I could rant and rave about good ‘ol dis-Honorable Representative Anthony Weiner (you couldn’t make this up folks!) went from lies to cries, but I won’t. It pleases me to see a liberal blow-hard fall, and fall hard all for lame choices that didn’t even get him laid…but that is a partisan angle and not what I’m trying to get at, as juicily scrumptious as it is.
There are two types of corruption – one more moral and the other more ethical. Ethically, you have the Charles Rangels, Barney Franks, and the Tom Delays of the world who bend then break rules for their own financial gain…be it outright money laundering or cut-rate deals for their gay partner. That’s bad stuff, and could evoke its own article from me, but I’m interested in the guys who are thinking with the wrong head.
Those would be: Anthony Weiner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, John Edwards, Mark Sanford, JFK, and many, many others who are just a list of recent or infamous names of politicians who thought they could get away with it and so they strayed despite the possible consequences to the body of work they’ve worked hard for their whole lives to establish. Even a paragon like Martin Luther King Jr. couldn’t resist having multiple affairs with multiple women.
Why is this? Two reasons.
I call the first the ‘second rule of modern politics – power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(the first rule by the way is that job #1 for the modern politician is to get re-elected rather than actually govern).
The other reason generally has to do with attractive young ladies who lack the self-respect they should have.
When you mix the two, you have a politician who thinks he is above the rules everyone else has to play by…. i can hear the thought process now:
“Have occasional sex with the ONE woman I’m married to who doesn’t put out anymore because she knows she’s got me? Pffaah! Why do that when I have all these hot twenty-something interns fawning over me? They don’t call it sleeping your way to the top for a reason…its good to be on ‘top’! Mwahahahahah”
You’d think this analogy would especially apply to Ah-nuld, but somewhere he confused what was ‘hot’.
In any case, these guys are not used to someone telling them ‘no’. When the one person in their life who can say ‘no’ does because she is your wife and knows you better than anyone else; and possibly knew you before you were ‘powerful’…she is now immune from your prowess..she knows the man, not the myth. Well, when she has a headache, Mr. powerful eventually can’t take it any more and the slippery slope starts. At first it’s just flirting over cocktail drinks…but then the dopamine gets kicking in that male head of theirs and they get swept up, making one poor decision after another. It may take a while, but its the classic story. Cheat a little. Cheat a lot. Get caught. Deny and Lie. Come clean…and most likely with your political career in tatters.
What’s the most interesting part about this is the current story is the fact that Mr. Weiner only had virtual relationships. Given time, it is not unreasonable to believe he’d have gone further, but that is just speculation…you think the guy would be cut some slack..but the fact that he’s such a dick to people he doesn’t like doesn’t help him.
Bottom line: these guys aren’t sorry. They’re just sorry they got caught. They have a brain, they must be somewhat capable if they were elected to office (no comment), and they have logic, reason, and the fear of hungry divorce lawyers carving them up all on their side…but they. just. can’t. do. it…. The supple young body who is interested is just too irresistible.
Oh yeah – and she doesn’t want you for good looks or charm. She wants you for your money (think Anna Nicole) or because she is a woman and she has her own inexplicably illogical biological reason to get in bed with an old dude twice her age. In part, it is instinct that attracts her to the alpha male of the pack…the one in power… and who evinces more power than a U.S. Congressman, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, or the President of the United States?
In the end, its just one more example of how broken our government is. I’ve already washed my hands of most all of them. How many more have their eyes on a pair of boobs rather than the sad state of this country and just haven’t been caught? There are always more. This is just another reason to ‘drain the swamp’ on both sides of the aisle.
An elite political class forgets how to lead just like its constituency forgets to hold it accountable.