Of Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner I think only one of these Democrat’s actions were shameful for their office. All three acted inappropriately and have earned ire from their spouses. But at least Clinton and Spitzer acted like adults. Bad adults, but adults nonetheless. We live in an increasingly juvenile state of adulthood (guilty as charged here), but at least if our politicians are going to continue to disappoint us, it would be nice if they did it in an adult fashion. Have sex with groupie-colleagues (Clinton), have sex with high priced escorts (Spitzer), but tweeting pictures? Our politicians cannot respect the office they have been given, but they can at least respect our sense of what kind of lewd behavior they should engage in.
I would vote for Eliot Spitzer today, but I am not sure I would vote for Weiner. Obviously Weiner’s conduct was far less egregious than Spitzer’s, but it was also old school. A busy man like Spitzer was being efficient and trying to use discretion (when these guys use escorts they are paying less for the quality of the women, although usually high quality, and more for the guarantee of discretion) to protect his family’s sensibilities, even if he was sacrificing their integrity. On the other hand Anthony Weiner is a Congressman, but had half a dozen Twitter relationships? That is brazen and time consuming. Have you no sense of decency? American values are no longer about being a good person. It’s “be a piece of sh*t in private.” Weiner violated that sacred trust we as a nation hold so dearly.
America seems destined to be some sort of mentally challenged version of Europe when it comes to sex. We are becoming more and more immune to sexual impropriety, which we think demonstrates some sort of intellectual sophistication, but at the same time becoming more and more distasteful and lewd in the conduct we expose ourselves too. We seem to accept that celebrities and people of power, almost always men, will engage in tawdry behavior. But if we are headed down that road I think we should have some guidelines. If you are a person of fame or power then it should be as Uncle Ben said in Spider Man, “with great access to pussy comes great responsibility.” For the extra vagina that will come your way you should be able to comfortably offset that by limiting the public access of your indiscretions. And Weiner violated this as badly as one could – via Twitter, the 21st Century’s Town Cryer.
And I know this is a lame point, but if your name is Weiner you really should be on guard to always guard your penis privacy. For example, if my name was John Rape I would get written consent every time I had sex with a woman. Just to be safe. Even if it was pronounced RaPAY.
So I am not morally outraged by Weiner’s conduct in any way. It just feels sort of insulting. A private citizen can be as stupid as they want on social media, but a politician should have the decency to mess around with skanks in private. That is the America I believe in.