Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is a political voice in Washington I have always respected. He is a passionate crusader for our country’s elderly, middle class, children and most importantly his Brooklyn constituents.
In the past Weiner has used his position to call out his political opponents for their personal and collective hypocrisy, their ideological stubbornness and their frontal attack on public employees. During that time Weiner has made plenty of enemies on both sides of the aisle.
Unfortunately Weiner has placed himself in a situation that can no longer be characterized as an individual struggle for political survival and relevance. His indiscretions are trivial in the broad scope of political scandal. At this point he has broken no law unlike a certain Senator from Louisiana who was never prosecuted and won reelection in a landslide in his so-called “pro family” state. Weiner’s political troubles are his own doing and his attempt to mislead the people of his district through the news media has given him a self-inflicted black-eye.
If that were the total extent of his affect on the politics of Washington maybe he could survive and allow his New York electorate the final say on his career in politics but as usual, his plight is being employed by the Republican Party in an attempt to negatively portrait the entire Democratic Party.
Since our nation’s media is obviously more interested in a budding sex scandal as opposed to covering such mundane stories as the high unemployment rate, political corruption in Florida, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, our debt Weiner’s unfortunate dilemma has taken too much airtime and newspaper space over the last two- weeks and is taking the focus of the national spotlight off the choices we must make as a country.
Every day the news media focuses on Mr. Weiner’s text messages and tweets is another day the public does not have an opportunity to learn more about the competing visions each major political party has for our country’s future.
This is why the Congressman should step down. The continuing coverage of his digital escapades is in the way. The endless stories concerning to whom he has texted or tweeted are clouding the real issues we face collectively. It is too easy for a lazy press corps to talk and write about whether the Congressman’s tweets to a 21-year old woman they conveniently characterize as a “girl” were inappropriate.