Two weeks ago, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said former President Bill Clinton, who she's had active ties with over the course of her career, should have resigned after his affair with Monica Lewinsky back in 1997. On Thursday, Gillibrand is having difficulty bringing herself to say the same about her Democratic colleague Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
Speaking to Susan Arbetter, host of "The Capitol Press Room" on WCNY Radio, Sen. Gillibrand was asked if she thinks Franken, who has been accused by six women of groping and other sexual misconduct, should resign from office.
"What's so powerful about this moment in time is that survivors are willing to tell their story."
The catch here is that Sen. Gillibrand only wants heads to roll if the alleged perpetrators represent the other side of the aisle, or, in the case of the Clintons, when their grip on power has passed. Gillibrand hasn't been asked about Conyers because he's in the House, but with Franken, she whiffed on a golden opportunity for the Democrats, in general, to regain some credibility and moral high ground.
Instead, Gillibrand joins the ranks of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who, for a week and a half, defended Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and even called him an "icon in this country" before she even spoke to one of his accusers. Now, Pelosi thinks Conyers should resign, and other Democrats have the permission to say the same.
This isn't rocket science. Politicians should be allowed to speak their mind when they're faced with a moral conundrum. When it happens in your own camp, it's hard to reconcile the relationship you have with a person when they act in the worst way. But this isn't about dealing with personal or moral failings when the perpetrator is a private citizen, Al Franken works for 5.5 million Minnesotans. When your morality is compromised, it's time to step aside and allow others to lead.
The Democrats' presumed concern of women in the workplace is getting further exposed as a ruse, and, if anything shows how morally corrupt they've become in the search for power.