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#METOO: Woman accusing Murphy staffer of rape says she ‘received no justice.’

The woman who accused a senior staffer in [Democrat New Jersey] Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration of sexually assaulting her while he worked for Murphy’s campaign last year is a state official who says she is now telling her story because she has “received no justice.”

Katie Brennan, who later volunteered for the campaign and is now the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, detailed her allegations against Albert J. Alvarez publicly for the first time in a story published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday afternoon.

After the report was published Sunday afternoon, Brennan said in a statement: “On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.”

Whether it’s broken depends on what it was designed to actually do.

IT’S WRONG TO LIE: #MeToo setback: Austrian politician convicted of libel for accusing man of sexual harassment on Facebook.

YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF LEFTY PROJECTION: David Garcia’s #MeToo Political Director Has a History of Lewd Photography and Unpaid Tickets.

A #METOO PROBLEM FOR NEW JERSEY’S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR: “Gov. Phil Murphy, seen in this file photo, has yet to answer questions about a former official who worked on his campaign and his administration and who has been accused of sexual assault.” And who was kept on for months after the accuser was promised he’d be fired.

Journalists everywhere: “#MeToo? What’s that?”

PEGGY NOONAN:

A word on the destructive theatrics we now see gripping parts of the Democratic Party. The howling and screeching that interrupted the hearings and the voting, the people who clawed on the door of the court, the ones who chased senators through the halls and screamed at them in elevators, who surrounded and harassed one at dinner with his wife, who disrupted and brought an air of chaos, who attempted to thwart democratic processes so that the people could not listen and make their judgments:

Do you know how that sounded to normal people, Republican and Democratic and unaffiliated? It sounded demonic. It didn’t sound like “the resistance” or #MeToo. It sounded like the shrieking in the background of an old audiotape of an exorcism.

Democratic leaders should stand up to the screamers. They haven’t, because they’re afraid of them. But things like this spread and deepen.

Stand up to your base. It’s leading you nowhere good. And you know it.

Indeed.

OLD AND BUSTED: #BELIEVEALLWOMEN.

The New Hotness? Hillary Clinton: Bill should “absolutely not” have resigned over Lewinsky scandal.

Robyn Urback of the CBC writes that Bill Clinton is massively overdue for a #MeToo reckoning.

But today is not that day, Hillary “Aragorn” Clinton shouts. As Amanda Carpenter tweets, “Hearing Hillary defend Bill’s affair with Monica is a 2018 plot twist I did not expect.”

APPARENTLY, #METOO IS A CESSPIT OF CULTURAL INSENSITIVITY: Banishment of an acclaimed UC Irvine professor sparks debate over whether #MeToo can go too far.

For years, the professor told the assistant dean that she was beautiful and greeted her with hugs and a kiss on each cheek.

During their time together at UC Irvine, Francisco J. Ayala, 84, and Benedicte Shipley, 50, perceived their encounters in dramatically different ways.

He said he believed he was showing her admiration, respect and the courtly manners of his native Spain. She said she felt objectified and humiliated. Her version won out this year, when officials concluded that Ayala had sexually harassed Shipley and two other women.

The university swiftly moved to erase his presence. The world-renowned geneticist resigned, was banned from campus and stripped of prestigious University of California titles. And though he had given Irvine $11.5 million in donations, his name was taken off the university buildings he helped support.

The sanctions have bitterly divided the campus, drawn international attention and underscored the growing complexity of the nation’s pitched battles over sexual harassment.

Universities treat their donors so shabbily, it’s beginning to look as if the only winning move in the PC game is not to play.

#METOO GOES FULL EMMET TILL: White woman calls cops on black child she says touched her butt.

THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOT: Interior Dept. disciplined 1,500 employees for misconduct.

The employees, both full-time staff and probationary appointees, have either been removed, reprimanded or suspended, according to the email sent by Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt.

Bernhardt provided the update to follow up on Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promise to crack down on what the department called “the widespread and pervasive culture of harassment and discrimination” in a news release last year. The initial effort focused on harassment in the National Park Service, but since then, the department has taken steps to combat harassment throughout the department. The 1,500 employees come from all parts of the department as well.

Zinke announced plans to combat harassment in the National Park Service last October, a week after The New York Times published the first story detailing allegations of sexual assault and harassment from Harvey Weinstein, igniting the national #MeToo movement.

A National Park Service Work Environment Survey from 2017 found that 10.4% of service employees had experienced sexual harassment, and 38.7% employees reported experiencing some form of harassment in the past year alone, according to the initial release.

Is every federal department this bad?

LEFTY WOMEN SHOCKED TO ENCOUNTER LIBERAL MEN who are tired of angry #MeToo feminism. “I’m frustrated and embarrassed, my boyfriend of three years said to me, with how worked up you are.”

WHY NOT JUST #WALKAWAY? Dave Chappelle on #MeToo: ‘I Wish They Would Speak to Black Women More.’

CHRISTIAN TOTO: H’Wood’s Silence on Clintons Final #MeToo Straw.

DAVE CHAPPELLE ON #METOO: ‘I Wish They Would Speak to Black Women More.’

WILL THERE BE #METOO PROTESTS AT EACH EVENT? Hillary and Bill Clinton to go on tour this year.

A MEASURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Campus mob that attacked ‘Confirm Kavanaugh’ group may face punishment.

Earlier this week a mob of students, enraged by a pro-Brett Kavanaugh tabling effort at the University of Texas at Austin put together by its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter, encircled and yelled at its members while chanting obscenities. Several students were also filmed grabbing the young conservatives’ signs out of their hands and ripping them up.

One student told the conservatives if they did not want their signs ripped up they should not have written such offensive things. The signs stated phrases such as “#MeToo gone #TooFar,” “KavaNotGuilty” and “No Campus Kangaroo Courts in Congress.”

In the wake of that melee, campus authorities are reviewing the incident, UT Austin spokesman J.B. Bird told The College Fix.

“Because of federal privacy law, the university does not talk about specific student discipline cases,” he said. “Damaging another person’s sign is a violation of university rules. The Dean of Students has reached out to students involved to determine appropriate action. University Police are also reviewing potential criminal violations.”

Meanwhile, members of Young Conservatives of Texas have had their names, phone numbers, places of work and personal social media accounts published by an activist group that describes itself as “anti-oppressive, anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist.”

This is a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights.

Plus, from one of the conservative students: At the end of the day, we’ve let the campus descend into this level of far-left madness because conservatives have ignored it, but through actions like what we did today we embolden people to stand up for what they believe in.” Yes. End the culture of leftist impunity.

AND THAT’S EVEN WITHOUT BRINGING UP THE UNDERAGE DOMINICAN HOOKERS: Democrats Have Another Problem in New Jersey: It’s not just that their senior senator was indicted.

Bishop Jethro James, leader of an 86-member black pastors’ association, is upset the Menendez camp seems to assume they have the black vote wrapped up.

