Root: Weiner Gone Wild

There are 4 lessons to be learned from Weiner-mania and the media’s obsession with Weiner’s weiner.

#1) WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION:
This is all ridiculous. The economy is melting down by the day. We are entering a second Great Depression. Why is Weiner-mania the biggest headline in the country for weeks now? Is the media’s goal to distract the masses from seeing the stories that are really important? Perhaps this is why America is in such trouble in the first place. Our minds should be on saving the economy and reversing job losses. Instead all the media and the masses care about is sex and scandal.

#2) WEINER-MANIA IS NOT ABOUT SEX:
Weiner-mania is actually not about sex. John Edwards had sex. John Ensign had sex. Governor Rick Sandford had sex. Weiner is just a sex pervert. He is nothing more than a high tech flasher with an electronic raincoat. Any man that shows his naked body parts to complete strangers has a problem. But a Congressman? Weiner is mentally ill and self destructive. We don’t want guys like Weiner anywhere near our laws.

#3) HIGH SCHOOL NERD COMPLEX:
I’ve diagnosed Weiner’s problem. These sexual issues, perversions and addictions always relate to a nerd who couldn’t get “it” in high school. It bothers them for the rest of their life. No matter how powerful they become, they can’t stop thinking about high school. They carry low self-esteem with them the rest of their lives. “The high school nerd complex” ruined Congressman Weiner’s life.

#4) WEINER-SPITZER:
Where does Weiner go now? Weiner is qualified for 2 things. First he could become head of the IMF (International Monetary Fund). He’d fit right in in France. Or he could join Eliot Spitzer at CNN for a new TV show called “Weiner-Spitzer.” It has a nice ring to it!

Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

25 thoughts on “Root: Weiner Gone Wild

  1. More Root Hypocrisy

    Root: This is all ridiculous…. Our minds should be on saving the economy and reversing job losses. Instead all the media and the masses care about is sex and scandal.

    If Root thinks this issue isn’t worthy of media attention, then he would ignore Weiner, rather than use Weiner to get some media face time for himself.

    If Root thinks that we should focus on the economy, then he would ignore Weiner and talk only about the economy.

  2. Kimberly Wilder

    I think the Wayne Root comments are just weird.

    Whatever…

    Here are my thoughts on the Weiner incident. (Maybe weird, but possibly more helpful)…

    While Weiner and the world were deciding if he would stay, be fired, or resign, I did not want to chime in and distract from the fact that what he did was wrong, and it hurt people.

    Though…

    I think it is time for folks to think about what should happen when politicians face sexual scandal. It is one of the oldest political problems. And, it keeps coming up again.

    If a politician does violence, seems clear that they do not deserve to be a leader.

    Though, other problems, scandals and awkwardness seem more debatable.

    And, it seems that someone who wants to get rid of a politician can now, too easily, dig up dirt and force the person out.

    That is not healthy, either.

    Like, when Eliot Spitzer was Governor of NY. And, there was a prostitution scandal. And, in the blink of an eye, the elected governor was gone. I did not admire Spitzer overall. But, he was going after some bad business people, and it worries me that what happened could have been part of a plot to extinguish an elected leader on a mission.

    Also, if the problem is that someone cheated on his wife, that person is personally wrong, but might still be useful to work on the politics and legislation they were elected to do.

    I think that we should reflect on a way to handle elected officials who get caught in noncriminal, sexual scandals. Something that includes some punishment, some education for them, yet, also, some hope that they can serve out the term they were elected to.

    So, for Anthony Weiner, I would have wished:

    -He be forced to take sensitivity training offered by a feminist group.
    -He submit to someone (the House Ethics Committee) evidence of counseling.
    -He write a public apology note to the women who he disrespected, and have a note on his website for a few months about who to contact with concerns about passed incidents.
    -He be given a one months leave.

  3. Eric Sundwall

    Kimberly,

    Weiner arrogantly lied about the original slip on Twitter. His hubris and haughty response to it all is evidence of a cynical manipulator. Perhaps if he had not done this your slap on the wrist feel good redemption might have merit.

    But he put a big target on himself once he decided to go down that road. Politics is perception. No one wanted to be associated with him and the powers to be were already setting his demise into motion if he didn’t relent. Once a pol gets tainted in all these regards, any idea that they can be effective or trusted is shot.

    The good news is that the Greens are ballot qualified and can run somebody in the upcoming special election. Do you have any idea who they might run?

  4. Robert Capozzi

    I thought Obama’s “if I were Weiner, I’d resign” was a classy move. Tonally cool. Weiner gives all indications of being a troubled person, doing dysfunctional things. He needs to decompress, by all appearances.

  5. NewFederalist

    I agree with #1. This release was unnecessary and hypocritical by his own words.

  6. Kimberly Wilder

    Eric,

    I guess you kind of missed my point.

    First of all, I did not propose my possible solution until after the Weiner ordeal was over. I wasn’t trying to offer a mere “slap on the wrist” or dismiss what he did.

    Second of all, I guess your post is “solution-oriented” in that you are looking forward to that next election. But, instead of people arguing on the head of a needle about the specifics of the Weiner incident, I am saying that this might be a good time for people who care about politics to be proactive, and think of a plan for this trend of politicians being suddenly revealed and shamed out of office.

    Weiner probably got we he deserved.

    But, do the American people deserve to sit around while people with money and power in politics publish blackmail and point fingers at other politicians who get in the way?

    Re: Is the Green Party going to run someone and who? – I don’t know. I am not an enrolled Green anymore. I am very out-of-the-loop on state and national issues. And, only sometimes hear word of local stuff.

