But don’t pop the Krugs just yet. While the swamp smells slightly less rancid with the exits of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, it’s far from drained. And there’s likely a catch. Probably a big one.
Consider: Did the party of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, JFK, and the Chappaquiddick Kid – to name a few – have a sudden attack of conscience related to sexual harassment and misconduct charges? Did Conyers and Franken fall on their swords out of some newly discovered respect for women?
Seen any flying pigs lately?
Prediction: Heading into 2018, Democrats will use the Franken and Conyers departures to position themselves as the party of women’s rights and equality. Desperate to reverse their downward spiral, rudderless Democrats will try to position themselves as the party that takes women seriously – be still my heart – while simultaneously trying to taint Republicans as the party of predators and pedophiles a la Donald Trump and Roy Moore. (Frankly, if Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Jessica Tarlov and this idiot (hi, Emily Lindin) are poster children for the I am Woman, Hear Me Roar Left, I’ll pass.)
Dead giveaway: Patty Murray, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer and Tom Perez piling onto the Franken step down wagon. Ditto Sen. Fauxahontas Warren.
If it pans out, this move is quite clever. In fact, if Franken had a little more self-discipline – cough- he would’ve kept mum about this possible tactic in his December 7 swan song on the Senate floor. Instead, Franken apparently couldn’t resist telegraphing it by taking swipes at Trump and Moore as Al headed out the door.
Second dead giveaway: Timing. Rumors about these two swamp dwellers aren’t new. So why resign now, with the mid-terms looming on the horizon?
Short answer: Because it works. Remember Herman Cain? How ’bout Clarence Thomas?
Sadly, “presumptive innocence” has gone the way of the Dodo far too often these days. Once the “misconduct” label has been plastered on just about any Republican, it’s nigh unto impossible to remove it. And it puts the accused on defense like nobody’s business.
The Left and its willing lackeys in the mainstream media know this. They also know that Republican or conservative voters – which aren’t necessarily the same thing – are far more likely to jump ship over accusations such as those leveled at Moore as Dem voters are over accusations leveled at Conyers and Franken.
The Left also knows that in this era of guilty until proven innocent, trotting out serial accusers, especially those joined at the hip with Gloria Allred – even decades after an alleged incident(s) – resonates with a particular segment of the electorate and is likely to keep them away from the polls.
By the way, the ‘Pence rule’ that was so widely mocked, sneered at and ridiculed? It’s lookin’ pretty darn sensible these days, huh?
Make no mistake. Democrat resignations over behavior that your average first grader knows is beyond the pale aren’t an end in themselves. Something’s afoot in Demville. Wait for the other shoe to drop.
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for aerial swine.