Tuesday, January 12, 2016

COTWA for Bernie? Maybe . . . .


When Bernie Sanders announced he was running for president, we were hoping to learn that he favors due process for college students accused of sexual assault--after all, that is a position that a lot of serious progressives still believe in (e.g., the Harvard and Penn law professors who've gone on the record about it). We didn't hear it from Bernie, and we'd pretty much given up on him.

But now Bernie has taken a position that, if implemented, will assure that the presumptively innocent accused of sexual assault get due process: "If a student rapes another student it has got to be understood as a very serious crime, it has to get outside of the school and have a police investigation and that has to take place." See here.

Will Bernie back away from this position? Sadly, if we had to bet, we suspect that after the sexual grievance industry gets through with him, he will "clarify" his remarks to say that he does not favor dismantling the campus sexual assault industry. I expect this to happen very shortly--I hope I am wrong. Most Democratic politicians have sold their souls to the devil and have renounced their core beliefs on this issue--a grim nod to the group identity politics that grips the Democrat Party. They even bullied the fraternities to force them to back away from supporting the Safe Campus Act.

Advice to Bernie: you won't get the sexual grievance lobby's vote no matter what you do--you never had it, and you never could get it. Not with Hillary Clinton running. Don't betray your core values--concentrate on the true progressives, the ones who still believe in due process for everyone, even dreaded college men.