Well, it didn’t take long for the bloom of the #MeToo movement to come completely off the rose. In just a couple of short years, we’ve gone from zero tolerance of men abusing women in the workplace (or at high school parties that occurred forty years ago) to we’ve got an important presidential election coming up, and we’ll be damned if we’re going to let this get in the way of our victory. Most Democrats have side-stepped this obvious cold calculation by claiming that they believe Joe Biden over Tara Reade. That’s wildly out of sync with how we were expected to treat sexual assault allegations only a few short months ago, but okay. At least it doesn’t outright condone rape.
But Los Angeles Times writer Robin Abcarian apparently has too much integrity to engage in that sort of hypocrisy. So, in her column this weekend, she pretty much admits to the calculation: Even if Joe Biden is guilty of what he’s accused of, he’s still preferable to Donald Trump.
“Biden, a U.S. senator for 36 years before becoming Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years, does not seem like the kind of man who would pin a young staffer against a cold wall in a Capitol Hill hallway and penetrate her with his fingers. But the MeToo movement has shown, all too depressingly, that the only common denominator among men who harass and abuse women in the workplace is that they crave power,” writes Abcarian before acknowledging, in the next paragraph, that thanks to the testimony of several women (to say nothing of hours of videotape), we know that Biden seems like exactly the kind of man who would do what Reade is accusing him of.
After going back and forth over the merits of Reade’s accusation for a while, Abcarian ultimately concludes that there’s just no way to know.
“In the meantime, for those of us who believe it is too late to revive the campaign of Bernie Sanders, or that it would be folly to get behind a third-party candidate — no thanks, Justin Amash — it’s important to think about the allegations in the context of the upcoming presidential election,” she writes.
“He’s not perfect, but he’s not Donald Trump,” she continues. “If Biden is elected, he will surely begin to mend this broken country, renew our standing in the world, stop the demonization of immigrants, expand access to healthcare, appoint judges who put people over corporations and try to save us all from climate change. Which, at this particular moment in history, is good enough for me.”
After years of trashing evangelical Christians for accepting a Faustian bargain on Trump, it seems that Democrats are only too willing to make exactly the same deal on Joe Biden. Who would’ve thunk it?