“The Eeensy-Weensy Weiner”

If Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has yet to resign his office as you read these words, he’s later than this year’s truncated Sierra Spring and miserably more disappointing.

I realize Republican counterparts in matters of sexual folderol are as numerous as fleas on Fluffy — Christopher Lee (R-NY), Mark Souder (R- Indiana), Larry Craig (R-Indiana), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Gary Condit (R-California), Chip Pickering (R-Mississippi), Mark Foley (R-Florida), Ed Shrock (R-Virginia), Bob Barr (R-Georgia), and our own Sperminator (R-California) being the first dozen instantly springing to mind, pardon the expression. 

The fact that many of these rascals were able to remain in office for varying lengths of time despite extended public humiliation has nothing to do with the rights or wrongs of their behavior. Citing such instances in defense of Weiner, even referencing Bill Clinton’s successful survival in the Oval Office with a severely stained reputation, offers nothing more than the absurd notion that getting away with something creates irrefutably established collective sanction – like stealing second base. I suggest Representative Weiner’s reprehensible conduct introduces a whole new ball game.

We find that dirty old man in a raincoat now miraculously replaced by a cleaner Weiner on a Blackberry, suddenly graced through advanced technology with the remarkable capability of instant digital exposure on a global scale. Ooops. Excuse me. I’m having a Jethro Tull flashback. Poor old Aqualung. “Sitting on a park bench. Eyeing little girls with bad intent.” But this time Representative Weiner is the “dead duck”, whether he knows it or not. 

Weiner freely (and finally) acknowledges that he shared certain  “messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years.” Responding to a specific concern expressed in an ill-advised 29 minute long question and answer session following his initial June 6th confession, Representative Weiner embarrassingly admitted he could not guarantee that one or more of his flashing photos might not have been received by a young girl under the age of legal consent, a turn of events offering felonious potential.
 
Consider who’s been hurt. Setting aside obvious casualties, including his pregnant wife, confused constituents and a stunned staff, Anthony Weiner has destroyed all credibility as a champion of progressive thought even as we approach the most critical tipping point in our nation’s political history — a hero horribly unhinged. 

Here are more victimized pieces of Weiner’s broken luck:

50 million Americans are still without basic health insurance.

One out of every four of our children remain hungry each night.

A new Rasmussen poll shows a Congressional approval rating plummeting to less than  ten percent — tying an all time low as Republicans cheer a 9.1 % unemployment rate —  believing that blocking economic recovery is their best way to beat Obama in 2012.

Two billion dollars a week continues to drain our Treasury for  “absolutely nothing” — this being the late Edwin Starr’s 1969 evaluation of WAR, a conclusion brilliant in its time and even truer yet today.

We keep getting robbed on gas prices, food costs and new “fee surcharges” on everything that walks, crawls, flies, stands, or just sits there like a bump on a log or a hump on a frog. Speaking of which, my disgust with Representative Weiner has much less to do with his sexual proclivities than the utter abandonment of  responsibility on every level evident in his actions — substituting inspired leadership with perspiring lechery — followed by the most functionally fatal act of all — lying about it again and again and again and again — even directly to the President in a private conversation. In this and other failings, Weiner has added far too heavy a load of harmful personal baggage to remain a viable spokesperson for enlightened change.

Tony! We believed you! You betrayed our trust! But most of all, you have turned out to be a real creep — even creepier than that eensy-weensy spider crawling up a water spout.

I hope that you are out. 

7 Responses to ““The Eeensy-Weensy Weiner””

  1. Les Marsden Says:

    Absolutely in agreement, Peter – and especially after the nude picture purporting to show Weiner’s….excited nether world was obtained by the reprehensible Andrew Breitbart, who then shared it with the right-wing radio pinheads Opie and Anthony – who then screen-captured it and tweeted it themselves. To Breitbart’s moral indignation.

    Yeah. I’m certainly no prude, nor am I looking down my nose at him, but: for an elected official to have (apparently) abused his position in such a manner, for him to have out-and-out lied about his actions, and for him to have shown dreadful judgment in issues of character and respect for everyone involved (especially to his wife) well: I’d have to say I think he’s lost whatever effectiveness he once had. I really do think those who wish to serve us DO need to hold themselves to a better, higher position of character.

    And as much as it pains me to say so, I’d have to say my position applies to Bill Clinton as well. Sure, he managed to get through the remaining term of his office – and has become something of a respected elder statesman, but in retrospect, I think he should have resigned. Besides all else – all matters of character, etc: had Clinton resigned, we WOULD have had President Gore serve out the remainder of his term. And the negative baggage that was attached to Gore as Clinton’s VP – that sort of taint he unfortunately was saddled with, and which may have cost him the election in 2000: wouldn’t have been fresh. PRESIDENT Gore, running for re-election I’m sure – would have then been able to win his own term in 2000. Weiner has shown his judgment to be critically flawed. I really do think he must go. There are few things as pathetic as a loser who won’t leave the game – and David Vitter is a prime example, despite being re-elected AFTER the knowledge of his behavior was made public.

