Why oh why do some men make it so damn easy?
I am sure you have all seen the headlines. What in the world was Congressman Weiner thinking? Really? Those tweets were private? You aren’t married? Your wife isn’t three months pregnant? GTFOH. NOW. Late Sunday afternoon, I curled up in bed with some Starbucks and the NYTIMES and I read an interesting article about men and women in politics.
The premise of the article, When it Comes to Scandal, Girls Won’t Be Boys, is that men in politics are more often caught up in sex scandals because they are more often involved in politics for themselves, seeing it as a means to obtain power (a.k.a an extramarital rendezvous) rather than a means to help their community, state or country. Men see it as a career path that provides political and personal gain. Whereas women see it as a true responsibility, having taken a close examination of the injustices in society, set out to make things right, or at least better. Women, still underrepresented in politics, take the job more seriously than men and would not dare tarnish their names by having an illegitimate child (secret for 10+ years or during a spouse’s fight against cancer), an Argentine lover, or a paid-with-government funds hooker.
The article really got me to thinking about what politics perhaps used to be: a safe haven for men who had a thirst for power and a desire to use it to show their private parts to any woman willing to yield to their power. To a completely different place where you have to be accountable and willing to serve others as opposed to yourself. In my opinion, this doesn’t mean that men are completely out of the running. I think there are some who truly want to make a difference. In fact, as women gain more political power, I think they would be stupid not to learn from these mistakes and keep the boy-toys out of the governor’s mansion. Because it’s likely that those with other motives will be phased out.
What’s even more interesting about this new phase in politics is the fact that it is being driven primarily by technology. No longer can politicians do things under the cloak of darkness; all will come to the light eventually, and once it sees a glimmer of light, it will become bright as day. Think Bill Clinton — if we had a video of him being Lewinsky-ed, I don’t know if the impeachment process would have necessarily worked out in his favor. Nowadays, news passes from one laptop to another ipad like wildfire and there is just no way to make up a story or a press released comment in time to keep up with it. Because of this reality, politicians can no longer seek shelter in their political parties; once constituents read about your indiscretions in a blog post or see your photos on Twitter, every person you called a friend in Washington will distance themselves (after all, no one wants their twitpics exposed because they were too sympathetic to your situation!). So you have to be in the game for the right reasons or you will be out the game, quite quickly.
Let’s get one thing straight — I am from California. Born and raised, a true liberal. I do not think that the Congressman should be nailed to the cross for showing his goods over Twitter, they are his goods to show after all. What I truly can’t believe is how he chose to deny it, and actually get quite indignant — did you see the first time he spoke to the press on the topic? He actually cursed one of the journalists. I mean, I am sorry Mr. Weiner, but those are your goodies, correct? That is you taking a self-portrait of those goodies, correct? Don’t pretend to be angry and baffled by the release of these photos, YOU TOOK THEM! The same goes for his moral uncouth predecessors — why deny? You have been caught holding the bag, surrender without further resistance. Don’t go to rehab as a last resort my political Tiger Woods, go to rehab as a first resort — run to rehab without delay, Americans still feel pity for the junkie.
So, bottom line, I don’t think he should lose his seat simply because he had some web-based indiscretions. I think he should lose his seat because he thought the American public would be dumb enough to believe it wasn’t him, despite his face appearing in the pictures. News flash — we may be fat, we may be closed-minded, we may stare too long at shiny things and enjoy the occasional meaningless slogan, but we are not complete neanderthals. We are firm believers in the fact that the ‘internet don’t lie’… and P.S. we can see the Wiener in the photos.