(Part I is here.)
Some additional observations:
- Jazz Shaw and other conservative pundits are writing that Joe’s handsy act “isn’t sexual harassment.” Wrong. If it was unwelcome, it was sexual harassment, and even if it wasn’t and made others in Joe’s workplace proximity uncomfortable, that was “third party” sexual harassment. To his credit, CNN’s Jake Tapper reached down deep and accessed his recently slumbering common sense and integrity to correctly point out that other men who behave in the same way would get “reprimanded” or “potentially even fired” from their jobs.
- Shaw and others are also harping on the timing of the harassment allegations. Are they politically motivated? Sure they are, just as Anita Hill’s sudden realization that she had been harassed after more than a decade was politically motivated; just as the sudden appearance of women claiming Donald Trump harassed them coincidentally occurred while he was running for President. In a word—well, two—so what? Biden belongs to a party that has taken a strict liability, no-tolerance, “believe all women” stance following the #Me Too eruption. He knew it, and progressives with eyes knew that Biden was a serial toucher/hugger/groper/nuzzler/sniffer/fondler. Given their professed position, it was hypocritical that Joe got away with his Dirty Uncle bit for so long, and arrogant (or stupid—it’s Biden, remember) that he thought he could get away with it forever.
- My head had a serious aftershock when the enabler and apologists for Joe settled on the “that’s just the way he is”; “he doesn’t mean anything by it”, and “he’s a decent man” talking points.
See, there’s another one; even writing about this is dangerous.
If “that’s just the way he is,” then what he is is a serial sexual harasser. “He didn’t mean anything by it” has been a lamer than lame rationalization for misconduct and criminal activity since the Madison administration, usually to excuse the mentally challenged. Finally, if he keeps fondling/touching/sniffing/nuzzling/ and kissing when all of his political kith are shouting to the skies about men being sexual predators, he’s not decent. Like the late George H.W. Bush, who told young women with his grasp that his favorite magician was “David Cop-a-Feel,” he’s willing to use his position and status to abuse women.
- Finally, if this brace on the top of my head holds, let me annotate the beyond moronic comments made on “The View” yesterday, as the ladies lined up in support of Biden:
Whoopi Goldberg : “Listen, in the old days we would call Joe—some folks of a certain age would say he’s overly familiar.”
Yeah, and in the old days, you might be Scarlet O’Hara’s mammy. See, you idiot, we learn things over time, and what was considered Ok “in the old days” isn’t any more. I can’t believe Whoopi said this.
Whoopi: “But it would have been nice if she turned to him and say, ‘You know what, I don’t really like this. Please don’t do this, Mr. Vice President. I’m not comfortable with this.’ Something, because he’s standing right there.”
Because it’s so easy to tell the Vice President of the United States, “Take your hands off of me; you’re creeping me out.” Or to tell the President of the United States, “Yuck! No way I’m giving you a blowjob!” This is the power inequality factor that feminists used to emphasize, until they decided that Bill Clinton’s support of abortion rights was more important than opposing workplace predators.
Joy Behar: “It’s a long way from smelling your hair to grabbing your hoo-ha… I don’t think it rises to the point we’ve been listening to like Harvey Weinstein and the rest of these people. “
BOY, Joy is a cretin! Naturally, she gravitates to the worst rationalization of all, #22, “There are worse things” Come to think of it Joy, raping a woman is worse than grabbing her hoo-ha, and, you know, gang-raping her is worse than raping her…and certainly killing her, cutting her up into pieces and feeding her to the aquarium is worse than just gang raping her.
You make America dumber every time you open your mouth.
Behar: “..he’s so friendly. He’s a close talker. He comes right up into your face, and you’re thinking I hope my breath is good. Or more important I hope he is. He talks close, he touches. That’s what he’s like. I feel it would be unfortunate if we got rid of everybody who’s an affectionate kind of person. Those are nice people too.”
The work place, and in high office, are not appropriate places to show “affection,” you stupid, stupid, woman. Sexual predators are “friendly;” abusive bosses think they are just being “friendly.” Being friendly for real means not imposing your will on those with less power than you.
Abby Huntsman: “I always wonder when these things come out, what is the motive for this person? Is it simply to let people know, I was uncomfortable, which you could have done in private? Or is it because you want someone else to win and you want him to have doubts about announcing or the presidency?”
If the wrongful conduct can be proven, the motives of the victim reporting it is 100% irrelevant to the accountability of the author of the conduct.
Huntsman: I’ve had concerns about the #MeToo movement from the beginning about getting to this place where you can’t have normal interactions with each other.
You must be talking to Joy too much. See those photos above? Those are not “normal interactions” except to a man who thinks that he has the right to touch any women he wants to.
Huntsman: “Are we going to get to a place where we can’t shake hands or hug each other? I worry about that.”
Shaking hands and hugging are not equivalent: nice straw man. “Hugging” without consent is called “copping a feel.”