  2. Charles Walker Says:

    Ah, Peter C, I feel your pain. To have this brilliant lefty star fall so precipitously from the heights must rock you to the very foundations of your Liberal soul. However, I must note that in spite of your angst, you are still able to do the old, “Well our guy might have slipped a little, but look at all the bad things your guys did” shuffle. It would seem that you think Weiner and Clinton, sad though it be that they were called out for their peccadilloes by Conservative worms, are somehow an aberration and only Conservative Rebooblicans wax their willies.

    Thus, in the interest of fairness and balancedness I feel constrained to refer you to the following chorus of Demoncratic angels:

    We could start with Sen. Daniel Inouye, the 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat who was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats proceeded to cast doubt on the allegations by defaming the victims as floozies and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

    Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990, blaming Gus’s lapse on the equitorial heat.

    And who can forget Rep. Barney Frank who hired a male prostitute to run a gay prostitution service from Frank’s D.C. residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives were willing to vote for censure in 1990.

    How about former Sen. Brock Adams from Washington State who was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assaulting and raping women first surfaced in 1988. The Brockster has since gone to his heavenly reward.

    And then we have former Rep. Fred Richmond, the New York Democrat who was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. As a model for Weiner, he refused to resign and even won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

    From Texas we have Rep. John Young who increased the salary of a staffer after she succomed to his irresistable sexual advances. He too was re-elected by forgiving Democrats. Like Brock Adams, he is now toodling his flute somewhere in the Great Beyond.

    The amazing Rep. Wayne Hays, the late Ohio Democrat, who hired an unqualified secretary named Liz Ray who was quoted as saying, “I can’t type. I can’t file. I can’t even answer the phone.” Should could, however keep the Congressman, (who was charicterized by Bud Shuster, another DemGem, as “the meanest man in Congress”) happy with sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

    A real Democratic prize package was the aptly named former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms. (You just can’t make stuff up about Bay State Dems. The true is better than fiction.)

    For pure star crossed evil we have former Rep. Mel Reynolds. This Illinois Democrat was convicted of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. Reynolds initially denied the charges, which he claimed were racially motivated. (Ah, the good, old race card!) In spite of that he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. He was subsequently convicted of 15 counts of bank fraud, no doubt also racially motivated. Never fear, however, President Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

    And finally we have Uncle Teddy Kennedy, who in spite of his own problems, testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991

  3. Les Marsden Says:

    Well, Charles: aside from reading far more into Peter’s post than is there, I find it fascinating that your follow your accusation with:

    Precisely that which you claim Peter has done! The ol’ nah-nah-nah-nyah, nah!

    May I then follow suit? Howzabout we turn this into a good old McCarthy witchhunt, starting with the King of Boehners (to see your Weiner and raise it, metaphorically speaking) about whom it has been noted:

    To be perfectly honest, I find the hypocrisy of “do as I SAY and pay no attention to that mistress behind the curtain” politicians of any stripe to be the most galling. Unfortunately, that kicks the ball right back into the holier-than-thoupublican bed….

  4. Les Marsden Says:

    Unfortunately, the link to the story about Boehner’s (not one but: TWO!) extra-marital….uhmmmm…..situations was stripped from this blog. More’s the pity.

  5. Charles Walker Says:

    Les, you have to understand that Peter C and I have a yah, yah, ya na yah nah relationship going back to 1958. The other thing important for you to know is that I don’t give a rat’s ass whether they are Rebooblicans, Dimmocrats, Copperheads or Whigs. In my personal opinion, we should cordon off the Beltway, set D.C. on fire and shot them one by one as they try to escape.

  6. petercavanaugh Says:

    Charlie — You were always falling asleep in Dr. Dewsnap’s English Class.

    I believe you meant “we should cordon off the Beltway, set D.C. on fire and SHOOT them one by one as they try to escape.”

    And who are you referencing as “them” and “they?”

    Washington, D.C., is well over 50% African-American.

    Hmmmm.

    Judge Marsden? I rest my case.

  7. Charles Walker Says:

    Oh, Peter C, that comment is simply beneath you. The redoubtable Dr. Dewsnap was one of the most gifted orators of the 20th century. I may have occasionally passed out from an over-abundance of Congress (beer), but I never snoozed.
    As to your scurrolous racial comment (see, it ALWAYS comes back to the race card with you people), I think even a committed proglibacrat like you should realize that I was referring to politicians. I would, however be happy to include lobbyists, Marion Berry, and many bureaucrats. If it turns out that some are persons of color, well, so be it.
    Judge Marsden? Do you refer to the “Magistrate of Parramatta” who attracted criticism within his own lifetime as the “Flogging Parson”?

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