New York Times writer David Brooks appeared on Charlie Rose Friday evening to wax philosophic of topics including populism and -- in Brooks's words -- the “stain” of “destroyer” Donald Trump on the Republican Party. You know — the kind of sensible talk you’d expect from a NYT columnist.
However, a surprise came twenty minutes into the hour-long interview, when the PBS host asked Brooks about the recent media rage against sexual harassment. Peculiarly, Brooks had a reasonable perspective on the issue of lifetime offender William Jefferson Clinton. The author of The Road to Character posed the question:
“[T]he uncomfortable thing for a lot of progressives, frankly, is how much did the Clinton thing create this whole environment? How much did tolerance of Bill Clinton create the environment in which the rest of this was given permission?”
Rose asked whether it did. Brooks couldn’t help but use the opportunity to further perpetuate the Left’s false narrative about Trump, but he did recognize the detrimental impact of Slick Willie’s misdeeds:
“I think it had an effect. I think the fact that — nobody, like, was approving Bill Clinton and some of the things he was accused of doing, like Kathleen Willey, those sorts of people. But people were not saying, ‘We’re drawing the line here.’ And if you don’t draw lines in these big cases, then you don’t draw lines in the little cases in the workplace. And so, now we’re seeing — you know, we saw Republicans tolerating what Donald Trump was accused of doing, and today, we’re seeing this astounding case where Republicans in Alabama are tolerating what Judge Roy Moore is accused of doing.”
Bill Clinton’s mention was but a blip on the radar of the conversation, and Rose turned the topic to science and other things; but for a moment in time, David Brooks acknowledged the part left-wing icon Clinton played in emboldening those in power to indulge in sexual improprieties. Given the current surge of Hollywood harassment exposure, Clinton’s name should be called upon constantly, as the greatest case of got-away-with-it sexual predation among the rich and powerful. But Clinton remains virtually untouched by the biased media, due to what Brooks referenced in his exchange with Charlie Rose, which is particularly applicable to the Left:
“You know, it’s so mind-boggling. And it’s a sign of how partisanship has replaced everything else. Partisanship can blind you to morality, toward the truth. Partisanship has become the idol of our time.”