Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hard to believe in 'accusation market'

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for September 26, 2018)

I don't want to be cynical, but the emergence of a market in politically convenient accusations of sexual misconduct, made at just the right moment, is making me cynical.

It's as though people collect and save these accusations in hopes that someday the person they are prepared to accuse will seek a political position, when the accusation can be whipped out, shined up, and presented as a tactic to derail the ambition. If the accuser and accused support different wings of the political vulture, the rest...

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1 comment:

  1. Perhaps I'm not being cynical enough, but I suspect that people being rational about expenditures, that opposition research on SCOTUS nominees begins when someone makes the short list. The long list is gonna be really big. If no dirt is found, then the sort of desperate mudflinging that appears to be going on with the current SCOTUS nominee will be manufactured, in the hope that the more gullible or politically precarious members of the Senate will succumb to the attempt to smear the nonculpable.

    Obligatory disclaimer - not a fan of the current SCOTUS nominee, but there's plenty of things to disqualify him for the job if one reads the Constitution as plainly written, and the rest of sitting SCOTUS members too.

    Not a fan of the Constitution, either, but the "as written" version is less obnoxious than the contorted interpretation of it that the political process has wrought.