Looks like the Anthony Weiner show has aroused me from my blog slumber. Thanks, Tony!
Look, I don’t this think has much to do in any sense with the greater good of the nation. And I have no idea whatsoever to what degree Weiner is emotionally unstable. Maybe he’s just a bit randy and careless. Or maybe he’s a friggin’ pervert.
Either way, the guy has to resign. The rank arrogance of coming out, kissing Breitbart’s ass, and standing there for 40 minutes saying he accepts all responsibility but…but…he’s staying in office, is just immeasurable.
What’s his crime? Perhaps none. What’s his transgression? Flat-out lying to the press, the public, his constituents and his staff for a solid week. This type of deception is just not acceptable from a public official. At a minimum, he has now made himself and his party a ripe target for distracting and damaging attacks during the current election cycle. The right thing to do is to step down and take a few lessons in digital privacy.
Now, is Weiner the worst element in Congress? Not by a long shot. Lies and deception are common currency on Capitol Hill and there are many, many others who deserve a lot more scorn than he’s currently reaping.
Too bad. He still has to go.
Just as a footnote: long before the Twitter scandal broke, I had my eye on him. Weiner has become something of a “progressive” darling because of his Type A personality, his frequent appearances on MSNBC and his very witty swipes at his partisan foes. In reality, Weiner is about as “progressive” as a man in the moon. He’s a protege of the ultra-slimy Chuck Schumer and he’s hardly the populist champion he pretends to be.
Indeed, Weiner is a Clintonite hack who is little more than a grandstander. My bud Tim took him apart way back in the summer, when he was cleverly joining forces with the Tea Party over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.
Please don’t check your voter reg card before you decide how to react to this sordid episode.