So much for shame

Weiner affair tarnishes American politics even further

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Shame isn’t just dead. It’s positively spinning in its grave.

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who resigned after admitting to “sexting” and sending obscene photos of himself to young women across the country, now has been forced to admit he continued doing it even after the scandal broke and he resigned.

And yet, as of last week, he still expected to be made mayor of New York.

It’s clear he didn’t learn anything in his fall from grace. You have to wonder if voters did either. We’re not optimistic.

Nor is it easy to believe a politician could’ve lowered the character bar more than Bill Clinton did, having stained the Oval Office with an adulterous affair with a young White House intern. But Anthony Weiner may have actually accomplished it.

In other circumstances, such a man would be considered a pervert and, arguably, a sexual predator. In politics, he’s just a work in progress, repeatedly asking for your forgiveness – for past, and presumably, future misdeeds: Weiner said at the time of the first scandal there’d probably be more photos emerge; he just failed to mention that those photos hadn’t been taken or sent yet!

The media are shameless enablers. People magazine and The New York Times Magazine both attempted last year to rehabilitate his image and political life in puff pieces on the irredeemably licentious reprobate. Since he carried on his behavior for much of 2012, he likely did so at the same time his media friends were working to save him.

They can take solace in the fact that he’s treated them no more shabbily than he has his wife.

It’s surreal that he would have had the gall to still seek high office – and that the body politic would brook such effrontery; he was
rising in the polls until last week.

We remember wistfully a bygone era when disgraced politicians would mercifully slink away into relative obscurity.

So does columnist Peggy Noonan. Looking back recently at the early 1960s saga of British secretary of state for war John Profumo – caught in an affair with a woman who was also seeing a possible Soviet spy – Noonan notes that Profumo belatedly did the right thing. Over and over and over.

“He never knew political power again,” Noonan writes of Profumo. “He never asked for it. He did something altogether more confounding.

“He did the hardest thing for a political figure. He really went away. He went to a place that helped the poor, a rundown settlement house called Toynbee Hall in the East End of London. There he did social work – actually the scut work of social work, washing dishes and cleaning toilets. He visited prisons for the criminally insane, helped with housing for the poor and worker education.

“And it wasn’t for show, wasn’t a step on the way to political redemption. He worked at Toynbee for 40 years.”

Ironically, while seeking instant freeze-dried redemption, louses such as Weiner give up any real chance of it.

As Noonan notes, upon Profumo’s death in 2006, the Daily Telegraph of London wrote, “No one in public life ever did more to atone for his sins; no one behaved with more silent dignity as his name was repeatedly dragged through the mud; and few ended their lives as loved and revered by those who knew him.”

He earned that praise and forgiveness not by asking for it, but by working for it. In near-total obscurity.

It can be a wonderfully nurturing and redemptive place, obscurity. If only more would seek it.

Though Noonan wrote her column before Weiner’s latest revelations, she could’ve been writing a cautionary tale expressly for him. As it is, he probably wouldn’t listen. So her message is truly meant for those embroiled in scandals to come:

“You can do what John Profumo did. You can go away. You can do something good. You can help women instead of degrading them, help your culture and your city instead of degrading them.

“You can become a man.”

Should voters reward the aforesaid behavior and brazenness by someday calling such a person “the Honorable” mayor, New York would get precisely what it deserves. And because of the city’s prominence in American politics, it would shame the entire nation.

Anthony Weiner doesn’t appear to be redeemable. Pray the American electorate is.

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Darby
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Darby 07/28/13 - 12:02 am
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"Nor is it easy to believe a politician could've

lowered the character bar more than Bill Clinton did, having stained the Oval Office.."

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So that's what Bubba stained.. and all this time I thought....

Anyway, it's time to give Wiener a break. The Democrat Mayor of San Diego, shows us that little Tony Wiener is an unaccomplished piker. A veritable Vienna Sausage by comparison.

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myfather15 07/28/13 - 12:38 am
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Shame? In politicians? Not possible!!

If at all, Mark Sanford is only a step or two above Anthony Weiner!! The bottom line is, politicians today are usually narcissists!! They aren't concerned with HELPING the people; they are concerned with convincing people they want to help; thereby getting votes. Most politicians today couldn't care less about anyone but themselves and their careers. Politicians want to be celebrities, but they can't act so they go into politics. They want POWER first and foremost, but fame and celebrity isn't far behind!!

