We all know more than we wanted to about Anthony Weiner, who is no longer a member of the House of Representatives. What most of us don’t know is who took him down, and what he was about to do when when the Republican spin machine steamrolled him.
Weiner was hot on the trail of fascist Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who, sometimes through the medium of his wife, has apparently been taking a lot of money from people who are involved in cases before the Court. in other words, big-time conflicts of interest that ought to get him kicked off the court, destroying the court’s right-wing extremist majority.
Oh, and let’s not forget what Republicans forgave Thomas for in order to get him on the Court–can you say, “Anita Hill did too know what she was talking about,” boys and girls?
So Weiner was about to bust Thomas when Andrew Breitbart unrolled the “twitter scandal.” Breitbart, I hope you recall, is the guy who carefully edited videos of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, Shirley Sherrod, an NPR executive, and several other people to make it look like they were saying things that they were not. Somehow, the media still take this guy seriously. I don’t.
It’s worth remembering that, when Eliot Spitzer was taken down in a similar scandal, he was about to bust Wall Street wide open for the behavior that led to the 2008 financial crash. If he had not fallen victim to that scandal, the country might be in far better shape today than it is, and some prominent Wall Street execs would be some jailbird’s bitch instead of White House advisors.
In a way, I think it’s a shame that these guys’ short legs tripped up their careers. In another way, I think this country is far too Puritanical–especially since, as Rachel Maddow has observed, it seems to be a lot easier for Republicans to get away with shenanigans than is for Democrats. I only hope that, in a few years, we will not discover that if only the investigation Weiner was pushing had gone forward, we would be in some massive judicial train wreck similar to the financial meltdown.
Well, enough about sex addiction. Let’s talk about something far worse and more widespread–our addiction to the American way of life.