I've always liked and respected Franken - his "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look at the Right" was a pretty eye opening read for me when a high school buddy of mine gave me a copy, helped ignite my interest in politics, and in particular the chapter where he rips apart Ann Coulter's use of footnotes in the first chapter of one of her books, going back to the original source she's citing and demonstrating how without exception she's taking things totally out of context, was, I thought, a tour de force. Later as a young adult, I met a friend of one of my roommate's who was actually a research intern working with Franken on that book while he was in college, and said nothing but good things about the guy. And he's been a champion of women's rights and sexual assault prevention in the senate, providing no-cost access to rape kits for his constituents, and hiring feminists to prominent positions in his campaign and staff. And, I find myself wanting to excuse his behavior - while the picture is in awful taste, it looks like he's not actually touching his accuser, only pretending to, and I want to believe she's misremembering or mischaracterizing the rehearsal she describes. But, I can't really argue with this: https://fivethirtyeight.com/feature...draw-a-line-in-the-sand-on-sexual-misconduct/ The right thing for him to do here is, absent any strong evidence to the contrary (say, video of the rehearsal disproving this woman's story, coupled with a confirmation from the photographer that he didn't touch her or that she was only pretending to sleep as a joke for a picture she knew was being takken, or something like that), is to step down, fight the allegations from outside the Senate, run for his seat when it's next open if his name is cleared if he so chooses, but ultimately to signal that this behavior shouldn't be tolerated from anyone, Republican or Democrat. As Democrats, this is a missed opportunity to differentiate the party.