“The Democrats have been taking the African-American vote for granted for too long,” he said in his office at Paradise Baptist Church in Newark. “It’s an insult. Some folks in the two-party system think this is like a political plantation: ‘You do what we say.’ We are long past that.”

The source of James’ ire was a call he received from T. Missy Balmir, a senior adviser for Menendez and veteran player in Democratic state politics. The call came after James hosted Hugin in his 400-member church a few weeks ago.

“They basically said, ‘Why did you invite him to your church? Why did you have a Republican in?’” James recalled.

The pastor didn’t appreciate this communication from Team Menendez, especially since the incumbent has not exactly been a fixture in Rev. James’ community. According to the Star-Ledger report:

“You know how many times I invited Bob Menendez to my church?” James said. “You know how many times he’s come? None. But at election time, they want our endorsement.”

… And, as it turned out, James seemed to like a lot of what Hugin — the former chairman and CEO of Celgene Corp., a New Jersey biotech company specializing in drugs for cancer and chronic disease — had to say.

“We (African-Americans) are 40 percent more likely to get cancer,” James said. “I’d say about 40 percent of the women in my congregation have had breast cancer. I myself had prostate cancer. Bob Hugin’s company made the drugs that saved my life.”

The issue of health care makes for a rather stark contrast between Messrs. Hugin and Menendez. While Mr. Hugin was working in biotechnology, Mr. Menendez was famously seeking to help Medicare fraudster Salomon Melgen capture more funding from federal health programs.

Weird how all the #MeToo stuff has given Menendez a pass, though.

MAYBE TRUMP REALLY IS PLAYING 6-DIMENSIONAL CHESS. So there’s this:

And there’s the strangely assertive Lindsey Graham 2.0:

And it makes me think about what Trump’s game was. I would have rather he picked one of the more libertarian members of his list: Willett, or maybe Kethledge. And because some sort of trumped-up #MeToo thing was almost certain, a lot of people thought he should have picked Amy Coney Barrett. Kavanaugh was a fine, safe pick, but kinda milquetoasty DC Establishment for my taste.

But that was the reason to pick him. Trump knew he’d been vetted enough that there would be no real skeletons, and he no doubt expected that the Democrats would be so desperate they’d invent some. They would have done that with anyone he put up — but, precisely because Kavanaugh was a milquetoasty DC Establishment type, seeing the Democrats go into full batshit assault mode on him galvanized the other milquetoasty DC Establishment types. You could see the lightbulbs go off in their heads: The Democrats don’t hate Trump because he’s Trump. They hate all Republicans and want to ruin them. Even me! And they always will.

The result is that the Kavanaugh affair has welded the Trump and NeverTrump forces (except for a few sad outliers who don’t matter) into a solid force. And it’s simultaneously galvanized GOP voters around the country, closing the “enthusiasm gap,” as the normals become more militant. Plus, it seems that minority voters aren’t as excited about empowering neurotic upper-class white feminists as you might — well, actually, I guess they’re just about exactly as excited about empowering neurotic upper-class white feminists as you might expect, but it seems Dems didn’t give that much thought. So Kavanaugh was, in fact, the perfect pick to trigger this reaction.

I’m reminded of the scene in Absence of Malice where Wilford Brimley asks Paul Newman, who has cleverly set a trap that the press and the rogue DOJ guy fall into, “Are you that smart?”

I mentioned this analysis to the Insta-Wife, a Trump fan who has followed him closely since the 1980s and her comment was, “Of course.”

UPDATE:

MORE: Seen on Facebook: “‘You’ll get tired of winning.’ Yet another failed prediction from Drumpf.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND #METOO: ‘Make them scared’ website posts uncorroborated sexual assault claims against male students.

MEGAN MCARDLE: Kavanaugh Is Already Being Punished.

The left may still be arguing about the standards for putting someone on the Supreme Court, but the right is now conducting a public referendum on the rules for agreeing to wreck a man’s life over accusations that cannot be corroborated or conclusively disproven.

About a year after #MeToo began, we still haven’t defined those rules in a rigorous, broadly defensible way. The movement’s proponents tend to seek the social and economic equivalent of extremely harsh sentences, upon the lowest standard of proof — “I believe women.” . . .

The venomous Kavanaugh fight illustrates one reason that’s unworkable. The harsher the penalty, the more proof people will demand before imposing it. But Hawaii offers another reason to be wary: The element of randomness makes for a weaker deterrent.

If he weren’t a conservative Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh would be facing none of this. Knowing that, do men think, “Better treat women well”? Or do they think, “Luckily, I’m not a fancy Republican lawyer”?

Perhaps, as feminists hope, we’ll end up making men hypervigilant about possible offenses. But another response seems at least as likely: If you can’t control your fate, why bother being good?

I predict that male federal judges will hire fewer female clerks next year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Campus mob enraged by ‘Confirm Kavanaugh’ display (VIDEO).

Signs ripped up in anger. Chants of “we believe survivors.” Furious finger pointing.

A large group of students became enraged Tuesday afternoon by a pro-Brett Kavanaugh tabling effort at the University of Texas at Austin put together by its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter. A crowd of furious students encircled the group and yelled at its members while chanting obscenities and destroying their signs.

The conservative group had decided to set up a “Confirm Kavanaugh” display in an effort to show support for the embattled U.S. Supreme Court judge nominee and argue for the need for corroborating evidence, said student Anthony Dolcefino, vice chairman of the group.

They drew up signs stating phrases such as “#MeToo gone #TooFar,” “KavaNotGuilty” and “No Campus Kangaroo Courts in Congress.” They also put up a “Change My Mind” sign, a call to debate peers.

“We did want people to talk to us, but unfortunately it’s hard to do that when you have an angry mob ripping our signs and screaming in our faces,” Dolcefino told The College Fix in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The lefty privilege on display here is disgraceful. They know they won’t be punished, because they know administrators share their political views. Outside powers like the Justice Department, the Department of Education, and the Texas legislature need to force a degree of responsibility here.

PAUL BEDARD: Claim: Bill Clinton would have been jailed under #MeToo, Kavanaugh standards. He would probably have been jailed if he’d actually been subjected to the laws of the 1980s.

CAUGHT IN THE #METOO UNDERTOW? Bredesen Brags of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Harassment Policy as Tennessee Governor: All reporting indicates major issues with Bredesen’s handling of abuse claims.

Bredesen, who was Tennessee’s governor from 2003 to 2011 and is now running for U.S. Senate, defended himself from criticism from Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn for his handling of harassment claims as governor.

“Both as mayor and governor, I had a zero tolerance policy with any kind of harassment of women,” Bredesen said. “Whenever this has happened in my purview it’s been something I’ve come down on very, very hard.”

Bredesen’s claim during the event flies in the face of reported facts during his tenure as governor, when reporters caught his administration covering up details of sexual harassment allegations and helping the accused land jobs elsewhere.

Most egregious in the findings was the Bredesen administration’s practice of shredding documentation of the accusations, which was found by both The Tennessean and the Associated Press to be done only when the accused were high-profile members of the administration.

