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© Clay Bennett

Tell me again why everyone is calling for Weiner to resign? Did he do something illegal? He never even had physical sex with any of these women, and the sexting was consensual.

How can Democrats or Republicans call for Weiner to resign, when Bill Clinton didn’t resign (or get removed from office) after having (actual) sex with one of his interns, Clarence Thomas was even confirmed to the Supreme Court after it was disclosed that he repeatedly made inappropriate sexual remarks to Anita Hill, and Mark Stanford served out his term as governor of South Carolina after using taxpayer money to have sex with his girlfriend in Argentina. Heck, Gingrich has cheated on more than one wife, and he’s running for president!

I’m not defending what Weiner did, but it seems like this is between him and his wife unless he did something illegal or professionally unethical. Lots of other politicians have done far worse. Or was Weiner’s real transgression attacking Clarence Thomas?

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© Robert Ariail



  1. No u wrote:

    All of our politicians are selfish people who love to fuck over the American people, but most dont cheat(that we know of) and while he didn’t have actual sex the messages he sent were absolutely disgusting for a married man. So I’m going to ride the professionally unethical bit at the end of this.

    With that said, I could care less what he does, not my state, not really going to change anything, so it’s whatever.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink
  2. Richard wrote:

    I agree, either we hold everyone to the same standard or stop focusing on wieners.

    It seems to me that this is a product of media and social networking and the name “Weiner” and the fact that it happened to an outspoken congressman. We so love to take down people who we don’t like and we don’t like anyone who the herd doesn’t like.

    I wish Weiner hadn’t lied about it as I wish Clinton hadn’t lied about it. The lies are the problem.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    No U: Please don’t say “not my state”. I remember when Christine O’Donnell ran for Senate. My nephew in California said “not my state”. The United States Congress represents all of us. Determines the course of our life. The Senate voted to invade Iraq. Doesn’t matter what state the Senator came from, that vote brought down our country.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink
  4. JamesM wrote:

    Good post. That’s what I thought. Fox news is shocked !! Democrats are spineless and running away.

    Seems the man is guilty of talking dirty to women, in private, who liked him to talk dirty.

    His wife may not be happy, but most wives will forgive if he was not dipping his wick elsewhere. Either way, it’s his private life, we all have one, or should do.

    Seems like a storm in a teacup. For me, the question is what is he doing in congress, on the record. That’s what counts.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink
  5. No u wrote:

    Ebdoug: Yep and they are going to continue their own private agenda regardless of who is in there. There is no sense for someone worrying about something they have no control over.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 7:32 am | Permalink
  6. Txjill wrote:

    Vitter, Vitter, Vitter. Why aren’t Dems pushing on Vitter to resign also? In fact, why aren’t repugs? It took forever for Ensign to resign and he didn’t want to do it.

    Vitter…wearer of diapers with hookers. Hookers, hookers, hookers. The family values party has a guy dipping his wick outside of the marriage. Weiner was stupid and arrogant about it, but Dems get taken down so easily that I find I am having a hard time sticking to my values and ethics on wanting his resignation. I say not until Vitter goes first.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink
  7. mike wrote:

    where is the ketchup?

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee wrote:

    he couldn’t catch up

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  9. Jason Ray wrote:

    Weiner needs to resign because he has committed one of the classic blunders. The most famous one is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well known is this – thou shalt not create embarrassing distractions for thine own party when they finally are getting some traction against the other party.

    The Democrats don’t want Weiner to leave because he did anything illegal – they want him to leave so they can bash the Republicans about destroying Medicare and taking form the poor to give to the rich without the media being distracted. And, personally, while I have no issue with consensual activity between adults of any kind, once you lose your credibility as Weiner has, even if he stays he will be marginalized and ineffective.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  10. ebdoug wrote:

    Remember Rangel. His constituents love him. No one is using him as a distraction anymore. Let the people of Weiner’s district decide.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  11. russell wrote:

    “The lies are the problem.”


    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink
  12. starluna wrote:

    EBDoug – I am glad Christine O’Donnell ran in DE. As a former resident of the First State, she made it easy for a good candidate to get elected. I worked with Castle’s people when I lived there and I generally like Castle. But I like Coons more and we all know that we need more Democrats in the Senate right now.

    I’m beginning to believe that the Democratic leadership want Weiner to leave because he was the only person actually telling them that they were being spineless fools. He was the only person actually speaking the truth about the Republicans and their strategies and the implications of it while the rest of the Democratic leadership were wringing their hands and being hosed by the Republicans.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink
  13. starluna wrote:

    Sorry for the typo. I was a former resident of the First State. I’m assuming that O’Donnell still lives, there.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  14. ebdoug wrote:

    Starluna: I grew up in Delaware. First Hockessin when Hockessin was rural, then Wilmington/Greenville area where Biden now lives. My sister was a class mate of Castle. She attended a class reunion at the Governor’s mansion when Castle was Gov. Castle should be in the Senate. He is a moderate like Snowe and Collins. Then again I like Coons.
    Castle married late in life. I was visiting my mother. She had been invited to the engagement party and took me along. I think I never even shook hands with him because I was surrounded by people I hadn’t seen in many years while I was living in California,Colorado and New York.
    Where did you live?

    Here in rural New York we may have a Westboro Church incident on Saturday. A young 20 year old was killed in Afghanistan by a road side bomb.
    Rumor is that Westboro may arrive on the scene:
    A local Patiot group intends to keep Westboro at bay if it tries anything.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink