Paul Jacob

The Weiner is starting to make sense.

He — that is, Anthony Weiner, Democratic congressmen from New York — has found the problem. It’s him. He’s a bad guy.

So, he’s seeking professional help, according to his taxpayer-funded communications professional, who informed the waiting nation that this fearless representative of Gotham will “map out a course of treatment” to become “a better husband and healthier person.”

I, for one, wish him well. Both are noble pursuits and, certainly, just what any good doctor would order.

Weiners can learn from their mistakes. I believe in redemption. And let’s admit: he’s not an axe murderer. He shouldn’t be treated like one.

But the question is: Should he be treated like a member of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Let’s hope Mr. Weiner can solve his problems, but let’s face it: There’s no hope he’ll solve our country’s (he is too busy).

And that’s where Anthony Weiner still doesn’t get it. He still refuses to resign.

Yesterday, he announced he was asking for a leave of absence — like he’s a tenured college professor and the United States of America, or at least his district in New York, can just be paused, while he goes on sabbatical to find a much better version of himself.

Where’s Oprah when you need her?

Without her, let’s review this scandal. After stonewalling failed, and lying didn’t pan out, Weiner cracked and blurted out the truth — only to have more truths erupt all over the place. The man seems to have too much time for lewd activities like sending out naked pictures of himself, flirting with women much, much younger than his wife — in at least one case a minor, only 17 — and in general behaving in ways that used to go by the terms “Lothario” and “cad” and worse.

Some people go into politics to change things, or uphold virtues or values or justice or something like that. Others go into it because they are utterly besot by power. Weiner has revealed himself as a member of this latter class.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.