Monday, June 6, 2011
- Weiner's (Lack Of) Public Shame
I've got to admit, the press conference just now by Anthony Weiner was as satisfying for me, as it would be for a New York Times or CBS News staffer to see Sarah Palin get struck by lightning.
I have felt for a long time that Anthony Weiner was a despicable man whose poor judgment was revealed every time he opened his mouth. Now we've had a full dose of it. Thankfully, this is probably the end of him. And while I think there is very little I can say to add any light on this story, I do have this one point.
I'm astounded at how utterly shameless he remains. It's obvious he regrets getting caught, and it's equally clear that he regrets the likely consequences of his actions. But it seemed to me that he was not expressing shame over his behavior, only regret for its outcome. He isn't resigning his position because some part of him believes that even though he openly lied to the whole world on national TV, his supporters will give him a pass over it. That strikes me as truly astounding.
This is a horribly arrogant man getting at least a small part of what he deserves. He'll never survive this politically and that can only be a good thing for America. Regrettably he'll probably just end up with a job as a lobbyist somewhere.
But since I believe in a just world, I still think humility will come to Anthony Weiner. And if I see him begging for change outside a midtown subway station, I'll know that it finally has.