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You Won't Have Anthony Weiner to Jerk Around Anymore

"Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO."

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On Judgment Day, at the end of the final listing of William Voegeli's sins known only to him and his Maker, and let us hope all to be forgiven, God will say,

"And surely, William, you could have resisted posting THAT!"

Here is why such things are, in the end, inherently more fatal to the main thrust of the Democrat Party than the Republican (common wisdom notwithstanding), and why reluctance of Democrat supporters to more immediately act on such things is also fatal; to wit

The Republican Party may be arguing that it is the place where those who love moral virtue should reside (and hence why such scandals are always viewed by the common wisdom as proof of GOP hypocrisy, and hence fatal in a "death of a thousand cuts" way)---but it is the *Democratic* party that argues that government should be given what amounts to a privileged position in American life in order to fight for the "common good"--that government is inherently more trustworthy than business or private self interest.

But if those who comprise government are shown to be as flawed as any other human; if they are shown, in general, as a class, to be just as base and petty as anyone else; if it is apparent that supporters of increased government activity are also very reluctant to police their own if it means a loss of face or power--if all of these become self-evident, then the question will eventually be asked, and asked often: why then, that being the case, should we put any more special faith, trust, and confidence in Government, unsupervised and unchecked, than we do, equally unsupervised and unchecked, Exxon, Google, or IBM?

Meanwhile, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) has a drink to celebrate.

From the 1993 police report:

"The female passenger was wearing cut-off jean shorts, which were unbuttoned and unzipped... I noticed that the male subject was placing his p**is into his unzipped dress slacks, and was trying to hide it with his untucked dress shirt. As the male subject covered his crotch area with his left hand and shirt, he started his vehicle and placed it into drive and proceeded to leave. I ordered him three times to turn off the vehicle, and he finally stopped and complied..."

Police report:

Then he fought for about a year to keep that police report secret, and later, like a true tea partier, spoke of "left-wing extremist judges whose actions erode the moral fiber of this great nation."

More on Ken (w/ a wonderful article subheader):

I can do your headline one better, and merely suggest that Weiner didn't have the balls to stick it out.


I enjoyed Weiner and his many shortcomings!

That's about it for Weiner "bun mot" I suppose.

If this were a Shakespearean play, the title would be "Much Ado about Nothing".....

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