I have not really avoided this topic, but I can't help but make a comment about this now:
Rep. Anthony Weiner is asking for a temporary leave of absence from the House of Representatives while he seeks professional treatment in the wake of his Twitter scandal.They have treatment centers that can help you when you're acting childish and immature?
A spokeswoman for the Democrat said he has left for professional treatment and will focus on "becoming a better husband and healthier person."
Spokeswoman Risa Heller said Weiner wanted the leave of absence so he could be evaluated and work out a course of treatment. The statement did not say what Weiner would be treated for.
Just before Weiner's announcement, leading Democrats demanded that Weiner step down.
National party chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Weiner's behavior was "indefensible" and his role in Congress was "untenable."
"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign,” Wasserman Schultz wrote. “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”
I realize that there is such a thing as sex addiction, but I don't believe that's the case here. Representative Weiner behaved in a childish and immature manner, and while there are elements of self-destructive behavior involved, and moral issues as well, at the heart of this case is the behavior of this man. It was not illegal for him to blast out sexy messages, but it was rather rash and stupid of him to think that, as a man serving in a position of public trust that he could get away with doing this.
The real reason why Representative Weiner needs to resign is because he has demonstrated that he has rather poor judgement. His actions left him open to being blackmailed. That's the reasonable threshold that has to be met before someone should resign from an institution like Congress. And, that threshold should apply evenly to members of all parties. There are plenty of members of Congress who should have resigned long ago but didn't. Shame on them for not doing so.
This man needs to go. His career in public service is now pretty much over. That's really all there is to it. When you're done, you're done. It may not be fair, but it's the political reality that exists right now. The sooner he goes, the quicker he'll be forgotten, and maybe that speaks to the real reason why he wants to hold on. This is a man that cannot come to terms with the fact that his own behavioral choices were so self-destructive that they destroyed him long before the revelations came out.
Here's a man who was engaging in just about the stupidest thing imaginable--using his own name and likeness to connect with women over a social media platform for the purposes of sexual gratification. And he still clings to the idea that he has some sort of political viability? Please. He's done.