Does anyone honestly believe Anthony Weiner or Mark Sanford actually give a hoot about the people? Well, I don't!! I believe they only care about getting back into the public eye!! NY City deserves Weiner if they get him and I hope they get exactly what they deserve!! But hey, if he loses in NY; he could always move to California, especially LA or San Fran and fun for office; they love these type guys.

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KSL 07/28/13 - 02:42 pm
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It goes back further

But at least there was an attempt to be discreet. My dad's yuonger sister was in school with a girl who was a neighbor on Long Island with Jackie future Kennedy and her sister. My aunt's friend was not allowed to associate with Jackie and her sister. They were considered as us Southerners would say, low rent. In other words, "wild."

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justus4 07/28/13 - 04:43 am
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Shame? What shame? Was any

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Shame? What shame? Was any shame involved with Sanford or the state he represents? Weiner WON'T be elected mayor of NYC! Sanford WAS sent back to DC though he should have been jailed for misappropriation of government dollars. So yes, shame is "spinning in the grave" but not because of the people of NYC, but from a state that would elect a man known to have cheated on his wife, lied to her and his constituents, was AWOL from his post, lied about it, misuse taxpayer dollars and allowed to repay, got divorced, lost family, kept the mistress and now back in DC. Wow! So here's the question: How do some Americans sleep at night?

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Riverman1 07/28/13 - 06:45 am
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Weiner Will Win

I predict he will win the election and become mayor. After all Bill Clinton was reelected after being involved in one of the most sordid sexual political escapades in American history. Heck, his wife could easily end up president and put Bill back in the White House. Rome near the end.

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 07/28/13 - 08:11 am
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Riverman1 enlighten us

You said, " After all Bill Clinton was reelected .." I am assuming you are referring to the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Bill Clinton was reelected (over Bob Dole) in the November 1996 election. Linda Tripp's secret recording of her "friend's (Monica Lewinsky)" telephone conversations occurred in January 1998.

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bubbasauce 07/28/13 - 08:29 am
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Yes I am afraid to say also

Yes I am afraid to say also that he will probably win. This is what America has become. They will get what they deserve!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/28/13 - 08:32 am
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D1Z

You are right. My apologies to history. It's difficult to keep all of Clinton's sexual escapades in order sometimes.

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chascushman 07/28/13 - 08:40 am
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"Yes I am afraid to say also

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"Yes I am afraid to say also that he will probably win. This is what America has become. They will get what they deserve!"
bubbasauce, you must be forgetting that NY is made up democrats. This is standard procedure for them. DC reelected Marion Barry after he was caught with a prostitute and crack cocaine. The problem is the democrats are dragging the rest of the country with them.

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soapy_725 07/28/13 - 08:54 am
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Pray for our leaders. Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and...

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let another take his office.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/28/13 - 09:18 am
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Oh come on "shame" left

Oh come on "shame" left politics decades if not a century ago. I find it funny that Rep try to put on this moral front of honesty, family, wholesome , a Christian, etc. Of course its all a show. But Dems on the other hand look for a candidate with no morals, a liar, a thief, an atheist, someone who will get them what they want at all costs. The difference is striking but really they are all the same. "Shame" on Dems for lacking any moral fortitude and "Shame" on Reps for empty moral fortitude.

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corgimom 07/28/13 - 09:49 am
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KSL, yes, JFK wasn't exactly

KSL, yes, JFK wasn't exactly known for dating demure ladies.

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corgimom 07/28/13 - 09:53 am
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Remember Rita Jenrette and

Remember Rita Jenrette and sex on the Capital steps?

And Wilbur Mills and his stripper girlfriend?

And Strom Thurmond, who dated everybody and everything he could get his hands on?

And the senator that stomped on the bathroom floor?

And all the Kennedys, with their pimp bro-in-law Peter Lawford?

The list is endless, unfortunately.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/28/13 - 09:54 am
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Gary Hart and Donna Rice and

Gary Hart and Donna Rice and "Monkey Business"?

carcraft
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carcraft 07/28/13 - 10:01 am
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Well we did know Clinton had

Well we did know Clinton had a problem! During the election Clinton had an actual "Bombing eruption squad " Thier task was to intimidate, drag through the and destroy any one who came foreword with the truth about. Clinton and women! A former Miss America from Arkansas moved to Canada to not get dragged into the flay! Then there was Jennifer Flowers! Clinton got elected and re elected dispite this. Clinton makes Wiener look like an amateur!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/28/13 - 10:01 am
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Well we did know Clinton had

Well we did know Clinton had a problem! During the election Clinton had an actual "Bombing eruption squad " Thier task was to intimidate, drag through the and destroy any one who came foreword with the truth about. Clinton and women! A former Miss America from Arkansas moved to Canada to not get dragged into the flay! Then there was Jennifer Flowers! Clinton got elected and re elected dispite this. Clinton makes Wiener look like an amateur!

