Keller @ Large: Do Us A Favor And Disappear

BOSTON (CBS) – A friend of mine who works with politicians once told me about the pep talk he gives first-time candidates.

Remember, he tells them, you are in the public spotlight, and anything you do is likely to become news.

So if a guy cuts you off in traffic, resist the impulse to let him know what you think of it, because next thing you know, your gesture is the talk of the town.

Perhaps Anthony Weiner once knew this.

He has proven to be an astute-enough politician to get elected to Congress seven times, and to become a media go-to guy for impassioned partisan rhetoric.

But it seems that for all his preaching about political morality, Weiner somehow decided that none of his own rhetoric actually applied to himself as well.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

A major warning sign was a 2008 story in the New York Times documenting Weiner’s abusive treatment of his staffers, driving them to resign at a faster rate than any of his New York state colleagues.

And now we see the contemptible way he treats his own wife, let alone the public’s minimal expectation that he won’t lie in our faces and chastise us for not liking it.

Weiner’s implosion is spectacular, but hardly unusual.

It seems like the parade of DC fakers has no end, hypocritical conservatives extolling family values while cheating on their spouses, liberal phonies like Weiner extolling human rights while treating the humans around them like trash.

Yes, this happens in other walks of life, but there’s no bubble quite like the Washington bubble, a place where even a cretin like Anthony Weiner can get his ring kissed to the point where he believes it’s his due.

Yesterday, between bouts of bone-dry crying, Weiner said he doesn’t begrudge anyone their refusal to defend him.

Hey, thanks, Congressman.

Now do us another favor and disappear. You can spin it as the ultimate act of environmental cleanup.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

  • macmum

    His last name says it all! He needs to hit the bricks.

  • BostonIrish

    First he does it. Then he lies and claims he was a victim of being hacked. Then he insists there doesn’t need to be an investigation, that it was just a prank. Finally, he admits to it. Then he informs everyone that he will not step down. Well, in my opinion he has thrown all of his credibility out the window. He and his ego need to go.

  • Willow

    I agree with the previous comments. We as taxpayers pay our elected officials big bucks, and it is our business how they represent, “we the people.” Maybe this is nothing new, but it’s still bad behavior, and in my opinion, they do lose their credibility. I agree that he should step down, but he’s arrogant enough to continue.

  • hired help

    The fact that it is public knowlege how badly he treats his staff should have been enough for the red light to go on. He should be fired for that reason alone. What more do people need to know about this man to put him out of office?

  • jaygee

    As the old saying goes, “Vice is nice but a little virtue won’t hurt you”.
    I seem to recall that when growing up I had many people in authority
    telling me all of the bad things I shouldn’t do but when I got older, I
    found out that they were doing them. Sometimes I think that morality
    is the attitude we embrace to people we dislike.

  • jerry

    Its so funny elliot spitzers from new york and so is weiner sounds like these two idiots have something in common , maybe spitzer can lube up weiner ha ha ha

  • Ron

    Definetly time for term limits

  • Nab71

    I understand that Barney Frank wants to head an ethics investigation. First he wants to study all the pictures.

  • massman

    First, I will preface my comment by saying, I personally am a big supporter of Weiner’s politics. I also, initially, thought he should resign. But I’ve changed my mind. Mr. Weiner represents the voters of New York’s 9th congressional district. Those voters support this man’s politics. They have numerous times. They have the opportunity to initiate a recall, or they can just not vote for him in the next election. What he did was horrible as a person, but as of yet, not a crime. But he’s paid to be a legislator. There’s been quite a bit of voter remorse since the November mid-terms. And that is because of how these elected officials are performing their jobs, not their personal lives.If this is a democracy, then let the voters decide. Not his colleagues and his critics, but his constituents.

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