First, it was Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), but now Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is suggesting that some of the sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) might not be true. Now, on a side note, of course I believe in due process with any such allegation, so I’m a bit gob smacked that Democrats decided to have a come to Jesus comment on the subject. No, I take that back; they really haven’t learned anything. You can’t say you’re for the ethics investigation into Conyers, but then suggest that the allegations against him could be made up (via Washington Examiner):
California Rep. Jackie Speier stopped short of calling for Democratic Rep. John Conyers to resign after news broke that his office settled a sexual harassment case and other women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Speier, a Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week” it’s a question for the House Ethics Committee to decide.
“I think that the allegations are very serious. And that's why the ethics committee needs to move very swiftly,” she said. “Not wait years. But, very swiftly. Staff up, if necessary, to determine whether or not those allegations are accurate. If they're accurate, I do believe congressman Conyers should step down.”
When asked if she thinks the allegations are accurate — that Conyers sought sexual favors from staffers, inappropriately touched female staffers, flew in women he was believed to be having sexual affairs with using taxpayer money, and other sexual harassment allegations — Speier said, “I don’t think we know.”
Nancy Pelosi, who called the Title IX rollback "a shocking attack on women," citing due process in her defense of Conyers is some a-grade high octane chutzpah.— neontaster ?? (@neontaster) November 26, 2017
Zero tolerance means consequences. I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, @RepJohnConyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member. No matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment. pic.twitter.com/H5ikWy1iqT— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 26, 2017
Aren’t all accusers supposed to be believed? That’s what Hillary Clinton and the feminist left has been saying for years. Well, there’s an eight-year period in the 1990s where this rule was not applied. Now, with the Left having their own bad boys club on this issue, they don’t know what to do. There is no line drawn in the sand. The moral high ground is unreachable, possibly because it was never there or within reach. It’s an appalling double standard that Guy and other conservatives have mentioned. And this doesn’t mean Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate, gets a pass on his egregious allegations in which he reportedly molested and sexually assaulted teenage girls. Yet, Moore has to drop out, but Conyers and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who is facing groping allegations, can stay? Oh, that’s right—they’re liberal Democrats. It’s okay—within Democratic circles. The Left wants to redirect attacks at Donald Trump, who has sexual misconduct allegations of own, but it all circles back to the Clintons. Trump is a sexual predator, says the Left. Well, Bill Clinton is an accused rapist. He won twice. Hillary Clinton also was part of the White House group that went after Bill’s accusers. So, all of this “Me Too” from liberals is just politically convenience legitimized through their allies in the media; the War on Women (and Democrats being considered the party of women) is now a hollow shell. It’s total nonsense. It always has been since the 2012 election. In the end, Roy Moore is sticking around not because the Republican establishment in Washington has seen a decrease in its power, though that’s a valid argument, but more so because Bill Clinton was given a pass, and liberals tolerated the very rape culture they view as anathema.
While the circling of the wagons is evident, there have been some lberals, even former Clinton staffers, who have acknowledged that maybe they screwed up royally with their defense of Slick Willy:
Matthew Yglesias, a liberal blogger who once worked at the Center for American Progress, a pillar of the Clinton political world, wrote on Vox.com on Wednesday that “I think we got it wrong” by defending Mr. Clinton in the 1990s and that he should have resigned. Chris Hayes, the liberal MSNBC host, said on Twitter that “Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.”
Caitlin Flanagan, a social critic who calls herself a “lifelong Democrat, an enemy of machine feminism and a sexual assault survivor,” wrote on The Atlantic’s website that “the Democratic Party needs to make its own reckoning of the way it protected Bill Clinton.” Michelle Goldberg wrote a New York Times column headlined, “I Believe Juanita.” David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration official, said Monica S. Lewinsky “deserves an apology from many of us she has never received.”