The most public case came with Mack Cooper, who was Bredesen’s top lobbyist in the governor’s office before he was fired for violating the state’s workplace harassment policy. All the details of Cooper’s offense were shredded.

Bredesen insisted the decision to shred documents wasn’t part of a “cover up,” but acknowledged he had no way of proving that. He eventually ordered his administration to put an end to its practice of shredding documentation in harassment cases.

Bredesen also appeared to push back against a comment he made regarding sexual harassment in 2005 when he said, “Anytime you mix men and women together in a work environment there’s going to be issues.”

As an old white guy running against a woman, he’s going to have to deal with this.

CONGRATULATE ME! I was finally blocked by a privileged old white male Ivy League lawyer whose firm smeared Monica Lewinsky and Kathleen Willey beyond the scope of decency, are big DNC donors, and of course pump out shit-tons of anti-Kavanaugh posts, but more than happy to take $6.75 million defending sex traffickers of underaged women!
You gotta love the law racket!!
#MeTooUntilItAffectsMyIncome

#METOO:

RICH LOWRY: Atticus Finch Was on the Wrong Side.

To Kill a Mockingbird stands firmly for the proposition that an accusation can be false, that unpopular defendants presumed guilty must and should be defended, and that it is admirable and brave to withstand the crowd — at times in the story, literally the lynch mob — when it wants to cast aside the normal protections of justice.

Exactly what has made Atticus Finch such an honored figure in our culture would make him a very inconvenient man at many college campuses today, where charges of sexual misconduct are adjudicated without the accused being allowed to confront the accuser or make use of other key features of our system of justice. Finch is a rebuke to the shift from a presumption of innocence toward a presumption of guilt that now attends accusations of sexual harassment and assault. He didn’t believe that someone’s being accused of something is enough to establish his wrongdoing, or accept that a category of people were, by definition, to be under a pall of suspicion.

Atticus Finch is not the man for this moment, but we need him, and his reasoned yet unshakable commitment to fairness and justice, more than ever.

He’s right — though Glenn and Ashe Schow were onto Finch risking being perceived by the #MeToo crowd as “American literature’s most celebrated rape apologist” nearly four years ago.

NETS SKIP RANK HYPOCRISY OF WEINSTEIN PAL MATT DAMON PORTRAYING ‘FRAT BOY’ KAVANAUGH ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

In addition to Damon admitting that he’d fight any accusations these days tooth and nail himself:

In December 2017, Damon appeared on ABC’s “Popcorn” with Peter Travers and explained that in the years before the #MeToo movement, false allegations were often settled monetarily. But after the fall of Harvey Weinstein, all that changed.

“If you make the same claim to me today,” he said, “it would be scorched-earth. I don’t care if it would cost me $10 million in court for 10 years, you are not taking my name from me, you are not taking my name and reputation from me, I’ve worked too hard for it, I’ve earned it, you can’t just blow me up like that.”

Back in July, USA Today columnist Hannah Yasharoff asked, “In the era of #MeToo, is it still OK to laugh at ‘Animal House’?”, which starred SNL’s John Belushi:

National Lampoon’s raunchy frat house comedy “Animal House,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday, is widely regarded as an all-time great movie. But four decades later, it feels less like a comedy classic and more like a toxic showcase of racism, homophobia and jokes about sexual assault.

While parts of the film are still genuinely funny and enjoyable in 2018, the crueler moments beg the question: In the era of #MeToo, is it still OK to enjoy “Animal House”?

(As Jim Treacher responded at the time, “My goodness. Whatever you do, don’t show this young lady Porky’s.”)

In his column yesterday, Ross Douthat wrote, “The Year of Our Lord 1982, upon whose disputed summertime events a Supreme Court nomination now hinges, was part of the Reagan era but not a particularly conservative year:”

Most contemporary discourse about the social revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s imagines a consistent “left” that created those revolutions and a consistent “right” that opposed them. But glancing back to the debauched world of 1982 suggests a rather different take, one that clarifies what happened to American politics in the age of Bill Clinton and what’s happening now in the age of Donald Trump.

The world of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford’s youth, the world that’s given us this fall’s nightmarish escalation of the culture war, was not a traditionalist world as yet unreformed by an enlightened liberalism. It also wasn’t a post-revolutionary world ruled by social liberalism as we know it today. Rather it was a world where a social revolution had ripped through American culture and radically de-moralized society, tearing down the old structures of suburban bourgeois Christian morality, replacing them with libertinism. With “if it feels good, do it” and the Playboy philosophy. With “Fear of Flying” for women and “Risky Business” and “Porky’s” for the boys. With drunken teenage parties in the suburbs and hard-core pornography in Times Square.

Which means that the culture war as we’ve known it since has not been a simple clash of conservatives who want to repress and liberals who want to emancipate. Rather it’s been an ongoing argument between two forces — feminists and religious conservatives — that both want to remoralize American society, albeit in very different ways.

Additionally, when the Harvey Weinstein story broke right around this time last year, as with NBC News’ efforts to block Ronan Farrow’s reportage, very likely because they knew it could lead to stories about their own Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, and Chris Matthews surfacing, Saturday Night Live’s creator-producer Lorne Michaels told reporters that his show also wouldn’t touch the Weinstein story, dismissing it as merely “a New York thing.”

As John Hinderaker wrote last year at Power Line, political reporters and wire services love to recap SNL episodes, because it allows them to get their biases in print while still maintaining a thin veneer of objectivity.“‘Respectable’ news outlets like the AP can’t publish absurd comedy skits ripping President Trump, much as they might like to,” Hinderaker wrote. “But by covering Saturday Night Live, they turn such meaningless attacks into fake ‘news.’”

To borrow from Douthat’s phrase above, reading Jeff Weingrad and Doug Hill’s 1986 book Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, it’s obvious that SNL impresario Michaels also wanted to remoralize American society. He certainly wanted to remoralize NBC’s formerly staid and morally conservative censors, fighting tooth and nail to coarsen the culture at NBC, and ultimately winning that battle, and on the big screen. The histories of SNL and the National Lampoon of the 1970s and early 1980s are heavily intertwined — Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner and original senior writer Michael O’Donoghue were all recruited by Michaels fresh from the Lampoon. After SNL made them superstars, Chase and Belushi would in turn go on to star in the Lampoon’s movies. So it makes sense that SNL would much prefer to have the media generating stories about its host mocking Kavanaugh, rather than risk a look back on its role in shaping the culture of the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

While the Kavanaugh hearings were going on this past Thursday, Dan McLaughlin of NRO tweeted that they “mark a milestone: this is the first true Gen X culture war moment in national politics, relitigating not the Boomers’ Days of Rage or Summer of Love but John Hughes [another Lampoon alumnus – Ed] movie tropes, drinking ages, yearbook quotes & Trapper Keeper day planners.”

If the left is going to take #metoo — let alone their charges against Kavanaugh — seriously, that would require a hard reassessment of SNL’s role in reshaping the culture of the period from 1975 to 1985 or so. I wonder how this aging NBC institution would look, afterwards. SNL’s attack on Kavanaugh was actually more of a defensive head fake, by yet another leftwing institution begging to be devoured by the mob last.

