We can now clearly see what Republican members of Congress are really made of. Any regular reader of this column already knows my low opinion of just about every member of Congress from the Republican side of the aisle, but the recent flurry of sexual harassment claims has created a new dynamic.

On Dec. 7, Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced he will resign from the Senate this year after several women came forward with claims that he had “groped” them. Franken became the second high profile Democratic to resign recently following the resignation of Michigan representative and civil rights icon, John Conyers.

Franken and Conyers both resigned in part because of pressure from Democratic colleagues. In Franken’s case, 35 Democratic senators, including 16 of 19 female Democratic senators, called for his resignation. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Facebook that Franken was entitled to complete the voluntary Senate Ethics Committee review, but “it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

In contrast, President Trump, no stranger to allegations of sexual assaults, and an admitted female genital grabber, announced he would completely support Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore despite the fact that nine women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct.

The Republican National Committee, which had initially withdrawn support for Moore, announced Dec. 4 it would start funding his campaign again. Even Mitch “the Switch” McConnell, who originally called for Moore to step aside, announced Dec. 3 he would “let the people of Alabama make the call.”

If this all sounds familiar — well it should be. After the Access Hollywood tape was aired, numerous Republicans, including Mike Pence, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, condemned Trump’s remarks as offensive. The RNC started to withdraw financial support and many Republicans called for Mike Pence to replace Trump.

Then the election got closer, Trump refused to back down, and the Republican Party jumped back on their nominee’s bandwagon because, of course, even a sexual predator trumps a Democrat any time. Which is why the Republican about face for Roy Moore comes as no surprise.

A common refrain among many Americans these days is that there is no real difference between the two parties and all politicians are corrupt either financially, spiritually or both. Yet when faced with evidence of inappropriate conduct Democrats stepped forward and demanded the resignation of not one but two of the most influential Democratic elected officials in the country.

On the other hand faced with the choice of losing a tiny fraction of their tenuous hold on the Senate, or supporting an accused sexual predator, Republicans once again doubled down on the predator. Obviously to Republicans in Washington massive tax cuts for the wealthy, border walls and gun rights are worth putting up with an accused sexual predator or two. The question remaining to be answered is whether American voters will agree.

Editor’s note: Neil Baron’s column was inadvertently omitted from Monday’s edition.

Neil G. Baron, an attorney and former League City councilman, is writing columns from a progressive perspective.

(34) comments

Carlos Ponce

Neil, did you vote for Bill Clinton who had numerous women make allegations of sexual misconduct including rape against him? As a lawyer you know that a mere allegation or allegations do not equate with guilt. We can forgive you if you voted for Bill since they were mere allegations at the time even though today many Democrats are backtracking their support for Bill.
Likewise Roy Moore has mere allegations against him. In a court of law would those allegations hold up? Doubt it. The only evidence is yearbook which was embellished. Tampering with evidence? All Beverly Young Nelson admits is that it was his signature - that's all. They refuse to turn it over to a neutral third party. The handwriting expert who did look at the page in question says he did not do a thorough examination of it. Former FBI agent Mark Songer has called for Beverly Young Nelson’s attorney, Gloria Allred, to release the original yearbook. “It wasn’t an analysis. It was just my observations of whether or not the writings look like they were prepared by one person or multiple people. In order to conduct a full examination, I would need writings from Mr. Moore. Writings from the accuser. So, it was just a very limited on the surface examination.” No analysis of the ink to check the age was done.
Darrel Nelson, accuser Beverly Nelson's stepson, said his step-mother's accusations were "one hundred percent a lie".
Time can do strange things to a memory, especially an almost four decade old memory.
As for Donald Trump, it's just talk. I've known hundreds of boys and men who do "locker room" banter, exaggerating to fit in. It is exemplified in the song "Summer Nights" from the musical "Grease". All talk - no action.
If Roy Moore loses look for this to be the Democratic party game plan - accuse any Republican candidate of sexual misconduct. They did it to Mitt Romney, GW Bush, Donald Trump. Even if the run a female candidate the Dems will go there.
If there is PROOF as there was in the Al Franken encounters, then that person should step down. So far we haven't seen any proof - just allegations. Character is important.
Interesting what Liberals did with Mike Pence who will not be alone with any woman except for his wife. Remember how they chided him as a prude?
"Was this a sign of marital devotion and respect? Or a signal that the Pences don’t trust Mike Pence to be alone with a woman? Or perhaps don’t trust a woman to be alone with Mike Pence?" LA Times
"On the left, meanwhile, the Pences' arrangement was one that reeked of sexism and a bygone era — an impractical code in the modern age of men and women working alongside one another. And how could the vice president of the United States not be trusted to dine alone or attend parties with women without it venturing into unholy territory?" Washington Post
"The vice president—and other powerful men—regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress." Atlantic
Liberals - two faced opportunists.

