Act Two of Monday’s DC melodrama took the form of a soliloquy by Sen. Al Franken that vacillated more than Hamlet’s “To be or not to be,” except that Al couldn’t decide if he did or did not grope women’s bottoms (“To squeeze or not to squeeze, that is the question.”) You think I’m kidding? Here are some actual quotes:
“I can't say that it hasn't happened. In crowded chaotic situations, I can't say that I have not done that. I am very sorry if these women experienced that…If you had told me two weeks ago that women were going to come forward and say I disrespected them, I would have said no.”
The upshot is that while he doesn’t remember grabbing any women’s bottoms, purposefully or (somehow) inadvertently due to having to hold on to something in the chaotic crowds, he is still deeply ashamed, and he intends to learn from these incidents that he doesn’t remember as he returns to his important work of championing women’s rights in the Senate.
I don’t think it was good enough or smart enough, and doggone it, I didn’t like it. But you can watch it for yourself at the link and see what you think. You can also ponder why it’s okay for an admitted Democratic serial sexual harasser to stay in the Senate while it would be an unacceptable affront to that august institution to admit an alleged Republican harasser who adamantly dies all the accusations.