I think it was Salon's Glenn Greenwald who talked about all of the pearl clutching that is going on in political media related to the Rep. Anthony Weiner story, and I have to agree that there is a great deal of silly pearl clutching going on indeed. Have you heard Chris Matthews talk about the sitch? You would think that Weiner had been caught in a bestiality scandal, instead of engaging, essentially, in sex chat and picture sharing. It's good to remember that this what Weiner did (unless the ethics probe suggests otherwise) was neither illegal or done on company time. And do we need to open up Pandora's box regarding suggestive conversations that almost anyone in a relationship has over the phone, during work hours or online? I also think Andrew Sullivan's point about "American puritanism" is well taken. Actually, it's tiresome.
I've likely said it on this blog before, so I will say it again: It bothers me that our society is perfectly comfortable with violence and violent depictions in our entertainment, but goes ape shit over sex or sexual images. It's fucking crazy.
With all of that said, it doesn't excuse the stupidity of Weiner. I mean really, dude? And especially after the whole Chris Lee thing, one would think that everyone on the Hill who is getting his/her online groove on would think twice about continuing. Weiner's narcissism and sense of self importance got the best of him, and he is paying the price. And because this is a story that could continue through the summer, I would think that the Democrats would move to have Weiner resign, if only to save themselves from having the narrative move from the attack on Medicare/Medicaid by the GOP to an obsession on Weiner's dick.