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Alexandra Erin @alexandraerin
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I'm still glad Al Franken resigned.
Because no man is indispensable and no woman is disposable.

Yeah, I don't get this at all. I would expect that before some kind of Senate sanction or Senatorial censure. But what's an ethics committee have to do with which women I believe? What's it go to do with his decision to resign?

I'll judge him for the photo alone.

Say it was a joke! Say he didn't actually touch her in it!

You know, I'll accept both those things as stipulated. They seem very likely to me.

I'm glad he resigned.

He should have done it sooner.

I don't a committee's permission to say so
"But Tweeden was a rightwing radio host with a book to sell!"

Okay... what about the other seven or eight? Were they *all* talk show hosts? All shills?
All of the arguments people threw up were so gross. "Oh, Tweeden kissed other men on stage, she threw her arms around them, wrapped her legs around them as part of USO skits."

People, I don't care if she had sex with them on stage.

She still gets to say no to kissing him.
The right-wing shill didn't call for his resignation. She said she was satisfied with his apology. So is the theory that she came forward to complain about something she hadn't minded at the time, knowing it would inspire other victims?

If so: it's a good thing he resigned.
GO YELL AT HIM FOR RESIGNING THEN.

"The Senate Ethics Committee is the proper venue for litigating this and it's premature to make any conclusions without it" is a bizarre article of faith on par with the right-wing fringe's "the omnibus is a blank check with no force of law".
The Ethics Committee ultimately wouldn't have made a finding of *facts* per se but a finding based on Senate rules -- were they violated?

But that's not the question at hand.
He wasn't arrested, he wasn't stripped of rank, he wasn't censured or censored. He resigned. Why did he resign? In the shortest terms possible: because of broken trust.
There's no committee ruling, no court verdict, no finding of fact that could have repaired that lost trust.

"It turns out none of the things he did to any of these women were technically illegal in the absence of them pressing charges, nor concretely against any Senate rooms."
As far as legal/illegal goes... we have this idea that this is a solid, definite thing, when it's more like "deemed worth it to prosecute under the circumstances/not worth it to prosecute under the circumstances". And a lot of variables are involved.
I didn't want Franken out because he broke the law. I didn't want him out because he violated Senate ethic rules. I would want him to get full protection of the law and the due process he's entitled to before being punished in any way for violating laws or rules...
...but I hold public servants to a higher bar than "does not break the law in any definite matter".
For example: I wanted Donald Trump to drop out of the race without a court finding any facts regarding his Access Hollywood admission.
"And so now Franken is gone and Trump is still in the White House. Are you happy?"

I mean, I'm not ecstatic.

But.

They could *both* still be in office, and that would be worse.
We don't remove abusers and harassers from office because we hope it might put political pressure on other abusers and harassers whose politics we don't like.

It's a good in and of itself.
You don't seem intellectually curious.

You seem like the sort of person who asks questions to argue rather than to learn.

There were multiple accusers.

If Roger Stone had a sinister plan to get Tweeden to trump-up a charge in the hopes that it would break a dam and get other women to come forward... it worked. There were enough women out there to turn it into a thing.

Donald Trump is worse, certainly, and if it were my choice which abuser to remove from office he'd be gone. But I don't have that choice. I didn't have a choice in Franken resigning.

I'm glad it happened.
One dude who touches women against their will out of office is a good thing. It's not the best thing; that would be all of them gone. But it's a good thing.

And I'm going to block each and every person who @-s me to say otherwise.
No man is indispensable.

Not even Al Franken.

No woman is disposable.

Not eve Roger Stone's friend Leeann Tweeden.
This isn't "purity politics", any more than it's "ideological purity" to say The Alantic shouldn't employ an editorialist who wants to hang every person who has had an abortion.
Anyway. I'm not actually interested in arguing on Twitter. I saw someone tweeting about Franken and made the first tweet in what became this thread rather than starting an argument.
And some were from named Dem Senate staffers!

The stuff he confirmed happening is enough for me to find the rest credible and be glad he's gone.

Dump this garbage on your timeline without replying to or tagging me, if you need to share it. I'm serious.

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