The Rushmore Report: Is Trump Administration the ‘Screwball Presidency’?

Appearing on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, Republican strategist Mike Murphy called President Trump’s Administration America’s first “screwball presidency.” He said, “We don’t know who’s in charge. The internal politics are crazy.” The establishment consultant went on to diminish Trump’s first year in office to rhetorical ashes. But is Murphy – and much of America – missing something? Do the facts of the past year really support this “screwball” claim?

Sure, Mr. Trump is unconventional. And yes, much of what he says – and tweets – is controversial. It’s hard to find anyone who is happy to defend some of the things he says. But for those who are more interested in their bank account than Trump’s twitter account, “screwball” may be a bit off target.

Mr. Murphy might be wise to consider a few actual facts . . .

1. Unemployment rate

More Americans are employed under Trump’s presidency than at any time in history. Last month alone, 261,000 new jobs were added, and the unemployment rate has dipped to 4.1 percent, its lowest rate in 17 years – lower than at any point in the entire Obama eight years.

2. Tax reduction

The average American family will pay $1,200 less in taxes next year, assuming Congress passes the new tax bill. As for the Democratic/media claim that the new tax structure will only benefit the rich (same song, 100th verse), the top one percent of wage earners will pay 40 percent of all taxes – same as before. And about 15 million in the lower to middle class will now pay no taxes – for the first time in history.

3. Stock market

Up 6,000 points since Trump’s election, the stock market has gained $5 trillion in one year – up 18 percent. Because most retirement packages are tied to the market, this helps nearly everyone.

4. ISIS in retreat

Secretary of Defense James Mattis reports that we are defeating ISIS “much more quickly than we anticipated.” He said, “The enemy is collapsing for all the world to see.” Ten months after Trump took office, the U.S. military has taken back Raqqah – the caliphate’s self-appointed capital.

5. Deregulation

President Trump’s deregulation has already saved businesses $378 million with just over a billion dollars in savings expected next year, according to the Washington Examiner. A report from American Action Forum said that next year’s actions will bring “potentially billions in savings.”

6. Judiciary

Trump’s court appointments guarantee conservative gains for the better part of the next 50 years, starting with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

7. Immigration

Though the wall has yet to be built, illegal immigration is down by 50 percent. Deportations are up, and the Supreme Court just upheld Trump’s immigration ban from six countries that import terrorism more than any others.

Mike Murphy – like so many like him – has derided the Trump Administration, calling it the “first screwball presidency.” Tweets matter. Trump’s presidency has been unorthodox, to say the least. But if a “screwball presidency” means lower unemployment, reduced taxes, a record stock market, ISIS in retreat, deregulation, and a conservative judiciary, there will be millions of Americans who will be okay with a “screwball presidency.”

The Rushmore Report: Time’s ‘Man of the Year’ Nominees Include a Monster and Police Hater

It’s not as though Time Magazine has to burnish its leftist credentials any further, but the magazine sure appears as if it wants to. On Monday, Time released the names of their nominees for Person of the Year. Along with President Trump, there was a hashtag, a monster, and an athlete who hates American police.

The hasthtag #MeToo, a reference to the women around the country and the world who claim they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, is not offensive in itself, but it’s hard to claim that a hashtag is the equivalent of a person.

But then things get nastier: Colin Kaepernick has become the emblem of people who feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with America, after he initiated the protests of the national anthem. This is the same guy who wore socks with police depicted as pigs on them.

A further plunge into the abyss: the selection of Kim Jong-un, a real-life monster who has subjugated the North Korean people to one of the most brutal repressions of the last 100 years, and is consistently threatening to throw the world into a nuclear conflagration with his missile launches.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in National Review, “But what I find interesting about the just-released shortlist is that picking anyone else on the list – including Xi Jinping and #MeToo – would amount to, to one extent or another, a troll operation of the president. The most obvious example is Robert Mueller [also on the list]. To date, there is no reason to give him the title, other than for fan service to Trump-hating liberals and others emotionally invested in the Mueller probe. It’s conceivable that next year Mueller would deserve it. But not yet. The Dreamers [on the list], likewise, would be a political shot. Unlike the #MeTooers, the Dreamers themselves haven’t really done anything special in 2017.”

