Monday, June 13, 2011

Weiner, Schmeiner! Why Are Dems Throwing Anthony Under The Wiener Mobile???

Y'know, Kids, once upon a time, if a well-known political figure had affairs or sexual peccadilloes, no one but the closest aides knew. Hell, even FDR's privacy regarding his polio was respected and a non-issue in the press. But in this day and age, there is no privacy for any public figure, no concept of "that's between you and your wife," and every titillating bit of minutiae becomes fodder for the bottom-feeders like Breitbart who gain their own fame from defaming others.

I've been married for 20 years. I believe in the commitments I made that day, before God, family and friends. I believe that adultery is morally wrong, and that cheating on a spouse by sexting, tweeting dirty pics, or any other media form of intimacy is a breach of fidelity. I believe in fidelity, whether in a marriage, civil union, or committed relationship.

And in the case of Anthony Weiner, I am so incredibly disappointed in his actions. We thought he was one of the good guys. He most certainly betrayed his family, and made an absolute ass of himself. What compels men (primarily), powerful, influential men to follow their penis and shift their brain into neutral? Was he acting in a stupid, childish and asinine way? Absolutely. Was he causing a distraction from the real issues, just when Dems were gaining some leverage? You bet. He was a first class fool.

I've proclaimed the virtues of this man, one of the folks I consider true heroes fighting for the middle class. I've talked about what guts and determination Anthony Weiner has shown on behalf of families like mine. He stood up to the GOP and called them on their hypocrisy and destruction of the middle class and did it with distinct style:

And he is paying a huge price for his horn-dog idiocy. He has publicly embarrassed his wife, his family, and himself. He has been the butt of every late-night program's monologues since that fateful day when sleazebag Breitbart (a piss-poor excuse for a journalist) brought this twitter scandal to light. He has lost the respect of many of his peers, and the GOP has gleefully demanded his resignation.

There are two problems here: first, the utter hypocrisy of the GOP and second, the Dems "eating their own" in this situation, fearful of not being seen as, what, weak on morality? The hypocrisy issue is nothing new. It's practically the middle name of most Rethugs. Here's Our Girl Rachel making the point better than I ever could:

Ah, yes, the Vitter problem. Hypocrisy at its finest. After all, we are talking about the GOP, and what's the first thing they do when one of their own is in deep trouble? They band together to support their own. What? Hiking the Appalachian Trail, MIA for a week while you have an affair in Argentina? No worries, we won't ask you to resign, brother. Trying to use a wide stance to pick up guys in public restrooms? Aw, no problem, it'll all fade away. And the list goes on. And on. And on. And every time, excuses are made, the party rallies to support its member in distress.

"But Dems fool around, too," you say. Yep, they do. It seems, sadly, almost an inevitability in public official's lives anymore.  Little Man, now in middle school, said the other day about the Weiner situation, "Well, they all do things like this, so why do they even have to cover it in the news? He still does his job." Sad that even a 12 year old understands that this is the stuff of public officials in this day and age. Sad that it is the stuff that sells papers and makes ratings soar. And sad that Dems I greatly respect, such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are calling for his resignation over his online stupidity. (She did later defend him, on Meet The Press, I believe.) What is it about our party that we feel compelled to eat our own (probably an inopportune phrase...) uh, push their own under the wiener mobile? No circling the wagons here, just run 'em outta town on a rail.

Now, I hope I've made it clear that I abhor what Rep. Weiner did to his marriage, and to distract from the Democratic message. But, frankly, I don't see where his dalliances are anyone's business but his and his wife's. And I said the same thing about President Clinton's mess. Honestly, I don't care if a politician sticks his member in a light socket, as long as the economy is ticking along and it doesn't affect his job performance, then it's his poor wife's business. Nobody else's. And I will give the Rethugs this much: their theory of "this, too, shall pass" is true. Look at what has happened to the C Street guys, to Vitter, to Craig and the rest - absolutely nothing. At least Weiner didn't make his wife stand so pitifully next to him while he apologized, like the other schmucks.
 And since the majority of Weiner's constituents want him to stay, well, how about if our Democratic leadership supports the Representative like his district does. How about if we try, for once, supporting the efforts and the fights Weiner fought on behalf of the middle class? I say that we take a step back and look at all that Rep. Weiner has done for this party, support the wishes of his constituents, and get back on the wiener mobile instead of throwing him under it. He still has a lot of fight left in him, and frankly, who else if really fighting for working families right now?

What's your take, my fellow Politicos? Where do you stand on the (dare I say it?) Weiner issue? Sorry - you have to admit I showed great restraint up to this point...Put your two cents in here at Momma Politico!