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The Proverbial Dam Breaks on Franken

A seventh allegation — of a forcible kiss in 2006 — looks like Al Franken’s undoing. His Democrat colleagues called on him to resign, and more Democrats are joining the call at this moment. He could try to defy his party and demand his day in front of the ethics committee. But he would be a man on an island, and the pattern of accusations suggests that there will be more to come. Even if Franken hangs on, there will be pressure to trade a Moore expulsion for a Franken expulsion, if Moore wins his race. One way or the other, this isn’t going to end well for Franken. Whether by design or not, Democrats have now set themselves to occupy the political high ground on harassment and wage war on the GOP on that basis if Moore makes it to Washington.  

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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