Fernandez: Down the Up Staircase

Chris Matthews argues that the biggest problem that Anthony Weiner presents is he’s a hard sell to narrow minded voters. “If [Weiner] stays, [Democrats] never get the leadership [in the House] back. They never get the speakership back. Because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian, conservative, culturally – you can say ‘backward’ if you want – they don’t like this stuff.” But should they?  The pundit “Zombie” argues that anyone who espouses principles is open to the charge of hypocrisy by failing to live up to them. Principles are a handicap. The best course is not to have any principles at all. Then you can be courageously honest.

The question of honesty has assumed a little more relevance with news reports that Weiner sent 5 private Twitter messages to a 17 year old girl. The New York Times quoted a Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller as saying that “according to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent”. Not that anyone should ask. Feminist Amanda Marcotte said that the worst thing about the scandal wasn’t any of Weiner’s acts. It was taking notice of them. The real crime was “the total obliteration of sexual privacy by ideologues Like Andrew Breitbart”.

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