On the very starting of our Republic his enemies tried to demolish Thomas Jefferson by denouncing him for sustaining a slave mistress. And so it has been ever since. Many years later President Grover Cleveland’s illegitimate little one prompted this Republican marketing campaign ditty: “Ma, ma, the place’s my pa?/Gone to the White Home Ha, Ha, Ha.”
Owing to my Rutgers connections I heard a narrative from three completely different left-lurching political science graduate college students who knew three completely different individuals who knew three completely different associates who knew somebody with Hollywood connections who knew three completely different ladies who had been raped by Ronald Reagan.
Extra not too long ago now we have the Clarence Thomas case. Left-lurching Democrats didn’t need one other conservative justice on the Supreme courtroom. They couldn’t make an efficient case that the nominee was incompetent, however alongside got here Anita Hill to inform how she was sexually harassed by the villain. Not raped; not assaulted, however uncovered to salacious remarks. This wasn’t a lot to go on and the hassle failed.
Nevertheless it got here shut and the left-lurchers have remained viciously hostile to Justice Thomas ever since. The Democrats realized an essential lesson from this incident. They realized that the Intercourse Bomb had potential as a way to explode a supreme courtroom nomination, even when the accusation was unsupported by witnesses.
Invoice Clinton’s sexual frolics within the Oval Workplace appeared to the Republicans like a robust bomb to explode the Clinton Administration. Right here’s an attention-grabbing departure from the same old sample. When the accusation first grew to become public Hillary Clinton mentioned that the Clinton-Lewinsky liaison was a critical matter if true. When she mentioned that she didn’t find out about a sure blue costume (now dwelling in Montana disguised as a pair of drapes below a federal witness safety program in keeping with Mark Steyn).
When that costume, adorned with presidential residues, grew to become recognized, the devious FLOTUS determined the liaison was a private matter between Invoice and Hillary and never the enterprise of any Republican. Trustworthy Democrats rallied round this interpretation and attacked the Republicans for having soiled minds. Clinton was impeached by the Home however not convicted by the Senate. He misplaced his legislation license for perjury, however carried on as earlier than.
The Brett Kavanaugh nomination struggle exhibits us that the left-lurchers realized a lesson from their Anita Hill failure. They made it recognized from the beginning that they vehemently opposed Kavanaugh however their efforts to reveal that he was professionally unfit went nowhere. They wanted a rape accusation to cease him. Christine Blasey Ford provided it.
They improved on their weak he mentioned/she mentioned case by invoking their new rule: We Should Imagine The Girl! Ford had no corroboration. She couldn’t bear in mind particulars. So the Democrats have been left with Dr. Ford’s soulful presentation and the We Should Imagine the Girl rule.
And that brings us to Tara Reade, a former Biden Senate staffer who accuses the Democratic presidential candidate of a bodily assault simply in need of rape. She provided supporting particulars, however that is nonetheless a he mentioned/she mentioned confrontation. Not like Ford, she has no historical past of political hostility towards the accused. Not like Ford, she informed her story to quite a few individuals earlier than going public. This doesn’t alter the he mentioned/she mentioned standing of the accusation.
When MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski grilled him on Reade’s accusation Biden emphatically maintained that he has nothing to cover and Reade’s claims are unfaithful. That ought to be sufficient in a courtroom of legislation, nevertheless it’s not accepted within the courtroom of public opinion. Mika insisted that Good Ol’ Joe reconcile his help of the brand new rule. His response: “Imagine the lady. However examine.” In different phrases (mine): “Imagine the lady, solely don’t go too far.”
John Frary of Farmington, the GOP candidate for U.S. Congress in 2008, is a retired historical past professor, an emeritus Board Member of Maine Taxpayers United, a Maine Citizen’s Coalition Board member, and writer of FraryHomeCompanion.com. He may be reached at [email protected]
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