On Weiner’s Therapy: Not To Be a Turd in the Punchbowl, but… (Update: Rangel’s Infuriating Defense) (Update: Police End Their Investigation?)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
BIG UPDATE: Police end their investigation?
A spokesman says police in Delaware have completed their investigation into Rep. Anthony Weiner’s online contact with a 17-year-old girl.
C.R. McLeod, a spokesman for the New Castle County government, told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators have concluded their probe and don’t plan any further comment “unless something new arises that needs their attention.”
That is weirdly tight-lipped.
H/T: Hot Air.
Update: David Weigel takes us back in time, all the way to… Monday, when Weiner said this.
This is not something that can be treated away; this is my own personal mistake.
Update (II): Rangel offers a defense:
Rangel suggested that other members of Congress had done things more immoral than Weiner.
Rangel said Weiner “wasn’t going with prostitutes. He wasn’t going out with little boys.”
Words fail me, beyond… WHAT THE FRAK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!
The original post follows…
So this morning we learn that apparently the Weiner is seeking treatment, I guess for sex addiction or something.
Indeed, he is requesting a short leave of absence from the House. Hey, I have a better idea. Leave and don’t come back. But then he won’t do that unless he really has no other choice because 1) he can’t afford to lose his job and 2) he will lose his best virtual pick up line, “I’m Congressman Weiner.”
So, sex addiction… or at least sext addiction? Myself, I tend to agree with South Park in its episode on the Tiger Woods story. In the first clip, Kyle is mistakenly identified as a sex addict and the group therapist explains to us the mistake that sex addicts make:
In other words a lot of these guys seem to think, as Martin Luther King said, that there is only one commandment to obey:
The other thing is that we have adopted a sort of a pragmatic test for right and wrong—whatever works is right. (Yes) If it works, it’s all right. Nothing is wrong but that which does not work. If you don’t get caught, it’s right. [laughter] That’s the attitude, isn’t it? It’s all right to disobey the Ten Commandments, but just don’t disobey the eleventh, “Thou shall not get caught.”
(Mind you, Dr. King is denouncing this attitude.) And apparently even Hillary seems to think the only problem is that he was caught:
Clinton is said to be furious with how “stupid” Rep. Anthony Weiner acted when he tried to hide that he’d carried on a series of sleazy sexting sessions with at least six women on the Internet over the past three years….
The source said Hillary is mostly upset with how Weiner tried to cover up the allegations for a week before coming clean during a news conference on Monday afternoon.
“What especially infuriates Hillary is how Weiner blatantly lied, and then gave that embarrassing and humiliating press conference when he ’fessed up,” the longtime Clinton supporter told the newspaper.
“She can’t believe he’d just be so stupid about the whole thing.”
Back to South Park. as the episode progresses, the President declares that the epidemic of sex addiction is caused by an alien wizard who he asserts has been tracked to a historic landmark. In the middle of the silliness, a SWAT team member gives us what has to be the lesson of the episode.
Really, truly, watch the whole thing. It’s crude but it is brilliant as satire.
And let me pause for a moment to make a philosophical point. I remember a couple years ago when Dennis Miller discussed Iraq and the WMDs we (mainly) didn’t find. He said, paraphrase, “thank God they didn’t have any.”
Likewise if it is every shown that Rep. Weiner did nothing wrong with any of these young girls, not full-on sexting or the “manslaughter” option Ace described, I will be saying, like Dennis Miller, thank God. I don’t want Rep. Weiner to be guilty of that kind of misconduct because I don’t want it to have happened in the first place.
Yes, you can get wrapped up in politics and hope for a political victory. I am sufficiently personally offended by his conduct that I don’t deny one bit that I want to chop off his head and mount it on a pike (metaphorically, Charles, you lying POS). But in order for him to be guilty of sexting that child, first he would have had to have sexted that child, and I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we frankly hope our suspicions are unfounded.
That is why for me the mere fact that the police seem to be seriously investigating the matter is the victory. I don’t want him to have committed any crime or even egaged in merely inappropriate conduct and I am not ready to conclude he is guilty of either. But what I couldn’t abide was the possibility that he did do something wrong, and was now going to get away with it. Hopefully the police investigation will definitively answer the question and the answer will be that he was innocent.
But of course as we learn that “[s]ources say that much of the conversations between Weiner and the high schooler had been deleted from the girl’s computer” we can be rightfully concerned that Weiner did have something to hide.
And as for Weiner’s therapy, let me suggest that he go see Dr. Newhart. He has a great technique:
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]