Anthony Weiner's escapades infuse a whole new meaning into one of my favorite words from the movie "Bambi": twitterpated.
"Why are they acting that way?" Thumper asks.
"Why, don't you know?" answers Friend Owl. "They're twitterpated. ... Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. ... And then you know what? You're knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!"
Thumper says, "Gosh, that's awful."
"Terrible!" chimes in Bambi.
And the wise owl warns: "And that ain't all. It could happen to anyone, so you'd better be careful."
It could even happen to you, Anthony.
Twitterpated. It's as good an explanation as we're likely to get.
Of all the questions left unanswered by Anthony Weiner's astonishing press conference on Monday, the most unanswerable is this: "What were you thinking?"
A grown man, 46 years old, repeatedly sends lewd and graphic photos and texts to multiple young women he's never met.
How could he expect that was going to work out for him?
What were you thinking, Anthony?
"You know, I don't know what I was thinking. This was a destructive thing to do. I'm apologetic for doing it. It was deeply, deeply hurtful to the people I care about the most," Weiner said.
Each and every one of these anonymous ladies were so fascinated by Anthony Weiner that not a single fabulous female Facebook friend would ever personally betray him -- as he was betraying his wife?
A woman reporter tried for an explanation, "Why did you get involved in this activity? Were you lonesome, were you alone a lot?"
Weiner replied: "I have a loving wife; it's not anything like that. I treated it as a frivolous thing, not acknowledging that it was causing harm to so many people and would eventually come out."
Watching Weiner flounder, I had a flashback to a recent Heritage Foundation panel, "Sexual Economics: The Forces Shaping How Young Americans Meet, Mate and Marry."
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.