Thursday, June 16, 2011
I'm happy Anthony Weiner resigned
I'm happy Anthony Weiner resigned today. I know that some of my fellow Democrats and progressives feel differently. They are mourning the loss of a great progressive voice in Congress--and make no mistake, Weiner was a great progressive voice. But Weiner's voice was effectively lost to us the moment he confessed that he had lied about the sexually-charged photographs of Weiner floating around the internet. There was a chance that Weiner could have survived the photos, but lying about them was unforgivable because of the compromising position it placed the people who defended Weiner in.
I'm happy for another reason: it frees the Democratic Party from charges of hypocrisy. I, like many others, have called repeatedly for the resignation of David Vitter for his actions in connection with a pattern of illegal behavior that involved patronizing prostitutes over the course of several years. I also called for the resignation of Mark Foley and John Ensign and many other Republicans ensnared in sex scandals. The Republican Party believes that virtually anything is alright so long as a Republican does it. I prefer a standard of law that applies to all regardless of party affiliation. While Weiner's actions may not have been illegal, they were certainly improper. For that reason I am glad he resigned. I continue to wait impatiently for David Vitter to resign.