The groping game

The Democrats must be feeling good about having made groping a major issue, perhaps the major issue, in this year’s presidential election. But Republicans can play that game too, and Sen. Marco Rubio played it last night.

The Daily Caller reports:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio turned the tables on Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy during their debate Monday night, calling out Murphy for posting a picture on Facebook in which he appears to be groping a woman’s breast.

Murphy opened the door by repeatedly attempting to tie Rubio to Donald Trump and his issues with women. Rubio seized the opening:

Congressman, this is like the third time tonight that you’ve implied that I don’t somehow respect women, or that somehow I’m someone who condones the outrageous behavior that the nominee of my party or others may have conducted against women. Congressman, you’re the one that posted a picture four years ago on Facebook of you groping a woman. That’s inappropriate behavior.

After the debate, Politico’s Marc Caputo tweeted out the picture Murphy posted. It shows a smiling Murphy with one arm behind a woman — whose face was blurred out for privacy reasons — and his other hand on her breast.

The woman appears to be smiling too. I assume that this is no defense. It certainly wouldn’t be if a Republican hand were on or near a female breast.

This is the future of American politics. Routine allegations of groping, dating back as far as necessary, against male, and eventually female, candidates for political office up and down the ballot.