  7. Michael Cavlan RN

    Boy am I glad the Wayne Alan Root is being exposed as the neo-con fraud that he is.

    Keep it up WAR.

    Libertarians are not idiots.

  8. Michael H. Wilson

    Could be. In Thaddeus Russell’s book A Renegade History of the United States he has a chapter specifically devoted to Jews and in that he has a sub section title Rise of the Nerd.

    It is interesting that more than one point Russell brings out in the book was obvious to me in this entire drama, or maybe it was a comedy. Given all the crap that has been going on this was a good for a laugh. I enjoyed it.

  9. Robert Capozzi

    11 tk, all attack is projection. The form of inadequacy that Root may have could differ, and probably does. He seems more mensch than nebbish. The name Weiner seems prone to mocking by kids, so it’s not hard to imagine that Weiner has baggage.

  10. NewFederalist

    C’mon Capozzi… not “hard” to imagine that Weiner has “baggage” (or is it “package”)? 🙂

  11. Robert Milnes

    Kimberly, my @9 commenting on your @8 was referring to Eric’s @5.
    Eric made informative comments about a possible Weiner special election on another thread.
    That the GP had ballot status etc.

  12. wolfefan

    Eric @4-

    He can’t be talking about Mark Sanford. After all, he is always 100% accurate and triple-checks everything himself. There is an actor named Rick Sandford. Maybe he played a governor once.

  13. Michael H. Wilson

    I think it would have been better if the title had been a pun, or at least an attempt at one. Weiner Hot Doggin’ it.

    Maybe we need a contest; who can come up with the best pun as a title.

  14. Tom Blanton

    I think that in #3 Root is inferring that he got laid a lot in high school because, unlike Weiner, he was no nerd.

    I tend to believe him, too. But, I’m sure none of the bubbly blond cheer-leading girls that he would be attracted to would give him the time of day.

    I’m thinking he was boning the fat ugly semi-retarded shiksas with no self-esteem. He would pretend not to know them in the cafeteria or at pep rallys, but they didn’t mind. They didn’t even mind the premature ejaculations. They were only hoping to get pregnant to validate their dismal loveless lives.

  15. matt cholko

    I simply don’t understand why this has become such a big deal.

    The Congressman was trying to get laid, or trying to get some female attention, or something along those lines. Damn near every male has done something stupid for these reasons at some point. His method for doing so seems a bit strange to some, and he know it, so he lied. Damn near every male would have done the same.

    I am sure there are lots of reasons to dislike the Congressman, but, to me, this is not one of them.

  16. Robert Capozzi

    18 MC, one need not “dislike” Weiner to conclude that his behavior indicates a disturbed mind. We all make “bad moves,” but his bad moves were serial and pronouncedly inappropriate. They suggest a person whose baggage might be just too much for him. The inference is that if he can’t control himself from doing inappropriate behavior in one area, odds are high his pained thought processes make it best for him to exit public life, for his own sake and the country’s.

  17. Michael H. Wilson

    Cappozi you shouldn’t have used the word “baggage” . That might be “pun”ishment in this case.

    I’m still waiting for a great pun out of this one. You might say I’d relish it.

    Any half-assed headline writer should be able to get the most out of something stupid such as this.

  18. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    MORE OF SAME, BOTH DEMS AND GOP STINK: *

    Rachel Rose Hartman – Wed Jun 22, 9:23 am ET

    Hours after Rep. Anthony Weiner’s resignation became official, a sexual harassment case involving Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) resurfaced.

    Gary Fields and Brody Mullins report for the Wall Street Journal that the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is now investigating a claim that Hastings sexually harassed a woman working on his staff.

    Fields and Mullins write that the Office investigation was opened after conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in March as the legal counsel for Republican staffer Winsome Packer.

    Packer, who served on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe–a group headed by the congressman–alleges that Hastings retaliated when Packer attempted to report the harassment, according to the paper.

    Judicial Watch has targeted Hastings in the past.

    Accusations include “unwelcome sexual advances,” and “unwelcome touching,” according to March reports of the lawsuit.

    Packer had accused Hastings of offering her invitations to his hotel room, asking inappropriate questions in public including “What kind of underwear are you wearing?” as well as pressuring her to give him gifts and donate to his re-election campaign.

    Hastings, a 74-year-old 10-term lawmaker, strongly denies all charges.

    He stated back in March when reports of the lawsuit became public that he “never sexually harassed anyone.”

    “That is a certainty: In a race with a lie, the truth always wins.

    And when the truth comes to light and the personal agendas of my accusers are exposed, I will be vindicated.”

    * [Lake: yeah, right, sure ………. if only ……….]

    Democrats this week had hoped that Weiner’s resignation, effective Tuesday, would finally end talk of sex scandals concerning their members and shift focus back to legislating,

  19. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    MORE ALCEE HASTINGS: Impeachment

    In 1981, Hastings was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets for 21 counts of racketeering by Frank and Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the case.

    He was acquitted by a jury after his alleged co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify in court

    In 1988, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3.

    He was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate.

    The vote on the first article was 69 for and 26 opposed, providing two votes more than the two-thirds of those present that were needed to convict.

    The first article accused the judge of conspiracy.

    The Senate had the option to forbid Hastings from ever seeking federal office again, but did not do so.

    Alleged co-conspirator, attorney William Borders went to jail again for refusing to testify in the impeachment proceedings,

    but was later given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.[2]

    [Lake: proud, proud, so proud!]

    * Dems and GOP, so ethical, so ethical ………..

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