Can you be a playa in 2011?

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Can you be a playa in 2011?

By | 2011-06-10T06:09:36+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Party Politics|Comments Off on Can you be a playa in 2011?

With the intense media scrutiny over Anthony Wiener’s Internet exploits, with John Edwards and Arnold Schwarzenegger being in the news for their famous infidelity, somebody had to ask the meaningless question so why shouldn’t it be me? Can you run women, can you chase babes, can you be a playa in the year 2011? I think the answer is yes. Yes, with multiple caveats.

If you’re a politician and you’ve run a campaign on family values you are stuck. You should be faithful to your wife and enjoy your marriage. If you’re caught in a compromising position you should resign. If you’re caught sending sexually explicit instant messages, tweets, e-mails or the electronic equivalent of flirting, you should resign. This is all about trust. If you run for office as a family values politician and then you’re caught playing around, you have lied to your constituents and you should resign in shame. I don’t think it matters if you’re caught with your pants down (the actual act of sex).

If you’re an elected official and you’re not a “family values” politician, then I think you should be given a lot more leeway. You haven’t projected yourself as somebody with higher moral standards. Instead, you projected yourself as someone who can get stuff done. On the other hand, if you’re caught in a compromising position, like Anthony Wiener, but then went out of your way to lie to your constituents to try to cover up the problem, you should resign. Your philandering, your mental infidelity, is between you and your wife. When you take the oath of office you’ve agreed not to lie to your constituents. If you’re caught lying, like Anthony Wiener, you should resign.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are many other politicians besides Anthony Wiener who have lied to their constituents and they should resign. John Ensign lied, probably broke the law and resigned only when he knew he was going to have to testify and probably be sanctioned by the Senate Ethics Committee. I have no idea why David Vitter is still in the Senate. I don’t know why his constituents reelected him. The inference is that there’s no other Republican within the state of Louisiana who could represent the state any better than David Vitter without soliciting prostitutes. I find the thought preposterous. (I find the thought that Louisiana reelected an obvious criminal, William Jefferson, mind-boggling.)

So, can you be a playa in 2011? What do you think?

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  1. Jeff June 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I see your point.  Maybe its because I’ve gotten so used to the AZ GOP lying about nearly everything.  From Kyl saying 90% of Planned Parenthood is for abortions to Gov Brewer and the hate crowd saying how we have so many beheadings and are so fearful of illegals, lying is a way of life for them.  The sad part is the majority of the people either are too stupid to know or don’t care that they are being lied to.

  2. Linda June 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Your standard about Wiener lying applies to Bill Clinton also, which is why I wrote in 1996 that he should resign when he went on TV to say “I did not have sex with that woman” and also lied to his whole cabinet.  But he didn’t.  Clinton performed Wiener’s wedding ceremony, so looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  3. EC Thompson, MD June 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Jeff – U r so right. The lies ate flying. There must b consequences for lying to voters.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  4. EC Thompson, MD June 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I have been thinking about this for about 24 hours. Should Bill Clinton have resigned? I don’t think that this answer is as clear cut. On one hand, he was hounded by Ken Star with an open ended investigation which lasted basicallynhis whole presidency. Starr abused his power. Neither Jennifer Flowers nor Monica had anything to do with Whitewater. Clinton’s resignation would have demoralized the Left and empowered the Right. On the other hand, if Gore would have stepped out as a strong progressive he could have turned the ship around. So, I’m conflicted. I think that lying to the American people is a violation of trust and u should resign. This is the bottom line. Cross the line and pay the consequences.

    What do u think?

  5. TCB June 17, 2011 at 4:55 am

    It’s all over now.
    The TV clip from Rachel Maddow’s show is a textbook example of displacement.
    Maddow’s rage at the Republicans, especially Eric Cantor, is misguided and over the top. If she is upset about Weiner’s removal, she should be angry with Democratic leaders. They want Wiener’s out. Better yet, she should save her rage for Weiner who lied to her face.
    Her argument that Republicans are hypocritical and partisan is also misguided. The criticism of Weiner seems very bipartisan. The only person not on board against Weiner has been President Obama.
    Maddow euphemistically characterizes Weiner’s behavior as an affair rather than Weiner exposing his junk on the net.  The  behavior was more idiocy than immorality. Weiner’s exhibitionism has turned his life into a punch line that matches his name.
    Even Weiner’s lies were more that the usually weaselly denials. There was a marked contempt for people’s intelligence in his lies.  It’s obvious why the Democrats wanted to get rid of this loser.