I may as well take the time to address the obvious news story: the online sexual escapades of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who sent pictures online via his Twitter feed to a young woman. Congressman, it took me a while to get over the media putting so much attention to the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the traumatizing and endless discussions about the supposed damage to this country caused by the genitals of the 42nd President of the United States. Now I have to hear about yours? Really? How can you do this to the nation’s information-seeking ears? And why did it have to be you, Congressman? A picture of your genitals is somewhere out there in the digital world? Come on, sir! Your last name is “Weiner!” You are making this way too easy for me! Thanks to the scandal caused by your hard-on, now the right-wingers are getting one, too!
I have to say that I do admire the Right for making sure they are helping to make sure that our nation’s elected officials are held to a higher standard. Look at how they went after Louisiana Senator David Vitter when he was discovered to have paid a prostitute for her services.
What? The Republican National Committee never demanded that Senator David Vitter resign?
What? Senator David Vitter campaigned on the fact that he had a strong family unit and was found to have been doing the horizontal rhumba with a woman not his own wife? For money, no less?
What? Senator David Vitter was one of the co-sponsors of a marriage amendment during his time in Congress even though he was spitting on his own marriage by taking full advantage of the fact that he had availed himself of the services offered by a woman not his wife? For money, no less?
What? The Republican National Committee didn’t demand that Senator David Vitter resign despite the fact that what he did was break an actual law whereas it is not immediately clear if Congressman Weiner broke any?
What? David Vitter was re-elected this past November to the United States Senate anyway? Despite the fact, he actually broke a law by paying for sex and that he, along with many Republicans, campaigned heavily on their self-righteousness and their insistence that everybody in this country subscribe to their idea of perfect family values?
What? The Republican National Committee is still mum on the Senator David Vitter scandal while going full speed ahead against Congressman Weiner?
Oh. That’s right. Congressman Anthony Weiner is a Democrat. Never mind that he didn’t campaign on family values or sponsor any bills or amendments that would supposedly protect the sanctity of marriage. Never mind that in a June 8 New York One-Marist poll, 56% of Congressman Weiner’s constituents say he should not resign while members of both parties in the House and the Senate, none of whom live in his district, say he should step down. Keep up the good work, Republicans! Make us Dems look good.
There is one thing that really bothers me about the Anthony Weiner Twitter fiasco. It is not so much that a member of Congress has sent lewd photos of himself that are now available by typing a few words into a Google search and clicking your mouse. The thing that really bothers me can be easily described in two words: Andrew Breitbart.
After aligning himself ideologically with those who are proud to have reported on the non-racism that was the Shirley Sherrod speech and the phony outrage surrounded by their exposé of the two Black Panthers outside of a heavily Democratic voting precinct in Philadelphia during the 2008 election, Andrew Breitbart has made himself a name by criticizing the alleged liberal media and their supposed selective reporting of various stories that will get the most coverage and demonizing people like Breitbart, while Breitbart presents things with a conservative point of view, selects whatever stories will get him the most coverage by being splashed across the Drudge Report, Gawker or the Huffington Post that day and demonizes those who disagree with him, such as Congressman Weiner.
On June 8, Breitbart was a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show with comedian Jim Norton and actor Vincent D’Onofrio. On the show, he talked about his involvement in the breaking of the story about Anthony Weiner, how he viewed the graphic images that the Congressman took of himself, and then how he had still had a then-yet-to-be-release picture of the Congressman’s genitals. After much asking from those in the radio studio, Breitbart handed his phone over to Vincent D’Onofrio, who looked at the picture and said, “All I can say is, from seeing that picture, I want that guy as Mayor.” Uh, Vince? As likable as I find you on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and as impressed as I’m sure you may be by the size of Anthony Weiner’s, um, constituency, I prefer to have my political figures who think with their head that has the brain in it. I would also prefer the head that has the ears on either side. Maybe that’s just me.
There is another layer to the story that neither the mainstream media nor Andrew Breitbart is covering. It’s a layer that is so disturbing that it warrants its own paragraph.
I would like to know why Breitbart has a picture of another man’s schlong on his phone!
Sure, Andrew Breitbart doesn’t dress up in women’s clothing like J. Edgar Hoover, have an extramarital affair with his secretary like Jim Bakker, or have a homosexual relationship like Ted Haggard, but the lack of such scandals shouldn’t mean that a conservative blogger walks on water. See? I told everyone the man has issues. I agree with those who don’t trust the media when they ignore certain news stories or every detail contained in them. I think this should, at the very least, be addressed. It’s not as if Breitbart is keeping the photo on a flash drive or even secured in a bank’s safety deposit box. That, while just as disturbing, is at least a few steps away from total insanity. But he has the picture on his phone? Really? I don’t even have a picture of mine on my … wait a minute. Let me check. Uh huh. Uh huh. Okay, good. I don’t even have a picture of mine on my own phone! That’s mainly because the zoom on my phone doesn’t work too well.
Fortunately for Andrew Breitbart, a resignation came through the following day. To quote the opening of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell: “Good evening from New York. Newton Leroy Gingrich has commitment issues. That’s not me or his ex-wives talking. That is the view of his campaign staff, most of whom have resigned today following the candidate’s return from a weeklong luxury cruise of the Greek Islands.”
Well, it looks as though the pundits got their wish. They did have not just one resignation, but multiple ones! I don’t think Newt Gingrich will have an issue finding a replacement staff for his campaign. He has done that well enough with spouses.
O’Donnell continues: “We got a total body count now. It’s around 16 Gingrich campaign staffers quit today. Uh, I think everyone, everyone who was on the payroll in Iowa walked out the door today. All of this because of a Mediterranean cruise to nowhere …” Hmm. It seems as though I’ve heard that expression somewhere before. Maybe in 2008, perhaps?
Right, I remember Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin now saying multiple times, “… thanks, but no thanks for the bridge to nowhere …”
See what being a Republican and not fully embracing the Sarah Palin ideology can do to hurt your Presidential aspirations? She warned Newt and the rest of us of bridges to nowhere! Thanks to you, we know now that cruises fall under the same purview!
The media is smart in doing one thing, though. They are not asking Newt what pictures he took and during his cruise and what pictures he plans on posting to his Twitter feed.