And so A. Weiner scuttles off the national stage but not without a final episode of dominance over an entire news cycle. As soon as he pronounced the word “resign”, a heckler in the audience yelled “Bye bye, pervert.” For the rest of the day, the talking heads were consumed with this rude interruption and bemoaned the fact that A. Weiner was entitled to 5 minutes of peace before he goes away forever.
I do not agree. This is the level of degradation that he brought on himself, his position, his colleagues and his constituency. His dishonesty, arrogance and failed machinations deserve public ridicule at the very least.
Here’s something: during the long slow march to resignation, many have speculated why Weiner was left twisting in the wind and Bill Clinton was supported and defended during the whole cigar-up-Monica-Lewinsky’s-begonia-in-the-Oval-Office episode. It occurs to me only now that this is the wrong comparison. The comparison should have been not to Clinton and Lewinsky, but rather to Clinton and Paula Jones.
“Mrs Jones is a former Arkansas state clerk who alleged that when Mr Clinton was governor of Arkansas in 1991, she was summoned to his room at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, by a state trooper. She has said he then dropped then his trousers and, alluding to his genitals, asked her to “kiss it.” She claims that she refused his offer and was then told to keep quiet about the incident.”
That sounds like A. Weiner, doesn’t it – alluding to his genitals? Monica was a willing participant; Paula and many of A.Weiner’s photo recipients, surprised or not, were invited to gaze upon the glory.
One more thing. I’ve seen all the photos and I have got to tell you – of them all, this is the one that bothers me the most:
Really? Is there a female of any age anywhere on the internet that hasn’t gotten a photo from a male correspondent taken from this angle? Must I explain? The very presumption!
The rock he crawled under is temporary. We may not hear from him until his “baby” makes news again. Although he publicly announced his resignation, to date A. Weiner has not submitted a letter of resignation to Congress.