Thursday, June 16, 2011
Weinergate Or Bye Bye Weiner Bye Bye!
There is no joy in Weinerville tonight as the mighty Weiner has stepped down.
I say this not because I'm a Weiner fan. I think he showed extremely poor judgment when he acted like he was part of the new reality show "When Congressmen Go Wild". Still it was very difficult to watch the side show that was Anthony Weiner's resignation. The only thing that seemed to be missing was Charlie Sheen.
While I don't know Rep. Anthony Weiner personally, I have personally found him to be quite a narcisist. In many of his televised appearances he seemed condescending, caustic, abrasive, bombastic, and rude.
Turns out that I was not alone in that assessment because it has come to light that Weiner is not well-liked by many of his colleagues. George Arzt, a New York City-based Democratic consultant, said. “He (Weiner) was abrasive. He had tantrums. He was a headline hunter and it did not make him any friends. His behavior has always been out of sync with someone holding his position.”
This problem helped exacerbate the whole twitter scandal when Weiner conveniently placed the blame on the doorstep of a conservative rather than admitting that he had done something very, very, dumb.
He cared little about trying to bring down the reputation of others as long as his reputation was not tarnished by the scandal. Unfortunately for Weiner, it was indeed a tangled web he wove when first he practiced to deceive.
This morning word leaked to the media that today would be the day when Weiner's office was being emptied and phone calls were not being returned. Could it be I wondered?
I tuned in at the appointed hour and just as Weiner began to sing his swan song one of the people in the room -- Benjy Bronk from the Howard Stern Show, screamed, "Are you more than 7 inches?" Another screamed, "Yeah, get out of here pervert."
It was enough for me that he was stepping down but as you listened to the crowd as they heckled him, you could tell that others wanted to make him atone for his past actions and personality flaws.
It was and has been sad to watch him implode, to watch his former privleged life slip away from him.
Anthony Weiner didn't take questions from reporters. He again apologized to his constituents, his colleagues, and to his pregnant wife, who was notably not at his side.
As he walked out, one heckler asked, "Will you maintain your hot physique?"
Don't cry for Weiner just yet though you see according to an analysis of his available benefits by the National Taxpayers Union, Weiner is leaving with a great parting gift since his pension as well a savings plan lawmakers have access to similar to a 401(k) could be worth $1.12 million to $1.28 million. How's that for a lovely parting gift?
Personally, I really hope Weiner will receive the help he needs but only time will tell.