So odd that the wives of these boneheads all seem to be stellar women. Strauss-Kahn’s wife Anne Sinclair and Hillary and Huma. He probably didn’t have to resign. But it would be sext without end. The stupidity just staggers…
Joan Ganz Cooney: I was, like most people, I think, relieved. The whole scandal has been totally weird and unsettling and I’d be happy never to have to look at Weiner on television (or anywhere else!) again.
Margo Howard: I think Weiner needed to resign, but he took way too long to do it. He dragged it out, supposedly, because 1) his wife was out of the country and 2) some constituents thought his votes were important. (I actually think he at first thought he could tough it out.) By dithering, he permitted all his Twitter and Facebook pals to get lawyers, give interviews, release the pictures, reveal the texts, and generally confirm that he was an immature, troubled, narcissistic sleaze-bucket who had NO understanding of what an elected official ought to be doing – or not doing.
Everyone feels awful for his bride, who is pregnant. My advice to her, were she to ask, would be to call it a day now. I think there are serious things wrong with him that a stint in rehab ain’t gonna fix. She is young, talented, connected … and although she is hormonal, I would make a break for it sooner rather than later. Even with the underlying pathology of what he did, there was no thought, on his part, of his being a married man, or acting like one. I would have a lot of trouble forgiving that. I think Mrs. W’s life would be smoother if she ended the marriage before the baby, and started her life without him. She can do muuuuch better.
I agree with Mrs. Cooney. Too many men in public life think their penises are special objects of praise and power. Generally, I don’t think the average wise woman agrees.
But I expect a Congresman to pay attention to business — and that means more than his own “business.” Too bad we lost a great liberal voice. But he must be nuts.