The Weiner is starting to make sense.
He — that is, Anthony Weiner, Democratic congressmen from New York — has found the problem. Its him. Hes a bad guy.
So, hes 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 lets admit: hes not an axe murderer. He shouldnt be treated like one.
But the question is: Should he be treated like a member of the U.S. House of Representatives?
Lets hope Mr. Weiner can solve his problems, but lets face it: Theres no hope hell solve our countrys (he is too busy).
And thats where Anthony Weiner still doesnt get it. He still refuses to resign.
Yesterday, he announced he was asking for a leave of absence — like hes 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.
Wheres Oprah when you need her?
Without her, lets review this scandal. After stonewalling failed, and lying didnt 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.
The third worst thing one can say of him is that hes given to tasteless sexual displays. The second worst thing that can be said of him is that he plays the game of seduction with young women, some legally underage. Arguendo, call that a technicality. But it does send up a flare, signaling the worst thing we may say against him: Hes in politics for all the wrong reasons.
How does an older man with a taste for younger women get those women to swarm around him? Weiners found one of the oldest methods in the book. Hes gotten himself famous, attained a level of power.
The trouble with power is that it can corrupt. Im not saying Weiner would eventually careen down the road of sexual insatiability where hed use his wealth and power (or, in his case, just power) to rape chamber maids. But he obviously lacked the pangs of prudence that might discourage him from doing what he has done in such an easily discoverable environment — using Twitter, of all things, to narrowcast for-private-consumption-only pics. (A task in which he failed, broadcasting the pic, instead.)
The whole affair is just so seedy, so stupid.
Yet this scandal shouldnt be about sex — or even the lousy substitute known as sexting. Its about the arrogance and abusiveness of power. Weiners use of his political position for his own advantage in this seamy manner ought to give us pause about the power folks such as Weiner wield. (No doubt Nancy Pelosi's call for his resignation recognizes just that: Weiner's behavior is emblematic of a Congress that remains arrogant even while behaving badly . . . if not self-depantsed on Twitter.)
And now he wants a leave of absence to seek help, help with his problem.
Well, I think we know what his problem is. Its not that he has a sexual appetite. Its that he aims to satisfy even his wilder impulses without constraint of morality or taste, and by parlaying his standing in Congress as part of his package.
Pun, well, sort of intended.
As I stated above, Congress isnt a professional outfit with tenure rights, in terms of which one may ask for leave. Its mission is very different. Its not there to give those who like the work a permanent job. Its to serve the people.
Weiner proved hes not really much interested in that.
But Im all for servicing his latest need, to obtain help. Professional help.
Send him packing, out of office. No political power. That might cure him.
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