Everyone has opinion on Anthony Weiner
By Cheryl Lavin August 9, 2013 12:00PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 4:33PM
Anthony Weiner is the gift that keeps on giving to pundits, columnists, tabloids, and news and entertainment shows everywhere.
Pas: Anthony Weiner — that guy honks like a goose about all the great things he can do, and then he does something that most teens are smart enough not to do. When I was a teen in the ’90s, nobody sent nude pix of themselves to anyone unless they wanted to get into porn. People would’ve thought you were crazy.
Penny: I’m not sure why Anthony Weiner’s sexting makes him unfit for office. Unfit for husband, for sure. His biggest fault is being naive enough to think that his sexting wouldn’t be exposed. (Ha-ha). Thousand of elected officials past and present have done worse. This is no one’s business but his wife.
I don’t think he has done anything so morally reprehensible to make him unfit for public office. The media has made him a pariah. Clinton was publicly shamed and still did a fantastic job. Politicians are notoriously sexually inappropriate, yet some still seem to get the job done. This whole incident is much ado about nothing.
Krista: There are so many things wrong with what Weiner did, but I’ll just focus on the ones that affect his ability to be mayor of New York or serve in any other capacity.
He has a compulsion to do inappropriate things. People are not in control of their compulsions. Their compulsions control them. He’s never fully in the game because part of him is always thinking about sending and receiving the next sext.
He’s a risk taker. The thrill of possibly getting caught at any minute was half the motivation for him. He loved the adrenaline rush of doing something naughty. Can you imagine the harm that someone with power who needs that kind of excitement could do? He could push his opponents too far and cause a disaster.
He has a death wish. Any rational public person would know that if he were sexting with anonymous women he met over the Internet he was going to get caught. That was what he wanted. If he were elected, he’d find a way of messing up, through sexting or something worse, to ensure that he’d be thrown out of office.
Barbara: I always thought JFK’s and Clinton’s affairs should have been an issue only for their wives, not the public. But I have to say, there’s something especially creepy about the arrogant way that Weiner is addressing this. He’s not ashamed.
Cal: Does anyone remember the world before Bill Clinton changed the definition of sex? Back in those dark ages, if someone disgraced himself, he withdrew from the public stage and tried to make amends to his family out of the spotlight. That’s because he was ashamed of his behavior.
There’s no such thing as shame any more. That’s because no one takes responsibility for his actions. Even Ariel Castro, the monster who kept those three women captive in Cleveland, blamed his behavior on being abused as a child and pornography. He even blamed the victims!
Weiner should be so ashamed of his perversion that he moves to some island and never shows his face again. Instead, he’s running for public office. What a world!
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