I’m not at work today– I woke up with my head swimming like crazy, a condition that, seven hours later, hasn’t really gotten any better– and I probably ought to be doing something, anything other than sitting in front of a screen. But seeing as how things like walking around or moving in general aren’t exactly easy at the moment (the decision to call in was made moments after realizing I needed to sit down for my morning piss, and then needing to take a second to not pass out after I did) I’ll just write a shorter version of the post I had in my head anyway because staring off into space until bedtime doesn’t sound super exciting.
So, yeah: screw Al Franken.
I really could make that the entire post, and be done with it, honestly. There’s been a lot of yammering in Democratic circles over the last couple of weeks– I am paying no attention to what the other side thinks, because fuck them– about whether Franken resigning after multiple credible accusations of sexual harassment, at least some of which Franken admitted to, was going to be a Good Thing for the party or not. Franken, if nothing else, is at least a reliable vote in the Senate for Our Stuff, and has managed for the most part to buck the trend of former-entertainers-turned-politicians being useless buffoons. I myself tossed the idea of him running for President around a couple of times, an idea that I’ve mostly shot down because I’m really dead tired of voting for white men for President and don’t want to do it anymore.
And I dunno. Maybe I’d feel different– I suspect not, but maybe– if Franken was from a state that didn’t have a Democratic Governor, and maybe I’d feel different if the current lead candidate to replace him wasn’t a woman. But the idea of keeping a predator in the Senate because he’s currently useful to us is not a look I’m especially happy with. Oh, you don’t like the word “predator”? Too fucking bad. Dude shoulda kept his goddamn hands to himself. It is actually not hard to not grope people. In fact, not groping people is easier than groping people! There’s less to do!
“But the Republicans aren’t about to ask the shitgibbon to resign! And they’re voting for a pedophile for the Senate right now!”
So? Fuck them. They’re assholes, every last one of them, and I don’t want to be like them. I want every single one of these sex-assaulting shits removed from whatever public role they hold, and I want each and every single fucking one of them replaced in whatever positions they held by women. And honestly, I’ve seen a few prominent feminists on Twitter posit that they aren’t especially chafed by the idea that a few genuinely innocent men might get caught up in this, and I’m starting to come around to their side of things. Blow the whole shit up and start over. I don’t care if Franken gets tossed to the wayside in the process. Motherfucker shoulda kept his hands to hisgoddamnself. He didn’t. Bye, Felicia.
And now my head’s swimming again, so I’m going to go back to lying around and not doing anything. If anybody else gets busted for sex assault while I’m gone, assume I want them done and dusted and don’t bother telling me about it, OK? Cool.