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Subj: Re: Franken and Conyers
Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 at 01:30:35 pm EST (Viewed 211 times)
Reply Subj: Franken and Conyers
Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 at 01:05:01 pm EST (Viewed 251 times)

    Al Franken has just announced his resignation from Congress due sexual misconduct. It's a pretty noticeable blow to the Democratic party, as a growing contingent was trying to prop Franken as a possible candidate for the 2020 election. This makes the second Democrat to resign his post for sexual misconduct in less than a week ... John Conyers resigned for similar reasons just a two days ago.

    Do you think these resignations were made on moral grounds? Were they done to help stymie further criticism of the Democratic party? Or is it a strategic effort to cast the party in a more favorable light to Republicans, many of whom are coming out in support of Roy Moore despite the more heinous allegations he's facing?

I'd like to think that the leaders of the so-called progressive party took a moral stand, rather than made a political calculation. Unfortunately, this past year has revealed some very harsh truths about human nature, and I think this was largely about politics.

It's difficult to make the case against Moore while simultaneously providing nuance and cover for Franken.

While the world needs heroes, the best your going to get in 99.9999% of the cases is the pretense of heroism. We live in a world where people can bash Trump for his subhuman behavior, and the next month apply for a job in his administration.

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