I've been following this story for a while now trying to wrap my head around it. It really is quite intriguing to me not so much the substance but all the detail around it. First off, the "charge" is a drunk 17 year old boy at a high school booze party, in a room with a 15 year old girl on a bed, tried to remove her top and fondle her breasts. By the accusers own testimony that is as far as it got as a friend stepped in and made him stop. Traumatic for the girl? If she says so then I will agree. I would have to ask though why was she alone in the bedroom with the two boys in the first place. I know, "victim blaming" but its a valid question. Sounds to me like consensual necking where the boy wanted to keep going and the girl said stop. His friend stopped him, according to the girl. Hardly a crime in any sense. I also don't think it sounds like the kind of event that would cause decades of psychological trauma as is alleged. Sounds more like the stuff I saw at just about every teenage drinking party I ever went to in my illustrious high school career. But anyway... Here's my first thought and I think really the one that matters now. If that incident was 30 years ago (and let's just say it happened) what has he done since? Have there been any other allegations of inappropriate behavior? All I have EVER heard or read has been about what an honorable and decent man he is. So a moment of childhood drunk stupidity, the like of which has NEVER since repeated, should condemn him? I promise you, everyone reading this has something they did in their past that would toast them if judged similarly. We were all young and dumb and likely drunk at one point or another. Let's start with this talking point before we move on to questions about should they move forward with a vote, should she not take up the offer to tell her story. And after that we really need to talk about how this all came to light and the timing and obvious political intents involved.