Friday, June 10, 2011

defending the weiner…..

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.  

1 comment:

  1. of course Weiner was a fine and articulate player for the Other Side; Obama should hire him as a ghost speech writer, or so should the Democratic Party. But he's lost credibility (a PR thing) so he's no longer "relevant".
    I agree with you Tom but he's better as a guy like me, behind the scenes writing the shit for the classier and easy-to-like pols.
    He won't be gone for long from the Dem crew, he just won't get credit for shredding the GOP's bullshit. So what?