The Washington media and the whole of the U.S. House of Representatives gave 'way to their inner adolescents last week as their outrage reached a crescendo over Rep. Anthony Weiner and his texts. They simply relished Weiner's embarrassment, which was nothing but political theater on their parts. As they elbowed their ways to the nearest microphones, they could scarcely find enough pompous words to condemn him for sending the salacious texts to several women. Absolutely everyone who is anyone in Washington or the media jumped on the old Weiner bashing bandwagon. Oh, they had a fine time!
But, there was one area they ignored. I didn't hear a single pundit or congressman chastising the women who were willing participants in this farce. On his show, "Real Time", Bill Mahr and "Glee's" Jane Lynch (I think that's her name) did a dramatic reading of one of the texts sent by Weiner to the woman in Las Vegas. I gotta tell ya, folks, the things SHE said struck me as being a lot dirtier than Weiner's replies to her. Maybe I'm just old fashioned (or sexist) enough to be appalled by women like her, and at the same time expecting nothing better from Weiner. Believe me when I say these women are not victims or innocent parties. Obviously, they had been around the block a few times. Oh, yes they had. They don't get a pass - not from me, at least.
Now, Weiner says he is taking a "leave of absence" (read, "vacation") to "get some help for his problem." Do we believe him? We do not. I wouldn't be a be surprised if we heard, in due time, that he and his beleaguered wife, Huma, were on an extended cruise, taking a leaf from Newt Gingrich's playbook when he needed to step back and retool his failing campaing. When the going gets tough, the tough take vacations.
In the meantime, I read an article today saying that many members of Congress have cut back severely on their own texting. Hah! That's probably a good idea, although if they have anything to hide, I'd say they are a little late for that.
So, bon voyage, Anthony and Huma. In a couple of weeks some other politician will do something worse and you'll be forgotten like yesterday's newspaper.