Sherrod Brown Has Serious Problems: Between the domestic abuse and sexual assults the Senate must take a postition against him

For the second straight week Jim Renacci has the extremely liberal Sherrod Brown on the ropes after the debate Saturday night in Ohio for the senate seat held currently by Democrats. That is because Renacci hasn’t been afraid to go to the places Sherrod Brown has been wanting to cover up for three decades in politics, a history of domestic violence and unwanted sexual advancements against women which has come forward since the last debate where the topic was brought up. Brown has been wanting to stay quiet and to stay on Trump’s coattails but Renacci isn’t playing that way much to the Democrat senators’ consternation. The liberal media isn’t happy about it either, because they want Sherrod Brown to keep his seat, and so does the rest of the Democrat party. But it was only a few weeks ago that the very same Sherrod Brown was in the senate voting against Brett Kavanaugh saying that he was unqualified due to the accusations women had against him, but yet when those same accusations have been leveled at him from Renacci, all of a sudden, we are supposed to function from different rules. I don’t think so, you can’t have it both ways.

Sherrod Brown was so frustrated after the second debate that he left without speaking to the press yet again. Before the debate there was a lot of arguing between the campaign managers about where the family of Brown would be sitting, because obviously this talk about sexual misconduct is taking a toll on them. But how does Senator Brown think Brett Kavanaugh’s family felt? Then Brown made the really stupid statement trying to rationalize that Jim Renacci was only bringing these things up because he is a desperate candidate behind in the polls. Well, I wouldn’t count on that, I think Jim Renacci is doing far better in the polls than anybody is willing to admit, especially USA Today and their Gannett publications around the country. But I’m confused, USA Today was one of the leading newspapers in the country saying that Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t qualified to even be a Supreme Court Justice because of the mere allegations of sexual assault. Sherrod Brown has a proven history of domestic abuse, isn’t he equally disqualified if not more so because of the court document proof?

Of course, we all know there is a double standard, but there shouldn’t be. Jim Renacci is squeaky clean and can afford to throw stones in glass houses, and isn’t that what we want? Forget about politics, if a candidate like Jim Renacci can afford to open that can or worms against Sherrod Brown doesn’t that say something very positive about the Republican challenger? Of course, on the issues Brown has been a three-term senator and has a long track record in as one of the most progressive members on the Hill. Renacci himself has a long history as a successful person as a private businessman and a congressman. So both men are accomplished from the perspective of their various political parties. On the subject of issues, people have options in this election between two visions. But it was the Democrats and the very liberal press that brought up this standard of sexual history among candidates. All Renacci did during the debate was ask for a criterion of qualification, for which is a strength of his, so why not use it. If you’ve been a good guy all your life and treated women well, why not use that as a case for why he should be the next senator? Especially when it was Sherrod Brown and his team of liberal senators who set the criteria for which they can’t live up to themselves.

Sherrod Brown represents exactly what is wrong with liberalism, both times in these debates Brown has lectured Renacci about how ashamed of himself he should be for bringing up the domestic abuse case. But what were we told when Brett Kavanaugh tried to inflict shame on his accusers, we were told that the judge lacked the “temperament” to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Only a liberal who is guilty of committing vile acts against women would have the audacity to lecture an accuser because they count on the media to be their protectors from justice. Yet Renacci has every right to bring up the issue because the Democrats largely led by Brown himself established the criteria of judgment. It could easily be determined that Brown himself does not have the temperament to be in the senate confirming future Trump nominees due to his own history of domestic violence and sexual abuse of women. In these modern times of new definitions of everything we are demanding out of our politicians an even higher degree of scrutiny. And between the two candidates, Renacci can pass that test, Brown cannot. Why should Renacci be ashamed of himself? He’s the one with the clean record.

Of course, Brown would love to keep the election on issues, we all know that the numbers game works on behalf of the incumbent, which is Brown in this case. But in the modern context of how we pick candidates these days, we have to have elected officials who can stand the scrutiny of modern office and by Sherrod Brown’s own standards, he has disqualified himself not only with a well-documented history of domestic violence, but with further allegations by several women of sexual abuse. Brown is very vulnerable to the modern interpretations of sexual abuse and Renacci has every right to bring it up. That is the point of the debates after all, for each candidate to distinguish themselves to voters, the 5 to 8% of voters who are up for grabs outside of the party system. Democrats will vote for Brown, Republicans will vote for Renacci, but it’s those independents that they are both fighting for and among them they have to understand what makes each candidate different. Policy making won’t do it for them. But understanding who is cleaner than the other is, and Renacci has the clear advantage in that regard.

I’m personally really looking forward to the third and final debate between Renacci and Brown at Miami University this upcoming Friday October 26th, 2018. At this point I’m wondering if Brown will even show up. Every time they have a debate his performance gets worse and worse and the media has to acknowledge even reluctantly that Brown has major problems. The Democrats themselves have big trouble because they should take a position against Brown, but they can’t afford to. The Blue Wave that Chuck Schumer was hoping for is turning out to be a mere ripple in a kiddie pool. They aren’t going to pick up seats in the senate, likely they are going to lose them, so they can’t afford to take a moral position against Brown, which will come back to haunt them. Jim Renacci is showing exactly why he should win that seat, because he CAN afford to throw the stones in the glass house. If Democrats had dirt on Jim Renacci, they would have used them by now, so all they can do is hope that the media continues to ignore the domestic abuse story. But the closer we get to the election, the more relevant it becomes. And the more pressure there is for Sherrod Brown to resign, not just to fight to keep his seat. The issue is a hot button topic and its picking up in intensity, as it very well should.

Rich Hoffman

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