When contrition came for Weiner, he telephoned his wife moments before to let her know that he had lied and that he was going to tell the world. She has been largely on the road of international travel with her boss Hillary Clinton and the two have barely had time to discuss the matter.
Both did decide to stay in their jobs initially, but no doubt one of the biggest reasons was the fact that the American people felt they got a straight story from Vitter, and everyone felt there was much Weiner had not 'fessed up to.
Maddow attempted to blame Weiner's series of horrifically bad decisions on the media. An institution she proudly participates in, in a strongly partisan fashion, every week night. But asserting this is utterly contemptible on its merits.
I'm no fan of the media, but working in it, I understand the concerns and worries. Ten days of lies, on top of an arrogant presumption that his job was still in tact - showed not just poor taste, but unacceptable judgement.
O'Reilly attempted to argue that Clinton and Vitter both did far worse in office. And from a legal standpoint he's right about Clinton. Vitter's crimes were outside the window of prosecution.
But O'Reilly and Maddow are both severely misguided, because Weiner's offense wasn't that he didn't do anything "illegal." Instead his crime was the belief that he could show such disrespect to the office.
Men who have private affairs do far less damage to the House of Representatives than those who shoot pictures of themselves holding their "handlebar" in shots of the "members only" locker-room.
Dignity would not allow a House member to parade through Congress in his Calvin Kleins. Weiner didn't come to the chamber in his skivvies, but every lap-top, every House office, every House intern and page saw the pictures that the Congressman purposefully posed, shot, tweeted, facebooked, and emailed.
That is unstable behavior, but it is disrespectful behavior to the office, and thus his constituents.
And though O'Reilly and Maddow may wish to draw comparisons, neither Vitter nor Clinton's sins came close.
Which is highly ironic considering the observations of Ellis Henican on the left, and Jonah Goldberg on the right--he didn't even "get any."
Weiner's disgrace, Weiner's decision. And he got it right when O'Reilly and Maddow did not.
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