I would say that the typical family get together for Thanksgiving has almost become a subject of comedy when it comes to conversations around the table. Google the subject and you will find literally dozens of posts on how to avoid the pitfall of political conversation among family who have converged from far and wide.
My family is a bit different. First of all, you could count my extended family on less than the digits of both hands (for most people). And with the death of my father a couple of years ago it is that much smaller.
Secondly we have never been so set in our ways as to shut off all communication with those who have different opinions.
So it came to pass (sounds a bit Biblical in that opening phrase) that my 93 year old mother and I had Thanksgiving dinner with some friends of many years as guests.
The guests were more of the leftish persuasion, having voted for Obama while my mother, an avid Trump hater, claims to be a conservative.
Me? Well, I supported Goldwater when I was 14 and walked precincts.
And the subject at our table this year?
One thing my mother has in common with her friend on the other side of the political spectrum was an admiration for Charlie Rose. And I was thinking with the recent revelations to be a young woman and have to see Charlie exit the shower (with an invitation to join him!) well, that would be, as my late aunt from West Virginia would say, “enough to make a dog throw up”.
And then Harvey Weinstein? There is nothing new about the “casting couch” and Hollywood – just read up on Louis B Meyer or Harry Cohn just as a couple of examples. They keep falling these days. Here is the latest.
” I met them all. Some were vicious and crooked. But … you saw Hollywood with their eyes — an overcrowded brothel, a merry-go-round with beds for horses.”
I mentioned too that women – and men – use sex as a weapon. Blackmail. It wouldn’t surprise me today that among all of the accusations flying, at least a few are seeing a cash reward.
The smarter people in Hollywood – or Washington – might want to adopt the Billy Graham rule, to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. I don’t see a lot of that happening, but you never know. They laughed at Mike Pence in the campaign for his refusal to have dinner with any woman without his wife present.
They aren’t laughing now.
If you are a woman, Lex had a simple test on how to evaluate men.
That conversation was a lot more interesting than politics.