Scattered thoughts on Weiner
1) One reason we keep talking about Anthony Weiner is because so many people keep complaining that we’re talking about Anthony Weiner.
2) The argument that people are “puritan” or “prudish” because we think a married man should not be sending naked photos of himself to girls online is just stupid. I’m not a puritan because I think a married man should be faithful to his wife. If you don’t want to be faithful to your wife, don’t get married. I’m allowed to think a guy is a scumbag for acting like a scumbag without being tarred as a puritan.
3) We should care about this just like we care about any other act of deceit (legal or not) from our elected officials: we entrust them with a great deal of power. It’s not the sex scandal. Power is the key thing here, and Weiner was caught in a net of lies. Lies and power don’t mix well but they mix often. I don’t think Weiner should resign, but he should run the gauntlet of our hysterical media for a while, and he should face scrutiny.
4) And yes obviously sex sells. The only thing worse than a sensationalized media is a media unconcerned with the lies and deceits of our political class. Sure this is a very minor lie and a very silly scandal, and of course it would be wonderful if the press would focus on other more important bullshit, but sex sells. I don’t see how this detracts from other more important issues. If other scandals sold the way sex does we’d get more of them. If, for instance, Anthony Weiner’s unabashed support for Israel and his callous dismissal of the plight of Palestinians sold more tickets, I’m sure the media would gladly serve that dish instead.