“Man of the Year” apparently has new meaning to the editors at Time. What is not clear, however, is how this aligns with any serious definition of journalism.

About the Author

Hank Berrien writes for the Daily Wire.

The Rushmore Report: New Poll – Dems’ Top Choice for 2020

Rasmussen Reports has just released a fresh survey of 1,000 likely Democratic voters to see who they like for president in the 2020 election. The Democratic youth movement continues. Whereas the top five Democratic leaders in Congress are age 75, on average, the leading choice for the White House would be 78 upon his inauguration.

Democrats’ leading man is former Vice President Joe Biden, garnering the support of 41 percent of those surveyed. The next three candidates are all about the same age: Bernie Sanders (20 percent), Elizabeth Warren (11 percent), and Hillary Clinton (nine percent).

Party leaders who are touting their “strong bench” have no answer for the simple facts. A full 82 percent of the preferred candidates have been around since the days when a CD was a banking term, Blackberry was something you ate, Gunsmoke was a radio show, and Al Gore had yet to invent the Internet.

Waiting in the wings, should Democrats decide to nominate a candidate not yet on Medicare, are the following: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (five percent) and outgoing Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (two percent). Let us know if you can pick either out of a lineup.

To summarize, 82 percent of Democrats want someone close to 80, seven percent want someone in his 50s, and the other 11 percent don’t know what they want.

For his part, Biden is traveling the country to promote his new book. He has not ruled out a run in 2020. He says he is “not considering a run at this time,” and “there are plenty of other good candidates out there.” Both statements are code for “I’m running.”

What’s interesting – but not surprising – is that the media has not said a thing about his age. I’m talking about the same media who said Ronald Reagan was too old to run in 1980. Never mind, Biden would be older on his inauguration than Reagan was when he left office – after eight years in the White House.

The 41 percent who support Biden is up 15 points since February. Self-proclaimed moderates prefer Biden (34 percent), to Sanders (15 percent).

There are four take-aways from the new Rasmussen poll.

  1. Democrats have no new candidates.
  2. Democrats love Joe Biden.
  3. Joe Biden is running in 2020.
  4. The election is too far out for any of this to mean much right now.

The Rushmore Report: Republican Establishment Agrees to ‘Let Voters Decide’ on Moore Election

The most controversial United States Senate election in recent memory is just five days away. As maligned Judge Roy Moore – accused of sexual misconduct by nine different women – prepares to run against a Democrat no one can name, the Republican Establishment has reversed course. What they have just said is shocking in that it needed to be said.

The Republican Establishment – represented by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – has decided that “the voters of Alabama should decide” who their next senator should be. Appearing on ABC’s This Week Sunday, McConnell said, “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”

Last month, when Moore was down 12 points in the polls, McConnell said, “Roy Moore should step aside; the women who’ve come forward are entirely credible. He’s obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we’ve looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening.”

Now, with Moore suddenly up six points in the latest polls, the Establishment has reversed course, adopting the White House position. While President Trump has called the accusations against Moore “very troubling,” he has also said “the people of Alabama should make a decision on who their next senator should be.” Trump has not wavered from that position.

So, in a matter of a few days, the Republican Establishment has shifted from “We’ve looked at all the options to prevent” Moore’s election to “the voters of Alabama should decide” and “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”

I’m sure the 4.3 million Americans who call Alabama home will be glad to hear the Senate Majority Leader has acquiesced his role naming their Senator for them to “letting” them go ahead with the vote.

At best, Sen. McConnell stated his position clumsily. At worst, he revealed the cancer of Washington – and it is not limited to one political party. For the leader of the Republican Establishment to even feel the need to say he would “let the voters decide” the Alabama Senate race themselves says all we need to know about the dangers of a centralized government that founders Washington and Jefferson fought so hard to deny.

