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Nation of Weiners
Posted on Jun 17, 2011
A campaign operative once told me that in 20 years or so we’ll be less fixated on a candidate’s private life. Everyone will have embarrassing photos, comments and videos on Facebook and elsewhere. Bill Clinton caught hell for admitting coming within sniffing distance of a joint, while George W. Bush and Barack Obama got elected despite alleged and admitted cocaine use. Eventually politics catch up to the culture, or at least that’s the idea.
I doubt that many voters’ porn searches would stand up to the scrutiny currently applied to Weiner. That said, I certainly don’t mean to endorse his behavior. He appears to be, at best, a cyber slut and at worst a sexual harasser. However, it is outrageous that Weiner’s Twitter foul cost him his job when we take rampant corruption in Washington for granted.
Take Meredith Attwell Baker, who, as an FCC commissioner, voted to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC. About four months later she would go to work for the new company, as a lobbyist, no less. Why isn’t the name Meredith Attwell Baker synonymous with corruption? Why hasn’t the public demanded her resignation from the corporation? Why hasn’t Congress held hearings on the suspect operation at the Federal Communications Commission?
Had Baker sent a Twitter follower a boob shot, she would be notorious.
I suppose it’s asking a lot of the same Congress that keeps us in multiple pointless wars and puts our children into debt on behalf of Citigroup to get its priorities straight, and it’s too much to ask America’s cable news networks to stop living for this kind of garbage. But can’t we at least expect more of ourselves?
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