Related: Victor Davis Hanson’s Epitaph for a Dying Culture.

THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE SHUT UP: He Spoofed ‘Angry Kavanaugh’ On ‘SNL,’ But Here’s How Matt Damon Said He’d Handle Accusations.

In December 2017, Damon appeared on ABC’s “Popcorn” with Peter Travers and explained that in the years before the #MeToo movement, false allegations were often settled monetarily. But after the fall of Harvey Weinstein, all that changed.

“If you make the same claim to me today,” he said, “it would be scorched-earth. I don’t care if it would cost me $10 million in court for 10 years, you are not taking my name from me, you are not taking my name and reputation from me, I’ve worked too hard for it, I’ve earned it, you can’t just blow me up like that.”

Believe all women, except for the ones who might have something bad to say about Matt Damon.

JONAH GOLDBERG: The Moral-Panic Phase.

Why the Hell are people losing their minds? I don’t know. Why did St. Vitus’ Dance sweep Europe? Why did tulips get so expensive during the Tulip Craze? Why did the witches hang?

I suspect what’s happened is a convergence of things. First the #MeToo movement, which mostly has been a force for good, is entering its moral-panic phase. Second, the Internet accelerates groupthink and extremism for all the familiar reasons. Third, a lot of Democrats have concluded that the only way to win the party’s presidential nomination is to prove you can be the most fearless jackass in the herd (See, Cory “Almost Spartacus” Booker) and the presence of Michael Avenatti in the market has put inflationary pressure on everyone’s asininity. Fourth, as I keep writing (even at book length), we are turning politics into a form of tribal entertainment where it’s easy to convince ourselves that our opponents are existential monsters.

And fifth, as politics has become a secular religion, the Supreme Court has become like a Roman Temple and people are terrified that Kavanaugh is a less indulgent priest. If the Supreme Court wasn’t the institution where a single swing justice — not coincidentally the one Kavanaugh is slated to replace — decides how human beings should define themselves in the world, people wouldn’t be freaking out nearly so much.

Read the whole thing. In his New York Times column this week, Ross Douthat concludes that “we all sense that in this political disaster, we’re seeing a glimpse into a cultural abyss.” What comes next?

A column by Barton Swaim in the Weekly Standard that Glenn linked to earlier today argues that “The Sexual Revolution Is Over:”

What comes next probably won’t be some 21st-century form of Victorian public morality. But neither, if I’m right, are we likely to advance further into the realm of sexual chaos urged upon our society by young radicals a half-century ago. Everything comes to an end, including revolutions.

Thursday’s hearings also “may be a watershed moment in Identity Politics,” a blogger at Maggie’s Farm writes:

This was a great example of how identity has been weaponized for political gain. Don’t think this is the end of Identity Politics, though. The Democrats need identity to survive. Mao’s Cultural Revolution relied on hearsay and Identity, and was implemented shortly after the Great Leap Forward had failed to propel the nation forward economically. The Democrats are failing massively. They are launching their own Cultural Revolution. I’ve warned friends of mine who are sympathetic to the ’cause’ to be careful. Movements like this eat their young.

In any case, as Rod Dreher writes, it’s also “The End of a Trusting Society:”

Look at what Brett Kavanaugh now has to put up with: an Erik Brady column in USA Today saying he shouldn’t coach his daughter’s basketball team because he might be a pervert. Excerpt:

The nation is deeply divided. Sometimes it feels like we don’t agree on anything anymore. But credibly accused sex offenders should not coach youth basketball, girls or boys, without deeper investigation. Can’t we all agree on that?

“Credibly accused”? This is beyond disgusting — and it’s in a major American newspaper. How does it differ from this, had USA Today been around in 1954:

The nation is deeply divided. Sometimes it feels like we don’t agree on anything anymore. But credibly accused communists should not work in Hollywood without deeper investigation. Can’t we all agree on that?

Gosh, I can’t imagine why Judge Kavanaugh was upset in his testimony, can you?

This is the world we are creating for ourselves.

The Washington Post, through its then-subsidiary publication Newsweek assured us at the start of 2009 that “We Are All Socialists Now.” Apparently the socialist state that DC elites had in mind was East Germany.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Roman Polanski Announces His First Movie in #MeToo Era, Called J’Accuse.

IT’S AS IF #METOO ISN’T REALLY ABOUT FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY AT ALL: “If your friend says she wants to cut off every dick in a five mile radius, let her!”

DID CONSERVATIVES WIN THE CULTURE WAR?

Kavanaugh’s Drinking Should Be Investigated,’ says the headline on Slate, a reference to the admission by Mark Judge, a schoolfriend of Brett Kavanaugh’s, that he sometimes got ‘black out’ drunk. This prompted a wit on Twitter to remark: ‘Guys, I think conservatives won the culture wars.’

Reading that brought me up short. I’m a social liberal and an economic conservative, and have always told myself that people like me have won: liberals won the culture war and conservatives won the economic war, at least in the US and the UK. But what if it’s the other way round?

Read the whole thing. As Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote in a piece titled “Hugh Hefner, Gangsta Rap & The Emerging Moral Majority, after Hef entered his “After Dark” mode permanently last September, on the eve of the Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace and the concurrent dawn of the #MeToo era, “Moral concerns pop up one decade in right-wing clothes, and, in the next, change into another outfit.”

When the next viable Democratic presidential candidate who spent his salad days on the Choom Gang and/or with “bimbo eruptions” in his past emerges, the left’s 180 degree pivot from their current Moral Majority-esque phase will be spectacular to watch. But not at all “unexpected.”

TAMARA KEEL EXPLAINS WHY SHE’S SO UNHAPPY WITH THE KAVANAUGH STUFF:

My conservative friends keep bringing up Bill Clinton and The Evel Knievel of Chappaquiddick, and they don’t grasp that the #MeToo movement was in *response* to that environment in the past.

People don’t understand how common sexual assault and straight-up rape is…and, yes, #MeToo…and this groundswell happens where now we’re not going to sweep it under the rug, we’re not going to let it slide with a “boys will be boys” or “she should have been more careful”.

But somehow the movement got shanghaied, first by people who diluted the meaning to “someone at work said my ankles were fat”, and now finally we’ve come to this.

DiFi’s smug little last-minute “Aha! I’ve got a ‘gotcha’ that’ll stick it to the GOP but good!” expression…its blatant politicization…is in danger of becoming the Pickett’s Charge of the #MeToo movement. Movements have backlashes and pendulums swing both ways. Thanks for f$cking it up, Diane.

Yep. But politicizing things and ruining them is what Democrats do.

UPDATE: From the comments: “The extra last-minute allegations are consistent with an orchestrated effort to persuade the nominee to withdraw so that the accuser does not have to testify.”

JAMES ROBBINS: Despite new accusers, Democrats war on Brett Kavanaugh could cost them midterm elections. Well, telling men to “shut up” isn’t the slickest marketing strategy.

