Double standard?

Double standard?

Race combines with politics as Washington wrestles with accusations of sexual misconduct.

With less than two weeks to go before the Dec. 12 special election in Alabama, Republican candidate Roy Moore has his hands full campaigning for office while fending off numerous credible charges that, when he was in his early 30s, the 70-year-old Moore showed an inappropriate interest in girls barely in their teens.

Under ordinary circumstances, a candidate carrying that kind of weight on his back would be a sure loser, and Moore, who was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to obey the order of higher courts, is at a distinct disadvantage.

But the campaign narrative of his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, has been repeatedly undermined, at least in terms of national attention, by stories of prominent Democrats facing similar charges of inappropriate sexual behavior. It's resulted in an unfortunate partisan divide.

At it's not just Republicans and Democrats caught up in the sexual-harassment epidemic, it's celebrities and prominent network news personalities.

Liberals laughed when Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News went down in flames after news reports of their questionable conduct surfaced. But then the New York Times pulled back the curtain on movie producer Harvey Weinstein, a prominent campaign supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Then the dominoes started to fall, two of the most prominent being NBC News Matt Lauer and public radio's Garrison Keillor.

Who's next? When will this fever runs its course, and what will happen in the meantime?

The debate also has taken on a racial tinge for Democrats in Washington, where longtime Michigan Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers, who is black, and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is white, have been the targets of a slew of complaints.

Conyers' supporters have been most outspoken in response to complaints about him.

One of Conyers' colleagues, South Carolina U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, said the women making accusations against Conyers ought not to be believed because they are white and white women routinely make false charges against black men.

The New York Times reported that Clyburn compared the women accusing Conyers with imprisoned murderer Susan Smith, a woman who drowned her children and subsequently told police that a black man abducted her kids.

That kind of rhetoric is a far cry from the usual refrain that female accusers never lie and should always be believed.

That's not the only issue that's popped up.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after initially defending Conyers as a political "icon," now is calling for his resignation.

If Pelosi believes Conyers should resign, Conyers defenders say, why isn't she asking Franken to resign? They're suggesting racial double-standards.

Finally, there is the stance that no member of Congress should resign in the face of credible allegations of sexual harassment because they're elected and somehow beyond accountability to all but their constituents.

There's some logic to that argument as it applies to elected officials as well as those who aspire to be, including Moore. But this debate has pushed the country into uncharted territory where all bets seem to be off.

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WiltonDiary wrote on December 05, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Whatever the point this Editorial was trying to make by the race baiting and distorted facts, doesn't change the fact that the Republican Party is the party of Donald Judas Trump a Republican President who has admitted on video tape he has sexually assaulted and harrassed a number of women, including the twelve that have publicly accused him of criminal behavior.

He accused all of those women of lying because they didn't meet his Miss Universe beauty standards. 

John Foreman the News Gazette publisher at the time endorsed him for President, regardless.

Now comes Roy Moore, a known pedophile who has been acused of sexually molesting a 14 year old female child and the Republicans want to change the subject to race, the New York Times, Rep Conyers and Senator Al Franken.

Muddy the waters if you will, but what TRUMP and Moore have done pales in comparrison.

Moving forward, Republicans shall internationally be known as the American political party that supports and encourages the criminal and embarrassing behavior of the patological liar Donald Trump and an Alabama pedophile. Nice.

Nothing you write can change that fact!!!