteria mode over the sexual conduct of comedians, producers, anchormen, and those far lower on the totem pole than King, balk at reporting on the finds of a writer to whom they once awarded a Pulitzer. #ThemToo. Apart from King emerging as a secular saint posthumously, making unflattering truths a sort of blasphemy, the allegations put off because they strike as so off putting. Nobody, perhaps least of all Garrow — a member of the Democratic Socialists of America — wants to write something nasty about a man responsible for so much good.

No Heroes Left: The MLK Revelations

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The disturbing revelations of MLK's sexual past were more than that for me. I spent the summer of 1966 as a civil rights worker in Sumter, South Carolina, living in a rooming house owned by MLK's cousin, the local mortician. I never met King personally, although I met several family members and saw him speak twice. He was certainly a hero to me then, probably more than anyone in our history, sad as that is to think now. He still is for what he believed then and did then, but not for what he was. Maybe I should leave it there. It's the old Shakespearean dichotomy between the doer and the deed.

Sorry, Biden. America Doesn’t Want a #MeToo President

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

One of the biggest differences between Republican and Democratic pols right now is their attitudes about #MeToo. Republicans value time-honored principles like due process and the presumption of innocence. Democrats have no patience for it. If an accusation happens to you, know that most of the Democrats running for president, including Joe Biden, won’t have your back. Sexual harassment is a grave matter, and accusations need to be taken seriously. But both the accused and the accuser deserve fairness. Sadly, that’s not on the Democratic Party agenda.

Breaking - Accuser Recants - Democrat Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Accused Of Sexual Assault

BREAKING: The accuser has recanted charges that would have been a serious blow to rising Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s carefully crafted image as a paragon of modern homosexual domesticity. The a 21-year old man, Hunter Kelly, now claims he never accused Buttigieg of sexually assaulting him earlier this year and the whole thing is a case of identity theft.

Scenes From the Ruling Class, Schneiderman Style

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

It remains revealing how close Schneiderman came to getting away it. He was an anti-Trump zealot, for whom crusading against “corruption” (which in the end is just virtue-signaling blather) was as much a form of instant gratification as his boozing, pill-popping, and rough sex. Schneiderman’s demise has an accidental quality to it, similar to the avalanche that submerged Bill Cosby, set in motion by a stand-up comic. Had Schneiderman dated Gloria Steinem, who knows what would have happened? He would probably still be in power, waiting in a MSNBC green room to appear for a segment on Trump’s lack of morals.