Monday, June 6, 2011

Weiner Admits To It

I had feeling the Weiner story was going to come to this, but I was hoping I was wrong.

At a news conference in Midtown Monday afternoon, Representative Anthony D. Weiner tearfully confessed to sending a photo of himself in his underwear to a woman over Twitter, then lying about it.

Mr. Weiner said the indiscretion was part of a pattern of sending inappropriate photos and messages to women he met over the Internet.

Mr. Weiner apologized repeatedly. He said he had no intention of resigning, that he had broken no laws and that while his wife was upset with him, his marriage was not ending.

What he did was stupid. Not illegal, but really stupid. Should he resign? No, because if we applied the Resign For Doing Stupid Things While In Office test, you could rent the Capitol out for weddings and bar mitzvahs for all the empty space in there, and like it or not, we are a representative republic.

So yet another public figure thinks he can get away with stuff that public figures ought not to be doing. Not only is a promising career shot to hell, it gives the right wing a chance to crow — while completely forgetting that the stupidity runs rampant through both parties (Sen. David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, for example).

So obviously Mr. Weiner’s next step on the road to rehabilitation is to become a Republican. Given their record of forgiveness for folks with questionable judgment about sex, he’d fit right in. Hell, he could run for president in 2016.