The ruckus over Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment has summoned forth the efforts of the Senior Directorate of the Femintern to stamp their feet and say “it is too a big deal!” It’s become a wonderful excuse for a reunion of the “I Believe Anita Hill” potluck Tupperware parties. Just today Hill makes an appearance on the front of the Washington Post’s Style section, with a lead essay from Melinda Henneberger entitled “There’s No Denying Sexual Harassment.” (I can’t find a link for some reason, but you’re not missing anything.)
No indeed, there is no denying it, but it is rather amusing to turn to page C2 of Style to see the item in the “Reliable Source” column about recently retired Senator Chris Dodd, and everyone’s favorite champion of the status of women, Ted Kennedy. Seems the actress Carrie (“Princess Leia”) Fisher had a blind date with Dodd back in the 1980s:
The liquor flowed but Fisher, fresh from her first stint in rehab, was sober and subdued. Suddenly, Kennedy turned to her and asked, “So, do you think you’ll be having sex with Chris at the end of your date?”
Dodd looked at her with “an unusual grin hanging on his very flushed face,” writes Fisher. That probably won’t happen, she told them. Why? demanded Kennedy. “I’d have to be truly loaded to just fall into bed with someone I’ve only very recently met,” she explained. “Even if that someone is a Democrat.”
More likely the thought of a romp with Dodd and/or Kennedy caused her to have Jabba-the-Hutt flashbacks, even after she’d been through rehab.
Think I jest? Just go back to the infamous “waitress sandwich” episode involving Dodd and Kennedy about this same time. The Hartford Courant reported it thus:
“Dodd and Kennedy were also reported to have made a ‘human sandwich’ with a waitress at La Brasserie, another Capitol Hill restaurant. The report had it that Kennedy threw the woman on Dodd, who was slumped in a chair, and then jumped on top of her. She was said to have run screaming from the room.”
Gives a whole new meaning to the term “Dodd-Frank,” doesn’t it?
Funny, but I don’t recall the media, or the Femintern, running down this episode during Dodd’s presidential campaign in 2008. Strange how that works.