We’ve seen this Weiner movie before …

As a newsperson, I just have not been able to get excited about the latest political sex scandal that will surely pull Congressman Weiner of New York out of his public office.

It is the same story we’ve endured so many times before – John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Jimmy Swaggart,Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Vitter, Mark Sanford, Brett Favre, Jack Kennedy, Newt Gingrich – Oh, I could go on, but why?

Boys behave badly. Some of them get elected. Some of those who get elected get caught. And every time everyone seems to be shocked. (Within minutes of me posting the story today about Weiner’s wife being pregnant, it became the most read story on the MDR website.)

These guys give the good ones a bad name and a burden they must shoulder that does not seem to work the same way for women when the bad amongst our ranks get caught. (Ask any male politician the lengths they go to just to avoid any appearance of impropriety.)

Probably sooner rather than later, Rep. Weiner will become Mr. Weiner and perhaps a single man as well. And someone will come along to steal the scandalous headlines from him. I will yawn – again.

Am I just jaded? Or do you grow weary of this, too?

6 thoughts on “We’ve seen this Weiner movie before …

  1. Denise, I’ve been asking folks if they can think of an example of a female legislator or female CEO or other prominent and powerful female who has committed a similar foul. No such examples have popped up so far. Are men really this uniquely stupid? Or have women still not had enough chances at high office to get intoxicated by power and turn stupid as powerful men appear inclined to?

    • Studies have shown men think about this particular topic every few seconds. (I do wonder how they can prove that.) In my personal experience, women fantasize about clean kitchens, new furniture and folded laundry. This could be behind the discrepency.

  2. Yes, Denise, I’d say you are a little too jaded. We should be surprised and upset when a bad boy does bad things, especially when that bad boy is in Congress. To simply shrug our shoulders (or give any other give an apathetic response) just sends the message to our Congressmen, friends, and children that such behavior is okay. It isn’t.

      • How about we meet halfway, DJ? We shouldn’t be surprised, but we can remain upset. Instead of breathless news coverage, could we just say, matter-of-factly, “Rep. Weiner was caught being very, very stupid. Constituents are encouraged to call his office and heap scorn upon him. In other news, Congress has still not resolved the looming debt crisis that could result in global economic catastrophe. For the latest, we turn to Denise for this in-depth 10-minute report….”

  3. … “Studies have shown men think about this particular topic every few seconds. (I do wonder how they can prove that.) In my personal experience, women fantasize about clean kitchens, new furniture and folded laundry. This could be behind the discrepency.”

    Awesome response, Denise. Seriously made my day.

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