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Monday, June 06, 2011
Boys And Their Toys
Men are pigs. More women in politics, please. Give me an army of Nancy Pelosis and Barbara Lees. Republican closet cases and family values hypocrites are bad enough, but apparently neither can these guys be trusted to do the indispensable progressive work we are counting on them to do once they attract enough attention to fancy themselves "players." Weiner was a dependable voice and vote for the democratic wing of the democratic party, if a bit of a show-boat. And he's sending cock shots to women he doesn't know, who knows how old, with family pictures in the background? In this world? In this historical moment? Given the stakes at hand? Really? Really? Clinton, Spitzer, Edwards, now Weiner. Un fucking believable. I'm not feeling at all forgiving about this, which is not the same thing as declaring I think Weiner should have been subjected to the ritual humiliation of apologizing to the execrable Breitbart as he did, and which is also not the same thing as declaring I think Weiner should necessarily resign (after all Barney Frank slogged through such a swamp and still emerged to do good work). Nor is my point that there is something wrong with showing strangers online the angle of your dangle in your underwear if you like in a free country -- I've done that myself, as it happens. The point is that if you decide to embark on the life of a career politician millions of people will be counting on to help solve shared problems in a professional way with a minimum of distraction you don't get to fuck around in idiot America as it actually exists and you damn well know better.