Emile Pope

Garbage.

Doyle Beard

Thanks Emile for letting Neil know what his article was. No I know what you intended but it's a good thought anyway. Thanks for your help to name Neil's post.

Emile Pope

Simply look at who I was replying to. Some people take all day to say absolutely nothing.

Carlos Ponce

Emile you must be responding to Neil's column. Without elaboration we have to draw our own conclusions.

Steve Fouga

Carlos and Doyle, do you disagree with the title of Mr. Pope's letter?

Carlos Ponce

"Sexual predators don't belong on either side of the aisle" I agree with that. If you read my post I wrote that if there is PROOF then he needs to step down. Do you have any PROOF, Steve?

Steve Fouga

That's good, Carlos, I'm glad you're not in favor of sexual predation. I wondered because you appeared to jump in to defend the predators. Sometimes appearances are really important. Good thing for you this isn't one of them. [batman]

Carlos Ponce

" I wondered because you appeared to jump in to defend the predators."
Predators? I believe in the rule of law. In the United States a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. So until someone produces real PROOF, I defend them because in the eyes of the law they are INNOCENT.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ I believe in the rule of law. In the United States a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty.]

...unless they are a Clinton or a liberal/democrat/progressive.

Carlos Ponce

Read my previous posts, please. Haven't I always written that those who voted for Bill Clinton at the time can be forgiven since there were mere allegations of sexual impropriety?

Doyle Beard


did Emile write a letter?

Steve Fouga

Getting picky, wise guy? Then capitalize your sentences. [wink]

Doyle Beard

MY aren't you a pos

Doyle Beard

We now have a grammar patrol.

Steve Fouga

If you read my posts, you know I don't bug people about their grammar. I went out of my way for you. [cool]

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [ We now have a grammar patrol.]

Several of you here could also use a spelling patrol.

Carlos Ponce

I never took typing so rely on the "H and P" system of using a keyboard. My spelling errors are "typos".

Mark Aaron

Carlos [I never took typing so rely on the "H and P" system of using a keyboard. My spelling errors are "typos".]

The simplest way is just to install a spell-checker in your browser.

Diane Turski

Thank you, Neil, for presenting an accurate assessment of both sides of the aisle in this current Congress! Time for some new representatives who exhibit common sense and respect for others!

Carlos Ponce

If anyone has done wrong then he or she must go. But as I stated, an allegation is not proof of guilt. I fear that is the next card to be played in an election will be the SEXUAL PREDATOR CARD. If Moore loses, look for this card to be played against any non-Democrat running for office, male or female.

Emile Pope

I never agree with the "both sides do it" position. It's always used to justify doing nothing. And this argument is almost always used by Republicans caught doing something wrong. If you want to support a party that serves the top 1% to the exclusion of almost everyone else then do so. But don't make a morality or christian value argument. It makes you look like what you are...a hypocrite.

Sam Green

Most everything you read or hear in this modern time is someone's opinion about an event. Why can't reporters, newspaper or television just report what is known to be fact or what was said by whom about someone with any facts to back up the statement instead of trying to influence someone else's opinion. If it is so wrong for Russia to try and influence our presidential election why is it not just as wrong for people living in the other 49 states to influence the Senate election in Alabama. It should be the citizens of Alabama to decide who they want not the rest of the US.

Emile Pope

Because Russia isn't part of the United States? More false equivalency garbage. A weak attempt to neutralize accusations against Moore and Trump by comparing it to Russian interference in our elections. Whenever you hear "well what about" you know that some weak Republican false equivalency is at hand...

