Three years ago, I typed this comment as a reply to an article somewhere on the world wide web in regards to Anthony Weiner’s then crotch photo scandal.
It seems more like Weiner has an impulse control problem versus a serial philanderer problem. He probably realized right after he left Congress that he could atone for a while and reemerge in politics, but he still could not refrain from engaging in this behavior — much like people who are compulsive shoppers, eaters, gamblers, or drinkers.
Unfortunately, while plenty of people carrying the burden of stupidity serve in public office, I think it will be difficult for him to get elected now because this looks like a mental failing (at least temporarily) not a moral one.
We have all seen his political career do its final nosedive since then, and I just don’t understand the man. His story serves to show all the wealth and access to healthcare and mental help in the world can’t make a person fix themselves unless they want to.
We hear these types of thoughts all the time when it comes to drug addictions, but when it comes to sexual addictions or other forms of impulse control they are less prominent. It’s easier to laugh at them.
And don’t get me wrong, I do think Anthony Weiner has turned himself into a joke…even more so than I did three years ago when I first posted this shitty Photoshop job on twitter….
— Ashley Mott (@msashleymott) July 23, 2013
but now the joke is much more brutal because it is no longer him humiliating himself and his wife, it’s him humiliating a small child he helped bring into this world, and it’s him not being able to stop sending random people a picture of his crotch like he’s a would-be Calvin Klein model.
So many years, so many Anthony Weiner jokes, and they are all the sad kind you tell after too many glasses of wine, when you want to laugh until you really cry.
Best news coverage of Weinergate Part 3:
- I hate you Anthony Weiner for making me agree with Donald Trump: Trump calls Weiner a sleazeball and pervert
- The story: Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin to separate (I also believe the times did a nice profile on the original cheating scandal when he was running for Mayor. If it wasn’t, check Vanity Fair or Slate.com.)
- Great commentary: Anthony Weiner’s downfall is a farce as well as a tragedy