I defended Franken when it was just LeAnne that was accusing him and it happened before he was in office. Now that several women, have accused him of groping them while he was Senator, that’s unacceptable for any man, much less a top elected official.
As for “whataboutthem”. During the Clinton impeachment, Congressman Bob Livingstone was designated Speaker of the House (replace Newt, who’s multiple affairs cause him to resign.). After Larry Flynt offer $1 million for dirty on Republicans, news of an affair that he had with non-staff person came to light. Livingstone decided to resign not only the Speakership but his seat, since it was going to be a distraction.
As Republican at the time, I remember initially thinking this is so unfair. Clinton is screwing interns, and raping women and he remains in office, while Livingstone had one affair. But back then the Republican held the moral high ground, just as the Democrats do today and that is actually worth something.
But more importantly we have to hold elected official to higher standard than the average man, not a lower one.