The Anthony Weiner scandal (please, please, let’s find a label other than Weinergate) has incredible staying power. Yes, yes — we know it’s not hyperlocal, but when a scandal dominates the news for over a week, and grows more salacious with each passing day, we know you, dear readers, must be talking about it — at the bus stop, train, on Facebook, or at work. This scandal brings up so many questions — such as…is sending nude pics of your privates adultery? Is being social media stupid a crime? Or how about blatantly lying? And since when have we had a scandal with so much homophone headline potential?
Clinton/Monica Lewinsky, Spitzer/Client 9, Jim McGreevey — is it me, or does the whole Weiner thing seem even stranger by comparison (and really who does this stuff and thinks no one will find out?!?!) Once you are this overexposed (albeit manscaped) as a member of Congress, can you get back some semblance of dignity, much less public trust? How does it rank on the scandal meter for you?
Initially, many Democrats (and Jon Stewart) seemed reluctant to touch the Weiner debacle with a 10-foot pole, but now more and more are calling for his resignation. The sentiment is echoed by some folks in Forest Hills (weird Weiner connection: Weiner and now-pregnant wife Huma live in the same Forest Hills Gardens apartment building I lived in as a newlywed — and I can tell you, the co-op board is probably none too amused by the media maelstrom outside their door). Still others say they support Weiner. What say you — what’s a Weiner to do?