Even more hilarious than some of Weiner’s defenders are those on his side of the aisle abandoning him. Bill Clinton, the man who performed Weiner’s wedding – how could that go wrong? – is reportedly furious that Weiner isn’t resigning. After all, Weiner got caught with his pants down, and Clinton only got caught with his genetic material on someone else’s dress. World of difference there. Nancy Pelosi, who has famously used her self-proclaimed status as Grandmother To Us All to ram through her socialist political agenda and save corrupt bureaucrats like Charlie Rangel, thinks it’s bad policy for Weiner to stay in power since he used his self-proclaimed status as Weiner To Us All to ram through, ahem, his own peculiar agenda.
Overall, though, many liberals seem confused as to why Americans would care about Anthony Weiner’s sextcapades at all. What they don’t understand is that this isn’t about the sex. It’s all about the arrogance.
Just as with Bill Clinton, liberals like to boil everything down to the sexual act. “People lie about sex!” they shout. But public officials should not lie about sex. We’re paying their salaries. When Anthony Weiner tried to blame Andrew Breitbart for the leaked tweet, he violated a public trust – the same trust Richard Nixon violated with Watergate. Anthony Weiner’s “I was hacked” was the same as Nixon’s “I am not a crook,” only more pusillanimous.
That’s why Weiner should step down. It’s not because he violated our supposedly Puritan sensibilities about the propriety of penis pictures distributed around the web. It’s not because the members of his district want to get rid of him; according to the latest poll data, they don’t. It’s because Congressmen represent the entirety of the American people along with their district; they owe something to all of us, not just those who vote for them. They owe us their best efforts and their honesty. It means they shouldn’t target citizens like Breitbart who stumble on their mishaps. It means they shouldn’t use their position of power to prey on young women.
What ever happened to the honest left? What happened to liberals who prized honesty above all else? When did they sacrifice their own basic principles in favor of political convenience? When did they decide that a man like Weiner was worth defending?
Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the upcoming book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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