 

The Rushmore Report: MSNBC – Funniest Fake News Ever!

For the past year, President Donald Trump has railed against what he calls “fake news.” And he has made no secret of who these fake news sources are: The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Whether or not his claims have been valid has been a topic of debate. But what they just did at MSNBC removes all doubt. MSNBC just committed fake news in as clear – and hilarious – a way imaginable.

It seems the folks over at “Morning Joe” thought it would be good to be the only major television news outlet to broadcast a live show with their normal anchors – the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is a holiday. Viewership is always down. So while other networks ran out their “B” teams – consisting of lesser known anchors – viewers who tuned into “Morning Joe” were surprisingly treated to their top anchors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Mika led with “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed. I always cook the turkey with the guts in it!”

Co-host Willie Geist chimed in, “Joe didn’t notice. He ate the bag.” [Joe is married to Mika, which explains Willie’s comment.]

For his part, Joe even commented on how he enjoyed the Thanksgiving football games. Turning to guest Rick Tyler, he asked, “So how was your Thanksgiving?”

“Very successful,” said Tyler.

There was just one problem. The entire show was taped earlier in the week. MSNBC would have successfully carried off the charade – if not for a viewer. (Yes, they still have a viewer.)

An anonymous viewer noticed that this “live” show on Friday had no news coverage of any events of the past two days – most notably the terrorist attack on the Egyptian mosque. The viewer contacted the Washington Post, who reluctantly admitted the scheme by their related network.

An MSNBC executive confirmed the show wasn’t live. But, he said, “There was no intention to trick viewers. Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer? Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”

Actually, what’s not typically done is for an organization masquerading as a news network to openly and intentionally deceive its viewers into believing a recorded news program is actually live.

To quote columnist Timothy Meads, “You have to wonder, if MSNBC is willing to be dishonest about something as trivial as a post-Thanksgiving morning show, what else are they hiding?”

The Rushmore Report: Why Did Trump Tell the Media to Go Away?

On Thanksgiving Day, President Trump did something he is not known for. He shunned media attention. When the media anxiously waited for his latest words and controversial statements, they got nothing. And it’s not that Trump didn’t have something to say. He did. He just didn’t want the media – or our country – to know what it was. So why would Donald Trump tell the press to go away?

It’s simple. He called some of our brave men and women serving overseas to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for fighting for freedom. But he wanted to keep it between himself and them.

“You’re very special to me and to everyone in this country, that I can tell you,” Trump told the five deployed units who were representing each branch of the military during the video conference. The troops on the call are currently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, and aboard the U.S.S. Monterey.

“It’s an honor to speak with you all and to give God thanks for the blessings of freedom and to the heroes who have this tremendous courage as you do to defend freedom and to the heroes who have this tremendous courage as you do to defend us and to defend freedom.”

The president then asked the press to leave so he and the troops on the video call could have a “personal, confidential conversation.”

Following the call, Trump went to help hand out food to Coast Guardsmen in Riviera Beach, Florida.

Early on Thursday, Trump tweeted a Happy Thanksgiving to his followers, noting that Americans can feel content with the state of the nation.

Trump’s tweet read, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!”

Trump concluded, “God bless America and God bless our troops.”

About the Author

Cortney O’Brien writes for Townhall.

The Rushmore Report: The JFK You Never Hear About

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a man of many complexities. He was the first and so far only Catholic president of the United States. He continues to be the youngest president to be voted into office. (Teddy Roosevelt, a year younger, was sworn in after the assassination of President McKinley.) He was a Democrat who took a hard line stance against the Soviet Union. Let’s talk about the JFK you never hear about today.

President Kennedy simplified tax brackets to help the working men and women of America. In his Inaugural Address, he used the word “freedom” – a word embraced by conservatives – often.

He was everything America needed in the 1960s – and needs today. He had a refined attitude (rumors of extramarital shenanigans aside), he had intelligence, he had charm. And he had a great sense of American beliefs and American exceptionalism. These are sorely lacking in today’s Republican Party, if not American politics in general. JFK was courageous, proving it in World War II, and he saw America as courageous.

