I must admit to being a bit depressed this day about our country and what has come of principles and ethics among both our politicians and citizens. There seems to be a corruption not just of power but of spirit. The Weiner scandal this morning captures my angst perfectly. There literally does not appear a single redeeming character. You have Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger. Then you have the other half of the power couple, Huma Abedin, who assured everyone that she still believes in him while recent reports show a questionable salary arrangement with a Clinton-connected company. Then you have Ms. Leathers, one of the other women, who is actually denouncing Weiner as betraying her when she was helping him betray his wife. Then you have Democratic voters who still have Weiner in a close second place to be elected mayor of New York. If you wonder why our politicians treat us like chumps, just take a look at the Weiner scandal.
First, let check in with Carlos Danger. Weiner is now saying that he may have had three women with whom he had a kinky Internet relationship after resigning and after his wife gave birth to their child. You may remember Weiner’s first apology where he promised to reform and focus on the love of his life (no not power): Huma. Now he suggests that she may have pushed him into the Internet arms of women because he had these relationship during a “rough time” in his marriage. That “rough time” of course was due to Weiner’s original scandal with women, some of whom never asked for pictures of his naked body and genitalia. It was the same rough time when he lied to his wife while attacking these women and reporters over the story. He now suggests that, after creating that rough time, he was forced to have additional relationships. That is like having an affair with one women and then starting affairs with three others because the first affair left him a bit estranged or uncomfortable with his wife. To a narcissist like Weiner, that makes perfect sense.
Then there is Huma. At one time, she fit the role for many as a redeeming character. The mother-to-be struggling to hold her family together with a new baby and national scandal. More recently, many have noted that she appears to have learned much at the knee of Hillary Clinton. Reports state that some donors to Weiner were trying to stay in the good graces of Clinton through Huma. While previously indicating that she almost left Weiner, she again appeared at his side after the most recent disclosures to keep their election hopes alive. I am really not sure why she fits in politically into this story. I am more interested in her working for a private company while working for the State Department in her questionable salary arrangement.
Then there is my favorite morally bankrupt character: liberal activist and Internet companion Sydney Leathers. Weiner offered Leathers to help find Leathers a condo and a job while asking her to destroy evidence of their communications. Leathers has gone public with tearful interviews as . . . wait for it. . . the victim of Weiner. She admits that she knew who he was and that he was married. The newspapers were filled with accounts of his trying to repair his marriage with a new born child. However, Leathers says she was betrayed. The 22-year-old former tanning salon worker and political blogger declared herself “disgusted” and told “Inside Edition” that “It makes me feel physically ill. I’m disgusted by him. He’s not who I thought he was.” Who exactly was that? She was knowingly corresponding with Weiner under the name of Carlos Danger behind the back of his wife. Yet, she insisted that she thought he loved her more than Huma and she believed in him.
That hurt however did not stop her, according to friends, considering selling the details of her relationship to the highest bidder. That is just good business. She just cannot understand how a man who lied to everyone, betrayed his wife with her, and engaged in kinky Internet communications:
“I just feel nauseous, literally nauseous when I see him. You get to know someone and you think they’re this other person and then you really find out they’re just kind of a sexual deviant and that’s it.”
Finally, there are the voters. Despite repeated lies and attacks from Weiner, New York voters still gave him a commanding lead in the race for Mayor. Even after the latest lies (and apology), he remains in second with 16 percent percent of Democratic voters still waiting to give him the job. He will be on the same ballot as Eliot Spitzer, who left office in disgrace as Governor after admitting to repeatedly hiring prostitutes even when he was the chief law enforcement officer putting others in jail. Spitzer is the frontrunner for Comptroller of New York. It does not matter obviously too many. Advocates cite Republicans like David Vitter or how smart these two politicians are or insist that this is personal stuff. The latter point is curious since Weiner lied to the public and attacked both these women and reporters. Spitzer betrayed his oath of office and committed crimes while incarcerating others for crimes. That is not personal stuff. That is dishonesty in public office and an utter lack of ethics.
It is the perfect modern American morality play with no moral or even moral characters.