Somebody needs to make a Carlos Danger movie


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Art Deco says:

    “You just sort of expect it out of a politician”. You are writing about Weiner because he pulls these kind of stunts 540 and other people in Congress do not.

    You’ve all succeeded in your goal of creating a classless society – where people are perfectly blase when the leaders of the community reveal they do not have any class at all. Thanks for nothing.Report

    • Avatar Erik Kain in reply to Art Deco says:

      Oh pish posh. That’s a bunch of malarkey disguised as some sort of argument. Sound and fury old boy. Sound and fury.Report

    • Avatar Mo in reply to Art Deco says:

      Pete Domenici, David Vitter, David Wu, Chris Lee, Mark Souder, Eric Massa, &c.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Mo says:

        While I get your point, I feel compelled to point out that David Wu was a Democratic politician.

        But otherwise all Republican highlights. Of course there is the golden NewtReport

      • Avatar Art Deco in reply to Mo says:

        Eric Massa was accused years after the fact of having velcro mittens and immediately resigned from Congress. Christopher Lee actually did something roughly similar to Weiner, and immediately resigned from Congress and went back to Buffalo. That’s what you are supposed to do when you are disgraced in this manner. That’s part of the deal between prominent people and the rank and file in a culture in passable condition. Kain professes not to care.

        David Vitter was discovered years after the fact to have spoken to a hooker over the phone. He made some admission of having been a customer. Personally, I would prefer he do something else with his life, but that is near-beer as these scandals go and does not much resemble Weiner for sheer absence of public dignity. As for Domenici, he admitted after having left office to having fathered a bastard child 35 years earlier. The question of what he should do was rendered moot by having retired four years earlier.Report

      • Avatar Art Deco in reply to Mo says:

        What’s golden about Newt? He resigned from Congress and failed in the one subsequent electoral effort he made.Report

  2. Avatar greginak says:

    I just can’t see how Killer Kain isn’t your handle.Report

  3. I dunno. I kinda feel like “don’t send pictures of your junk to people on the Internet” ought to be one of those no-brainers that anyone serious about politics should be able to master. Like, rudimentary skills. As much as we may lament that people shouldn’t care about crap like this, they do care about crap like this. *gestures toward vast desert of American popular culture called “reality TV”*

    If you can’t even figure out a way to philander without your wang getting 24-hour news coverage, you’re in the wrong biz.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      Don’t send unsolicited pictures of your junk to people on the internet just seems like common decency. It’s not just being smart, it’s not being a pervy asshole.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chris says:

        We are never going to normalize the sending of unsolicited pictures of one’s junk to strangers unless more of us send unsolicited pictures of our junk to strangers.

        Be the change you want to see in the world.Report

      • Avatar Alan Scott in reply to Chris says:

        Yeah, pretty much this. There’s an important difference between sending nude pics and sending unsolicited nude pics.

        About the same difference as running for Mayor of NYC and actually being elected, I suspect.Report

    • Avatar Erik Kain in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      The voters in both red and blue regions would seem to disagree. Though I do think it’s quite vile and abhorrent. It’s just that politics is a marketplace and people seem ready and willing to settle for this sort of product.Report

      • Avatar Russell M in reply to Erik Kain says:

        marion berry was caught smoking crack and was re-elected several times. the Big Dog also had a problem with not being able to tell if a particular woman was his wife or not. JFK was banging ms. monroe. LBJ felt the need to wave his little head at members of congress whenever he felt like being a literal dick.

        having extra-marital affairs does not seem to turn voters off. some of them take it as a sign of virility and power.

        and at least Mayor Wiener will not go snatching that big gulp out of your hand. he knows we all need our vices.Report

      • Avatar Art Deco in reply to Erik Kain says:

        Russell M.

        The newspapers protected politicians as a matter of course prior to about 1987. The general public and even some of the White House staff (e.g. Arthur Schlesinger) knew nothing of his bizarre sexual misbehavior until 1975. Both Lyndon Johnson’s serial adultery and public drunkenness were hidden from public view by the lapdog press. When Gary Hart’s episode with Donna Rice was made public in 1987, Pat Buchanan wrote that the media could have destroyed three of the previous five Democratic presidents and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well. Hart’s campaign imploded instantaneously. People still had a saving sense of embarrassment about this sort of thing. It was a better world in that respect. The people advocating a culture of brazenness were professional juveniles like Michael Kinsley. Only now the juvenalia is the default setting.Report

    • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      I am very curious about what political scandals are going to be like when people my age and younger start running for political office……

      Will facebook and the internet eventually make these political scandals obsolete?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to NewDealer says:

        Is this one of those old people moments or is the implication that pretty much everybody your age and younger does the equivalent of tweeting their junk?Report

        • Avatar greginak in reply to Jaybird says:

          Have you every browsed around flikr?Report

        • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

          Over the course of N decades on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever the hell the newer ones are called, it’s probably impossible to avoid.Report

        • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Jaybird says:

          Well, I think this question actually gets at the heart of the question: What exactly is the scandal here?

