[guest post by JVW]
Putting the final nail in the coffin of the relatively short-lived but consequential MeToo movement, tonight’s slate of speakers for the Democrat National Convention will include a prime time slot for former President William J. Clinton, he of the Monica Lewinsky dalliance, the sexual harassment of Paula Jones, the unwanted groping of Kathleen Willey, and the believable rape of Juanita Broaddrick. In anticipation of the event, right-wing Twitter is reminding everyone that Bubba was a frequent guest aboard the late* Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious jet, the Lolita Express:
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 18, 2020
This, along with the soon-to-be-nominated-and-approved Democrat ticket of Joe Biden, with his own messy history of interactions with women young and younger, and Kamala Harris, patroness of a boorish jerk in her own office, seems to once and for all suggest that the Democrats have completely abandoned the battlefield in the Sexual Harassment Wars, at least for the time being. If that’s not the case, then they are acknowledging that they are happy to serve up enlisted ranks and non-commissioned officers as cannon fodder — and perhaps once in a while a lieutenant, a captain or even under difficult circumstances a major, but that senior flag officers are untouchable and shall be protected at all costs.
I think a lot of us always suspected that MeToo was supposed to be a cudgel with which to bash conservatives and Donald Trump, but unfortunately for the feminist left rather than an inanimate tool to be wielded exclusively by one party it turned into a rabid dog that bit everything in sight, including the Democrats’ own allies. So tonight we can finally close the book on the seriousness with which this movement deserves to be treated. If you think I’m exaggerating, note that MeToo champion Rose McGowan yesterday named another noted Hollywood director who had molested her in her early teenage years, yet rather than the sort of “thanks for speaking your truth” response she had become accustomed to receiving two years ago, today she was largely treated as a needy drama queen by the commenters at Variety, that noted right-wing media outlet. So let’s eulogize MeToo and recall all the fun times we had eviscerating roguish politicians (of both sexes!) for their awful behavior. The issue of sexual harassment will come back into vogue once Democrats clear the battlefield and bury their dead, so don’t think the issue is going to go away, even though the hashtag probably will be quietly retired once progressive Twitter figures out how to rebrand the issue to its advantage.
* Epstein didn’t kill himself.