Link to Fallon’s “The Ballad of Weiner,” if NBC isn’t loading.
The media helped the Democrats put down their renegade; a man who stood up to the feckless Democratic leadership on the public option (though on Middle East policy he sucked); a man whom in the end Pelosi couldn’t touch; a man that took the President weighing in before he left. Now the media is working on his pension, which he earned.
So, let the comeback begin, just to spite all of these wieners. Though it won’t be easy, simply because Anthony Weiner resigned.
While plenty of politicians who have misbehaved —even criminally— weathered their scandals and remain in office, the comeback prospects for those who resign or abandon reelection dreams are decidedly dim. – Is There Life After Political Death?
Polling is all over the map, but I found this one particularly telling. Not even John Ensign’s scandal (seriously, if you haven’t read about it click on that link), which forced him to resign a second before expulsion, made the top of the scandal list.
Anthony Weiner’s been in the headlines lately but he’s nowhere near the top of the list of who voters think the worst politician involved in a sex scandal over the last decade and change is. That ‘honor’ goes to John Edwards who 38% of respondents said was the ‘worst person’ who had been involved in a sex scandal. Bill Clinton came in second at 21%. No one else we asked about hit double digits: Larry Craig got 8%, Mark Foley 5%, and then everyone else tied at 3%: Weiner, John Ensign, Mark Sanford, and Eliot Spitzer. – PPP
I’ll never understand sacrificing Spitzer, who should be able to rehabilitate himself.
But come on, people, you didn’t think Anthony Weiner’s resignation press conference meant he was going to crawl into a hole now, did you? The talking heads clucking about how he should have delivered a simple resignation by paper.
The whole sordid disaster is his own doing, but resigning over it was a far reach and something that reveals the Democratic Party for what it is, a self-loathing political invertebrate.
Let’s hope Mr. Weiner finds a way back into the political arena. These witch hunts have got to stop, especially those where consensual non-sexual contact is involved.
I’m reminded of something by Wayne Dyer that’s good for this moment, though I’ll paraphrase it. Do not live your life dependent on the good opinion of others and in fact, also be willing to accept disapproval, though without altering what you know you must do for yourself.
Anthony Weiner was alone in the caucus before he made a fool of himself, but at his core he should have known his real purpose and while accepting his humiliation, kept on pursuing it. Now that he’s fallen so far, there’s no time like the present to get his life back, which should include the activism that was his real passion.
“I fear that the Democratic Party is in danger of losing its identity,” Russ Feingold said at Netroots Nation. Anthony Weiner is another part of that loss.