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The martyrdom of Al Franken

Kathleen Parker on

But none of this was enough in the current climate. Moreover, Democrats couldn't very well let Franken stay when Rep. John Conyers, the civil rights icon, was shown the door.

If Franken was set ablaze on the pyre of political expediency, Republicans busied themselves constructing monuments to denial and political self-mockery. No tortures of conscience for those who found Moore morally reprehensible but support him, anyway.

Meanwhile, at least one Republican member of Congress accused of misconduct has been granted due process through an ethics investigation: Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas, who spent taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment suit. Another Republican, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who admitted to discussing surrogacy with two former staffers, resigned Friday.

In the game of righteous indignation, it would seem that Democrats are leading. Many of them may rather vote for a yellow dog than a Republican, but Republicans would seemingly rather vote for an accused child molester than let a Democrat enter the Senate chamber.

Come Tuesday, we'll see where Alabama voters stand. Chances are better than good he'll win. But Bible Belters know -- and Roy Moore would tell you -- that the Lord works in mysterious ways.

When an alleged child molester becomes a U.S. senator, beware the boll weevil.


Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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