Related: S.E. Cupp: The danger of Democratic overreach: The Kavanaugh hearings could fuel Republican turnout, as many Americans see the weaponization of #MeToo.

It would be ironic if the Democrats blocked Kavanaugh only for the GOP to pick up Senate seats and confirm someone really hardcore.

SO YOU’RE SAYING IT’S SCREWED, THEN? Megan McArdle: #MeToo depends on the credibility of the journalists who report on it.

But given the thinness of the evidence, I’m frankly surprised the New Yorker ran the article, which went online Sunday. So are a lot of folks on the right, including those who had favored withdrawing Kavanaugh in favor of Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge. They, too, had expressed the belief that a second allegation would be automatically disqualifying.

But they had assumed, as I did, that a second allegation would be stronger, not weaker, than the first. And among that group, I saw a sudden shift toward the view that Republicans must take the matter at least through a hearing. Otherwise, nominee after nominee would go down to a string of unverifiable allegations.

And so I’m writing a different column than I expected, about something I hadn’t fully understood until I watched that seismic shift: the extent to which the success of #MeToo depends on the credibility of the journalists who report on it.

We hear the slogan “believe women” a lot, but even its strongest media proponents can’t really mean it literally, because journalists know how often people tell them things that aren’t true. Sources exaggerate their résumés, underplay things that make them look bad, make mistakes about what happened or simply outright lie. It’s hardly a majority, but it’s common enough that caution is always warranted. . . .

As #MeToo has grown, mainstream media outlets have generally been scrupulous about getting that confirmation before they publish. It’s hard to overstate the dangers when that filter fails. When Rolling Stone failed to check allegations about gang rape at the University of Virginia, the magazine both smeared innocent young men and caused other victims to be treated more skeptically. And when a weak story breaks into an already raging political conflagration, it not only creates skepticism under which future abusers can shelter but also threatens to turn #MeToo into yet another divide in the culture wars.

That would be a disaster for the country, and the women in it. Which is why, despite the risk of failing to say something that later turns out to be true, sometimes it’s best to tear up that piece you expected to be able to write.

Too late.

IT’S LIKE THIS IS ALL JUST HYPOCRITICAL B.S.: #MeToo Legislators in Calif. Donate to Colleague Accused of Sexual Misconduct.

WOKE PIETY AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS: Impossible To Satisfy, By Design.

A positional good is a good that people acquire to signal where they stand in a social hierarchy; it is acquired in order to set oneself apart from others. Positional goods therefore have a peculiar property: the utility their consumers derive from them is inversely related to the number of people who can access them… PC-brigadiers behave exactly like owners of a positional good who panic because wider availability of that good threatens their social status.

The PC brigade has been highly successful in creating new social taboos, but their success is their very problem. Moral superiority is a prime example of a positional good, because we cannot all be morally superior to each other. Once you have successfully exorcised a word or an opinion, how do you differentiate yourself from others now? You need new things to be outraged about, new ways of asserting your imagined moral superiority.

And he we go!

Now #MeToo is coming for your thought crimes
The Next Step for #MeToo Is Into the Gray Areas
How close is #MeToo to full riot mode?

The Bookworm Room blog had a post last year titled “The Sexual ‘Reign of Terror:’ How we got here and where we’re going.” The left seems determined to make that headline not just a metaphor.

ROGER SIMON: Feinstein and Ford are Destroying the #MeToo Movement.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to ‘Christine Blasey Ford-Proof’ Your Son.

The press has underestimated the mothers of America who are watching this process of destroying a good man with horror and anger. What can we do as mothers to make sure this doesn’t happen to our sons? It begins with training them from a young age to protect themselves from unscrupulous girls. A long time ago the worst you had to worry about was a girl trapping your son by getting pregnant. Now it’s much worse. Here are a few ideas with which to move forward in this terrifying #MeToo era.

Read the whole thing.

THE HAMMER OF AHMET: Over at Ed Driscoll.com, I have a lengthy review of the new #MeToo, “Toxic Masculinity”-themed autobiography by Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive hired by Ahmet Ertegun’s Atlantic Records, along with some thoughts about the product that Atlantic and MTV were distributing to millions of American teenagers in the 1970s through the 1990s.

(Bumped.)

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Ian Buruma and the age of sexual McCarthyism — The New York Review of Books editor is the latest casualty of the identitarian mob:

My own theory is that a small minority on the identitarian Left have used various Maoist tactics, including public shaming on social media, to persuade people that their doctrinaire positions on #MeToo allegations and a range of other issues – gender is a social construct, masculinity is toxic, climate change is caused by misogyny, etc. – are much more ubiquitous than they really are, thereby stifling dissent.

Read the whole thing.

(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

JOHN HAWKINS: Accusation Against Kavanaugh Is Exactly Why Men Should Be Leery of #MeToo Movement. “Are men innocent until proven guilty or just innocent until accused?”

Don’t be silly, John — men are guilty until proven guiltier.

THE #METOO ANGLE ON KAVANAUGH NOT PLAYING WELL WITH INDEPENDENTS, or really anyone else except Democrats. Note that fewer women than men find the charges credible.

Full poll here.

UPDATE: Cokie Roberts praises White House, slams Dems over handling of Christine Blasey Ford. Cokie Roberts.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Kava-Nope strategy: delay, delay, delay. Oh, and pay protesters. “Unlike in notorious #MeToo cases like those of Larry Nassar and Harvey Weinstein, this accusation has not launched more accusations. The most prominent men accused of sexual assault in the #MeToo era have had a long history of abusing women — many women. The allegations are decades old, well beyond the statute of limitations. This fact means that Ford is essentially a character witness against Kavanaugh. That’s why it matters that approximately 200 women have testified to the judge’s high moral character (a story of mine that Rush Limbaugh talked about yesterday). It also matters that two of Kavanaugh’s former girlfriends — who both knew him in high school — called him ‘a perfect gentleman’.”

Tyler O’Neil is filling in for Liz today with some very good stuff.

#METOO IS NEITHER A MAGIC SHIELD NOR A MAGIC SWORD: No Senator Hirono, Men Should NOT Shut Up About Christine Blasey Ford.

#METOO ALLEGATIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE UNCRITICALLY ACCEPTED UNLESS THEY’RE DIRECTED AT DEMOCRATS: Keith Ellison Accuser, Karen Monahan, Says Democratic Party Doesn’t Believe Her.

FLASHBACK: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.

#METOO UPDATE: Asia Argento Threatens Rose McGowan With Legal Action.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Forget Norm Macdonald, Why Won’t These Celebrities Apologize?

Norm Macdonald is breaking some sort of land speed record for his apology tour.

First, the “Saturday Night Live” alum apologized for daring to say Roseanne Barr might not be a racist and the #MeToo movement may contain flaws.

Then, he served up another mea culpa for referencing Down Syndrome in a clumsy fashion during his initial apology.

What’s next? The fact that Macdonald won’t join The Resistance with his new Netflix talk show may put a social justice target on his back. We’ll see.

