In a better world it’d be Al Franken and Roy Moore in the studio for this morning’s Sunday shows but neither one’s going anywhere near questions about sexual assault right now. Instead the star guests on that topic are two congresswomen who made news this week about misconduct inside Congress. From the Democrats it’s Rep. Jackie Speier, who raised the possibility of millions in secret harassment settlements having been paid with taxpayer money over the last 20 years. She’ll be on “Face the Nation.” From the Republicans it’s Rep. Barbara Comstock, who claimed at a hearing that a current member of the House exposed himself to a staffer at his home. A week ago, soon after the first story about Roy Moore allegedly chasing teenagers broke, she called on Moore to drop out of the race. She’ll be on “Meet the Press.” Also appearing on MTP will be a third congresswoman, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who said this to CNN on Friday:
Rep. Debbie Dingell recounted on Friday decades-old instances when a “prominent historical person” groped her and that a former senator acted inappropriately toward her…
“I was in a first-year marriage so it tells you how long ago it was. Historical figure. The hand kept going up my leg. I took it off. A woman member recognized what was happening and got up from the table and said, ‘Switch places.’ You know, we watch out for each other,” Dingell recalled. “He would be aggressive, not only towards me, everybody on Capitol Hill knew it. I just happened to be one of these people. I was with a prominent historical person, and I’m not going to name who this person is.”
The first year of her marriage to Democrat John Dingell was 1981. How many “historical figures” would she have had reason to interact with in Washington at the time? Show of hands: Does anyone not think it’s Ted Kennedy?
The other hot topic this morning is, of course, tax reform and the passage of the House bill. The White House has dispatched its numbers guys to make the case for quick passage of a Senate bill and a conference with the House. It’ll be OMB chief Mick Mulvaney on “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on “Fox News Sunday,” and White House legislative director Marc Short on “This Week.” As usual, Susan Collins is a make-or-break vote for McConnell in moving legislation out of the chamber; she’ll be on “This Week” and “State of the Union” as well to hint at whether she’s prepared to sink yet another big-ticket Republican item. The full line-up is at the AP.