The open secret among Beltway liberals is that Democratic Senator Al Franken’s pressure to resign amidst multiple accusations of sexual misconduct is little more than a ploy to gain leverage over Republicans.
And at least one liberal network host doesn’t seem to be happy about the Minnesota senator’s newly designated status as “sacrificial lamb.”
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle participated in a panel discussion with New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg and co-host Ali Velshi about the difference between Republicans and Democrats faced with sexual related allegations
Goldberg, who had publicly called for Franken to resign but has since reversed course, told the panel she felt there is “clearly a double standard” when it comes to Democrats “cleaning house” but not Republicans, in her view. Sure, Rep. Trent Franks was booted out for discussing surrogacy with female staff members, but that’s just a “strange example,” according to Goldberg.
“The point is that because there’s hypocrisy on the Democratic side, it creates a kind of leverage, right? Here are the set of norms that we espouse and the values that we say we hold. If people aren’t living up to them, as they haven’t lived up to them, you can call them out for it. The Republican Party by contrast, you know, doesn’t even purport to hold women in equal esteem,” Goldberg said.
“But, isn’t that disgusting then?” Ruhle responded. “Hold on, that makes Al Franken a sacrificial lamb here, if what this does is give Democrats political leverage to say, ‘We’ve cleaned house, shouldn’t you have?'”
“Roger Stone gave a heads up on Twitter about Al Franken’s accuser 12 hours before it happened. The Ethics Committee never got to do their job,” Ruhle said, referring to a Daily Beast column about the rush to judgment on Franken. “So, Democrats in this political maneuver may have just gotten out-maneuvered themselves.”
Ruhle also questioned Franken’s accusers on an earlier “Morning Joe” appearance on the network, then gave the discussion a Twitter mention.
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) December 8, 2017
Like it or not, Franken’s forced resignation seems to be little more than a political ploy by Democrats with nothing to lose. Even the Daily Beast admits:
“And they [Democrats] get to lord it over Republicans with no political cost. Sacrificing Franken didn’t mean losing a seat given that a Democratic governor of Minnesota will appoint a caretaker to it, probably the female lieutenant governor. They don’t see the glee of Republicans planning to take the seat away from them in a special election down the road.”
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