Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

We can certainly hope so.

Days of Shrugging Off Sexual Misconduct at the Capitol May Be Over.

I'm not sure I believe a word of this, but I'll get to why after this brief excerpt.

“We are at a watershed moment,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, declared Thursday, calling on Congress to overhaul its fairly toothless internal process for dealing with sexual harassment.

It was evident the national outpouring of disturbing accounts of sexual harassment and assault and the furor surrounding Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, was prompting an examination of the culture in Congress. Though Congress has often shown a reluctance to police itself too strenuously, some lawmakers were demanding a legislative response as well as a recognition that attitudes and activities accepted in the past should be exposed and punished.

“I think we need to, as a country, have a much fuller conversation about this kind of behavior — how wrong it is, how toxic it is, how harmful it is, and how we need to support survivors and make sure that there is a place for them to not only tell their story, but to get some measure of justice, some measure of transparency and accountability,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York. She spoke in an interview for the New York Times podcast “The New Washington.”

Congress has long been a natural locale for inappropriate sexual behavior, with thousands of young and ambitious aides striving for advancement while working for bosses who hold power beyond typical superiors in a business given their political stature.

Congress can make all the laws and rules it wants, but it's difficult-to-impossible to regulate what goes on behind closed doors.

In the end, there's only one way to stop the abuse of money and power in Washington -- and that's to remove the money and power from Washington.