During his inauguration on January 20, 1961, Kennedy gave one of his most famous sayings during his short term: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” The reason this short sentence is so prevalent in politics, and so memorable, is because it hit right in the heart of American pride. We are not a country, like the nations of Europe, where government takes care of us. The United States is not a nation of top-down power. We are not dependent people. We are free from government oversight and free as individuals. That is precisely the mindset that Kennedy believed, especially when tackling the Soviet Union’s aggression in Cuba.

He was also a president who recognized American ingenuity. As well as a nation of individual freedoms, we are additionally a nation of advancements in the world of science, medicine, and politics. No other line of Kennedy’s is more praiseworthy of this theme than when he spoke at Rice University in 1962. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” he said, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Though the moon landing itself did not occur in his lifetime – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in July of 1969 – Kennedy personified the hard-working, “can do” nature of America. He personified Manifest Destiny as it had never been seen before.

Kennedy was a president who both parties today look to for inspiration. Ronald Reagan quoted Kennedy often. He is arguably the last of the presidents to unite the increasingly divided platforms. Part of that, certainly, could be due to his assassination. Because of his tragic death by the hand of communist-sympathizing Lee Harvey Oswald, the American people have memorialized him as someone akin to Washington or Lincoln. But both liberals and conservatives, who are more split than ever, see him as a hero. That’s not to say everyone must agree with every one of Kennedy’s policies – even Reagan, after paying tribute to him in 1985, admitted that he didn’t vote for him – but we as Americans should see this man tackling a hurt nation still recovering from World War II, and wounded by problems with civil rights, with respect and dignity that he deserves.

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live,” he had said to the Harvard Alumni Association in 1956. Perhaps we need again a politician with class, with intelligence, and with a sense of American purpose to lead this country.

About the Author

Craig Shirley is a political columnist and noted Ronald Reagan historian.

The Rushmore Report: Just Released – New Eyewitness Account of JFK Assassination

On Wednesday, the Secret Service agent who jumped onto the back of John Kennedy’s car seconds after he was shot published his personal notes describing his eyewitness account. As the man with the closest view of the actual events, Clint Hill’s record is astonishing and raw. Following are some of the notes he wrote within moments of the assassination of America’s 36th president.

On that fateful day 54 years ago, Hill was standing on the lip of the vehicle driving behind President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Hill heard Lee Harvey Oswald’s first gunshot, and immediately saw the president “grab at his throat.” Without thinking, he bolted toward the president’s car from behind, but was unable to reach the president before the fatal shot was fired. He then used his body to shield the First Lady as the car sped toward Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

This is the exact account of Kennedy’s assassination in the words of the closest eyewitness.

November 21 (4:00 pm)

“Couldn’t transport Secret Service cars from San Antonio to Houston in time, so we had leased cars on 11/21/63. Rather uncomfortable, and not ideal for protection, to ride straddling the door in follow-up car.”

November 21 (4:09 pm)

“We saw a few protestors in Houston on 11/21/63. But nothing violent. No specific threats.”

November 22 (10:12 am)

“President and Mrs. Kennedy held hands at Carswell Air Force as we prepared to depart Fort Worth for Dallas. They were thrilled with the reception they’d received thus far in Texas.”

November 22 (10:58 am)

“Seemed ridiculous to fly Ft. Worth to Dallas, but political staff wanted arrival of Air Force One in Dallas. An exuberant crowd greeted President and Mrs. Kennedy at Love Field.”

November 22 (11:29 am)

“They were supposed to get directly into the car, but President Kennedy went to the fence line to shake hands. Mrs. Kennedy followed. The press went crazy.”

November 22 (12:19 pm)

“As we proceeded down Main St. in Dallas, the crowds grew larger. 15-20 people deep on each side of the street. People hanging out of windows, on fire escapes, anywhere they could get to have a view of President and Mrs. Kennedy.”

