To say the least, Rep. Anthony Weiner has angered me. I have been extremely impressed with him over the past couple of years since I first became aware of him. He is intelligent, dynamic and articulate. He has proven to be a firebrand in the House, and I felt that he had great potential. I honestly didn’t think he would ever be president I joked before that the U.S. is not quite ready for President Weiner. But, I did believe that he could rise (no pun intended, but what the hell, go with it) to be a strong force in Democratic politics, ultimately becoming a strong party leader and more importantly, a truly involved and sincere representative of the American people, at least as much as any politician is capable of sincerity.
That all went away yesterday. What was, until this mess hit the media last week, a very promising political career, went into the dumps with Weiner’s disclosure yesterday. I’ve had a queasy feeling in my stomach ever since he refused to deny that the original photo was his member, as it were. Yesterday, the Fruit of the Looms hit the floor.
It may sound naive, but I simply don’t understand what it is with Weiner and the multitude of others on both sides of the aisle who have been outed one way or another with some kind of sexual misconduct. Is the power so intoxicating, the adoration focused upon them so disarming that they just can’t fathom being brought to ground?
There are those who will say that we Americans are too prudish, that our Puritan proclivities are showing. That may be, but these guys, and it has pretty much all been guys, presumably know the rules of the game when they enter the fray. It comes down to public trust. Once lost, trust is difficult, if not impossible, to regain.
Weiner has said he will not resign. He should reconsider. The game is much bigger than either he or his career. If the Democrats are to have any hope of regaining control of the House in 2012, Weiner and anyone else with such material floating around out there in cyberspace must step aside. The stakes are too high.
If nothing else, all of these disclosures by Congressmen, governors and other political, financial and business leaders might lead us to believe that men, the male of the species, are just not fit to be in control. It is disturbingly clear as time goes on that men are fast becoming relics of a disappearing age. On balance women may be proving to be far better leaders in both government and business. They certainly seem better able to keep their libidos in check. Perhaps men should just be left to stroke their — uh, their egos.