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The political is personal

December 3, 2009

(Via Blue man in a Red district)

You may remember Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) excellent amendment to withhold federal funds from contractors that restrict their employees from taking rape and sexual assault cases that happen at work to court. You may also remember that the only no votes came from Republican Men. It should hearten you to know that much of the public now regard said men in quite low esteem. It’s creating a problem.

And apparently those 30-some Republican Senators are upset with Franken not speaking up for them, those poor beleaguered politicians:

Given the nuance of the debate, Republicans argue that Franken should make it clear that GOP senators don’t support assault or rape — especially since the amendment deals only with civil claims, making it possible for alleged rapists to be prosecuted criminally.

“I think it would be helpful for Sen. Franken to come forward and say, ‘I’m not suggesting that anybody who votes for my amendment is indifferent to crimes against women or anybody else,’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted against the amendment. “What’s going on politically with the amendment Sen. Franken can’t control, but I think it would be helpful for him personally to just let the rest of us know that’s the views of others — not him.”
Um, no.

Earth to Lindsey Graham: If you chose other priorities over the right of women to seek justice for crimes committed against them, you are indifferent to crimes against women. End stop. In what political bizarro world does anyone have the obligation to shield you from the negative consequences of taking a morally problematic position?

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