https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opin ... 20Goldberg
Last Thursday, after a photograph emerged of Senator Al Franken either groping or pretending to grope a sleeping woman, Leeann Tweeden, with whom hed been traveling on a 2006 U.S.O. tour, I wrote that he should resign. Almost as soon as it was published I started having second thoughts. I spent all weekend feeling guilty that Id called for the sacrifice of an otherwise decent man to make a political point.
Then I saw the news that a woman named Lindsay Menz accused Franken of grabbing her butt while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, when he was a senator, and I read Frankens lame non-denial: I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.
Yet I am still not sure I made the right call. My thinking last week, when the first accusation emerged, was: cauterize the wound. It doesnt matter that Frankens transgression wasnt on the same level as the abuses that the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore or Donald Trump have been accused of. That photo the unconscious woman, the leering grin is a weight Democrats shouldnt have to carry, given that theyve lately been insisting that its disqualifying for a candidate to grab a woman sexually against her will. It seemed cruel to expect Democratic women to make Jesuitical arguments that the shadows under Frankens hands meant he wasnt really touching Tweedens chest. Especially since, with a Democratic governor in Minnesota, the party would maintain control of Frankens seat.