Steve Fouga

It's because Russia is an adversarial foreign power. Their interests are counter to ours. It's also illegal to accept help from a foreign government in an election. It's not illegal to bitch about Alabama potentially electing a pedophile.

Carlos Ponce

"It's because Russia is an adversarial foreign power." You mean Hillary's RESET button didn't work? [wink]

Steve Fouga

Nope, it was a stupid idea. Anyone observing the Russians over the past, say, 500 years should have known. Not her best moment. i wonder if it were not pressed by President Obama himself. Hillary, like her or not, is a badass. Obama, not so much.

Back to the subject of this thread, it looks like we won't have to worry about a pedophile in the Senate. At least one we know about. [unsure]

Carlos Ponce

"Hillary, like her or not, is a bada**."
I am SHOCKED that you would refer to her posterior, Steve!!!!! Surely if Trump is criticized for his remark, you will be too!!![wink]

David Doe

Anyone that convicts a man without due process is no better than a pedophile.

Steve Fouga

I disagree. I say a pedophile is worse.

But, in the case under discussion, Alabamians, bless their hearts, just convicted a man in the court of public opinion. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. [cool]

Carlos Ponce

"Alabamians, bless their hearts, just convicted a man in the court of public opinion."
It's their choice, their senator. Once Doug Jones becomes Chuck Schumer's lap dog you will see buyer's remorse.
Will the truth behind Roy Moore's guilt or innocence ever be found? Now that they've obtained their goal, a Democrat Senator from Alabama, this issue will be dropped at least in that state. But will continue elsewhere. Look for Democrats to incorporate this into their game plan. Every candidate with an "R" beside their name will be accused of sexual misconduct.
Rachel Crooks claims sexual assault because Trump asked her for her phone number...... Well put me away because I've asked women for their phone number many times. Guess I cannot run for public office.
Another woman accused Trump of .....kissing her. The security camera doesn't catch the offense. But the GCDN publishes a picture of someone kissing an underage girl without her permission! I never knew Snoopy would be considered a sex fiend! Yes, he's a dog.

Steve Fouga

I fear your prediction will prove correct, Carlos. But I think accusations will be made against both Republicans and Democrats. "Sexual predator" will be the new "racist" or "baby killer." Unfortunately, throwing the term around recklessly will cheapen it and detract from the many instances where an ordinary woman has a valid case in her workplace.

Carlos Ponce

"Unfortunately, throwing the term around recklessly will cheapen it and detract from the many instances where an ordinary woman has a valid case in her workplace."
Correct. Too bad that has happened to the word "racist". [sad]

Jim Forsythe

The people of Alabama deemed Senator Jones the best choice.
For a person to overcome a 12 point lead by Moore in the polls, in a  states that is a Republican stronghold, is a big accomplishment.
What Carlos suggest could be true or it may be the beginning of swinging back to the middle .

Sometimes optics, can win or lose a election.
Moore did not campaign much the last week of the race. When he did , he made missteps.This is one his wife did , trying to help him
The rally had already made news after Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, defended her husband against charges of anti-Semitism in curiously anti-Semitic tones. “Fake news will tell you we don’t care for Jews,” she said. “I just wanna set the record straight while they’re all here: One of our attorneys is a Jew.”

His buddy did not help him. It just had some people thinking about the young accusers ,of Moore.
Staehle relates an experience that he says is reflective of Moore’s character. The former Army officer recounted a time when he and Capt. Moore were invited by a third officer to visit an establishment the two men did not know. The establishment turned out to be a brothel filled with young Vietnamese girls. As soon as the pair fully understood where they had been taken, Staehle said that Capt. Moore was alarmed. “We shouldn’t be here. I am leaving,” Staehle says Moore told him

Why did they send a 12 old girl to interview a man, who is accused of taking avenge of a 14 year old. Some that watched this, may not have been able to overcome thinking about this link.
A Donald Trump-supporting political group sent a 12-year-old named Millie March to interview Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore for a campaign video ahead of the state’s December 12 special election. The Virginia-based middle schooler was an unusual choice as Moore has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women


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