It still begs the following question: why haven’t other stars apologized for saying much, much worse?

You’re gonna need a bigger blog.

FLASHBACK: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo.

“BUT THE EVIDENCE IS AS THIN AS CAN BE:” Ronan Farrow spells out unnamed woman’s claim that Brett Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her in high school. “One of the most powerful aspects of Farrow’s previous #MeToo reporting is the contemporaneous corroboration he cites from friends and family of the alleged victim. In nearly every case he’s covered (maybe every single one, in fact), a woman who was assaulted or harassed ended up confiding in others about it years ago, sometimes on the very day of the incident. That’s a strong defense to the inevitable claims that the accusation has been concocted belatedly because the “victim” wants attention or money or, in this case, maybe to take down a public official whose politics she abhors. It’s hard to accuse someone of making up a story to shake down Harvey Weinstein in 2018, when he’s an easy target, if they were telling the very same story in 1988. All of that is missing here.”

I suspect that this late hit is mostly about easing the pressure on red-state Dems, plus allowing Dems to call Kavanaugh “illegitimate” for the next 40 years a la Clarence Thomas.

#METOO: Army Wants 120mm Mortar Systems That Can Fire Out to 12 Miles.

I SUSPECTED THIS: Bill Cosby’s scandal is why Geoffrey Owens had to work at Trader Joe’s. Cosby didn’t miss any meals when #MeToo activists got his show banned, but others suffered.

CHANGE: Playboy Club opens in New York, defying the #MeToo era. But where’s the conflict with #MeToo? #MeToo is about sexual assault. It’s not a general war on male sexuality, right?

ROBBIE SOAVE: Asia Argento Is Why I Don’t Believe All Victims: Attorneys for the #MeToo leader now claim Jimmy Bennett “sexually attacked” her.

Asia Argento, the Italian actress and #MeToo movement leader who was recently accused of sexually assaulting an underage male actor named Jimmy Bennett, is now claiming that Bennett “sexually attacked” her in 2013. According to her attorney, Argento was the victim in the situation, which he summarized as “a misunderstood interaction between her and Bennett that was initiated by Bennett, perpetrated upon Asia, and resulted in her ‘freezing’ and being placed in a ‘state of shock.'”

I don’t believe her. In fact, this is a textbook example of why the fourth-wave feminist notion that we should automatically believe all victims is pernicious.

Why don’t I believe Argento? For one thing, she paid Bennett $380,000* to keep him quiet about it. For another, she took a post-sex photo with him in bed, and it does not show a woman who looks like she was just attacked.

Also, she shows every sign of being a nasty piece of work in general.

I HAVE TWO THOUGHTS ON THIS: From learning lines to serving the long line! The Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens is spotted working as a cashier at Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.

First, so what? It’s honorable work. And second, I wonder if he was getting residuals until #MeToo knocked the Cosby Show out of reruns?

#METOO: I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser. “In class, Avital was waited on by her aide-de-camp, a graduate student who followed her around the Village like Tony Hale on HBO’s Veep. If the energy in the room was not to her liking, she became frustrated. During one session, she abruptly stopped the lecture midthought, blaming her students for making her feel drained. It took a beat for anyone to realize she was serious.”

Plus: “In this way, Avital’s case has become a strange referendum on literary study. Generations of scholars have been suckled at the teat of interpretation: We spend our days parsing commas and decoding metaphors. We get high on finding meaning others can’t. We hoard it, like dragons. We would be intellectually humiliated to learn that the truth was plain: that Avital quite simply sexually harassed her student, just as described. Sometimes analysis is simply denial with more words. Sometimes, as a frustrated student in a first-year literature course always mutters, the text just means what it says it means.”

Yeah, but that attitude threatens the whole feedlot.

ANOTHER #METOO TORPEDO CIRCLES AROUND: Porn, Sex Toys, Cocaine, A Rolodex Of Groupies and Boasts about Manhood Size — The Sordid Truth About Life Inside Atlantic Records in the 1980s, the label Behind Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones:

Watching porn in the office, using dildos as decor, and executives bragging about the size of their manhood: This was the record industry before the age of MeToo.

Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive for Atlantic Records — the label responsible for bringing us musical legends such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Aretha Franklin — was 24 years old when she landed a job as a secretary for founder Ahmet Ertegun.

The music mogul had a nightly routine which consisted of downing 14 vodka tonics, four lines of cocaine, two joints, and plenty of women.

On the one hand, why are Democrat-dominated organizations such cesspits of depravity? On the other hand, at the risk of sounding like the “Let ‘em crash” guy in the Point/Counterpoint debate in Airplane!, this just in: the late Ahmet Ertegun, millionaire owner of record label who awarded multi-million dollar contracts to Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, lived his life like the members of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. And on the gripping hand, note that Atlantic is a division of Time-Warner-CNN, which had a network-wide meltdown over Clay Travis’s “First Amendment and boobs” joke last year.

Do we need to stock-up on Stones and Zeppelin records before they’re memory holed?

HEH: How to Write the Perfect Glossy Profile of Beto O’Rourke.

He’s like a Kennedy!

This one is very important. O’Rourke sort of looks like a Kennedy, and he’s young-ish, and he has Correct Thoughts, thus he is “Kennedyesque.” In the #MeToo Era, the left’s fetishization of a notorious womanizer puzzles to a degree, but narratives gonna narrative.

Town and Country: “With a disdain for highly paid consultants, a willingness to travel to unexpected places, and an inspiring message for an extraordinarily divided electorate, it’s hard to look at O’Rourke and not think of Bobby Kennedy in 1968.”

BuzzFeed: “‘There’s a reason people compare him to a Kennedy,’ Sam Hatton, who’s running a scrappy campaign for the Texas House District 71, told me. ‘And it’s not just those Kennedy teeth.'”

Yahoo: “Rep. Joe Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat and grandson of Bobby Kennedy who happens to be a close friend, has joked that O’Rourke is the ‘best looking Kennedy in Washington.'”

Washington Post: “Democrats might look at O’Rourke—a small-business owner with hipster credentials, a Gen Xer who speaks fluent Spanish and looks more like a Kennedy than the Kennedys do—and see a candidate of thrilling national potential, marred only by where he happens to live.”

TIME: “Elderly voters some-times tell him that he reminds them of John F. Kennedy.”

Texas Monthly: “He looks like a Kennedy. (Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy III, Bobby’s grandson, jokes that O’Rourke is ‘known as being the best-looking Kennedy in Washington.’)”

Politico: “‘He reminds me of Robert Kennedy, but more so,’ said one of them, Dianne Martin, a 71-year-old South African immigrant who met Kennedy as a schoolgirl on his 1966 trip to the country and predicts O’Rourke will be president someday. ‘I can’t tell you how much I love this man.'”

Rolling Stone: “‘I’m old enough to remember, and he reminds me of Bobby Kennedy,’ says a woman in a blue flower-print dress. ‘You can look at him and tell he means what he says.'”

