Why is it good news? Because it not only shows that voters have good judgment, it hows that maybe — just maybe — we’ve gotten past the point where politicians and sports figures and celebrities are immediately forgiven by the American people simply because they appear in public and express regret for their appalling actions.
Weiner was repeatedly confronted by disgusted voters during his campaign, he was forced to admit that he had continued his misconduct even after he resigned from Congress, and he sank like a stone in the polls. He was (or should be, at least) further embarrassed by his ill-advised reentry into politics and held accountable for his bad behavior, his previous lies, and his stunning willingness to expose his wife to even more humiliation. (And, to top things off, another disgraced New York politician, Elliot Spitzer, also lost in his attempt to get back into politics.)
Some people may think these comments are unfair piling on a man who is down, and we should forgive and forget. I understand that perspective, but I am fed up with people who abuse the public trust and then trade on their misconduct to achieve heightened fame and fortune and end up making jokes about their prior misdeeds on late-night talk shows. I hope no network offers Weiner a “news” program in hopes that his notorious status will attract viewers. I hope Saturday Night Live doesn’t recruit him to host a show. I hope no reputable publisher will print a sugar-coated confessional.
I’m perfectly content to let Anthony Weiner live his life — but he should do so out of the public eye, without constantly looking to benefit from his past errors.