Consenting Adults or Hierarchical Power Differential?

updated 8/12/20

Robby Soave looks at the controversy over Alex Morse, the 31-year-old mayor of Holyoke, Mass., who is in hot water for sexual intimacy with men as young as 18. Legally, all involved seem to be adults, and no one was anyone’s supervisor or professor, but as long as there’s a power differential these relationships are problematic.

In a Democratic primary race, Morse is running for Congress against incumbent Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.


More. The Intercept reports that:

With the allegations short of details or any student claiming to be a victim, the focus has shifted to the origin of the letter. The man serving as chief strategist for the UMass Amherst College Democrats, Timothy Ennis, recently completed a class with Neal, who teaches a journalism course. Ennis, according to two members of the College Democrats chapter, was open about his hopes of working for Neal in the future.

Clare Sheedy, a rising sophomore and a Morse supporter, was active in the College Democrats chapter and knew Ennis through their joint work on behalf of the Pete Buttigieg campaign for president….“He spoke very highly of Mr. Neal,” Sheedy said. “What he said to me was he wanted Neal to be his ‘in’ to politics and work his way up from there.” …

Ennis was president of the UMass College Democrats from April 2019 until April 2020, at which point he transitioned to chief strategist. That same month, Morse said, College Democrats requested a donation from his campaign. He declined, saying that his war chest wasn’t large enough. A number of other Massachusetts politicians, including Neal, did make such donations. The president of the state chapter of the College Democrats later took to Twitter to applaud Neal for donating $1,000 to the Amherst chapter.

And this:

‘Illiberal’ Liberals Embrace the Woke Left


Bari Weiss writes, in her resignation letter to the New York Times:

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.

Intersectional Pride 2020

This is now the future of “Pride”:

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Not your father’s GOP:

Facts of Life

Update: In her own words:

Grenell’s Prominence on the Right

And many, many more accolades from the right.