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Roadkill on Capitol Hill

• nytimes.com

Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican senator from Wyoming was very concerned at the idea that a woman would wait many years after a disturbing encounter and then "come out of the night like a missile and destroy a man."

It has been a rough spell for men whose primal fear is women coming out of the night like missiles.

Even though then-Senator Simpson absurdly claimed during those hearings that it was puzzling that Hill had not come forward sooner given that the nation's capital was "fertile ground" for a woman with a sexual harassment complaint to be treated fairly, it took 26 more years of rampant sexual harassment — and a fortune in secret settlements on Capitol Hill — before women took to the ramparts.

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