Look, there are a million puns I could use while writing this piece, and some might leak in inadvertently, but I’ve just got to say this.
If you read me, you know I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Some might call me Libertarian, but that sort of government really never works, sort of how Communism or Socialism never work.
In any case, over the years, I’ve come to admire Anthony Weiner’s positions on the liberal side. I believe he is the finest articulator of the liberal cause, making no apologies for his positions, not parsing his words, standing in front of the crowd, true to his inner McGovern, somebody I could admire without agreeing with almost anything he said. His is an important voice.
His language is precise. His positions concise. He’s good at what he does. He has a brilliant legislative mind. With him, you get reasoned and impassioned arguments.
He doesn’t lay in the weeds, say one thing and mean another, appease those who disagree. He stands in front of you with his opinion and he dares you to disagree. These traits will help him as he attempts to regain some form reputation.
Yes, what he did is unfathomable, stupid, reckless, immoral. Get out the thesaurus and use all the words. They all apply. He deserves punishment. He needs mental help.
But, and I can’t believe I’m writing this, his voice needs to stay. As warped as it is, we need his mind. We need his positions, because the rest of the cowards on Capitol Hill are too wussy to stand in front of the crowd with the truth.