I hope Weiner holds out.
No, I’m not a fan of freakazoid or juvenile behavior. And yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat, showed poor judgment and no respect for his family by sending out photos of his uh, weiner, to women who weren’t his pregnant wife.
But you know what?
Weiner should hold out – at least for just a little longer.
The longer Weiner refuses to resign, the more people will question the behavior of all of those serve and the more the question will rise: Who else? There is a reason that Democrats are rushing him to resign and Republicans are mostly watching from the sidelines. How many more reps have something to hide?
Weiner isn’t the first to send inappropriate photos of himself over the Internet.
Five months ago, then-Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., resigned after news reports of him sending e-mails, including the infamous one showing his bare chest, to a woman he met on Craigslist. The married father of one (who told the woman he was a divorced lobbyist) later said, “I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.”
Lee has done all that work in private.
Weiner, on the other hand, is taking a public leave of absence, to seek treatment for juvenile behavior. I don’t know where you go to find that. But how many more should go with him?
Should we take this moment, this opportunity, while Congress has wandered up to a new and profound moral standard, to call on all congressional representatives to do the right thing?
Every other congressional rep else who has sent inappropriate or sexually suggestive photos to anyone other than their spouses should resign immediately. If you are liberal, conservative bloggers hunting you. If you are a conservative, liberals bloggers are digging through your urls.
Every other congressional rep who is cheating nor or cheated ever on a spouse should resign immediately. There has never been a better time for spouses to come clean about what was once a private sadness.
Every other congressional rep that has driven drunk, been guilty of public intoxication, sexually harassed an employee or lied to get something done, should resign immediately.
Eventually, in this day of instant information, someone will find out and expose them. And most unethical behavior can’t be cured at treatment facility.
There is no treatment center for stupidity.
So let Weiner hang out a bit, keep the conversation going, root out all the trash from Congress. And then they can all leave together.