I really do try to avoid writing
naked bald-faced partisan pieces. I find it bad form, generally, to tie myself to a party or ideology; I like to preserve at least a certain amount of “plausible deniability” regarding my independence. But every now and then, I get overwhelmed to just go all-out on an “inside baseball” political gamesmanship idea.
This is one of those times.
Finally, a lot of Democrats are calling for Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign his seat. On the other hand, a lot of them are calling for an “ethics investigation.” (Which translates to “give us six months for this to die down, then we’ll scold you and pretend it never happened.”)
I hope he doesn’t.
I hope he stays in office and completes his term.
Because I want to hang that SOB around their necks.
For years, the Democrats were proud as punch to have Weiner be one of their biggest mouths, their attack dog, their face of fierce, confrontational liberalism. He was their “loose cannon,” their bomb-thrower, and they loved him for it.
But once he was caught, they still backed him. They bought into and parroted his lies and alibis and excuses. Then, when that started falling apart (thank you, Andrew Breitbart), they started hemming and hawing. They started wimping out, saying that “it’s up to his constituents to judge” and “we think there should be an Ethics Committee invesigation.”
Sorry, that game ain’t gonna play out that way.
If I were advising Speaker Boehner, here’s the game plan.
It’s too late to oppose granting Weiner’s request for a leave of absence so he can get treatment for being such an asshole. So, from this point, it’s time to make certain that the Democrats own Weiner.
When the vote comes up for the Ethics Committee investigation, all Republicans vote “present.” Then bring up an expulsion vote, and do the same damned thing. Explain that they want to give the Democrats the opportunity to take out their own trash.
And when that fails, then start up the campaign literature. Every single Democrat who campaigned with Weiner, gave him money or took money from him, who made any kind of joint appearance with the guy, gets Weinered. Run pictures of Weiner with the Democrat, then a few selections from Weiner’s self-portraits. Turn every race into an art gallery showing, with the theme of “Democrats’ Pride.”
And, if Weiner had the slightest sense of integrity (a very doubtful proposition), he’d admit that it’s exactly the kind of thing he would do if he had the chance.