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Balloon Juice » David Brooks Blames Victims for Cain Scandal: [David Brooks:]
Now we turn to ethical issues. My first question, and this is a genuine question, concerns the victims [of sexual harassment]…. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, and you agree to remain silent in exchange for a five-figure payoff, should any moral taint attach to you? In the old days, somebody who allowed a predator to continue his hunting in exchange for money would certainly be considered a sinner. I’m reluctant to judge people in these circumstances, but I’m inclined to agree. Am I missing something?…
David Brooks need not have even spent the fifteen minutes it would have taken him to discern that his “ethically responsible women don’t settle” argument is a load of horseshit because David Brooks himself has been the victim of unwanted advances. In 2009, Brooks appeared on MSNBC with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about a Republican Senator (whom he refused to name) making an unwanted advance on Brooks:
BROOKS: [We] spend a lot of time covering politicians…. they’re all emotional freaks…. I sat next to a Republican senator once at dinner and he had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time. I was like, ehh, get me out of here…. I’m not telling you, I’m not telling you [who it was]…. [T]hey’re like freaks…. I’ve spoken to a lot of young women who are Senate staffers and they’ll have these middle age guys who are sort of in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Emotionally needy, they don’t know how to do it and sort of like these St. Bernards drooling everywhere…
So, Bobo, why didn’t you out the Republican Senator who played grab-thigh with you, and made you so uncomfortable you wanted to flee? Are you a sinner, Bobo? Is there something immoral about your taint?