Anthony Weiner was drummed out of office for his salacious online antics during his off time. But plenty of politicians have arguably survived worse misdeeds.
So ... whaddya think?
Whaddya think now?
I'm shocked that even 8% thinks Weiner's scandal was worse than Edwards. John Edwards was having an affair while his wife was battling cancer and conceived a kid with the other woman. He then lied about fathering the baby and had another married staffer claim to be the kid's father. To top it off, he was running for President and could very well have been America's VP (if the 2004 democratic candidates weren't inexplicably the pathetic equivalent of the current 2012 GOP prez contenders.)
No reason for an adult to twitter or text message with a 17 year old girl. Ever. In my opinion that makes him way worse than the others. Even if he didn't send her anything sexual, can you imagine how her parents felt when they found out she was corresponding with him, in any way?
The only thing Weiner did wrong was lie. Although I'd have to say for most people that's the knee jerk reaction for being confronted with something you want to hide. The sending pictures part is pretty normal. Especially for guys. I just read an article about it and it seems that loads of people do it. People you would consider normal.
Let's be clear. What Weiner did would not have been a problem if he had embraced it and been forthright from the start. All that matters is his constituents and if they don't have a problem with him it's none of our business. But he didn't see it that way. So he lied about it. That's where he took a wrong turn.
In what universe did Edwards politically "survive" the scandal? His Presidential bid was scuttled, his mistress whored herself out to any magazine that would take her and waved the kid at the camera, his wife was anointed St. Elizabeth and became a symbol of good pissed on by a s***bag guy and I doubt his kids think much of him really. Yes, he's still alive, but that's about it. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the indictment!
I have to agree with mightmad from way back at start. Weiner didn't do anything as bad as the others. As far as I know the pics went to adults and he didn't physically cheat. Like a lot of these other people who did worse but didn't have to resign, I actually think this would have blown over quickly if not for one thing. His last name was his downfall.
Weiner is the least of every scandalous politician on the list, but he still shouldn't be in office because he's an elected official that a) lied and b) is completely out of his head.
This is about his lies and how he wanted others to lie for him. He lost all credibility, he made fun of the press even insulting them calling them "jackass", tried to blame others for trying to destroy him because of his easily made fun of name, Weiner. Everything he said, even his rehab excuse, was all lies.
Perhaps Weiner just wanted some attention. I mean his wife obviously is very dedicated to her career and has probably spent a lot of time away from him travelling with Hillary. I mean he could of screwed around on her and he didn't. And to those who say "flashers" are more dangerous, that is simply not true. I work in the criminal justice system and I can tell from my experience "flashers" generally do not turn into rapist.
What is disgusting is the way he objectified women. An attractive woman finds his speech interesting and "likes" his FB page? She gets a pic of his package in return. Who does he think he is? God's gift to the phallus? He still disgusts me. And I'm glad he was forced to resign. If he learns from his mistake and makes some positive changes...then that's fine. But for what he did and the way he acted? I'm glad he was forced to resign. Idiot should have done it of his own accord though.
What a bunch of LAME ASS VOTERS. Are you people forgetting that Weiner tried to crucify and destroy innocent people to cover his lie up. That act was worse than what he did and worse than what others may have done. He's the Major Domo Weiner Weasel...hand down. Vote on the above by what they tried to do to hide their crime. Who they tried to hurt avoid telling the truth. Seriously folks.....
All of these guys are worse than Weiner!!! I particularly dislike Edwards and Arnold!!! Too bad Weiner lied rather than come clean at the beginning!!! It amazes me how people bounce back, like Spitzer who is now on CNN !!
I don't care what 'any' of them do in or with their personal lives.....
You know why everybody is worse than him? Because the idiot didn't really DO anything... or anybody for that matter. Dumbest controversy ever. Wow.. he talked dirty to some chicks on the internet and sent them a few dirty pics. WOW. How amazing.
No matter what party affiliation, let's not forget who started this slippery slope. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." - Bill Clinton under oath. I don't care whether he had sex with 1000 women, but to be the president of the USA and lie under oath just destroys all faith in our justice system.
Just because there are worse people doesn't mean this guy should have kept his job. He boldly lied to his bosses - us! Try that with your boss and see what happens. Americans need to stop excusing bad behavior in the people we elect to office. We you ask others to let you represent them, you should expect to be, and you should be, held to a very high standard.