Bob Finer is on the way out … will the next boob please step up to the plate.
Folks will say it demonstrates there are limits. The right thing happened, finally.
But isn’t it only about time, why so long? At what cost?
It had an effect on the public dialogue. It ate up so much ink. Finally, he leaves but… “cleanup in isle five”. The west coast had Filner, the east has Spitzer and Weiner.
By GARY BAUER | 8/19/13 — Politico
The most interesting question surrounding the campaigns of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer is not whether they can win. Instead, it is whether their candidacies signal a shift in the values and priorities of voters when it comes to political sex scandals.
The main difference between past and current political sex scandals is not the frequency with which they occur, but rather the time it takes to recover from them.
In the past, once a politician’s sex scandal was revealed, it often took him (it’s almost always him) many years to regain credibility with the public, if he regained it at all. Today, the interval between revelation and redemption is vanishing.
Mark Sanford won a South Carolina congressional seat just four years after tearfully admitting to a scandal in which, during his second term as that state’s governor, he cheated on his wife, lied to the public about his whereabouts, and violated state ethics laws.
Eliot Spitzer declared his candidacy for New York City comptroller in July, just five years removed from resigning the state’s governorship after admitting to having patronized an expensive prostitution service.
Anthony Weiner’s bid to become the Big Apple’s mayor comes only two years after he resigned his congressional seat for sending sexually explicit photos of himself to numerous women before and during his marriage.
Some voters don’t seem to mind. As an elderly voter told Time magazine about Weiner’s Internet sexcapades, “Oh, I don’t care. Which one of us is perfect?”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/why-weiner-sinks-while-spitzer-soars-95618.html#ixzz2cu7xnDci
Does that say it all, “which one of us is perfect”? The real question is what will we accept in the name of imperfection?
Such a long time to leave, and a short time to return. So in two weeks, I expect Filner to announce his next bid.