It has come to this: Eliot “Credit Card” Spitzer has called Anthony Weirer a bad husband for forcing his wife to publicly defend him.
The disgraced Spitzer is running for New York City’s Comptroller. That is the office which oversees where the digital money goes. Of all politicians who was not careful in seeing where the digital money went, it was Spitzer.
A week ago, the media were filled with articles about the “maturity” of New York Democrat voters in supporting a pair of disgraced politicians in their return to politics.
Then it came to light that Weiner sent even more revealing emails and photos after his fall from grace. Weiner’s poll ratings fell immediately. The media were then filled with stories on why he ought to drop out of the race.
What had changed? Not his behavior. Not the pathetic nature of his obvious addiction. Not his wife’s public statements. Then what?
This: all of a sudden, New York City’s Democrats were at risk of being the nation’s prime clowns. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The old “forgive and forget” turned into this: “This man is a lose cannon, and we will be the laughing stock of the country if we elect him. He will do it again.” Forgiveness evaporated in the face of ridicule. Nobody wants to be the target of ridicule.
Weiner refuses to drop out. His campaign manager has resigned. Same problem. He does not want to be the target of ridicule.
Politics cannot tolerate a person who will make the voters look ridiculous. The voters can hold their heads high when accepting sexual impropriety. “We are sooooo mature.” But when the politician threatens to make them look like losers. The voters run for cover.
American politics is not about moral values. It is about not looking ridiculous. Weiner looks ridiculous. That is why it is all over for him.
When Eliot Spitzer feels safe in taking a pot shot at you, then your political career is over.
It would have been fun to watch.