Just when you thought that the Weiner scandal could not get much worse, it just did. As I have previously written, the Weiner scandal has highlighted the lack of ethics and honesty that now pervades our society and our politics. It is a story without a single redeeming character. Now, the woman who engaged in phone sex with Anthony Weiner and sextexting with Weiner has endorsed his rival New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. That’s right, she is now the proud recipient of a Sydney Leathers endorsement. It is like Gore Vidal’s The Best Man in 1964 with you replace President Art Hockstader with Leathers, the former tanning salon employee and professional “other woman.”
In our society, celebrity status — even through infamy — gives a person status. Yet, in this case, Weiner has found another narcissist who seems as self-engrossed and disconnected as he is. She is the perfect image of a society that seems to be drifting away from core notions of personal responsibility and ethics. A liberal activist who knowingly started an Internet relationship with Weiner, Leathers immediately declared herself the victim when the story broke. 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 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.”
Now she decided that New Yorkers may be looking for her guidance. After all, she had phone sex with one of the candidates for mayor. That has to count for something. Leathers said that after much consideration of all of the candidates, she has decided New Yorkers should take Quinn. The reason: impulse control. That’s right. She is citing Weiner’s relationship with herself as disqualifying in a sextexting version of Groucho Marx’s view that “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
Here is Leathers, 23, the political analyst:
“Obviously, she doesn’t have the impulse control problems that Anthony has. I love the fact that she is out and proud. I have so many gay friends, and I feel like she would be a great ally for that community. She cares about middle-class people. She cares about students. I feel like she is more in line and up to the standard that should be set for the mayor.”
Apparently, being “up to the standard” as mayor includes not having any dealings with people like Sydney Leathers. I doubt Quinn will be embracing this particular endorsement, but if she does, I would avoid any text messages.