I could never get too excited about Weiner-gate once I saw that the tweetee was handling all the craziness just fine. That’s the only thing I care about in these ridiculous dust-ups — whether innocent, everyday people are hurt by the excesses of the freak show. I was upset by what happened to Shirley Sherrod, the Frost family, and ACORN, because they were all just regular people, trying to live their lives and do right, and they did nothing wrong to get themselves caught up in the mix of the right-wing hate machine.
Not so with Anthony Weiner. He’s a big boy who courts controversy. If his Twitter account had been hacked, he could have handled that. Turns out it wasn’t, well he can handle this too. I don’t care much about Anthony Weiner’s fee fees. I don’t think he should resign, the same way I didn’t think Chris Lee should have resigned.
People with money and power will be fine. Every now and then, one will run a company into the ground, defrauding investors and employees of billions, and feel so bad that he dies of a broken heart. Still, fuck ’em.
Most people deal with all kinds of humiliation each and every day and they don’t go whining to David Brooks and Peggy Noonan every time someone shits on them. Those are the people I care about, because they don’t have the money/power/media megaphone to shield themselves from the worst of it. When they can’t find a job because serious people think it’s important to try Hooverism again, they feel bad about themselves, not “Paul Krugman said something mean about me” bad, but “I’m a failure who can’t pay his bills” bad. Some may indulge in all kinds of crazy speculation about gold standards and what not, but they’re still mostly powerless people trying to get by, and they’ve mostly been betrayed by DC elites.
I humbly submit that everything about our politics should focus more on these harsh realities and less on the Wenis, the Clenis, and Lindsey Graham’s fee fees. Not because I feel bad for Anthony Weiner or dislike Lindsey Graham, but because I think they can take care of themselves.
Thought I’d give this post the jokiest title I could think of that was relevant, because I know the body of the post borders on sanctimony.