Thursday, June 16, 2011
Who's been a silly Weiner then?
When I recently blogged about some of the problems politicians have with keeping their pants up never in my wildest imagination did I imagine some guy called Weiner would end up in a scandal that involved tweeting his bits and bobs.
There are many remarkable facets to the Weiner scandal but it says much about the low standards in politics these days that Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, took well over a week to resign and only then because of the “distraction” he created.
Weiner obviously didn’t seem to believe the action itself of sending images of his excitable underpants out there into cyberspace, was grounds enough alone to call it a day.
If I had been this politician, the shame alone would have me revoking my oath, or whatever politicians do, faster than it would take Hugh Hefner to rip his erstwhile prospective Missis off the cover of Playboy.
Because even by the recent low standards set by politicians this plumbs the depths on the Dumbometer. Clinton and Edwards may have thought there was a good chance they wouldn’t be caught. Even the governor who took the Appalachian Trail via Argentina may have thought it an ‘unorthodox but plausible excuse.’
But if you post your body parts over the Internet for the world to see, there’s very little wriggle room, if you’ll excuse the pun, to declare: “Not me guv.”
Apparently this scandal may derail Weiner’s attempt to become New York’s Mayor for a couple of years but he’ll probably be back. His website promised how he would ensure “all New Yorkers get a shot at a good life.”
Instead they got shots of his pants in a state of excitement and a good laugh.
But at least it’s been entertaining.
The whole Weiner saga has been a farce. Even the press conference where Weiner said he would resign was disrupted by a heckler who shouted "pervert" and later yelled insulting questions as Weiner spoke.
“The heckler turned out to be a writer for shock jock Howard Stern who goes by the name Benjy Bronk, and he offered little explanation for why he taunted Weiner,” CNN reported.
This could spell further bad news for Weiner. Benjy Bronk sounds like a Swedish gentleman. Is he perhaps a relative of Elin Nordegren, the estranged wife of Tiger Woods? We are told Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin is returning home from the Middle East.
It’s unclear if she’s stopped off at Sweden to pick up some tips, not to mention a couple of golf clubs, from Elin.
In the words of my son, in fact the only words he seems to be grasping right, now: “Uh oh.”