I guess New York congressmen are the flavor of the year. I honestly didn't want to weigh in on any of this nonsense. However, after talking to my mom who just so happens to live in Missouri, I thought maybe I should. This was decided after, while in conversation, she broached the subject by asking, "What do you think about the Rep. Weiner issue".
My response, "From what I know of him regarding how he handled the 911 first responder's legislation, I think he is alright. However, as far as his personal issues, that is between him, his family and his district so long as he hasn't broken the law". She replied, "Are you going to write about that?
"Wow! My mother, whose older sister lives in New York, is wondering if I am going to write about Congressman Weiner. Well, being the good son that I try to be on occasion, here we go. I must say that I am not big on inconsequential personality flaws of politicians because I prefer to stick to where one stands on policy.I remember back during the Rep. Chris Lee manufactured scandal, when he sent a topless photo to some woman he met on Craigslist. One of my colleagues remarked about how "disgusting and reprehensible" it was. I stated then that it was a manufactured scandal. He went into utter shock because he couldn't understand how I could not believe that the photo was of Congressman Lee.
That is when I promptly explained that whether the picture was of him or not was irrelevant to me unless it was proof of illegal activity. I also stated that unless the people of his district disapproved of his politics, he should not resign. However, he did resign. When discussing the Rep. Weiner scandal with my mother, the answer was still the same. Unless it is alleged that a crime was committed, it is a matter of the people of his district and his family. Anyone asking for him to resign is doing it out of political expediency and not out of concern for his family, district or the American people.
Just in case you didn't know, the United States has been in a heavily heated fight for control of government and the hearts of the American people for the last 20 years. Propagandist and political operatives are always accusing the "mainstream" media of asking "gotcha questions". But what should be more alarming and disconcerting to the populace is "gotcha politics". This is the tactic used to dethrone or unseat someone, not on the basis of public policy or illegalities but on the basis of personal faults unrelated to public life.
In "gotcha politics", people do not seek to debate your position but rather to find chinks anywhere in your armor to provide political fodder and advantage. Most people didn't know what Rep. Lee's policy stances were. Most people don't know what Rep. Weiner's policy stances are. The only thing that people do know is that there are some photos meant for private use that were leaked to the public. There are very few people who do not have compromising photos in their private stash or in the possession of individuals they trust, that would not be embarrassing if they were made public.
Rep Weiner is not being coerced to resign strictly because of these photos and what amounts to cybersex. He is being pressed by political and media operatives on the right , as a way of pressing the political advantage and by those on the left, in an effort to fend off guilt by association in public opinion. However, unless criminal charges are sought, his actions are only relevant to his family and the electorate of the ninth district and irrelevant in regards to the national narrative on public policy.