At some point the #MeToo movement will have to address its anti-semitism. That was my first thought upon learning of the career pogrom visited upon New York’s formerly flouncing attorney general last night. Though my second thought was a bit more significant: this is only the beginning.
Let me axe you a question. Have you ever heard of a prog enterprise that acted with judicious and temperate discretion? One that sought to moderate its ostensibly righteous advance to avoid the momentum of horrendous overreach? One that strove to punish individual cases of criminal behavior rather than punish classes of criminal thought? No, I haven’t either.
What I have heard, however, are the sounds of lib jackals eating one of their own. It’s not an entirely unsatisfying sound until one realizes plenty of hungry jackals will still remain when the meal is over. One of those is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo who, following the accusations against his AG, said that his fate was sealed “given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration.”
There’s certainly a pattern…of two. Two identified women and two other anonymous sources who may be Marge Simpson and Amelia Earhart with equal likelihood as anyone else. But I couldn’t help alighting upon the governor’s use of the terms facts and corroboration. Cuomo does hold a law degree, so one imagines he chooses his language with some amount of precision. So I presume—speculating strictly as a layman—that in legal venues the word accusation is accepted as a synonym of facts and corroboration.
I know the comparison isn’t exact, but as an exercise ripped from the headlines, consider this hypothetical:
Anderson Cooper says he saw Trump talking to Putin on Monday.
Joe Scarborough says he saw Trump having sex with Putin on Tuesday.
Stephen Colbert says he saw Trump entering a flying saucer with Putin on Wednesday.
And on Thursday Tennessee Coates just says “I’m black” like every other day.
So here are my questions: 1) What facts have these four witnesses established? 2) Which of their individual stories have been corroborated? Any to either? I’m willing to stipulate that Coates is black by his sheer repetition. But what else above is a fact? And if Cooper says Trump also had sex with him, that’s actually not corroboration of Trump having sex with Putin.
Another element I pondered was one of the accuser’s statements that a) Practically every time they had sex he beat her, b) the sex with him, which she continued to have for months to years, was entirely consensual, c) the beatings were entirely nonconsensual. Are these logically tenable positions? If X=Y, as it did per her own statement, then what range of activities was she knowingly consenting to upon climbing in bed over and over and over? Are her revealed preferences consistent with her stated preferences? Is her tongue saying one thing and her 🙀 something else?
I obviously don’t know the answer, as she may have been treated as horribly as she claims and just couldn’t remember the prior 852 times. Honestly, one minute listening to Eric Schneiderman would make a believer out of any skeptic. Though if that treatment was true, it plainly didn’t provide sufficient disincentive to seek more of it.
Finally, as mentioned initially, I very much doubt this movement will linger long on the most deserving subjects. Once the most egregious whales have been harpooned the ship will only steam faster. The predictable trajectory is to progress onwards to regretted affairs, drunken one-night stands, sex spanking, and conjugal “Who’s your daddy!?”s.
But before taking action such as terminations and prosecutions, we are obliged to establish the facts. He did it! Ok, now we have the facts.