Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Al Franken Schadenfreude

As Democratic women finally call for Sen. Al Franken to resign,  it's time to recall this, from The Hill:

He barked at Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing, “I question your judgment!” and condescendingly told her that “the root word of judgment is judge.”
Last June, during John Bush’s confirmation hearing, Franken explained, “One of the qualities I look for in a judge is judgment.” He described his responsibility as using his own judgment to evaluate the judgment of judicial nominees.
In hearing after hearing, Franken has sat, face resting on fist, lecturing conservative judges for what he deems “bad judgment.”
Jump cut to today. Freeze frame on the now infamous photograph of a grinning Franken apparently assaulting a sleeping woman. Read her describe his alleged behavior:
“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth. I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time. I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth. I felt disgusted and violated.”
And her describe her reaction to discovering the photo:
“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
Franken has made a habit of accusing Trump judicial nominees of having poor judgment seemingly because they disagree with his political opinions, but it's clearly Franken’s judgment that's lacking. No matter how much the media shakes their pom-poms every time he launches into one of his confirmation hearing morality plays, that much is clear.