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Plains Feminist

Montana and national politics from a Southeastern Montana perspective, focusing on regional activism, womxn’s issues, LGBTQ equality, education, and growth of the Democratic Party. Plains Feminist tries (sometimes fruitfully, sometimes not so much) to connect with the hard-working folks who *eek* out a living on the “not mountains” side of the state. Plains Feminist enjoys intellectual banter over coffee or beer preferably after dark. You can reach her at plainsfeminist@themontanapost.com or on Twitter @PlainsFeminist.

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  • Hi, Ms Plains Feminist, I would be interested on your views on Tara Reade’s allegations of rape by Joe Biden and also, the Democratic Party, Democrat leaders, and the press responses to all of this?

    • Mark: while your question is completely irrelevant to this post, and you’re directing the question to Plains Feminist, as a contributor at The Montana Post I’d like to offer my perspective in the hope that until there is more substance to the allegation, innuendo will cease. I do believe the investigation should continue although we may never know what really occurred.

      Tara Reade’s accusation is deeply troubling and if true, Sen. Joe Biden should never be considered for the highest office in the land. Currently, in-depth, investigative reporting by prestigious news organizations has raised inconsistencies in Ms. Reade’s testimony but has also not ruled out that the assault happened. As one reporter opined, the story is “mired in the miasma of uncertainty.” That line comes from what I believe is an extremely balanced piece from Vox:
      https://www.vox.com/2020/5/7/21248713/tara-reade-joe-biden-sexual-assault-accusation

      There are often comparisons to accusations of sexual assault occurring during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice. In that case, however, there were four accusers, the lead having passed a polygraph test. Reade says she will not take a test until Biden agrees to take one. Here’s a New York Times article on the Kavanaugh accusers:
      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-accusers-women.html

      So, I am conflicted, as women need to be heard and believed. However, at this point, a more thorough investigation needs to be completed, including more testimony under oath, before I’ll be passing judgement.

        • As long as such an investigation is conducted in as trivial and limited a fashion as they were restricted to in Kavanaugh’s case, sure – go for it.

  • I don’t think so Pete.

    The year is 2020, and ever since the 2016 election it is now standard campaign practice to make sexual allegations against candidates.

    So even if I think Biden did the act, after so much time it’s not a deal breaker for his campaign.

    There was a Dem lawyer in 2016 actively trying to hire women to accuse Trump. They even paid off a woman’s mortgage.

    I am wondering where the #meetoo crowd went though.

      • I think you agree with me for a change.

        Sexual accusations have become so common that the electorate is numbed to it.

        Especially in decades-old situations.

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