          To me, the issue isn’t that he sent out dickpics. It is that he sent dickpics to people he shouldn’t have. And not just “shouldn’t have” as in “people who wanted dickpics but who he shouldn’t be having a dickpick sort of relationship with”, but “shouldn’t have” as in “people who didn’t want dickpics”. As Tod points out in his post, that is deeply disturbing.

          I’ll cop to having sent my share of salacious pictures, but always to individuals I was in intimate relationships with and who wanted the pictures. I feel no shame for this and wouldn’t have an issue if some ex went public with a nudey pic his/her political partner had sent during their relationship.

          I suppose an argument could be made that sending such pictures while entertaining even the possibility of a political career is poor judgement, but it probably registers at most a 2 on such a scale for me.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

          Aaaaaaand it’s official: I’m old.Report

        • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Jaybird says:

          Not everyone and maybe but as bad as tweeting junk but I’ve heard a fair bit of people posting embarrassing stuff on the internet and having it become the stuff of legend. Men, women, straight people, gay people.

          This can range from bragging about how your summer associate position is like summer camp and accidentally hitting reply all to drunk pics openly talking about getting high on facebook (on more than just weed), etc.

          When I do on-line dating stuff, a lot of women compliment me for such things like reading their profile and writing full and complete sentences with halfway decent grammar. So there are a lot of guys out there who just write stuff like “Hi. U R cute. Wanna get a drink?” and do the spamming equivalent of courting. Also from what I hear if you are a woman on an on-line dating site, you are almost destined to receive an unsolicited picture of some guy’s dick. There is a Godwin’s Law aspect to the inevitability.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to NewDealer says:

        No, because smart people don’t post pics.
        Post a pic, and the smart folks at 4chan
        can get your name, address, and hack your
        playstation account.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Aww man, “Burt Likko” = “Pascual Stealth.” Pascual Stealth kind of sucks.

    But, my real name results in “Javier Hazard,” which is cool because it alliterates even though it looks like it wouldn’t.Report

  5. Avatar Chris says:

    I got Julio Cesar Kill, which is going to be my new luchador name.Report

  6. Avatar greginak says:

    Ohhhhh I got Lorenzo Menace……so bow down before me.Report

  7. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Carlos Clandestine … sort of feel like I’m band-wagoning with Carlos.Report

  8. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    If I pick the coolest parts of the Mike and Michael results, I’m Guillermo Risk.Report

  9. Avatar Just Me says:

    I got Eduardo Covert for my pseudonym. Efrain Death for my real name…..too funny.Report

  10. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Leonardo Kill

    I will change it to Leonardo DeKillioReport

  11. Avatar Mo says:

    Bernardo CatastropheReport

  12. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Elliot Spitzer = Omar Smash
    David Vitter = Mariano Risk
    Eric Massa = Miguel Ángel Sly ( love the tilde!)
    Bill Clinton = Manolo Peril
    Gary Hart = Armando Catastrophe
    Rudolph Giuliani = Santiago Verboten
    Pete Domenici = Julio Kill
    Herman Cain = Carmelo Clandestine

    The list goes on and on.Report

  13. Avatar Glyph says:

    Who’s the most public dick
    That’s a sex machine to all the chicks?
    Danger, ya damn right

    Who’s the cat that won’t drop out
    When there’s dickpics all about?
    Danger, right on

    They say this cat Danger is a bad mother
    Shut your mouth
    But I’m talkin’ ’bout Danger
    Then we can dig it

    He’s a complicated man
    But no one understands him but his woman
    Carlos DangerReport

    • Avatar greginak in reply to Glyph says:

      Good work.

      I’ll note that my first thought went to the great Patrick McGoohan spy series from the 60’s, Dangerman. It was better known in the US with the theme song Secret Agent Man. Great stuff especially if you like old school, Connery era bond except with less sex.Report

    • Avatar Russell M in reply to Glyph says:

      I would give all of the bitkoins to have Weiner actually use that as his campaign theme song. sadly he will only do that in the mirror universe, where sending dick-pics is totally cool.Report

  14. Avatar Russell M says:

    Marcelo Badass for my real name and Víctor Hazard for my x-box handle.

    so be very afraid suckers, because now we are dealing with a real badass nowReport

  15. Avatar Pinky says:

    Someone needs to embellish the story? A congressman named Weiner sends people pictures of his penis then denies it for weeks, then admits it and runs for mayor of NYC. Richard Pryor never played a character that outrageous.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Pinky says:

      “My only flaw is flirting online. And texting pictures of my dick. My two flaws are flirting and dick-texting. And offering women fake jobs. Among my flaws are … Wait, I’ll start over.”Report

  16. Avatar Art Deco says:

    Nobody has mentioned the obvious: the man has no trade and no real skills. From 1986 to 2011 he was a political officeholder of one sort or another and his current commercial endeavours have been driven by connections. He does not even have the demonstrated general intelligence of Barack Emptysuit. We do not need this guy. The only argument for him would be that he is more realistic about urban life and policy than the fools against whom he is running. It is an indictment of New York’s elites that of all the capable people living there, the only ones running are diBlasio, Diesel, and Dickpix (all set to undo Mr. Giuliani’s handiwork to boot).Report

  17. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    From one of my favorite TV critics:


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