Robert Gentel wrote:
Bill Clinton should have resigned
What he did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong, and he should have paid the price.
Looking back after the election of Donald Trump, the revelations of massive sexual harassment scandals at Fox News, the stories about Harvey Weinstein and others in the entertainment industry, and the stories about Roy Moore’s pursuit of sexual relationships with teenagers, I think we got it wrong. We argued about perjury and adultery and the meaning of the word “is.” Republicans prosecuted a bad case against a president they’d been investigating for years.
What we should have talked about was men abusing their social and economic power over younger and less powerful women.
I have long maintained that we got it wrong with Bill Clinton as well, and were giving him a pass for partisan reasons for behavior that should not have been acceptable.
If so, you were among a small minority of progressives/liberals/Democrats.
Prior to Clinton, sexual indiscretions (let alone) abuse was enough to derail a candidacy...when they became generally known. Accepting them if they are kept hidden is a bit hypocritical but at least it doesn't represent a green light for such behavior. If you give a pass to POTUS, where do you draw the line, and how do you argue that what was good for the goose (Clinton) isn't good for the gander (Trump).
It's ironic, but in the conservative bastions of established major corporation, incidents of sexual harassment have been driven way down due to an increased refusal to tolerate them and environments where complaints are encouraged. I'm sure it still happens, but nowhere near the degree to which it is happening in generally liberal organizations in the entertainment and news business.
It's late in coming but these revelations will help clean up the industries in which this behavior seems to be running rampant. It's too much to hope that it will teach some of the most sanctimonious, among us, a measure of humility, but when do such people ever learn?