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. #MeToo.”
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.