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Bizkit 07/28/13 - 10:54 am
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Shame should be with the

Shame should be with the media for propagating the Martin-Zimmerman fiasco. I had to go to Wikipedia to find out about Martin's problems-although I had already heard about Zimmerman's problems.
"On the day Martin was fatally shot, he and his father were visiting his father's fiancée and her son at her townhome in The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, a multi-ethnic gated community, where the shooting occurred. Martin had visited his father's fiancée at Twin Lakes several times. Martin had been suspended from school at the time of his death. He had been suspended twice before. One suspension was for tardiness and truancy. Another suspension in October 2011 was for graffiti, when Martin was observed by a security camera in a restricted area of the school marking up a door with "W.T.F." When he was later searched by a Miami-Dade School Police Department officer, looking for the graffiti marker, the officer found a dozen pieces of women's jewelry and a watch in his backpack, which Martin said a friend had given to him. A screwdriver was also found, which was described by the school police investigator as a burglary tool. The jewelry was impounded and given to the police. However, no evidence ever surfaced that the jewelry was stolen. Martin's third suspension involved a marijuana pipe and an empty bag containing marijuana residue. Martin was not charged with any crime related to these incidents and did not have a juvenile record.Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the defense could have access to Martin's records, including the details of the suspensions, as well as access to Martin's social media sites,but ruled that none of the information would be admissible as evidence during the trial unless it could be shown to be relevant."
I am surprised the Defense didn't bring up the possibility that Martin may have been trying to break in or steal.

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allhans 07/28/13 - 12:10 pm
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Bizkit..There was no need to

Bizkit..There was no need to bring it up. O'mara had all he needed without speaking ill of the deceased.

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RMSHEFF 07/28/13 - 12:20 pm
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The people we elect are only

The people we elect are only a reflection of the hearts of those that vote for them. We get the government we deserve. Many will find a myriad of ways to excuse immoral behavior but Christ will be our judge.

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myfather15 07/28/13 - 12:41 pm
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RMSHEFF

Absolutely correct!!

Ben Franklin once said "It's inevitable, man will eventually be ruled by God or tyrants."

He was more right than anyone realizes!! As people become more and more selfish and consumed with material possessions; we move closer to being ruled by tyrants. BUT, that is why we have a Savior!!

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gargoyle 07/28/13 - 01:53 pm
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Politicians today more

Politicians today more resembles professional auto racing drivers than statesmen in that owners and sponsors of candidates only care about winning the race. Principles, ethics and morals are spun by the Team Owners (the DNC and RNC ) to keep their car in the race at all costs. At least professional drivers wear their sponsors for all the world to see rather than hiding them under a business suit.

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Bizkit 07/28/13 - 02:33 pm
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Oh I see you can make up lies

Oh I see you can make up lies and pass misinformation about a live Zimmerman, but the deceased gets a free pass. Who knew? Anyways justice was served but now we have to deal with the "social justice" issue which will undoubtedly end with the demise of Zimmerman (least that is what the black community has been vocalizing). I bet it won't make headlines when it finally happens.

Darby
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Darby 07/28/13 - 03:11 pm
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"During the election Clinton had an actual

"Bombing eruption squad " ...

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In the interest of accuracy, I believe it was called a "Bimbo Eruption" squad.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/28/13 - 03:48 pm
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Thanks Darby #@%& auto

Thanks Darby #@%& auto correct!

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rmwhitley 07/28/13 - 04:52 pm
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weiner comes

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from a long line of perverted democrats: sick willie clinton, barney frank, teddy kennedy, marion berry, ad finitum.

Darby
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Darby 07/29/13 - 12:11 am
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Carcraft - You should wash your mouth

out with soap for using language like that.

Darby
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Darby 07/29/13 - 12:19 am
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IMHO - There's no way Anthony Weiner can

be elected. The libs "needed" Clinton. Plus he was a "charming" rouge who the women fawned and drooled over. In addition, the media had a running love affair with him.

And the icing on the cake was, his opponents were the evil Republicans.

None of that applies to the Weiner. When this Democrats primary is over, the Weiner will have been made into sausage.

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