Vanity Fair: “As Austin-based political strategist Brendan Steinhauser put it, it doesn’t hurt that O’Rourke ‘looks like a damn Kennedy.'”

Lots of great tips here, which apparently the media is all up on top of already.

DISPATCHES FROM THE SEXUAL REIGN OF TERROR: #MeToo and Two Suicides — Anthony Bourdain and Jill Messick.

(Classical reference in headline.)

KAROL MARKOWICZ: When #MeToo advocates face their own fall from grace.

Related: Boy, that Keith Ellison girlfriend-beating story sure disappeared fast.

ANOTHER #METOO TORPEDO CIRCLES AROUND: “Tom Frieden, who was New York City’s Health Commissioner before tapped by Barack Obama to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been arrested and charged with sexual assault.”

THE ECONOMIST: The dangers of illiberal liberalism: Liberals who repress speech to prevent harm risk inviting authoritarianism.

I still consider myself a liberal in the Enlightenment sense of the word. But I have to admit that being a liberal these days is confusing. I continue to take inspiration from John Locke, John Stuart Mill and those more recent freedom fighters of the 1960s who challenged conformism and repression. In Britain this led to partial decriminalisation of both homosexuality and abortion in 1967, and a more open, tolerant, permissive society. These are the liberal values which I recognise and admire.

In contrast, today’s so-called progressive liberals are often intolerant, calling for official censure against anyone perceived as uttering non-progressive views. They openly despise everyone from Trump-voting “Deplorables” and Brexit-voting ”Gammons” (those “others” who dare to vote the wrong way and won’t espouse their “tolerant” values) to those in their own ranks who refuse to toe the liberal line. Many will have noticed the murky civil war among feminists on the transgender issue, or the venom heaped on anyone daring to demur on 100% endorsement of the #MeToo movement. Prominent women, many of whom would call themselves liberal feminists, have been turned on and accused of treason for daring to dissent.

Margaret Atwood’s thoughtful article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?”, was met with howls of rage from fellow feminists. The iconic novelist was accused of being a victim-blaming rape apologist, all of which apparently stemmed from her “white privilege”. Ironically, Ms Atwood’s essay notes that “anyone who doesn’t puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor”. How right she is. After Catherine Deneuve wrote an open letter raising concerns about the effect #MeToo might have on flirting, Asia Argento, also an actress, denounced her and “other French women” for their “interiorised misogyny [which] has lobotomised them to the point of no return”. For daring to raise questions about female sexual agency, Ms Deneuve and others have essentially been told that they’ve been brainwashed.

This particular viciousness is also aimed at liberals who dare any self-criticism. Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University, published a stinging rebuke of his own tribe for facilitating Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. His New York Times op-ed, “The End of Identity Liberalism” went viral, and received a savaging from his peers. Katherine Franke, a colleague of his at Columbia, accused him of “contributing to the same ideological project”’ as David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. “Both men are underwriting the whitening of American nationalism”, Ms Franke writes “Lilla’s op-ed does the…nefarious background work of making white supremacy respectable”. Such delegitimising slander is commonplace—it’s the liberals’ version of hate speech, spouted without apology in the fight against (ahem) hate speech.

Yeah.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN is currently at the top of the Trending page for #MeToo on Twitter.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.

STEPHANIE HAMILL: The #MeToo Movement Is On Its Last Legs.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.

THIS WHOLE #METOO THING IS JUST GOING SWIMMINGLY: Nineteen former Miss America winners are calling for the ENTIRE pageant board including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson to step down over claims of bullying.

ARE YOU GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT? #METOO: #MeToo star Asia Argento paid hush money to boy who charged her with sexual assault.

The Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. Her boyfriend, the culinary television star Anthony Bourdain, eagerly joined the fight.

But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

That claim and the subsequent arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie.

I’m beginning to be skeptical of the whole enterprise.

ALL THE SPELLS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT: If you’re curious about “Witchcraft in the #MeToo Era,” the Gray Lady is on it.

No word yet if the Washington Post will ask for 1500 words from Sally Quinn on the topic.

THE SHORT LIFE OF THE #METOO MOVEMENT: Minnesota Democrats endorse Ellison amid abuse allegation.

THIS WHOLE #METOO THING ISN’T WORKING OUT VERY WELL: Miss America Cara Mund slams pageant, Gretchen Carlson: They ‘silenced me, reduced me.’

IF IT WEREN’T FOR SITUATIONAL ETHICS, THE DEMOCRATS AND MEDIA — BUT I REPEAT MYSELF — WOULD HAVE NO ETHICS AT ALL: Have Democrats Abandoned #MeToo For Keith Ellison’s Sake?

Related: Franken Resignation Casts Long Shadow on Keith Ellison.

ASHE SCHOW: Feminist Admits Anti-Sex Discrimination Law Is Actually Anti-Men.

A feminist administrator has finally admitted what many men and women who have woken up to the abuses of Title IX have known for a while: It was always intended as a weapon against men.

Diane Davis, chair of the department of rhetoric at the University of Texas-Austin, had signed onto a letter defending New York University professor Avital Ronell, a well-known feminist and lesbian, from accusations of sexual harassment. As The Daily Wire previously reported, feminists rushed to back one of their own after she faced accusations of sexual misconduct from a former student. They even went so far as to impugn the motives of the accuser, a gay male, using the same tactics they would otherwise condemn if the accuser were a woman and the accused were a man.

But Davis went a step further when she responded to a New York Times inquiry.

“I am of course very supportive of what Title IX and the #MeToo movement are trying to do, of their efforts to confront and to prevent abuses, for which they also seek some sort of justice,” Davis wrote in an email to the Times. “But it’s for that very reason that it’s so disappointing when this incredible energy for justice is twisted and turned against itself, which is what many of us believe is happening in this case.”

Turned against itself? Title IX is gender neutral, so how can it be “turned against itself”?

We all know.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Omarosa’s Media Tour, Election Results, and Much, Much More. “#metoo candidate Keith Ellison won his race. ‘Somali-born hijab-wearing refugee’ Ilhan Omar won the MN-5 democrat primary and in Vermont, Christine Hallquist, a transgender candidate, won the democrat nomination for governor. Also notable, Tim Pawlenty lost his primary to a more Trump-friendly candidate.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Identifying the Real Haters on Campus.

While radical feminism in the 1960s called for challenging existing gender roles and abolishing what the feminists saw as the pervasive patriarchy that permeated social institutions, churches, politics, and schools, today’s radical feminists call for the elimination of men.

In an offshoot of the #MeToo movement, the #YesAllMen campaign rejects the goodness of all men. Sociologist, Suzanna Danuta Walters, a lesbian gender studies professor at Northeastern University, published an op-ed in the Washington Post last month titled: “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” Walters advised men to “Step away from the power…Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything…And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you.”

Walters believes that gender is a social construct—one that privileges men unfairly. To remedy this, she suggests that gender be simply eliminated. In an interview published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Walters said that “the world would be a better place for men and for women if we did away with gender altogether—gender nouns, gender binaries, and so on. And God knows men would be happier and better people if we did away with that.” Believing that we can “break apart the binary oppositions” to create more “fluidity,” Walters concludes that “gender demeans, constructs, produces power, constrains.”

