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Is This A Conspiracy Against Franken?

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 11/20/17 22:50, Edited: 11/21/17 02:08

by Dave Mindeman

There are a lot of inappropriate actions happening out there. Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Charlie Rose, Louis CK, Former President George H. W. Bush, Russell Simmons, Glenn Thrush, Brett Ratner, Mark Halperin, and the list goes on.

And then there is Roy Moore which takes this to a new level of real criminal behavior. And please, let us not let this go as some kind of false equivalency to everything else that is going on. Moore's conduct is absolutely disqualifying.

But I want to talk about Al Franken for a moment. Yes, I have talked about my disappointment regarding it. I find the Leeanne Tweeden story credible (at least so far). And his apology and heartfelt response did seem different than other responses. So I still think he should serve.

And yes, that is in spite of this second allegation that came out today - which I will reference a bit later.

I hesitate to delve deeper into this because I also find victim shaming to be abhorrent and we have far too much of it in this society - so much so, that victims tend to not come forward because of it.

So I was content to leave things stand as they are - until now.

Too many things have set off my suspicious nature regarding Franken's situation - there are too many questions that have come up.

Now Franken's situation is still his own fault. His sophomoric attitude about men and women was bound to catch up to him - but I have a hard time believing that he has some kind of sexually inappropriate pattern of behavior as people like Roy Moore, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Mark Halperin and Louis CK have clearly shown.

There are a number of things regarding Leeanne Tweeden's accusation tht really should be answered - and maybe they will come to light in an ethics investigation that Franken, himself, has called for.

1. Roger Stone seemed to know that there would be some kind of Franken problem coming. One of his Twitter accounts (his personal account has been terminated) predicted it before Tweeden came forward.

2. Leeanne Tweeden has worked for Fox affiliates and has been a repeat guest on Sean Hannity's show. Her Instagram page has a photo of her and Hannity where she states "he always lets me throw the football."

3. She is certainly no sexual prude - she has done photo spreads for Playboy, FHM Magazine, and Maxim.

4. I watched the "skit" from the USO show that she mentioned in her letter and you realize that the point of the skit is to set up a random soldier in the audience to get a real kiss from Leeanne on stage.

5. As for groping, it seems Leeanne is not above doing it herself....


6. And finally, this was the final straw. Within days of making her public statement, Sinclair Broadcasting's publishing division (which deals mostly with Fox and Breitbart personalities) signed Leeanne Tweeden to a book deal. Now you have to wonder - was this deal contingent on the publicity she would receive from her accusation?

I know that I will probably get push back about this. It may seem that I am blaming the victim. I am not. Her grievance is legitimate and Franken has and should address that. But the timing and circumstances of all of this do not seem to be mere coincidence. And that cannot be ignored.

I ignored much of the above as pertinent but not relevant - until Sinclair Broadcasting entered the picture. They are plotters of agendas - and distractions from Moore and Trump are needed now.

As for the MN State Fair accusation - I assume she is telling the truth as she experienced it. Her husband and herself voted for Trump and sought out CNN reporters on their own to tell them about this. A 3 to 4 second squeeze of a woman's behind is not OK - but I fear this kind of thing can be misconstrued as well. It seems foolish that Franken would do something inappropriate at the State Fair with crowds of people around. No one but the woman noticed it - the husband taking the picture didn't, but she did tell her husband immediately after, which makes it more credible. Franken doesn't remember it specifically, but he apologized anyway which is the right thing to do, because the way she perceived it is what matters.

Once more, I hope that she tells her story to the ethics committee and let them hold him accountable.

You can ignore all of this if you wish. I make no definitive claim to clear knowledge of what is right or wrong about any of this. But then, the surrounding background is also important and needed for context.
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11/26/17 23:19
The perpetrator gold standard resides in the White House. David Brooks said it well by saying there are levels of "vileness'" found in the allegations of sexual harassment and assault. He drew a clear distinction between Weinstein and Moore behaviors and those of Franken. He felt Franken's behavior narcissistic and inappropriate, but not so bad as to require he lose his job.Brooks ripped on those who sacrifice their morality for politics saying doing so makes their politics an idol. The idolatry is but heresy. He continued suggesting the likes of Franklin Graham's support for Roy Moore "mindboggling. Broks

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