As the list of powerful men accused of sexual misconduct continues to grow, so too do debates about the place this reckoning might hold in history.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently called it a "watershed moment," telling Fox News that it's time for Congress to change the way that sexual harassment is handled.
But in a recent op-ed for Bloomberg View, columnist Megan McArdle wrote: "We'll know we've made progress when women are willing to accuse men at the height of their powers, men who can hurt them for years to come — or benefit them in exchange for their silence. And when the people around those men move swiftly and without hesitation to deprive them of the power they've abused, even though they'll be tainted by the scandal, even though they'll suffer personal costs from the loss of an ally."
Are we there yet? And in response to allegations of misconduct against politicians, how might our political leanings temper our response? Are we less likely to call for someone's resignation if they're a member of our own political party, or does our response correlate to the severity of the allegations?
MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with McArdle and Political Junkie Ken Rudin about what this "watershed moment" means in our current political and social climate — and what still needs to change to make sexual misconduct truly unacceptable in American society.
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