November 22 (12:27 pm)

“There were 2 motorcycle cops immediately to my left. The noise of the engines very loud, mixed with the screams and cheers. As we came to end of Main St., turned onto Houston, the crowds suddenly dropped off.”

November 22 (12:30 pm)

“The cars had to slow way down as we made the sharp turn from Houston onto Elm. Suddenly, I heard an explosive noise over my right shoulder, from the rear. I turned toward the noise. Notice the other agents are turning back toward the noise, too.”

November 22 (12:32 pm)

“As I turned my head toward the noise, I stopped when I saw JFK’s reaction. He grabbed at his throat and lurched to the left. I realized it was a gunshot. I jumped off the running board and ran toward the presidential limo.”

November 22 (12:35 pm)

“As I was running, two more shots were fired. Unfortunately, I was not faster than the bullets.”

November 22 (2:55 pm)

“The other agents and I carried the casket up the stairs to Air Force One as Mrs. K watched. We got to the door, and it was too wide to fit through the door … we had to rip the handles off to make it fit.”

November 23 (6:41 am)

“After the autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital, we returned to the White House around 4:30 am 11/23/63 with President John F. Kennedy in a new flag-draped casket. Mrs. Kennedy & me still in our blood-stained clothes.”

November 23 (8:35 am)

“The casket was placed on a catafalque in East Room & surrounded by Honor Guard. I went home @ 6:30 am. Shaved, showered, returned to White House. No time off. All other agents were w/LBJ. Only Paul Landis & me w/Mrs. Kennedy. There was no one to replace us.”

The Rushmore Report: What If Roy Moore Wins?

When Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General, it was widely assumed that his permanent replacement would be a Republican. But the scandals and allegations surrounding Republican nominee Roy Moore have challenged that assumption. It would be a stunning turn of events for a Democrat to win in a state Donald Trump won by 28 percentage points. If that happens, Democrats might win control of the Senate in 2018.

But what would it mean if Roy Moore wins?

A few things are pretty obvious. First, it would indicate that the Democrats have no realistic chance of winning anywhere in the South. The toxicity of the Democratic brand in rural states might also indicate problems for Democratic Senators running for re-election in West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana.

Second, a Moore victory would be further proof of how little credibility the national media has outside the political class. Many who are troubled and offended by Moore are also troubled and offended by the apparently partisan behavior of the Washington Post. Why didn’t the left-leaning paper report Moore’s problems before the Republican primary? If they had done so, Moore wouldn’t be the GOP nominee and the Democrats wouldn’t have a chance.

Third, it would also show the complete rejection of the Republican establishment in Washington. Mitch McConnell and his team did everything possible to block Moore. If the tarnished candidate wins, it will be because running against both national Republicans and the national media is a potent strategy.

But the deeper implications of a Moore victory would be to again show that voters grade politicians on an ethical curve. No matter what the offense, voters assume that others in office have done the same or worse.

This goes to the core of the dispute between voters and the political elite. The elite view themselves as noble public servants whose wise leadership is needed to move the country forward. They believe politicians should be role models for society to follow. Most voters find such a job description laughable. Instead, politicians are generally viewed as mercenaries or brokers sent to do a particular job.

This was clear in 2016 when Donald Trump won 87 percent of the evangelical vote. It’s not that evangelical voters approved of his lifestyle or thought he was one of them.

Instead, they recognized that one of the most important tasks of a president is to appoint people to the Supreme Court. Many evangelicals believe that Hillary Clinton would appoint Justices hostile to religious liberty, whereas Trump had promised to do the opposite. In other words, they voted for Trump so they could get someone like Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

If Roy Moore wins, it will be with the votes of many people who find him reprehensible. They will not be voicing approval of his behavior, but sending him to do a job in the political swamp. Some will hold their noses and conclude that voting for Moore is a necessary evil. They will vote for him to help repeal Obamacare, reform taxes, cut spending, and deal with immigration.

