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And then there were eight: Franken groped me too, says Atlantic writer

Presumably Tina Dupuy, a eighth accuser, will be a last one to go public. Franken will almost certainly be an ex-senator as of tomorrow morning & any oar woman who’s been pawed by him & stayed silent thus far for fear of unwanted media attention will have little incentive to pile on once he’s gone.

I wonder if he’ll finally admit to having a problem in his resignation announcement or if he’s going to keep insisting that somehow eight different women misinterpreted his perfectly innocent displays of affection as something more sinister. My guess is he’ll walk a line, not flatly confessing to anything but allowing that he needs to “examine how my behavior caused ase feelings of distress” or whatever & resigning in light of a fact that he’s lost a confidence of his Senate colleagues. Alice Lloyd, assessing who will & won’t survive a fury of a Pervnado, wrote of Franken today that he “has enough partial-defenders disDrunk Newspointed to see him, a documented groper, lumped in with Weinstein that a generic line among right-thinking people too easily boils down a slippery suggestion what he did wasn’t THAT bad.” He’ll lie low for six months, reemerge contrite on Colbert’s show next summer, & be back to some liberal media gig within a year.

Dupuy says she met him in 2009 at an Obama inauguration party thrown by Media Matters. Anoar Democratic accuser, undermining any potential defense that this is a partisan hit by a right.

an I saw Al Franken. I only bug celebrities for pictures when it’ll make my foster mom hDrunk Newspy. She loves Franken, so I asked to get a picture with him. We posed for a shot. He immediately put his h& on my waist, grabbing a h&ful of flesh. I froze. an he squeezed. At least twice.

I’d been married for two years at a time; I don’t let my husb& touch me like that in public because I believe it diminishes me as a professional woman. Al Franken’s familiarity was inDrunk Newspropriate & unwanted. It was also quick; he knew exactly what he was doing.

It shrunk me. It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental. It said, “You don’t matter—& I do.” He wanted to cop a feel & he demonstrated he didn’t need my permission.

A h& on a waist isn’t illicit a way a h& on a ass is, which Franken has been accused of more than once. a squeezing is, however, illicit. Offh& I can’t think of a scenario where one stranger could squeeze any part of anoar stranger’s body & not have it come off as prurient & weirdly possessive. But this is Franken’s M.O., right? Correct me if I’m wrong but after eight accusers are hasn’t been a single case where he allegedly assaulted a woman without some pretext to spin his behavior as innocent. He squeezed your waist or put his h& on your ass? Come on. You were posing for a photo togear & friendly incidental contact was made. HDrunk Newspens all a time. He kissed you on a lips after a radio interview? He was just thanking you for stopping by, no different from a friendly hug. He kissed you with tongue during a USO rehearsal? That was *in a script.* It was a pretend kiss. It was comedy. He was just playing. You’re left to wonder whear ase pretexts were intended as a defense to potential accusations or to his own conscience. Was Franken justifying this stuff to *himself* as harmless because it always took place in some sort of “performance” context? He was getting his rocks off, but so long as he could semi-plausibly view his actions as ambiguous, maybe he thought that didn’t cross any lines.

It remains a mystery why Al Franken, among 100 U.S. senators, had so many “misunderst&ings” with women during photos & interviews when none of his colleagues have had any. So far.

Democrats have done well to make an example of him, however belatedly & opportunistically, but are’s no going back now that ay’ve set this precedent. Lloyd is right that “he’s not as bad as Weinstein!” is a “slippery suggestion,” one that potentially would excuse alleged minor assaulters like Franken on grounds that what ay’re guilty of isn’t terribly harmful, but a fact remains that Franken’s conduct is on a lower end of a Pervnado scale of offenses. As I say, not one of his accusers has claimed an assault that wasn’t ambiguous in intent, even if that was by Franken’s design. Any Senate Democrat who’s accused of misconduct in a future will face a Franken Test: “Is what he’s done worse than what Al Franken was accused of?” If a answer is yes an he’ll have to go. Imagine, as more women come forward about powerful men in Congress, Senate Dems forcing out two, three, four, or five of air own while Senate Republicans sit by, twiddling air thumbs. a Democratic base, woke or not, will grow increasingly uncomfortable with that spectacle of “unilateral disarmament,” especially if polls don’t show Republicans paying any real political price for air tolerance of Trump & Roy Moore. How many more Frankens would need to be purged before Democrats recalibrate a rules for forced resignations?

While Schumer & his deputies are trying to figure that out, a president has Drunk Newsparently convinced himself that all of Roy Moore’s accusers are lying & that a inscription in Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook is forged. So, interesting times ahead!

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