Rejecting any criticism of her thesis that all men deserve to be marginalized, Walters has attacked those who voiced some concerns about her proposal to eliminate gender—and men.

When taxpayers tire of subsidizing this sort of thing, we’ll be told that it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

ANOTHER #METOO TORPEDO CIRCLES AROUND: MN Dem. Debra Hilstrom tweets SHOCKING Facebook post accusing Keith Ellison of domestic violence. As you know, we’re supposed to believe all accusations from women now, or we’re misogynist.

HEY, #METOO! Yes, the U.S. Military Loves Shotguns.

#METOO: Over at the PJM Live Blog, it’s Florida Woman Friday.

OH: There’s no sign of advertisers boycotting CBS, despite a mounting list of disturbing allegations against CEO Les Moonves.

Has #MeToo moved past knee-jerk condemnation, or is CBS just too valuable a property?

PAULA BOLYARD: #MeToo on Steroids? “Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he… um… knew or should have known that an assistant coach had been accused (but not convicted) of domestic violence in 2015.”

THE TORPEDOES THE DEMOCRATS PUT IN THE WATER FOR TRUMP KEEP CIRCLING BACK ON THEM: “The revelation that Mel Watt, a powerful financial regulator, has been accused of sexual harassment by an employee left Capitol Hill Democrats scrambling for a response, a stark contrast to their reaction to other cases of alleged misdeeds… Even those Democrats who have been vocal supporters of the #MeToo movement and pounced on misbehavior by Trump administration officials ignored requests for comment on the claims against Watt, the last remaining Obama-appointed regulator in this administration.”

The background is here, and it’s well worth reading the whole thing: “A Federal Housing Finance Agency staffer accused the FHFA director of repeatedly making inappropriate sexual advances when she tried to discuss career and salary concerns. The conversations included a 2016 meeting during which Watt steered the discussion to his feelings for the woman, according to documents and partial transcripts of tapes obtained by POLITICO. In a separate encounter, Watt asked about a tattoo on her ankle, saying, ‘If I kissed that one would it lead to more?’”

If the allegations are true, why is lefty politics such a cesspit of misogyny and harassment?

#METOO: RONAN FARROW’S PIECE ON LES MOONVES — AND CBS’S ALLEGED COMPLICITY — IS HERE:

Six women are accusing Moonves of misconduct, not all under their own names — but the most harrowing account comes from someone who is, actress Illeana Douglas. If what she says is true, Moonves would deserve to be fired for this incident alone. And there’s reason to believe what she says is true: She’s told the story to multiple friends and colleagues in the 21 years since it allegedly happened, among them Martin Scorsese. What do you do when the most powerful man in television decides he wants to dry-hump you?

* * * * * * * *

CBS News is named by Farrow as being an especially bad actor (a “frat house”), with “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager singled out as a noxious enabler. It wasn’t just that Fager himself harassed people, Farrow’s sources claim, it was that he protected other men down the chain of command who did so as well. (“Fager seemed to encourage that climate. It wasn’t even that he turned a blind eye toward it.”)

Read the whole thing. Why are Democrat-dominated industries such cesspits of sexual abuse and exploitation?

DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS: NEW YORK TIMES, NBC, AND 60 MINUTES BIGWIGS HIRED THESE MEDIA ASSASSINS TO FIGHT #METOO STORIES.

Huh. I thought it was “on us” to fight sexual harassment in the corporate world. All the best people, some of whom had project deals with Harvey Weinstein, told me this was true.

As Jim Treacher (whose Twitter account was suspended earlier today, apparently for kicks and grins by Twitter management) tweets:

Related: How #MeToo Has Undermined the #Resistance — The steady drumbeat of sexual scandal is eroding the Left’s moral authority.

ASHE SCHOW: Henry Cavill Caves, Apologizes For #MeToo Comments.

AND AGAIN: Ousted Billboard and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato Being Probed for Sexual Misconduct.

“Probed?” But in any case, as Richard Fernandez has said, the torpedoes the Democrats put in the water to sink Trump keep circling back on them.

Flashback: How #Metoo Undermines Progressive Moral Authority.

JANE FONDA: #METOO MOVEMENT ‘BURST FORTH’ BECAUSE WOMEN SPEAKING OUT WERE ‘WHITE AND FAMOUS.’

Curiously, googling around, I haven’t found any quotes from Jane Fonda attacking Bill Clinton for some strange reason.

#METOO:  The NeverTrumper dividing line.

#METOO: Air Force F-16s & A-10s Need More Laser-Guided Rockets.

SO YOU’RE SAYING #METOO CAN’T WORK? For #MeToo to Work, We Must Draw the Line Between Sexual Assault and Being a Jerk.

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: In beleaguered Venezuela, young women use beauty pageants to escape poverty.

The 16-year-old daughter of a butcher and a teacher is pinning her hopes for a future free of poverty on a single goal: rising through the world of pageants and becoming an international beauty queen.

“These sashes represent a huge accomplishment for me,” says the skinny teen with dark brown eyes as she pushes her long black hair from one side to another. “I accomplished what I set out to achieve.”

While growing concern about sexism and the rise of the #MeToo movement recently led the Miss America contest to drop swimsuit competitions and emphasize personal accomplishment, in Latin America young women continue to flock to competitions where good looks are unabashedly championed above all else.

Now will the Left finally denounce Venezuela’s democratic socialism?

GREAT MOMENTS IN OCCUPATIONAL SELF-AWARENESS:

● Shot: Actor Bradley Whitford’s Advice to Fellow Libs: ‘We Need to Project Our Political Purity.’

NewsBusters, yesterday.

● Chaser: District Attorney Vance Announces Additional Charges Against Harvey Weinstein Including Predatory Sexual Assault.

—Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, today.

● Hangover: How #MeToo Has Undermined the #Resistance — The steady drumbeat of sexual scandal is eroding the Left’s moral authority.

—David French, NRO, May 16.

Why are leftwing-dominated industries such cesspits of sexual abuse and exploitation?

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Beauty pageant contestants aren’t #MeToo victims.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Netflix film crews ‘banned from looking at each other for longer than five seconds’ in #metoo crackdown.

#METOO: Democratic candidate who admitted to domestic abuse wins South Carolina congressional primary. “A congressional candidate in South Carolina who admitted to abusing his ex-wife 45 years ago and lost all support from national and state Democrats has won his Democratic primary, CNN projects.”

Via Derek Hunter who tweets, “If he were a Republican, every Republican would be asked about this, repeatedly, like Romney was asked about Akin several times. I wonder if any Democrat will be asked about this once, let alone for days on end. Doubt it.”

JAKE TAPPER: I’m Amazed at How Poorly Bill Clinton Has Handled the #MeToo Movement.

What part of “Bill Clinton is a self-entitled and unrepentant user and abuser of women” is news, Jake?