Sorry to be the one to break it to you, all you 120-plus million Americans who voted (however reluctantly) in the presidential election last year, but everyone who picked one of the candidates of our two major parties chose to put a sexual predator in the world’s highest office. It more or less proves that crime or its equivalent does not always hurt you, and may even pay.
If you voted for the Republican, you helped to make president a man who has cheerfully groped any number of strangers. He boasted that being able to enter women’s dressing rooms when they were changing (when he was the man running the Miss Universe pageant) was one of his favorite things.
If you went with the Democrat, you were voting to return to the White House as the first man and consort someone who during his first tour in that mansion groped an aide, toyed with an intern, was sued by a former state employee for having exposed himself to her when he was in Arkansas, and accused by another of rape.
Then there was his wife, who would in that case have been president, and who got where she was because she helped to make sure that that man became and stayed president. She did it by excusing his affairs and predations, lying about them, and portraying his victims as mad.
In his biography, “A Woman in Charge,” Carl Bernstein explains how she attained her role as head of her husband’s healthcare reform project, which would fail badly but launch her career as a national figure.
“He was president in no small measure because she stood by him in the Gennifer Flowers mess,” an aide to the president told Bernstein. “He had to pay her back. This is what she wanted, and he couldn’t figure out how not to give it to her. And so he hoped for the best.”
He of course got the worst, but the fact that this is the woman the feminists picked as their model tells you more than enough of their morals and judgment. And the problem with Bill was less with Gennifer Flowers (which was a consensual affair by anyone’s standards) than with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and (later) with Kathleen Willey, which revealed a taste for abuse and not ardor, and hinted at much darker things.
This is the time we should step back and realize that though they are quite often put in the same moral box of the “character issue,” adultery (promiscuity) and harassment (predation) are not the same. The first is considered a failing, not a crime. Fallible people such as Alexander Hamilton, Franklin Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie, Martin Luther King, and John Kennedy have lived public lives of purpose and discipline, despite indulging themselves, and at least did the latter without degrading others. It’s a different story with the Weinsteins, the Lauers and numerous others -- the pain, shame, and the anguish inflicted on others appears to have been their main thing.
Affairs are affairs, entered into freely. Assault is a crime, which needs to be punished -- no matter who does it, or where.
Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."