Thursday, June 16, 2011

Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)


So Weiner's out.

That's okay, give it a year or so and he'll realize that that light at the end of the tunnel was always from the cable TV studio where he'll be hosting his own show.

By the way, I stand by my statement that he could've ridden out this scandal if he'd wanted to. If he had truly dug his heels in there likely wouldn't have been much anyone could do to break him loose, and eventually the press, his congressional counterparts and America itself would've just said screw it and moved on to something else.

That said, resigning was probably the right thing to do.

13 comments:

Brandon said...

I know that you're busy, Chez, but if you get a second, why was it the right thing to do? He showed poor judgment, but it was unrelated to his work and not illegal. David Vitter slept with hookers on multiple occasions and didn't face this much pressure to resign. In fact, Vitter is still a sitting congressman. So how is it right for someone that, while it was wrong, didn't do anything illegal to resign while someone that committed a crime gets off (slight pun intended) free?

Chez said...

I used the word "right" in a sort of non-relative way -- meaning that a U.S. congressman probably shouldn't be doing that kind of crap. From a relative standpoint, yeah, considering all that had come before him there was zero reason for him to step down. I said from the beginning that his text messages, filthy or not, were kind of his own business. There's no denying, though, that it was a distraction; but as I said, one that I wouldn't have lasted forever. Scandals pass really quickly these days.

kanye said...

I disagree when you say that this was the right thing to do.

There's no question that he had to go, but the right way to do it would have been to announce that he intended to finish the job that the residents of his district elected him to do, and when his term was over, he wouldn't seek reelection.

That still would allowed him to spew all the "honor and privelege" bullshit, but it also would allowed him to come back without be saddled with the monicker of "quitter."

Imagine him trying to make a comeback in a few years in urbane, ethnic, liberal NY, all the while his opponent hammering the airwaves with the message, "...and just when the people of NY needed him most, Anthony Weiner quit! Just like Sarah Palin."

The only way he comes back from this is if Schumer wants it to happen. Otherwise...toast.

Chez said...

I'm talking about for the good of the party -- in the short term anyway -- and to stop the scandal pretty much in its tracks. He sort of shot the hostage.

I don't know -- I'm really on the fence on this. But I do know that people have gotten away with far worse shit before him and have stuck it out. Once again, this would have gone away.

Ref said...

He should have called a presser and stated that he'd give up his career when David Vitter gave up his. Then he should have told Luke Russert where to stick his phony outrage.

namron said...

My one and only contribution to poor, redundant, and tasteless humor: We won't have a Weiner to slap anymore.

OK, I'm done. America, are you.

Anonymous said...

There's another way Weiner could have saved his job. He could always have chosen to pronounce his name correctly, as it is spelled in English. For those not familiar with this spelling rule, it goes as follows: "i" before "e," except after "c," or when sounding like "a" as in "neighbor" and "weigh." If he pronounced his name "winer" (as it is correctly pronounced in both English and German), who knows how much grief he could have avoided in his life!?

Anonymous said...

I am just disgusted that once again...the people who pass laws on internet usage, cannot seem to understand even the basic fundamentals the internet.

Its like putting my grandmother in charge of fixing my car....

countryjoe said...

I don't see him resigning over some cock photos.I think there is much worse things he's done that hasn't been revealed yet. Yea he's stupid for doing such a thing and thinking he could get away with it but I can't help but feel theres a lot more to this.

Riles said...

I don't get why the public calls for people's jobs when these scandals happen. I guess it kind of makes sense in this case, but for other celebs, like Tracy Morgan, how does he losing his job help people?

I think Weiner should have at least said, "You've called for my job, I therefore resign, and will be applying for unemployment. That's what happens when people leave their jobs, they're unemployed, and you, the public, will be subsidizing my lifestyle."

The Bacon said...

Why all the talk about Vitter and none about Sims?

Am I to take from this that we all believe Vitter did the right thing?

The Bacon said...

..oops his name wasn't Sims....I mean the guy from New York with the beefcake pose on craigslist.

kanye said...

I meant to say the other day--the title: inspired.