The polls show Anthony Weiner dropping to 4th place in the New York Mayor’s race, and rightly so. He’s too creepy even for New York, and while most New Yorkers couldn’t care too much about your personal sex life, they do care if you lie to them about it.
And that’s the main problem, isn’t it? He didn’t break any laws (unlike Eliot Spitzer) but he certainly cheated on his wife — oh, maybe not in the strictest sense, but I can’t imagine any spouse thinking this kind of activity is perfectly fine. And that, in and of itself, lets you know something about his character.
When Weiner first got into the race, my wife said “Eh, it’s behind him; he may have problems but he’ll be a good mayor and I like his political views.” But he’s gone too far for her too now.
It’s all a balancing act in some ways. We are willing to overlook some of our leaders’ problems. No one is perfect. JFK cheated on his wife, too. So did Eisenhower. Waiting to find a perfect person to represent you is difficult, and maybe that’s one of the reasons many qualified people decide never to run.
But, you know, when you apologize, say it’s all behind you, say you’ll never do it again, and then you do it again and creepier than before — well, you shouldn’t be surprised that you lost our support.