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?