Just one year after resigning from Congress in disgrace after sending photos of his crotch out on Twitter, Anthony Weiner is thinking about reerecting his career by running for Mayor of New York City.
While early reactions from New Yorkers range from “It’s a bit too early for that” to “No way!” to “Is this guy freakin’ kidding?”, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and The NY Post would strongly disagree. You just know the Republican Party is salivating at the thought. What a great diversion from Romney’s tax records, company outsourcing and Cayman Island accounts! Announce today, Anthony, please? We’ll chip in!
Is he not aware of the public perception of him? Does he not watch the popular Homeland, where the returning POW is running for the vacated seat of the “fictional”, shamed Congressman who tweeted shots of his penis__”Dick Johnson?”
One of the reasons Weiner is considering a run for Mayor is that he has a hefty $4.5 million war chest and will lose matching funds if he doesn’t use it by next year.
Another is that Weiner has nowhere else to turn. He has tried to find jobs in finance, real estate and consulting, but no one will hire him__ his name is still too toxic.
Which should tell him something. Yes I know, Republican David Vitter ran as a “family values” candidate, then got involved in a prostitution ring and was reelected in Louisiana anyway. Yes, Vitter is a first class hypocrite, but no, it doesn’t mean Weiner should now run for Mayor. It means something is seriously wrong with the people of Louisiana.
Bill Clinton polished his image with a combination of good works worldwide and time. It might be a good idea for Weiner to try the same. He could volunteer somewhere, perhaps first run for a lesser office, rescue a kitten from a burning building__something to make our last image of Weiner something other than a guy leering into the camera waving his–all together now–(yes, his unfortunate name doesn’t help the cause).
We all know people who have had affairs, and as far as we know Weiner wasn’t actually physically involved with anyone else. But this feels, what, weirder? Creepier? How many people do you know who take photos of their erect penis and tweet them to a bunch of women, including a 17 year old girl?
The fact that Weiner thinks he has a chance to be elected mayor shows a level of ego and denial that is off the charts. “It’s much, much too soon,” Bruce Berg, a political science professor at Fordham, told The NY Times. There are still unanswered questions about just what happened and who else was involved, including underage girls, that were dropped when he resigned. The second he announces his candidacy these questions will be revived.
Yes, Weiner was a strong Congressman, one of the few who spoke out forcefully against the lies of the new wave of GOP extremists. But the way to combat narcissistic liars is not by supporting one__even if he happens to be on your team.
Everyone deserves a second chance. But for Weiner to put his family through this now would be the height of self-absorption__and self-destruction. Someone who cares about him should read him the riot act, and pronto.