Consider this twisted scenario: A national publication unearths an essay written decades ago by a conservative Republican candidate for the White House in which the man describes, in deviant detail, women who fantasize about being gang-raped. He also writes about men who get thrills by imagining episodes in which they physically force females into degrading sex acts capable of making readers of Hustler rise up in revulsion.
Shock! Outrage! The National Organization for Women would launch a petition drive calling for the man’s head and other body parts.
President Obama would warn that the offensive piece of writing contributes to an “epidemic’’ of sexual assault on college and university campuses. Across America, ladies enrolled in institutions of higher education would earn course credit by schlepping around mattresses on their backs as forms of protest/performance-art projects.
Well, the creepy essay is real, but it was not written by a Republican. The imaginary tale of sexual assault, pleasure and pain was penned by presidential candidate Bernard “Bernie’’ Sanders, 73, the independent junior senator from Vermont.
A self-described “democratic socialist,’’ Sanders champions such leftist causes as ending global warming and combatting income inequality.
The reaction from members of the Democratic Party?