It should go without saying that a sitting U.S. Senator being accused of sexual harassment and assault from six women is six women too many. However, if you're a colleague and friend of said sitting U.S. Senator, seven women is "a bridge too far."
On Wednesday, several Democrats called on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign from office after a seventh woman came forward accusing Franken of forcibly trying to kiss her in 2006. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and others have all called for Franken to step down.
"As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve," Sen. Gillibrand, who led the charge, wrote on Twitter.
Sen. Murray, who is the highest-ranking woman in the Democratic caucus, wrote, "I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside."
What took them so long? Why is now the right time to call for Franken to resign?
Well, on Wednesday morning, TIME Magazine announced that their 2017 "Person of the Year" is "The Silence Breakers," the women who came forward as part of the #MeToo movement to force the reckoning over sexual harassment, assault, and rape into the international spotlight.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, even cited TIME's announcement in her statement calling for Franken to resign, saying, "TIME Magazine, by naming ‘The Silence Breakers’ as their ‘Person of the Year,’ is recognizing what women have always known: there are men among us who use their positions of power and influence to manipulate, harass, and assault women. What is new here is the women. We are, all of us, speaking out, naming names and demanding that the harassers take responsibility for their behavior."
Another reason, and one that can't be understated enough, is Democrats are attempting to seize the moral high ground over Republicans after President Trump and, by extension, the Republican National Committee gave Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore their blessing. In the past month, several women have come forward accusing Moore of sexual misconduct when they were in their teens and Moore was in his thirties.
Knowing what we know now about both Franken and Moore, this move by Democrats stinks of partisan politics and can be viewed as a last-ditch effort to undermine Republicans and possibly force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's hand should Moore get elected on Dec. 12.
Don't buy what the Democrats are selling. They're just playing the long game for more power.