Anthony Weiner is the leading candidate for mayor of New York. The
guy -- how do you say that he did? -- pornographied himself on the Internet.
A lot pf people are doing it these days. But we don't call them
leaders. We call them exhibitionists or pervs. He's a guy with a lot
of political talent and incredible chutzpah who was a very mediocre
congressman. What do we make of his comeback?
What makes New Yorkers think he might be a decent mayor? Meanwhile, we
have Eliot Spitzer, former while knight attorney general and
governor of New York, slayer of corporados and plutocrats, and evil banks,
a man felled by his own ... never mind. He frequented prostitutes. A more
What is the moral here?
Americans forgive sexual wanderings because sex is the universal
practical joke and can make of fool of anyone?
Americans have no memory?
Politicians, by definition, are sociopaths, and that's OK in a crass society?
All of the above?
Spitzer left politics, though not public life, for five years.
Weiner for about two.
If one of these guys added a lot to our collective political
intellect, as you could argue Bill Clinton does, it would be one
thing. But I am missing shame here.
Whatever became of shame?
Some guys go away -- vanish -- when they lose an election. Just
because they lose -- guys with something to say and something give,
like John Gilligan and Ted Strickland. Or Walter Mondale or, going way
back, William Scranton. They walk away, as if the greatest shame is
losing an election.
These two bozos resign in disgrace, but come back looking for another
public office a cycle or two later -- like sitcom actors. They do not
go off to monasteries. They are not abashed.
I wish shame would make a comeback instead of the W. man.
Oh, it gets better, Keith.
Eliot Spitzer is running for New York City comptroller against Kristin
Davis, the former madam who supplied Spitzer with "dates".
Ms Davis has been quoted as saying she's looking forward to the
debates. She included she has "...many questions for Eliot Spitzer".
The debates will be probably be shown after midnight on Cinemax.
I have to question the wisdom of Anthony Weiner.
Usually sending provocative pictures via Twitter is reserved for
bong-throwing former child actresses--not someone you'd want to lead
the most important city in the world.
It should be an interesting election period in New York.
I fully expect Amanda Bynes to hold a press conference -- complete
with bong and blue hair -- and declare for mayor.
New York Post headline writers are going to be in their glory.
In Toledo the worst scandal is to be a Republican. Mayor Bell could do
all that Weiner, Spitzer, and Amanda have done and, all together, it
would not damage him as much as the embrace of the Lucas Country GOP.
The Last Word: This week Pope Francis asked priests to forsake fancy
cars. If you want the luxury model, he said, think of the hungry and
homeless. The Pope has himself forsaken the papal limo (as well as
palace) and is reportedly driven around Rome in a Ford Focus. God