Democrats tend to eat their own…
Will they try to beat down the guy that is polling AHEAD of Donald Trump in a lot of places for 2020 right now?
The forced resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) in 2017 had always seemed likely to loom over the 2020 Democratic presidential race. The role of one of the candidates, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), in getting the whole thing started has, to this day, made her persona non grata with some key Democratic donors and activists.
But the Franken imbroglio’s more appreciable impact may be in how the party handles a new accusation against Joe Biden.
The parallels between the Franken and Biden situations are limited but real. Franken faced multiple women, including broadcaster and model Leann Tweeden, who accused him of groping her and of an unwanted kiss while rehearsing a sketch for a USO tour. A number of other women, including a few who were named, alleged that Franken touched them inappropriately. Two unnamed women also alleged attempted forcible kisses by Franken.
Biden faces only one accusation. On Friday, former Nevada lieutenant governor candidate Lucy Flores (D) accused Biden of inappropriate physical conduct that she has clarified does not qualify as sexual assault. She said Biden came up behind her, smelled her hair and kissed the back of her head in a way that made her uncomfortable. Since then, the media and Biden opponents have pointed to a number of examples of Biden doing somewhat similar things in public…..