Due Process And The Biden Exception

The irony is overwhelming, starting with the fact that Joe Biden, despite his many other flaws, has played a lead role in perpetrating discrimination on the basis of sex that’s both obvious and express to everyone except Article III judges. As vice president, he traversed the nation to inform men that “it’s on us” to stop raping, to stop our buddies from raping, women, because men are perps and women are victims.

It was one thing to argue that rape ended at the non-consensual sniffing of hair from behind, but in this digital world, how does one ignore an accusation about Biden’s digits?

The second irony, the unduly passionate Alyssa Milano, who showed the nation she was the boss when it came to believing the woman, has suddenly grown a brain.

In September 2018, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, actress Alyssa Milano did not hesitate to support her. On the same day that The Washington Post published its interview with Ford, Milano tweeted: “I stand in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford. .”

Milano explains this inexplicable shift with admirable sophistry.

“I believe that even though we should believe women, and that is an important thing, what that statement really means is that for so long, the go-to has been not to believe them,” said Milano. “We have to societally change that mindset to believing women, but that does not mean at the expense of not giving men their due process and investigating situations. It’s got to be fair in both directions.”

To be fair, this same “nuanced” rationalization has served as the excuse for many of the insipid souls who try to skirt their ideology and their duty, most notably with young social justice lawyers. That there are some inherent conflicts in their attempt to apologize for their irrational stance eludes them.

First, the mantra of “believe the woman,” its various permutations notwithstanding, lacks the nuance they wish to impute. Indeed, just as Milano believed Blasey Ford despite the absence of any knowledge upon which to base her belief, so too do the passionate inherently believe any accusation made by any woman. The mantra might have been framed, “don’t dismiss women’s accusations out of hand,” which is what they want to pretend it is, but that wasn’t the mantra chosen.

They know very well that people, like Milano, take the mantra at face value and see it not as an exhortation not to presume women are fabricating accusations, but to cheer on their team, true or false. And they do, even as they deny they do.

Second, there is no basis to distinguish the “credible accusation” against Kavanaugh from the “credible accusation” against Biden. Tara Reade was a congressional staffer, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Biden went at her. Bear in mind, the only thing a “credible accusation” means is that it’s not incredible, that it’s not facially impossible or provably false.

That someone levels a credible accusation might well be the start of an investigation, culminating in the opportunity of the accused to challenge and dispute the allegations against him. At the very least, provide the accused the opportunity to “credibly deny” that he did whatever he’s accused of doing.

Does this apply to Joe Biden, despite his having waved the flag for “believe the woman” and condemn the man? Of course. Even knaves are entitled to due process. Does this mean that Alyssa Milano is wrong to suddenly become a convert to fundamental fairness? Hardly. It’s the only sound and rational approach to accusations of wrongdoing.

But then, she doesn’t get a tummy rub for coming to her senses when it’s her guy with the target on his back.

A liberal is a conservative under indictment.

A conservative is a liberal with a mortgage.

A believer in due process is Alyssa Milano when her chosen candidate is the accused sexual assaulter.

While Rose McGowan may be the poster girl* for mindless hysteria and outrage, she gets credit for being consistent in her position, as irrational as it may be. Alyssa Milano, on the other hand, has finally come around to the realization that accusations are easy, particularly when Joe Biden is your guy.

Maybe Tara Reade is telling the truth. She certainly sounds sincere when she tells her story. Maybe not. Since the accusation never made its way to the courthouse where it could be tested and proved, and where the accused could challenge the accusation, it doesn’t really matter. Joe Biden is innocent not because Tara Reade isn’t truthful or factual, but because everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Even Joe Biden, whether he deserves it or not. That makes Alyssa Milano right about her guy, and a flagrant hypocrite.

*It’s just a word.

25 thoughts on “Due Process And The Biden Exception

  1. Dan

    “Does this mean that Alyssa Milano is wrong to suddenly become a convert to fundamental fairness? ”

    No, it means she’s wrong to lie about becoming a convert to fundamental fairness. She doesn’t believe in it any more now than she did during the Kavanaugh debacle. It’s simply a convenient excuse for her hypocrisy.

