Weinergate: Apparently, Small Scandals Come in Big Packages.
Although Weinergate has been such a hot topic in the media and the blog sphere, I purposefully chose to keep my opinion to myself. I chose to keep quiet because I had a feeling events would unfold the way they did, and I didn’t really feel a need to defend or crucify the man. Now that everything seems to be out in the open, it’s time to speak.
In the pantheon of political indiscretion, Weinergate barely deserves a mention. He didn’t break any laws, he wasn’t harassing anyone. Ostensibly, the “sexting” was mutual. What he did is a matter for him and his wife to sort out, it’s not up to any of us to pass judgment. However, there are some key things that bother me.
First of all he lied about it. If he wouldn’t originally come clean about something as trivial as acting like a frat boy, what else could he be lying about? Trust is kind of a big thing when it comes to politics, allegedly.
Furthermore, how in this day and age, did he think he was going to successfully cover this up? This isn’t the Kennedy sixties, when an affair with a movie star can be hidden from the media. Anything and everything can be monitored on the internet, just ask muck raker and professional douchebag Andrew Breitbart. On that level, I have to question Weiner’s judgment. Good judgment is also kind of important in politics, allegedly.
Sharing pictures of your junk to someone who wants to see it is not a crime. Nor is lying about it. However, Mr Weiner was elected to a position of leadership, he should damn well act like it. Of course, acting like a sailor on shore leave seems to be a regular occurrence in the political sphere. There seems to be a new sex scandal every month.
That leaves me with this; I don’t expect our politicians to be saints. They are far from it. However, I would say this to our elected leaders; show some good judgment, and keep it in your pants while you are in a position that is subject to so much exposure. Start thinking with your big heads, instead of your little ones. The country needs common sense in politics, not coitus.
And if you do get caught? Own up to it right away and get past it. I would rather think of you as an idiot than a liar.
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