No doubt a psychologist could explain all this. There may even be a name for what motivates people like Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Me, I dont get it and I never will.
By Barbara Shelly
The Kansas City Star
Why, after suffering the humiliation of being run out of public office for perverted sexual behavior, do these guys place themselves back in the public eye? Any normal person caught sexting, (Weiner) or patronizing a prostitute (Spitzer), would crawl into their dens and emerge only in the most forgiving of settings. Church, maybe, or support group. Perhaps the fraternity reunion if youre feeling really bold.
I thought it was astounding when Spitzer got himself a gig on CNN. Now hes running for comptroller of New York City, with a bio that includes was governor of New York state, until he was forced to resign after revelations that he was patronizing a prostitute.
And Weiner. Oh. My. Word. Anthony Weiner has to leave Congress after extremely embarrassing reports complete with photos! emerge of him tweeting pictures of his, well, equipment to women whom he discovered on line. He gives the usual weepy press conference, goes away for awhile and then pops up as a candidate for mayor of New York City.
Of course, he stages a professional rehabilitation campaign, appearing in public with his wife and new baby, revealing that hes been in therapy and hes a new man. Except hes not, and he never was. New revelations of Weiner sending sex texts and pictures to a young woman have popped into public view. The man who would be mayor was carrying on like a teenager who badly needs parental supervision as recently as last summer, around the time he was emerging in public, supposedly rehabilitated.
Weiner wants us to remember that his most recently revealed indiscretions occurred while he and his wife were working through issues in their marriage. Take note, Mr. former Congressman: Sending photos of your private parts to a young woman in another state will not lead to a smoother marriage. And you have proven yourself a compulsive liar, among other compulsivities. The people of New York cannot believe a word you say.
As of now, Weiner is not abandoning his mayoral campaign. Like Spitzer, hes running in the Democratic primary.
What is it with these guys? Narcissism partly explains it, I suppose. They must think so highly of themselves that theyre convinced the world needs them, despite their self-admitted failings.
But Im also thinking most people have the equivalent of a shut-off value, which activates after a certain amount of risk or humiliation. Weiner sure doesnt have it, and neither does Spitzer.
Thats only a laypersons theory. Like I said, I dont get these people, and I never will. I just know Im tired of having them around, even from half a continent away. They should both crawl into their dens and stay put.