The sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein are not only disgusting and plentiful, they present a political litmus test of sorts, writes Bari Weiss in the New York Times. Specifically, will those on the left largely shrug off the allegations or will Weinstein be subject to the same kind of vilification that conservative figures Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes endured after similar accusations? Weiss notes that prominent liberals and feminists generally dismissed such allegations against Bill Clinton when he was president as "principle rapidly gave way to partisanship and political opportunism."
In his public statement, Weinstein appears to be playing into this sentiment by promising to return as an even stronger progressive. Among other things, he vowed to go after the NRA. Weiss, for one, isn't buying it. He cites Camille Paglia's recent statement that "hypocrisy" by feminists on Bill Clinton seriously damaged the movement. "Here’s hoping the outspoken feminists who have been chummy with Mr. Weinstein, Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama chief among them, don’t make that mistake again by giving the grotesque Mr. Weinstein a pass," he writes. Click for the full column. (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)