        1. Hunting Guy

          Groucho Marx.

          “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well I have others.”

        1. Hal

          Uhmm, what does Jerry Garcia, aka “Captain Trips”, gave to do w/ John Prine’s passing?

          Garcia and Hunter penned some pretty sweet songs… maybe I’m dense, but I’m not seeing the connection here.

          1. Hal

            My bad, I used “the google” and found out that the shifting antigen flu in Stephen King’s “The Stand” was referred to as “Captain Trips”. I read that book twice and have the unabridged edition, released years later, around here somewhere. I should find it and reread it.

            Should’ve googled before posting.

            FWIW, I hope Venus de Milo does get his arms…

          2. Howl

            ‘Captain Trips’ was the name of the killer virus in the Stephen King novel, “The Stand.”
            The Google is my friend.

  2. Steve White

    In regards to “believe the woman” generally and believing Christine Blasey Ford specifically, I think it worth pointing out, the two biggest recent icons of #MeToo, Christine Blasey Ford and Chanel Miller, lived about a 20 minute walk from each other when they became icons. And another 20 minutes from the Stanford Law Professor who advised Miller and ran the recall of the judge in that case. I saw a media report of a media report that the professor advised Ford, but then the original media report apparently got deleted from the website. However, it was independently reported Reid Hoffman, dotcom billionaire out there, loaned Ford his plane to fly to the Senate hearings – and Reid Hoffman was one of the biggest first donors to the professor’s recall campaign.
    Assessing an apparently minor incident of sexual misconduct which, if it happened, was perpetrated by a drunk 17 year old well over 30 years ago is not a proper task for a serious country, but since I did the research on it, two things come to mind:’
    1. No way to know if Kavanagh did what Ford says, but there is abundant evidence Ford lied about the reason for adding a front door to her house. It was so she could rent out the front bedroom as a psychotherapy office, not to have an escape route. Details available on request.
    2. Ford, in response to criticism of her $800K GoFundMe take, promised to give most of it away. That was about 17 months back – still no word of any charities getting any of it in the media.
    I have no opinion whatever on Kavanagh except a 17 year old drunk is likely to misbehave and it’s always better to keep your cool in a confirmation proceeding.

    1. SHG Post author

      Normally, I would trash this comment for being absurdly off topic and just really stupid, but I sense you’re bored and need something to do, so I’m posting it because I’m a great humanitarian. That’s said, FUCKING FOCUS.

  3. B. McLeod

    Milano’s comments would explain the basis of her calling for a thorough investigation (if she were doing anything of the sort). They do not explain her decision to ignore the whole issue to the full extent possible.

    1. SHG Post author

      It’s almost as if you take her protestations for Biden seriously, as if she actually means what she says.

      1. Lawrence

        I think you have to preface B Macleod’s post with “Let’s make believe that we take Milano’s comment seriously, then….”

  4. Jardinero1

    First she was for the war, then she was against the war. This happens to a lot of people. Most often when the war starts to turn against them.

  5. cthulhu

    “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    Or, all politicians, congressmen, congresswomen, and judges are equal, but some are more equal than others. Thus spake Alyssa Napoleon.

  6. Jake

    It would be better for everyone involved if we understand that Alyssa is an “influencer” much like the Kardashian girls. That is to say, she is paid to have a predetermined POV and use her existing platform to spread it widely. The only interesting question is who is paying her, which will likely answer why her principles are so flexible.

    It may surprise you to know this is a tactic we have long understood in marketing- and there are literally tech driven markets for leveraging influencers em mass that don’t even require us to meet them in person. In fact, they bid for the opportunity to spread the POV somebody else has formulated.

    1. rojas

      Cole Porter

      When the only sound in the empty street
      Is the heavy tread of the heavy feet
      That belongs to a lonesome cop
      I open shop
      When the moon so long has been gazing down
      On the wayward ways of this wayward town
      That her smile becomes a smirk,
      I go to work.

  7. Louis Renault

    “A l’exemple de Saturne, la révolution dévore ses enfants.”
    —Jacques Mallet du Pan

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