For many Alabama voters, electing Moore may be seen as a lesser evil than giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

About the Author

Scott Rasmussen is an American political analyst and digital media entrepreneur. He is the president of Styrk.com, a digital media company he founded in 2014. His political commentary is distributed through a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

The Rushmore Report: Sen. Al Franken Should Resign Immediately

Those popping sounds you hear aren’t light bulbs breaking as they hit the frozen surface of Lake Wobegon. Instead, that sound comes  from political heads exploding in the Democratic Media Complex. Because liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was exposed, completely, for what he really is by West Coast radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden. What does this mean for Franken’s future?

There’s that photo of Franken smiling and grabbing at her breasts as Tweeden, a former model, slept on the way home from a USO tour in 2006. Franken leered and posed, fingers spread on her, like some cartoon of a sex-crazed sixth grade boy.

“You knew exactly what you were doing,” Tweeden wrote in an online post. “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping, and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”

And just like that, the Democratic strategy to politicize sexual abuse and use it to beat Republicans to death at the polls must undergo a drastic rewrite.

So what do they do? Do they demand that Franken resign?

Franken and Democratic and Republican leaders want to send all this to the Senate Ethics Committee for an investigation. But there it will be lost in dusty vaults away from public scrutiny.

We already know what happened. An ethics committee investigation won’t tell us what happened. The only question is: What are Democrats going to do about it?

Franken apologized, says he’s sorry, says he respects women. But if he truly means it, there’s one thing for him to do: Resign immediately, disappear out into the woods.

It’s exactly what I recommended for the repugnant Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore: Take a long walk in the woods and disappear.

Republican senators want Moore to drop out of the race. But will Democrats demand en masse that Franken resign? No. They’ll want to study this, and spin it somehow, and mitigate differences between Franken and Moore, the former a simple creep, the latter accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. But all that is just playing for time.

And what will the media half of the Democratic Media Complex do?

Years ago many of them, particularly liberal pundits in Washington and New York, defended President Bill Clinton’s alleged assaults on women and dismissed allegations that he raped Juanita Broaddrick.

Leading feminists and liberal men trashed Clinton’s female accusers, because Clinton was their guy and he promised them what they wanted.

And what did a few women from Arkansas matter to the elite feminists of Washington and New York and Chicago and L.A. who were willing to forgive Clinton in exchange for a prize?

After all, Clinton was president. He promised he’d protect abortion. And they got what they wanted.

In recent days, though, as many on the left and right peeled (and rightfully so) the skin off creepy Roy Moore, an amazing thing has happened.

Pundits on the left began to wring their hands and confess their guilt about what they did to Clinton’s accusers.

It all rings hollow, of course, but there’s a good reason that it rings hollow.

It is hollow.

But without the icy tears of calculated contrition, they couldn’t proceed on the Democratic action plan.

Now the Franken explosion complicates that strategy, which only a few days ago was quite clear: Hound Moore as a monster, cast Republicans as either abusers of women or supporters of sexual abuse, and shame them, shame them, shame them.

And forge all of it into another Year of the Woman campaign to be used ultimately against President Donald Trump, whose history with women is ugly and boorish at best.

But now, that strategy – smelting gender identity politics with the real pain women have suffered at the hands of men – has been undercut.

And anything less than Franken’s departure from the Senate will be seen as just more political hypocrisy.

Tweeden, now news anchor on “McIntyire in the Morning” on KABC-AM in Los Angeles, posted her account and then talked at length about it.

She detailed Franken’s behavior, his grabbing and groping and aggressive kiss – actually more than just a “kiss,” during a USO tour before he was elected to the Senate, before he was a champion of women.

“Franken came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and . . . [we won’t recount the exact words here],” Tweeden wrote. “I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible. I felt disgusted and violated.”

Other women might come forward, accusing both Republicans and Democrats. Let it all come out. All of it.

This is what happens when the levee breaks.

And Franken, a comedian by trade, must realize that with the photo out there, with another accuser, it just might be time for him to exit stage left.

I can see him walking alone along the frozen banks of Lake Wobegon, laughing at his own jokes.

About the Author

John Kass is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.