Now that we’ve got that out of the way, WHAT WAS HE THINKING!? I suppose Weiner-like crash and burns are inevitable when instant gratification meets social media and the high and mighty engage in juvenile banter with pretty but unknown girls. Or maybe Weiner has weirder hangups. If he was a down-and-out loner instead of a high-profile congressman he’d be plying his trade the old-fashioned way, by exposing himself to unsuspecting women in a public park.
Is that it or is there more? Weiner is also a charter member of The Ruling Class; an arrogant, pompous, blowhard who thinks he is exempt from the rules just like Al Gore, Dominique Strass-Kahn, John Edwards and others thought they were. A wink and nod here, a buried story over there. It’s all part of the game, right? The elite even close ranks to defend their own. Take Roman Polanski. He raped and sodomized a thirteen-year-old girl. The Hollywood glitterati exhorts us that Polanski should be forgiven, that “art matters” as Woody Allen put it. Sorry, I’m not buying it.
This train wreck was set into motion decades ago when the Democratic Left came to the defense of Ted Kennedy after Chappaquiddick. He should have been ejected from the Senate the day after his long-distance swim left a young girl gasping for life in the back seat of his Oldsmobile. They wouldn’t do that. The Myth of Camelot was too important to be shattered by pedestrian concerns like manslaughter. Chappaquiddick taught Edward the Unsinkable an important lesson: no matter what he did, no matter how many waitresses he rutted or how drunk he got in Palm Beach, The Ruling Class would protect him.
This lesson was internalized by others on the Left. It’s become almost impossible to escape from this moral rot that pervades our political culture.
Bill Clinton should have resigned after his adulteries with Monica Lewinsky. Instead, he hung on to his damaged presidency and forced all his supporters into a kind of collective moral culpability. “It’s just about sex” became the mantra. “Just”? Barney Frank should have been ejected from the House when it was revealed that his boyfriend used his home to run a homosexual brothel. Instead he got a slap on the hand. How far have we really fallen?
Sure, immorality doesn’t afflict only the Left. Plenty of conservatives have got caught with their pants down. But they resign. You just don’t see the tortured justifications or the flippant dismissals that you see on the Left. And if you think conservatives wink at Gingrich’s or Guilliani’s infidelities, you haven’t been reading the conservative press.
Does anybody honestly believe that character doesn’t matter? Weiner is a chief architect of Obamacare, a boondoggle that has added a trillion dollars of debt to our economy. Frank was a chief architect of the present mortgage meltdown, an economic crisis second only to the Great Depression. Ever notice that people who won’t impose basic discipline on themselves always impose more onerous burdens on others?