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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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  1. June 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I’d like to say “It’s no big deal” and just move on……but….
    from the one undie pic, apparently it IS a big deal. HA!

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  2. June 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    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.

    Thank you. That sums it up.

    And I love the title. 😛

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  3. June 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Well said. It does show an extreme lack of judgement on Weiner’s part, unless he really had no clue about the possible dangers of what he was doing. Has he actually gone through life without hitting the “Reply to All” button by accident at least once?

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    • June 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

      As technology oriented as politicians are now days (or at least their staffs are) you would think that Weiner would have at least a small clue as to how open the internet really is. Hell, everyone knows by now that our internet activities are in no way private, no matter what’s done to protect them.

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  4. June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Regardless if I disagree or agree with them, I imagine the majority of those serving in Washington are probably OK people. Like anything else in life, a few taint the many. Bottom line – great last paragraph.

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    • June 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

      My partner was telling me about an article she read the other day about sociopaths. According to the article, doctors are reclassifying sociopath to anti-social disorder. These doctors further went on to discuss a study they performed concerning vocations for those who have the disorder.

      Not surprisingly, two of the top choices were politicians and CEO’s. Essentially, our country is lead by a large group of people with no social conscience.

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      • June 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        Don’t forget Narcissistic Personality Disorder. That is common, shared trait.

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  5. philowitz
    June 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    “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.”

    I agree. I wonder about the media’s obsession with penises. Yes, hello, men have penises. Sometimes they show them off. When they do so in public to unwilling or underage audiences, they are subject to criminal sanction. When they do so in private to other consenting adults…they are subject to approval/disapproval of their audience. Meanwhile, in case no one noticed, and if you follow media in the US you won’t, lots of real stuff is happening and US news media isn’t covering it. It is cheaper to just follow the penis. Juan Cole blogged about this yesterday:
    http://www.juancole.com/2011/06/our-news-and-their-news.html

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    • June 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      It’s the faux prudish nature of America. We still act shocked and outraged when these scandals come to light. Hell in France and Italy, a politician wagging his penis on Twitter is just another Wednesday.

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  6. June 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Great post and awesome title!

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